We’re bringing you our Fun Friday series early this week in celebration of Thanksgiving! Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts is a historic landmark as well as the living legacy of the first settlers of New England. Plymouth, spelt with a ‘y’, is actually the modern spelling, and the not-for-profit museum pays tribute to the original settlement by keeping the original name. Nevertheless, using the original name is not the only way the spirit of history is kept alive: the facilities continue to resemble those of the original colony.

When most facilities are managed, there are generally two goals in mind.

  • Maintaining the current structure in good condition
  • Improving the facility to keep up with compliance and/or modern standards

Grist Mill
Historic buildings add a level of complexity; these unique assets are important to include in a facility condition assessment (FCA). The condition of a 17th-century Grist Mill should be evaluated to ensure that any potential issues are flagged.

The famous facilities of Plimoth Plantation, site of the first Thanksgiving, were vital to the survival of the colonists and their families. It’s wonderful that we can still see this historic location, preserved through the centuries.

Happy Thanksgiving from VFA to you!

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM Pacific/2:00 PM Eastern
Length: 30 minutes
Fees: This webinar is complimentary
Location: Available Online Using WebEx

Establishing an Ongoing Facilities Capital Planning Program – Part 2: Enhancing the Program
How Berkeley Lab Transformed the Role of Facilities Capital Planning

With technology, process change and stakeholder buy-in, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has taken facilities capital planning and management to the next level, delivering strategic value in line with the Lab’s mission and goals.

Join us for this complimentary webinar and hear how Ken Fletcher, Deputy Director of Facilities, used process redesign, sophisticated data analysis and innovative technology to successfully transform facilities capital planning into a strategic initiative that supports the critical mission of Berkeley Lab.

Speaker: Ken Fletcher, Deputy Director of Facilities, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM Pacific/2:00 PM Eastern
Length: 30 minutes
Fees: This webinar is complimentary
Location: Available Online Using WebEx

Establishing an Ongoing Facilities Capital Planning Program – Part I: Getting Started
How to Be At the Right Time in the Right Place…With the Right Information

Join us for this exclusive webinar to learn how Marco Benitez, Director of Analysis, Assessment, and Risk Management at Florida International University, developed a data-driven capital planning process based on the University’s strategic goals.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify both immediate maintenance needs and long-term capital investments
  • Prioritize competing facility issues in a transparent and fair process
  • Increase funding with a defensible capital planning strategy
  • Create an ongoing program

Speaker: Marco Benitez, Director of Analysis, Assessment, and Risk Management, Florida International University
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Also, check out our upcoming webinar schedule.

Energy Assessment Service

We’ve been busy here at VFA. We introduced our new product for holistic insight into a facility portfolio, VFA FacilityView™, earlier this month, and today we are proud to announce a new addition to our assessment services: the Facility Energy Assessment Service. This service is designed to help facility, energy, and sustainability managers to cost-effectively integrate energy conservation measures into their facilities capital plans.

VFA’s Facility Energy Assessment Service enables you to:

 

  • Capture energy data alongside facilities condition data to leverage your assessment investment
  • Uncover energy savings potential and ROI that results from making these investments
  • Integrate energy investments into capital plans and budgets to get a holistic view of your capital planning needs

The results delivered are consistent with ASHRAE Level 1 and 2 energy audits, while including the lifecycle analysis that is core to a robust facilities capital plan.

Want to learn more? Check out the Facility Energy Service Assessment page.

 

Organizations Can Cost-effectively Identify and Integrate Energy Conservation Measures into Facilities Capital Plans and Budgets

BOSTON—November 21, 2013—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced a new Facility Energy Assessment service to help facility, energy and sustainability managers cost-effectively integrate energy conservation measures into their facilities capital plans.

VFA’s Facility Energy Assessment service enables organizations to integrate energy investments into capital plans and budgets by capturing energy data alongside facilities condition data; using innovative energy modeling software to develop less expensive energy audits more quickly than traditional methods; identifying how energy is used in a building; quantifying energy conversation measures that have the most viable payback periods; and benchmarking against similar buildings with direct links to Energy Star.

The Facility Energy Assessment service delivers results that are consistent with ASHRAE Level 1 and 2 energy audits, while including the lifecycle analysis that is core to a robust facilities capital plan. VFA works with organizations to leverage the analytics – prioritization, what-if modeling, planning and forecasting – in its flagship facilities capital planning software, VFA.facility®, to drive actionable facilities programs.

“According to the International Energy Agency, buildings consume approximately 40 percent of the world’s primary energy,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA, Inc. “By integrating energy conservation measures into their facilities capital plans, organizations have a holistic view that enables them to balance competing priorities like deferred maintenance, capital renewal and energy savings potential when making informed capital investment decisions.”

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.

In a galaxy far, far away, Governor Tarkin, commander of the Death Star, felt confident that his new space station/weapon of mass destruction was unstoppable. The facility was fully in line with the Empire’s objectives and he knew that even Darth Vader was pleased.

