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Industry BreakdownThis year’s survey respondents came from a large sampling of industries. Manufacturing headquarters came in as the largest single group of respondents (14.5%) to one particular industry, with the Business/Financial sector close behind with 13.7%. Representatives from Real Estate/Property Management organizations (11.7%) and Government (10.5%) followed respectively. In terms of workload, 44% of respondents said they managed or owned one to five buildings. The next largest response (16.1%) came from those saying they managed or owned six to 10 buildings. Additionally, one-fifth of respondents (20.6%) said they owned or managed one to three million square feet of space. This may suggest that many respondents have only a few buildings, but their facilities are very large in size.
Project Numbers And BudgetsAn overwhelming number of fms (85.1%) are planning between one to 20 renovation projects in the future. With regard to new construction, 68.5% of respondents plan between one to 20 projects. These statistics suggest a large number of projects in the works, with renovation projects scoring quite a bit higher. This may be due to modernization projects being easier to fund because of urgency. With budgets, 34.7% of respondents said they would allocate up to $1 million for modernization projects; 22.6% of respondents said they would budget between $1 million to $4.9 million for modernization projects; 12.1% said they would budget $5 million to $9.9 million; and 10.5% of respondents said they would spend between $10 million and $24.9 million. The combined number suggests sizable budgets being allocated for modernization. For new construction, 19% of respondents budgeted up to $1 million; 16.9% allocated between $1 million to $4.9 million; 9.3% said they would budget $5 million to $9.9 million; and 9.7% of respondents said they would spend between $10 million and $24.9 million. More respondents budgeted higher for new construction than for modernization. This suggests that new construction costs are greater than modernization costs.
Branching Out At TCUTCU is Indiana’s largest credit union. It has 40 locations and approximately 250,000 square feet overall, according to TCU’s Miller. With branch offices all over the state, one of Miller’s continuous challenges is trying to visit each location and keep up with the construction of new branch locations.
Carroll College’s Centennial CelebrationCarroll College is a Catholic diocesan school located in Helena, MT. The campus is comprised of 13 buildings and 653,596 square feet. The college is preparing for its centennial celebration in 2009, and a school committee has been formed to look at selecting new construction plans. One of the people involved in the project is Butch Biskupiak, associate director of facilities. While a final decision has not been made, Biskupiak says the college is considering a new dormitory and classroom building.
Updating Ursuline AcademyThe oldest continuously operating school in Dallas, TX, Ursuline Academy is a Catholic college prep school for young women. The school encompasses 210,000 square feet and nine buildings, including a gym, performing arts center, classrooms, and administrative offices. Tom Kelly, director of facilities at Ursuline, says the school is developing plans for a new 68,000 square foot science, math, and technology center as well as a renovation of 19,000 square feet in one of the existing buildings. The approximate budget for both projects is between $19 to $20 million. The project is still in the beginning stages, and the school’s board of trustees has yet to approve the final plans. Along with offices and meeting spaces, the new center will house 10 science, eight math, four computer science, and seven foreign language classrooms. A large meeting area will be used for presentations and gatherings, and a courtyard will double as an outdoor science classroom. Kelly anticipates breaking ground in the summer of 2008. The estimated timetable for the project is between 18 to 24 months. Kelly says one of the challenges he faces during construction is to keep everything going as usual. One of the big elements of this is the displacement of students during construction. To remedy this problem, he is considering modular classrooms to be used during construction. However, the school does not have unused land to accommodate space needs. In addition, the school will need to decide whether to lease or buy the modular classrooms and coordinate with city officials as to what modular buildings will need to be removed after construction. Ursuline’s facility management team will also be working on the demolition phase of the renovation project, and one of the challenges in this area will be the removal of asbestos in some of the existing buildings. The academy is required to work under the Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Reauthorization Act (ASHARA)—the federal asbestos program. The facilities team has a manual of rules and regulations, and the school will have a licensed contractor come in and perform the removal of the actual asbestos materials. With input coming from numerous people involved in the projects, good communication will be key, acknowledges Kelly. For example, he will work with an outside project manager and architect to buy products and materials. “They’ll make suggestions, and we’ll come to a consensus,” explains Kelly.
LEEDing The Way?One of the survey questions was related to green initiatives, and the responses suggest that fms are planning to implement them, albeit conservatively. Fifty-nine percent of respondents said they planned to spend up to $100,000 on sustainable or green initiatives, while 7.2% planned on spending more than $1 million in the near future. In the construction sector, as well as some peripheral industries, LEED has been one of the hottest movements in recent years. Although it has been gaining steam nationally, there does not appear to be a general consensus within the facility management community about LEED’s merits. While some fms and companies believe in it, others eschew it in favor of taking a more autonomous path.
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