Is it time for a midsummer check of your Building’s BMS?


Summer is here, with harsh weather in many regions across the country. Heat and its challenges can be tough on your BMS (building management system). However, simple maintenance can address most of these challenges.  Many summertime issues relate not only to BMS but also directly to the HVAC system in your building. Fortunately, FICO technicians … Read more

Colleges and Universities Use Building Management Systems to Achieve LEED Certification


Planners and administrators at colleges and universities know that their campuses must serve as a portal to the future and that the future includes sustainability and a common sense approach to energy use.  Among these priorities is that the design and construction of classrooms, conference halls, libraries, faculty and administration offices, and especially student housing, … Read more

BMS and lighting control systems: Intertwined technologies

Lighting Controls on BMS Systems

Building management systems have their roots in HVAC. In the late 1800s, as the industrial age started pushing more people into smaller work areas, industrialists began to see the first cases of sick building syndrome—employees becoming ill from breathing stale air and exposure to infectious diseases. Those employees who didn’t get sick were often still … Read more

Take Advantage of Utility Rebates and Government Incentives for your BMS Project

Utility Rebates

Building management systems (BMS) are essential to today’s office buildings, hospitals, colleges, and universities. Once the building is occupied, owners and tenants can save considerable money on energy bills. Buildings are also responsible for as much as 37% of pollutants and greenhouse gases in the US. Hence, reducing that output is essential as the country … Read more

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

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