The Death Star was designed to destroy planets and repel the fiercest attacks with ease. Tarkin relied on his facility manager, an Imperial Stormtrooper, to ensure that all systems were functioning and the station was kept in peak condition. However, without a full facility condition assessment, this unfortunate but hardworking facility manager, who thought he was paving the way to a comfortable retirement, missed an area of risk: the exposed exhaust port.

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You may remember from “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” that Luke Skywalker successfully destroyed the Death Star with a well-placed proton torpedo through the exhaust port, killing Governor Tarkin and many of the Emperor’s forces. The facility manager, who was just trying to do his job, is still on the run from the Empire – even Jabba the Hutt refuses him asylum.

Make sure the Force and your facilities are on your side. Get the facility data you need and the analysis to identify and manage risk.

Here at VFA, we are excited to announce the release of our latest product which makes it easy for facility managers to align capital plans with strategic goals:   VFA FacilityView™.

VFA FacilityView unlocks the value of VFA.facility® data for key stakeholders, such as executives, building users and community members, and provides quick and secure access to important information about a real estate portfolio, delivered via a desktop or mobile tablet. VFA FacilityView is included as part of a VFA.facility® software subscription, allowing facility managers to easily extend the value of VFA.facility data across their organizations.

FacilityView™

With VFA FacilityView, users can:

  • Quickly Find Assets : Search for regions, campuses or assets by name or select groups of assets that match criteria.  Save searches for easy future reference.
  • View Multiple Levels of Detail:  See summary information about a group of assets, such as type, use, age, replacement value and condition, browse an asset list and map, or view details about an individual asset, including requirements by priority, category or system.
  • Configure Your Own View: Each user can choose summary content they wish to see, and configure its location on their summary view.

Access to this data provides insight into the overall condition of the portfolio, the areas of greatest need and the status of particular facilities which may be critical to stakeholders.

Also, VFA FacilityView can integrate data from other enterprise systems, such as work order management or financial systems.

The biggest news is that VFA FacilityView allows facility managers to more easily communicate with stakeholders, who can access a holistic view of the portfolio and get an understanding of investment needs and priorities. VFA FacilityView lets facility managers demonstrate the critical role that facilities play in support of organizational objectives.

Want to learn more? Download the VFA FacilityView Product Data Sheet or view the Product Page.

Facing a budget crunch, many facility managers are being challenged to focus on energy savings opportunities as part of an organizational goal to reduce costs. But where do you start? How do you cost-effectively get the necessary data to make good decisions and deal with this challenge?

Energy Audits Integration- Susan Buchanan

Join us for this complimentary webinar and discover how taking an informative energy audit can arm you with the information to analyze energy-savings projects alongside deferred maintenance as a part of your overall facilities capital planning program in support of your organization’s objectives.

Frequent industry speaker and LEED AP Susan Buchanan will discuss how energy modeling as a key data source can inform strategic facilities capital planning, solving a major challenge for facility managers.

Who Should Attend this Energy Audits Webinar?

Facility professionals responsible for:

  • Facility Management, Real Estate Property Management, Engineering
  • Sustainability, Energy Management
  • Capital Planning, Capital Budgeting

Date & Time

  • Thursday, November 21st
  • 2 pm EST | 1 pm CST | 11 am PST

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VFA FacilityView™ Provides Easy Access to Holistic View of Organization’s Facility Information for Key Stakeholders

BOSTON—November 12, 2013—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced the release of VFA FacilityView™, a Web-based solution for quick and secure access to key information about an organization’s real estate portfolio.  An extension to its flagship facilities capital planning software, VFA.facility®, VFA FacilityView allows a wide range of business stakeholders beyond facility managers and capital planners to easily view information about the organization’s facility assets, their condition and their funding needs, regardless of in which system the data resides.

VFA.facility® includes a wealth of information about facility assets, from their location and condition to the renewal costs of their systems to their capital funding needs over time. While only specific roles may be directly involved in facility capital planning, access to current information about the real estate portfolio is valuable to a wide group of stakeholders, such as executives, department heads, risk managers, environmental and energy managers, building occupants and community members.

VFA FacilityView enables customers to extend the value of VFA.facility data to the stakeholders it chooses, providing a simple, intuitive interface accessible on a wide range of devices. It also enables integration of related information from other enterprise applications, such as work order management or financial systems, putting this data in a broader business context.

Delivered to a desktop, laptop or mobile tablet, VFA FacilityView lets users easily search for assets, view summary information about a group of assets, such as type, use, condition and replacement value, see their locations on a map, and view details about an individual asset, including capital requirements by priority, category or system.  Access to this data provides insight into the overall condition of the portfolio, the areas of greatest need and the status of particular facilities which may be critical to stakeholders.

“VFA is committed to providing our customers with innovative facilities capital planning software to help them evaluate their real estate portfolios,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA, Inc. “With VFA FacilityView, facility teams can easily connect their executives with facilities-related data in order to justify or enable strategic decisions; provide an understanding of investment needs and priorities to building users and community stakeholders; and demonstrate the critical role that facilities play in support of organizational objectives.”

VFA FacilityView is included as part of a subscription to VFA.facility. For more information, contact info@vfa.com or request a demo.

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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