– Laura Velotta, Findorff’s MEP Group Lead
Having a clear picture of the current condition of your facility is a critical first step in establishing a long-range master plan. Aging infrastructure, inefficient mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, and a lack of a consistent maintenance schedule can negatively impact annual operating budgets. Planning proactively to address building infrastructure needs allows your team to better support business decisions by defining budget and schedule.
A long-term capital maintenance plan informed by a facility condition’s report (aka facility assessment or facility study) should include estimated costs for updating, replacing, or repairing building components. Findorff successfully uses a three-step process to help clients navigate current and future building needs. The plan includes prioritizing projects based on life cycle estimates and recommendations and known deficiencies that are identified as an additional layer for consideration during annual budgeting exercises.
The three-step process includes establishing building evaluation criteria, the actual evaluation, and presenting informed recommendations. It's important to include your facilities team as a key stakeholder in this effort. They are the eyes and ears of your building(s), and their input is vital to your success. The entire process usually takes three to four months.
Here is the three-step process we’ve successfully used when developing a comprehensive facilities plan.
One final item to take into consideration when performing a facility assessment is how sustainability initiatives can benefit operational expenses needed to maintain a facility. There are numerous energy efficiency options for existing facilities to explore that can lower costs, enhance the workplace, and benefit the environment.
By developing a facility assessment roadmap, you can identify accurate, objective insights about your facility’s health and condition. Being informed with actual data will lead to more knowledgeable and successful decisions about your facilities.