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"Chapter 2: Strategic Questions"
Author: Rose, Rodney, and David A. Cain, Ph.D.; James J. Dempsey, P.E.; and Rich Schneider
Published In: Buildings. . . The Gifts That Keep on Taking. A Framework for Integrated Decision Making
Date: 2007

Comprehension of common terminology and applied metrics used in the facilities management profession and the design and construction industry allows for sound decision making when investing in facilities.  Reviews such terms as square feet, gross square feet, assignable square feet, and assignable space. Discusses cost categories organized into the categories of one-time costs, periodic costs, and annual costs.  Emphasizes the advantages of having a logical, structured organization built on common terms and definitions in order that institutional decision makers and facilities managers can create and maintain a valuable base of knowledge that will be helpful in achieving predicatble outcomes for any decisions related to facilities.

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