2013 VFA CapStar Award Highlights the Innovative Application of VFA.facility to Support Facilities Capital Planning
BOSTON—April 23, 2013—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced client Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt received its 2013 CapStar Award for the innovative application of software technology or business processes to support facilities capital planning and management. VFA presented the award to CFB Esquimalt on April 22 during a ceremony at its ninth annual VFA Connections customer conference in Boston.
CFB Esquimalt implemented facility capital planning software VFA.facility® to address the challenges posed by building age and condition, seismic concerns, operational requirements, and heritage building preservation.
“VFA is pleased to recognize Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt with the 2013 CapStar Award,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA, Inc. “They have transformed their approach to facilities capital planning by leveraging objective data and intelligent decision support, and changed the way the Navy approaches planning and budgeting.”
CFB Esquimalt contributes operational capability and provides services, support and staff to Maritime and Canadian Forces operations on the west coast of Canada. Located in British Columbia, the base has a diverse portfolio of 23 sites with more than 850 buildings including offices and schools, warehouses, industrial, jetties, ship refueling, and ammunition handling.
CFB Esquimalt had been using traditional methods of data collection and decision making, including meeting with long-standing employees to glean corporate knowledge and annual inspections that only met immediate needs. In 2009, the base began working with VFA to complete a five-year rolling facility condition assessment on all of the buildings in its portfolio, and implemented VFA.facility, a centralized database and decision support tool for managing and analyzing facility information. The VFA solution enabled the facilities team to forecast budget requirements using various scenarios for funding levels and facility condition, and to demonstrate the impact of reduced/increased inspection, maintenance and rehabilitation (IM&R) budgets.
“With VFA.facility, the Base, and not just the local project manager, now has a snapshot in time of the assessment of facilities,” said Marcel Gingras, base development engineer, CFB Esquimalt. “The solution has provided us with justifiable and quantifiable data to help make sound facility capital planning decisions.”
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