2023’s most-read Facility Management articles

by Helena Morgan
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As the curtain falls on another exciting and ever-surprising year in the world of facility management, we take a look back at the top 10 articles that piqued your curiosity. 

The perils and pearls of AI, electric vehicles, the fight to ban engineered stone, decarbonisation, Environmental, Social, and Governance reporting, cybersecurity, inescapable El Nino, World FM Day, NABERS, the four-day working week, co-working spaces, HVAC, solar energy – we covered it all.

2023 wrapped

Facility Management had the privilege of attending the World Architecture Festival and the ISSA Cleaning and Hygiene Expo. Former assistant editor Sophie Berrill interviewed the building operations manager of the Sydney Opera House, Dean Jakubowski, who is responsible for inspecting the over one million tiles that line the venue’s iconic roof – among many other things. 

We launched our inaugural editorial series ‘How I Got Here’, profiling impressive people who have worked in the field to map out some of the paths taken and demystify the often misunderstood yet essential profession of a FM.

Berrill also had the honour of interviewing Sumeera Wijesooriya, the former facility manager of Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world. 

We spoke to the associate director at CBRE Asia Pacific Sharon Burton on the underrepresentation of women in FM, unpacked accessible and inclusive design, reported on construction sites leading to poor air quality and broadcast the banning of single-use plastics in Victoria from February onwards. 

Here’s Facility Management wrapped – the top 10 articles of 2023.

1. ‘How I Got Here: Malyon facility manager Sumeera Wijesooriya’ by Sophie Berrill

Taking the cake for Facility Management’s most read article in 2023 is also the most popular article in the ‘How I Got Here’ series. Sophie Berrill spoke to Sumeera Wijesooriya, currently a facility manager at Malyon in Sydney. 

Wijesooriya is a rare gem who studied facilities management in his home country of Sri Lanka, before moving to Dubai to commence his career in none other than the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. In 2020, he moved to Sydney to find that FM works a little differently Down Under. Read now.

Sumeera Wijesooriya, current facility manager at Malyon in Sydney.

2. ‘Australia’s top 50 construction firms revealed’ by Ned Lupson 

In April, construction analytics firm BCI Central released its report into the state of the industry, ranking the top 50 builders by the total value of projects that commenced in 2022.

The ‘BCI Construction League 2023’ report shows that these companies began work on almost $30 billion worth of projects last year, but its publication comes during a difficult time for the industry. The top three construction firms of 2022 were Hutchinson Builders, Multiplex and Richard Crookes Constructions. Read now. 

3. ‘How I Got Here: CBRE senior facilities manager Micah Jacob’ by Sophie Berrill

In July, Berrill spoke to FM industry titan Micah Jacob, who has worked at nearly all of the major FM companies. Jacob draws from schools of thought as disparate as computer science all the way to psychology to succeed in his current role as a senior facilities manager for CBRE in Melbourne. Read now

4. ‘How I Got Here: CBRE facilities manager Deborah Nazareth’ by Sophie Berrill

Our ‘How I Got Here’ series proved to be successful and beloved in the FM community.  Deborah Nazareth, a facilities manager at CBRE, like many people, had no idea what FM was when she first heard about a job opening at CBRE. Now, she’s ‘all in’. Read now.

Deborah Nazareth, a facilities manager at CBRE.

5. ‘Five books every facility manager should read’ by Micah Jacobson

Micah Jacob, a senior facilities manager for CBRE, walked us through his top five books to help enhance the technological know-how and communication skills of the facility manager. Read now.

6. ‘Chemist Warehouse rolls out blister pack recycling bins’ by Sophie Berrill 

Chemist Warehouse teamed up with Pharmacycle to launch a new blister pack recycling initiative that rolled out across select Victorian pharmacies just in time for National Recycling Week – 13 to 19 November. Read now. 

7. ‘How I Got Here: ISS key account manager Charles Hammersla’ by Sophie Berrill

We profiled Charles Hammersla, a key account manager at ISS Facility Services. Hammersla traded his law degree for a career in FM and has since received top awards for the work he has done – including Facilities Manager of the Year in 2021. Read now.

Chemist Warehouse teamed up with Pharmacycle and launched a new blister pack recycling initiative.

8. ‘How I Got Here: Stadiums Queensland facilities and operations manager Alice Dingley’ by Sophie Berrill

In late August, Berill spoke to Alice Dingley, a facilities and operations manager for Stadiums Queensland. With her small team, Dingley manages the maintenance, assets, capital works, security, cleaning, waste and workplace health and safety to make sure her facility is fit for hundreds of different sporting events every year. Read now.

9. ‘How a Sydney office achieved top NABERS and WELL ratings’ by Sam McLeod

Winten Property Group’s 1 Denison commercial office tower bolstered its sustainability ratings by achieving a 6-Star NABERS Energy and Waste rating and WELL V 2 Platinum certification. Read now.

Winten Property Group’s 1 Denison commercial office tower achieved a 6-Star NABERS Energy and Waste ratings and WELL V 2 Platinum certification.

10. ‘Waste Expo Australia 2023: advancing towards sustainable resource recovery management solutions’ by FM Media 

Waste Expo Australia 2023 returned to Melbourne from 25 to 26 October, and business leaders discussed trends, challenges and solutions for waste management, the circular economy and sustainable resource consumption. Read now. 

Thank you for reading and we look forward to returning in 2024! 

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