Maintaining the Historic Property of Monticello with Facility Planning Initiatives

April 21, 2011

Monticello's West Front with Fish Pond

Monticello's West Front with Fish Pond

Guest Blog: By Ken Mitchell, Director of Buildings, Monticello/The Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Thomas Jefferson began construction on Monticello in 1769 and it was largely completed in 1809. The only house in the U.S. designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Monticello is a destination for about 450,000 visitors every year. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation owns and operates Monticello, as well as the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies and the Jefferson Library, among other facilities.

After recently completing construction on the new state-of-the-art, certified LEED Gold Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center, the Foundation undertook a facilities condition assessment study as part of our short- and long-term facilities capital planning, in order to answer the following questions:

  • What is the condition of our facilities?
  • How much money do we need to maintain them?
  • Given our budget, what should we do first?

At VFA Connections, May 1-3, I will be presenting a case study describing how the Foundation is answering these questions, which must be resolved by any facility management team that is tasked with taking a strategic approach to facilities capital planning.

Ken Mitchell

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