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"Understanding Functional Adequacy and Facility Condition for Strategic Decision Making"
Author: Dufresne, Ray,
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: November/December 2012

At colleges and universities today, the increasing number of students is putting new pressure on facilities--and on facility staff. Student needs are also increasingly different, and most campus facilities have not kept up with the changing times. Facilities are expensive to build, maintain, and renovate, and costs are on the rise. Funds for building, operating, and maintaining classrooms and laboratories, offices, and libraries represent a growing demand on the annual budget for higher education institutions. To effectively plan the capital spending for its facilities, a school needs to know not only the repair and renewal costs to maintain good condition but also the functional adequacy--the ability of a facility or a portion of the facility to match the current or intended use--and the cost of renovations required to bring facilities up to current standards and to make them suitable for changing needs.

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