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VFA.facility® and VFA.auditor® Help Maine DOE to Establish a Standard FacilitiesManagement System, Save Time and Money

BOSTON – August 9, 2010 – VFA, Inc., the leading provider of solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced that the Maine Department of Education is using VFA.facility and VFA.auditor to establish a standard facility self-assessment process across 179 School Administrative Units (SAUs) and 652 public schools in the state. The Maine DOE will be better able to calculate maintenance costs, forecast future capital renewal costs and better maintain accurate facility data.

Maine students are achieving nationally high academic ranks, of which, the Maine Department of Education (DOE) is dedicated to continuing with a competitive standard of education. Ensuring quality of school facilities further supports the mission of superior education. Maine has selected VFA’s suite of solutions to cost-effectively meet the capital improvement needs of public schools. Suitable for a range of users, DOE is able to catalogue and update data on buildings ranging from historic to modern. Implementation of VFA.auditor, VFA’s self-assessment survey application, allows DOE to collect and report data on school facilities, while VFA.facility, VFA’s capital planning and asset management solution, provides a facilities management tool for SAUs. The solution has helped to develop an assessment methodology, establish a standard for collecting building data used to populate the VFA.facility database, and effectively present information for decision-making.

The combination of VFA.facility and VFA.auditor will help the Maine DOE create a statewide school facilities management system that is used to assess the overall condition of each building, determine needed maintenance, and forecast financial needs. According to Andrew Madura, Director of Transportation, Facilities and Food Services, Maine School Administrative District #61, “VFA provided me with a huge resource of reports and data for use in making a case with our School Board Facilities Committee to request needed building maintenance funding.”

As schools become increasingly concerned with energy conservation and sustainability, VFA has provided the Maine DOE with the resources and support to implement an energy management program. Within its facility condition assessment solution is a custom survey for green and energy assessment; using custom forms embedded in a VFA.auditor survey, SAUs can collect data on electricity, water and natural gas costs and usage, as well as assess the use of green building and cleaning products.

“VFA is pleased to assist Maine’s school districts in establishing and practicing sound facilities capital planning policies that develop, preserve and protect those assets used for educational purposes,” said Scott Cormier, Director of Product Management at VFA, Inc. “It is gratifying to see that the combination of VFA.auditor and VFA.facility has helped Maine DOE implement a consistent facility data collection and maintenance process that helps Maine DOE effectively fund deferred maintenance and capital improvement initiatives.”