By Ameeta Soni, Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.

Like the majority of other states, New Mexico faces the quandary of allocating limited state resources to school facilities needs equitably, cost-effectively, and at maximum efficiency. Recently profiled in School Business Affairs, the New Mexico Public Schools Facilities Authority is a relatively small state agency which manages the allocation of public school facilities funding in a state which has 89 school districts, made up of 795 public schools and charters. Overall, the state K-12 physical plant has 4,700 buildings totaling 60 million square feet.

The conditions of all school facilities in New Mexico are ranked and compared relatively against each other using a model which takes into consideration facility condition, educational adequacy and other key facilities priorities such as life, health and safety. Each school facility is ranked according to objectively-determined greatest needs, and funding is prioritized to projects at or near the top of the ranked list. This facilities assessment and ranking model, widely regarded as a national best practice, is the primary tool by which New Mexico allocates state capital to school facilities needs.

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By Ameeta Soni, Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.

The Tufts University online student newspaper, The Tufts Daily, published an article this week entitled “Study Finds University Should Spend $30 Million Per Year on Deferred Maintenance.” VFA conducted facility condition assessments at Tufts and provided cost estimates through VFA.facility.

Now they are moving on to prioritizing these projects, given that their annual budget for deferred maintenance is just over $17 million. Dick Reynolds, Vice President for Operations, makes an excellent point in the article, observing that, “Even though a building might be number three on the list of what needs to be done, there might be one that’s number six that might be more important to us.” The strategic importance of buildings to the university’s mission is critical in making vital funding decisions. And obviously, students take an interest in the condition of the university facilities because it impacts them every day.

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