Why a Facility Condition Assessment Is Important
Why are CR-BPS Facility Condition Assessments (FCA) so important to the long-term viability of our clients’ buildings and facilities? Instead of adding windows, roofs, and boilers to the capital plan when a critical failure unexpectedly occurs, an FCA allows for on-going maintenance through a proactive plan.
CR-BPS recently completed a life cycle cost analysis of a new structure by analyzing maintenance costs in two ways. Our first analysis determined the cost of “pay-as-needed” maintenance, meaning on-going maintenance costs are always included in the budget. Our second analysis determined the effects of continually underfunding building maintenance (.5% of the Current Replacement Value/CRV), meaning limited maintenance costs are included in the budget. We compared the two funding scenarios using a 40-year building life cycle, and found a savings of nearly 50%, by following the “pay-as-needed” scenario. What sounds better… A $26 million-dollar investment or a $40 million-dollar investment over 40 years for the same structure?
FCAs that are reliable and operationally strong
The first step in developing a reliable and functional FCA is gathering background information about the building to understand its current reality. The data our team collects by tracking the performance of a building’s systems, forms the basis for all future decisions. Because this baseline data is so important, we review it with our clients to ensure accuracy and then apply industry standards to develop a preventative maintenance plan that is reliable, dependable, and operationally strong. The FCA is a boon to our clients as it eliminates the “band-aid” approach to planning and budgeting for capital improvements and puts the client firmly in the driver’s seat, on the road to a future that ensures a healthy building stock.
FCAs that are fiscally responsible
An FCA developed by CR-BPS guarantees high value outcomes that maximize efficiency. We are dedicated to developing a plan that is fiscally responsible, while addressing our clients’ needs. After analyzing building performance data, our team prioritizes improvements, with an eye to matching projects with similar criticality. For example, if air handling units (AHUs) need to be replaced and the roof is up for renewal, it is fiscally responsible to package together these improvements, creating a stronger building envelope.
FCAs that support people’s well-being
At CR-BPS, we dive deep into the needs of the people who actually use a building by, considering their safety, comfort, and quality of life. We look beyond simple system replacements and ask: What else is needed to support the needs of a building’s occupants? What quality of life considerations should be addressed? How can we ensure the safety and comfort of the human beings who will spend a great percentage of their lives working in this building? Because CR-BPS employs a “whole-systems-thinking approach” to our work, we are cognizant of the quality of life needs that result in a positive work environment and include them in our short- and long-term plans.
Facility Condition Assessment Experts
CR-BPS develops FCAs that move our clients from constantly reacting to unexpected disasters to acting proactively, and confidently moving forward with facility plans that are an exact match to each building’s needs. Once a well-planned FCA is set in motion, clients see ongoing and meaningful results while building a stronger facility portfolio.