Legionella Prevention: FICO Links BMS to Smart Faucets, Controlling Pathogens

Legionella Prevention

The experts at FICO are playing a pivotal role in Legionella prevention at the VA Hospital in Ft. Harrison, near Helena, Montana. FICO worked with manufacturers of smart sensors for water testing and Armstrong Rada Digital Faucets with Infection Control that automatically flush parts of the plumbing system not used regularly. These are two crucial … Read more

FICO Works with Hospitals to Ensure Optimum Patient Care


Hospitals pose the ultimate challenge for building management systems (BMS) designers. They have multiple environments, many of which vary considerably in air quality requirements. There are operating rooms, treatment rooms, laboratories, sterile processing rooms, imaging rooms, supply rooms, and patient rooms. With COVID, there has been a heightened concern for infectious diseases, which poses more … Read more

How to Be a Facilities Hero

Facility Manager's Guide

A Facility Manager’s Guide to Building Management Systems in 2023 FICO provides turnkey building management systems (BMS) for businesses, schools, office buildings, hospitals, and others in and around Montana. We have been doing it for more than 20 years. We are also experts in building management and system integration services, and our staff has numerous … Read more

7 Tips for Choosing a Security Company


An article earlier this year in Security Magazine reported that 28% of organizations saw an increase in physical security incidents in 2022. That figure is up 20% from 2020.  There were also other numbers: Theft is not the only concern, though. The rise in workplace shootings and other attacks is on every executive’s mind. Cybersecurity … Read more

Protecting Students from Toxic Wildfire Smoke with Properly Controlled HVAC


During this past summer, more than 200 wildfires burned across Canada. The smoke was so intense that schools in Philadelphia (hundreds of miles away) went to remote learning in June. Remote learning is nothing new, but it doesn’t replace the in-classroom experience. Had those fires occurred during August and September, the intersection of the traditional … Read more

9 Keys to Unlock a Safe and Secure Construction Jobsite

job site safety

Nearly 8 million Americans work in the construction industry. While job sites are exciting places to work, they can also be dangerous if proper safety measures are not in place. Resources allotted to ensure a safe site are an investment that always pays dividends. OSHAEducationSchools.com estimates that construction industries achieve savings of $4 to $6 … Read more

Your Comprehensive Guide to Building Security

building security

How secure is your business? Your people? Your building? Are you sure? If you own or manage a building, you know security matters more than ever. Excellent security not only protects people, buildings, and assets – it reduces risk, increases safety, saves money, and enhances both your building’s perceived and real value. People work better, … Read more

Building Maintenance Systems: The Info You Need to Know


Few of us appreciate how a building management system created the mood for many successful first dates and harmonious relationships in the early ‘90s. Do you want to know how?  In 1993, women packed the theaters, dragging their boyfriends and husbands to see the rom-com movie of the year, Sleepless in Seattle. Tom Hanks and … Read more

Making Schools Healthier and Safer Using Federal ESSER Funding Grants

Montana schools have a unique opportunity to upgrade their building systems thanks to a Federal relief program known by the acronym ESSER that addresses educational challenges. This program brings a combined total of $605 million to Montana schools.  There are three rounds of ESSER funding. The latest round, the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary … Read more

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