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EMG's Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) Helps Ann Arbor Public Schools

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 1/18/19 1:24 PM

EMG was featured in a January 14, 2019 Michigan Live article "Up to $1 billion bond proposal could go before Ann Arbor Schools voters" by journalist Lauren Stringer. The article covered our work on an extensive and comprehensive Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) covering all 35 facilities in Ann Arbor Public Schools.

The data compiled in EMG's FCA provides the backup needed to successfully complete a bond campaign for the district. Additionally, our study helped demonstrate that Ann Arbor's sinking fund is set to run short within the next five (5) years. The details are found in the comprehensive data sets compiled into a Facility Condition Index (FCI) for each facility assessed.

"EMG rated each building as good, fair, poor, critical or divest, where needed investment exceeds half of the property’s value. The average age of AAPS buildings is 63 years old." - Michigan Live

To understand the complexity of an FCA, we invite you to view the 96-page Facilities Infrastructure Condition Assessment presented to the Board of Education on December, 19, 2018. 

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Topics: Capital Planning, planned capital programs, capital projects, facility condition assessments, facilities master plan, FCA, capital improvement plan, CIP

Preventive Maintenance in Hospitality: 5 Tips for Building Engineers

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 7/26/18 12:32 PM

We all know those hotels – the ones with the leaking faucet, the groaning A/C that never quite cools the room, or the scary ceiling mold. We’ve either been unfortunate enough to wind up in one, or we’ve read a bad review and stayed far away. No building engineer wants to put this kind of face forward, but it can be tough to stay consistently on top of preventive maintenance. New problems seem to hit you almost every day, and budgets are never unlimited.

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Topics: Hospitality, Capital Planning, Retail ADA Requirements, Hotel, planned capital programs, ADA Compliance, ADA Assessments, ADA Consulting, capital projects, facility condition assessments, FCA, capital plan, capital improvement plan, preventive maintenance, building engineer

Creating a Comprehensive Facility Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 4/16/18 12:55 PM

Set a Clear Path Forward with a Facility Condition Assessment (FCA)

Assembling your Capital Plan, sometimes referred to as a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), is an essential roadmap for Facility Managers to effectively predict and budget for required building repairs and component replacement over a fixed time. The process begins with these three steps:

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Topics: Capital Planning, planned capital programs, capital projects, facility condition assessments, facilities master plan, FCA, capital improvement plan, CIP

Creating a Timeline and Budget for your Capital Planning Process

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 10/10/17 12:39 PM

Do you want your Capital Plan approved? In this blog, we will move your organization one step closer to that goal! Our last blog, Score Big with Your Capital Plan presented steps to create a scoring system to rank your Capital Projects. With a scoring strategy in place, your next step is to set a razor sharp schedule and budget to move forward. Adding these two tactical elements to your capital plan document helps bring it to life and enables your stakeholders to quickly assess whether the plan is practical and will be successful. We've organized our advice into 6 helpful tips.

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Topics: Capital Planning, planned capital programs, capital projects, k-12 capital plan, capital planning software, FCA, capital plan, FCI, PCA, Equipment Inventory, Facility Equipment Inventory

Score Big with Your Capital Plan

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 6/6/17 10:18 AM

Buildings need continual repair and maintenance. But you can’t play favorites. How do you determine which building(s) in your portfolio receive the time, attention, and dollars that they deserve (and need)?

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Topics: Capital Planning, planned capital programs, capital projects, facility condition assessments, facilities master plan

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