With the start of a new year it just might be time to take a serious look at starting the process of assessing your buildings and putting a Long Range Facility Plan in place.

As infrastructure across the county continues to age and deteriorate, many organizations and agencies are faced with an inventory of older buildings with deferred maintenance, ADA compliance issues and an assortment of other problems. Many of these organizations do not have a funding model in place to address all of their needs and stakeholders may disagree on priorities.

Whether you have one building, several buildings, or an entire campus of buildings and auxiliary structures, a formal Facility Inspection is the first step to solving infrastructure issues, effectively planning for program expansions, ensure efficient use of existing space and will also ensure that money is spent wisely.

Analysis of Current Building Conditions

An inspection of your buildings will provide you with a thorough and cost-effective analysis of conditions, identify deferred maintenance issues, provide an ADA compliance survey, assist in prioritizing renovation and construction projects and develop a successful capital expense plan. The approach usually includes:

• Pre-assessment meetings
• Field assessment of the structure(s)
• Estimates of probable costs to correct deficiencies
• Recommendations of renovations and/or new construction
• Development of capital funding plan
• Development of a Facility Master Plan
• Presentation of Findings & Final Report

A facility condition report will provide you with a “Baseline Condition” Report for each building that will provide you with accurate information going forward and will also serve to set the standards for programming, maintenance, and design of future renovations and new construction as part of your capital construction plan.

Facility Master Plan

A detailed facility master plan will provide you with an evolving, long-term planning document. It will establish the framework for future facility-related decisions that will support your organizations strategic plan and mission for your facilities. The master plan will be developed based upon the findings in the facility assessment report and will reflect a clear vision and be created in an open process involving your staff as well as solicit community input. It will set a logical course for capital improvements and facility management initiatives over the next 5, 10 and 20 years. A facility master plan is considered a “living document” that will be re-examined and updated on a 2 year review cycle. The master plan can also identify funding sources and strategies, establish a schedule; i.e., which elements should come first and decisions needed to move forward, lastly, the master plan will establish guidelines for the consultants and designers needed to draw up specific plans for each phase of the proposed projects.

The F&D International team has provided facility assessments for millions of square feet across the entire Rocky Mountain Region for governmental, commercial and educational clients. Our inspections will allow you to assess, monitor and determine current and future condition, and capital funding needs.