177,666 Apartments. 328 developments. 2,553 residential buildings. 5 boroughs. Sounds like a lot to manage? It is – just ask New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the largest public housing authority in North America, tasked with providing safe and affordable housing, as well as access to social and community services, for over 400,000 NYC residents. In order to meet Federal regulations, NYCHA must conduct a survey every five years of building conditions for each property in its portfolio.
But how does an organization plan for such an undertaking, let alone enable engineering firms, mobilize 100+ from 10 companies, collect the relevant data, analyze that data, and finally create and manage justifiable capital plans to bring buildings up to standards?
That is exactly the topic that Steve Warshaw, CEO and Founder of Intellis, discussed as a featured speaker at IFMA's (International Facilities Management Association) 2017 World Workplace in Houston. At this annual conference, thousands of members and experts from around the world gather to share groundbreaking discoveries, achievable strategies, and the latest technology in the industry.
“We’ve never been shy about calling our products and services disruptive technology,” said Mr. Warshaw. “When facilities managers can see that Foundation isn’t just a disruptor but also an enabler for more effective data collection, analysis, evaluation, and planning, we’ll see more and more organizations optimizing their investments and realizing the efficiencies that NYCHA has enjoyed.”
Those efficiencies and benefits for NYCHA include a condition-based rating system assigning a numerical value from 1-5 for each building and component, existing deficiencies, recommended maintenance requirements, system repairs and long-term capital planning needs for a five-, ten- and fifteen-year capital improvement plan for approximately 2,500 buildings belonging to NYCHA. By working with Intellis, NYCHA was also able to obtain a detailed visual condition survey and an engineering assessment of the facilities’ condition, evaluation of the remaining useful life of components, development of repair/replacement recommendations, determination of cost estimates, and assessment of infrastructure issues related to each facility.
“It’s not only an honor to speak at IFMA’s World Workplace,” Mr. Warshaw continued. “It’s also a pleasure to share this great success with the world, and to show people that yes, these kinds of results are replicable and reliable with our technological advancements and capabilities.”