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

At the APPA Annual Conference and Exhibition this week, over 500 facilities officers, directors and managers throughout the United States, Canada, and the world are meeting to identify and discuss the most current and pressing challenges facing educational facilities, and determine the common path forward. Some of the major concerns include:

  • Demonstrating the return on investment of sustainability efforts
  • Managing the impact on facilities of new expectations from students and new ways to learn
  • Preparing for natural disasters in order to rapidly get operational in the aftermath.

Healthcare facility managers are also meeting this week at the ASHE Annual Conference and Exhibition. The conference theme is “Dealing With and Managing Through Change,” an apt description of what facility managers in all types of organizations face every day. Key factors under discussion include:

  • Gathering current facility condition data to obtain funding approval
  • Making tough prioritization choices for capital projects in the face of reduced capital budgets
  • Raising awareness and be recognized by management for proactive facility management.

VFA is participating in both conferences and enjoying the opportunity to network with facility professionals from hospitals and healthcare networks, colleges and universities.

VFA Helps Educational Institutions Rapidly Collect Facility Condition Data

BOSTON—July 16, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be featuring its facility self-assessment solution for educational institutions at the 2012 APPA Annual Conference and Exhibition, July 17-19, 2012 in Denver. VFA will be exhibiting in Booth 216.

VFA helps colleges and universities to manage their facilities to develop long-range plans, effectively demonstrate the need for funding and create capital budgets.

VFA.auditor® is a cloud-based guided facility self-assessment solution that provides facility managers with surveys to rapidly collect data about the condition of facilities and major building systems. Guided self-assessments enable organizations to easily reassess condition and maintain existing data. Consistent data collection leads to more accurate data for decision-making, as well as the validation that previously captured deficiencies have been addressed. Visitors to the VFA booth can see a demo of VFA.auditor Mobile™.

VFA.auditor is integrated with the VFA.facility® capital planning and management solution. VFA.facility enables organizations to both manage information about facility assets and leverage that information in the creation of capital projects, plans and budgets. VFA.facility provides organizations with a central source of facility information used to analyze the impact of different funding scenarios, prioritize capital needs, and make optimal decisions about capital spending.

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

Topic: Facility Condition Assessments – Why and How to Self-Assess
Date: Thursday, July 26, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM Pacific/2:00 PM Eastern
Length: 30 min
Costs: Complimentary via Webex

Cloud computing and mobile devices enable facility teams at Federal agencies to get facility condition data in new and efficient ways.  An option used by several agencies is to have their own staff self-assess the condition of buildings using guided surveys on mobile tablets.  But how do you know when self-assessment is right?

Join us for this live webinar where we’ll discuss the benefits of facility self-assessment and how and when this process should be deployed.  We’ll demonstrate how federal agencies are using technology to collect and manage assessment data.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:
•    What are the benefits of facility self-assessment?
•    When should you employ facility self-assessment as a data collection tool?
•    How does facility self-assessment work?
•    How are agencies incorporating self-assessments into their capital plans?

Speaker:
Susan Irving, Director, VFA Product Marketing, VFA, Inc.

VFA’s Proven Strategies Help Healthcare Organizations Develop Effective Long-Term Capital Plans

BOSTON—July 13, 2012—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced it will be featuring its solutions for healthcare organizations at the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Annual Conference, July 15-17, 2012 in San Antonio. VFA will be exhibiting in Booth 728.

VFA helps hospitals, medical centers, health networks, and government health organizations to ensure that their facilities support the highest standard of patient care. Facility condition data, gathered by expert assessors, coupled with the analytical tools in VFA.facility® capital planning and management software, provides healthcare organizations with the ability to create effective long-term capital plans, projects and budgets.

VFA has provided data and insight into the condition of more than 1,400 healthcare facilities, enabling them to manage risk, reduce deferred maintenance, positively impact the patient experience, and better serve the overall organizational mission.

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which provides information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

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

According to Paul Chapman, former headmaster and dean of K-12 schools and a published author on the subject, “The benefits of green schools are clear in the ‘triple bottom line’: they save money, strengthen achievement, and improve health.” Numerous organizations are leading the way in the green school movement, focused on bringing these benefits to communities. These include:

Green Schools Alliance, a global Network of School Sustainability Coordinators working together to address environmental and climate challenges through sharing and implementing sustainable best practices and promoting connections between schools, communities, and the environments that sustain them.

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, which recently recognized 78 winning schools for 2012. All took a comprehensive approach to greening their schools, making strides to reduce their schools’ environmental impact, improve health and provide education geared toward the sustainability challenges of the 21st century.

Mayor’s Alliance for Green Schools, initiated in 2008 in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. A major Alliance initiative is the development of public-private partnerships with local businesses to enable schools to install green roofs and solar panels and implement recycling and sustainable purchasing programs. Participating mayors also champion innovative legislation to promote greening school facility operations and maintenance.

Are you involved with schools, legislators or community support networks to advance the cause of green schools?

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Strategic Move Strengthens VFA’s Facilities Capital Planning Market Position in North America

BOSTON, MA and BURNABY, BC—July 6, 2012—VFA, Inc. and VFA Canada Corporation, the leading providers of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced they have closed on the acquisition of the Altus Capital Planning division of Altus Group.

The acquisition enables VFA to build upon its leadership position for facilities capital planning in North America and gain a significant number of impressive customers and partners.

“With the acquisition of Altus Capital Planning, VFA is positioned to help even more organizations across North America meet the challenges of strategic facilities capital planning and management,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA. “I look forward to this next phase in our company’s growth.”

To connect with VFA, please follow us on Twitter at @VFAINC, or visit our blog, Foundations, which is aimed at providing information to readers that serves as a foundation for intelligent facilities capital planning and management.

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