So, you own or manage commercial buildings….and you are responsible for maintaining all the equipment inside the facilities as well as the building envelopes. Where to begin?
Proposed Capital Planning Solutions and Processes to Build an Effective Facilities Maintenance Plan
Based on our experience in the construction, renovation, energy, utility, and sustainability markets, we would like to share an actual log of a facilities operator building and executing a facilities maintenance plan for an 8.5 acre campus with 60,000 sf of buildings and the steps needed to organize a facilities maintenance plan.
- Baseline Planning: Who will need to use this plan? (senior management, maintenance employees, maintenance contractors, finance committee) If you think of a plan in calendar format, with a calendar for each user, the maintenance schedules will start to make sense. We decided to use Microsoft 365 and SharePoint as the main platform. This way we can tie documents to people and their calendars. There are more sophisticated CMMS platforms for larger facilities that mimic the portability (cell phone access) and calendars of Microsoft’s platform. The facilities Leadership Team was formalized: Head of Asset Management, Head of Facilities Maintenance and Repairs, Head of Business Operations, Head of Cleaning and Janitorial, Head of Building Equipment Maintenance and Repairs, Head of Finance. The head of facilities organized all schedules into (1) Cleaning Interior and Exterior, (2) Infrastructure Maintenance and Repairs, (3) Business Equipment Maintenance and Repairs, (4) Exterior Landscaping Maintenance and Repairs (5) Capital Projects in all Areas. (6) Safety, Security and Fire Safety and Cybersecurity
- Maintenance Schedules Written Down: each employee and contractor was asked to create a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, seasonal and annual maintenance checklist by building and by floor of each building. Each of those checklists was put in a shared drive in SharePoint so the entire team could review and comment.
- Major Projects that are partially driven by how long they will last (roof, hvac systems, electrical distribution and power quality equipment can last for 25-50 years). These pieces of equipment and building envelope will be warranted and serviced for up to 20 years. The cost to install the conduit, electricity back to the service panel are one time costs. There are installation costs that have to be considered. Make sure to work with an electrical contractor with EV install experience. Make sure your upfront budgeting takes into account ongoing maintenance for life extension. Budgeting was formally attached to Head of Asset Management to oversee and plan with head of Finance.
- Energy Efficiency/Sustainability Planning: This area was also assigned to Head of Asset Management. Any improvements that will improve sustainability need to include energy impact reports in the capital plan model. Some manufacturers will supply excellent engineering data on utilization that will help you report on carbon emissions savings. Remember to ask for sample dashboards and real time reporting features.
- Budget based planning and design: All capital planning is ideally pre-funded. Make sure the budget includes a timeline for when the full funding or debt will be needed. If there is insufficient capital and buildings exceed debt covenants, explore non-debt instruments and ESCO (Energy Services Company) models where financing is provided by the ESCO and all payments are treated as energy service payments. There are also multiple incentives now available. Make sure your quotes for install include research for grants and incentives that may be available to offset the purchase. If an architectural firm needs to be engaged, ensure that they understand the budget and vision for your campus.
- Planning Audit through AllFacilities. We will analyze your plan and give verbal, general recommendations of energy saving ideas that can be included in a capital plan.
- Putting Everyone’s Ideas Into A Shared Environment: Our head of facilities was also a technology whiz and adapted our whole program into SharePoint, Teams and Microsoft 365. The result was a Teams daily planner that displayed all the work that needed to be done for the day and week and who it was assigned to. We also added Safety and Security to the Initiatives. This was a surprise because the checklist was distributed across 6 departments….from IT, to Finance, to Operations, to Events, to Exterior and Interior Facilities, to Business Equipment Operations.
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Anita Brattina, CEO, AllFacilities, Inc.
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