By Ameeta Soni, Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.
Here are three customer case studies from Higher Education that illustrate how a Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) allowed these schools to gain an accurate picture of their facilities.
James Madison University
After VFA conducted a Facility Condition Assessment of all its buildings, JMU was able to determine that its Facility Condition Index (FCI) was 0.32, well above the 0.10 recommended maximum. With this data, the university was able to better determine which buildings needed to be repaired or replaced. As a result, the facilities department was able to take a more strategic approach to the process of capital planning and facility spending.
University of Texas at Austin
Working with VFA has enabled the Facility Capital Planning Group at the University of Texas clearly demonstrate a need for more funding to support more renovation and renewal projects, resulting in annual budget increases. Based on the FCA analysis, UT implemented a visionary funding strategy that inverted a spending trend that was 80 percent funding for repair work compared with only 20 percent system replacement and renewal – to what is now 15 percent of funding for repair work and 85 percent for system renewal.
Ontario University System
One of our longstanding customers, the Ontario University System, was named a winner of the Real Property Institute of Canada’s Real Property Award for implementing a Facility Condition Assessment Program (FCAP) as part of an integrated Capital Planning and Management Solution (CPMS). Less than two years after the creation of the FCAP, the Ontario government awarded the Ontario University System $93 million in deferred maintenance funding – an increase of $40 million from previous years. This funding level was based on requirements from only 20 percent of the universities’ physical structures. Funding for the universities’ Facility Renewal Program has increased by $80 million over a nine-year period.