By Ray Dufresne, Vice President, VFA, Inc.
Across markets and geographies, VFA sees our clients facing the issue of aging buildings coupled with recent economic challenges. This situation has resulted in increased deferred maintenance, negatively impacting the condition of these facilities and increasing the costs to improve condition. It’s a cycle that needs to be broken. The only way that is possible is to gather objective data on the current condition in order to make informed decisions regarding these facilities.
This and other trends are highlighted in the recently released IFMA (International Facility Management Association) Facility Management Forecast, “Exploring the Current Trends and Future Outlook for Facility Management.” I participated in a two-day IFMA workshop last fall, with colleagues whose areas of focus included real estate, government policy, sustainability, risk management, technology, and workplace issues, to discuss and prioritize industry trends, resulting in this report.
What trends are you seeing in the industry and how are you preparing to address them?