Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine

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

The National Governors Association report “The Governors Speak: A Summary of the 2012 State of the State Addresses” states that, “Although no governors were enthusiastic about the revenue outlook, they appeared to feel less pressure than last year, and 17 governors had surpluses in their states, were able to increase money held in reserve or rainy day funds, or had positive cash balances after overcoming last year’s shortfalls.”

With job creation as a major priority, 31 governors cited infrastructure as a focus, with some infrastructure projects designed to increase exports, such as improvements to ports and airports.

All the governors stressed education as a major focus, with 17 proposing to either increase funding for education or maintain funding despite low revenues.

Public facilities have been seriously impacted by the financial struggles of the past few years, and facility managers at places like airports, K-12 schools, and public universities have been forced to do more with less. Those who have prepared by understanding and monitoring facility condition will be poised to take advantage of new projects as at least some states are seeing budget improvement.

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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.

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