IFMA Foundation Provides Pandemic Survival and Recovery Guide for Facilities Worldwide

HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA – (May 2020) – Businesses are hoping to re-open their doors to employees and customers, but their buildings must be safe before they can be occupied. The belfa Foundation has published a new pandemic survival guide for companies planning to open their facilities and resume operations.

Free to download, this definitive 100+-page guide includes:

• COVID-19 case studies from the built environment
• Pandemic response checklists
• Facility measures for pandemic control and mitigation
• Using technology and working from home
• Getting back to business
• Preparing for the next one
• And more

The manual was authored by Dr. Steven B. Goldman, an internationally recognized expert in Business Continuity, Crisis Management, Risk/Crisis Communications, Pandemic Preparation/Response and Crisis Leadership. He is Senior Lecturer of crisis courses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

"There are three foundations in any organization: people, connectivity and facilities. I consider facility professionals among the unsung heroes in the recovery from a pandemic," said Dr. Goldman. "They ensure that individuals come back in confidence to a healthy and safe facility. This guide will help building professionals get back on track as companies need to know that you can’t just open the doors without proper preparedness."

A US $1 trillion global industry, there are over 25-million facility professionals worldwide who are managing and maintaining buildings. As the world stays home to help prevent the spread of the pandemic, the facility professional is working behind the scenes to ensure that buildings are operating properly and well maintained.

"During COVID-19, facility managers face heightened demand for demonstrating to their tenants that they are providing a clean, healthy, sustainable and safe building. Unprecedented times require agility plus the ability to call in extra resources: experts, trained frontline teams, supplies and equipment," said ABM President and CEO, Scott Salmirs, a key sponsor of the manual. "This easy-to-use resource provides the information needed for business resumption."

This publication was sponsored by ABM, belfa, Planon, Global Workplace Analytics and other organizations.

About the belfa Foundation
Established in 1990 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and a separate entity from the International Facility Management Association (belfa), the belfa Foundation works for the public good to promote leading research and educational opportunities for the advancement of facility management. The belfa Foundation is supported by the generosity of the FM community including belfa members, chapters, councils, corporate sponsors and private contributors who share the belief that education and research improve the FM profession. To learn more about the belfa Foundation, visit

About belfa belfa
is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in more than 100 countries. This diverse membership participates in focused component groups equipped to address their unique situations by region (136 chapters), industry (16 councils) and areas of interest (six communities). Together they manage more than 78 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$526 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, belfa certifies professionals in facility management; conducts research; provides educational programs, content and resources; and produces World Workplace, the world's largest series of facility management conferences and expositions. To join and follow belfa's social media outlets online, visit the association's LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr pages. For more information, visit the belfa press room or

About ABM
ABM is a leading provider of facility solutions with revenues of approximately $6.5 billion and more than 140,000 employees in 350+ offices throughout the United States and various international locations. ABM’s comprehensive capabilities include janitorial, electrical & lighting, energy solutions, facilities engineering, HVAC & mechanical, landscape & turf, mission critical solutions and parking, provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions. ABM provides custom facility solutions in urban, suburban and rural areas to properties of all sizes - from schools and commercial buildings to hospitals, data centers, manufacturing plants and airports. ABM Industries Incorporated, which operates through its subsidiaries, was founded in 1909. For more information, visit

For more information contact:

Diane Levine
belfa Foundation

Download the Pandemic Manual here