Facilities management and strategic facility planning ensure that facilities are appropriately planned to meet present needs as well as the changing requirements of building users over time.
Understanding how a facility, its' occupants and its' equipment operate are essential to discovering problematic areas and sources of inefficiency and potential areas for improvement. Once a thorough working knowledge is established, we utilize this foundation with our experience in spacial planning, along with plant and department layout to achieve an ideal end result. We accomplish this through preliminary site investigations and in-depth discussions with the owner. A scope of work can then be formulated with associated net investment value calculations to assure a positive return.
Strategic Planning: Anticipating future needs and long term goals
All present interventions need to be carefully considered in terms of future needs and long term goals of the facility in order to be successful and to continuously improve the facility's overall operation. Facilities management is a dynamic relationship between the design professional and owner with the potential to increase efficiency and provide significant cost savings to the owner. It is an ongoing process where each move is weighed against present and future requirements and their impact on each other. Responsive, well designed placement and facilities can help maintain a sustained competitive advantage for your business.
Existing Conditions Surveys: This initial phase of a Weatherization project is the most critical, as it is here we determine the cause of the current problems.
The root of the many masonry problems is the roof flashing detail and original wall design. The deterioration of the roof allows water to migrate into the wall and the lack of proper thru-wall flashing and weeps increase the severity of the flashing failure.
Replacement of existing windows is one of the typical elements which are reviewed in any weatherization project. Cost justification cannot be measured in terms of energy savings alone. Replacement of the windows without careful study of the existing condition of the openings and the building's construction can lead to major problems in the future.
This initial phase of a roofing/re-roofing project is the most critical, as it is here we determine the cause of the current roof problems. Replacement of a roof without understanding the cause of the failure usually results in poor roof design. The drawings and specifications form the substance of the roofing work convey to the contractor information required to complete the re-roofing project in a timely and cost effective way while providing the owner/occupant with a high performance roofing system.