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This is why Facility Condition Assessments are so Important

It is critical to know the extent to which the buildings, physical assets, and systems in your care are performing. Comprehensive data on all assets enables Facility Managers to identify potential opportunities for facility optimization.

Previously, we've discussed the importance of Facility Condition Assessments (FCA) for Healthcare organizations, but let's discuss some universal benefits for all facilities. Here, we discuss how FCAs can improve your organization's operational efficiency and simplify your job.

This is Why Facility Condition Assessments are so Important

FCAs enable facility managers to understand how well facilities are equipped to meet the organization's needs this year,  in the next year, and five years from now. In terms of best practice, it is essential to standardize the FCA process. It remains the most helpful tool for assessing the useful life of an organization's equipment. Data from Facility Condition Assessments help organizations:

Why are Facility Condition Assessments Important?

Facility Condition Assessments are important because they determine how much a facility can meet its intended purpose. Essentially, an FCA is a risk analysis for physical resources and assets.

Learn how FOUNDATION makes it easy to perform facility condition assessments.

The FCA evaluates the current condition of facilities. It determines the probability of physical assets running into issues. FCAs identify the keys to the operation and support structure and decide what will likely be or probably be an issue and when.

This data gives executives a 360-degree view of the status of existing assets across all facilities. FCA data is a valuable tool for long-range planning. It allows executives to make decisions based on comprehensive reports and provides a strategic framework for planning future improvements.

What is the Facility Condition Assessment Process?

The Facility Condition Assessment begins with a comprehensive facility equipment and related infrastructure inventory. Essentially, this is a list of all equipment and systems. It includes demographic information, such as age, location, and capacity, to help you identify each asset uniquely.

See how Intellis improved Facility Condition Assessments for the New York Housing Authority.

An excellent place to start is by defining your organization's mission and aligning the facility's goals with those of the organization. Consider how the equipment condition impacts the facility's ability to meet the organization's overall needs.

Condition assessment results are added to this list as they are completed. Developing and maintaining this registry is essential because it helps identify what preventive programs your team should employ.

What do you do with Facility Condition Assessment Data?

Data from the FCA demonstrates if the facility can meet the defined need. This allows the facility management team to develop a maintenance program specifically for the facility. Doing this assessment for every piece of equipment will give you a clearer picture of your facility's health. It also helps to determine where to target investments.

Read our guide to implementing a facility optimization strategy.

Data from facility assessments support everyday decision-making backed by real-time information and insights. Facility management platforms, like The FOUNDATION Solution, are designed to process the large amount of data collected during a facility assessment and package it into a digestible, simplified, mobile-friendly report that enables you and your management team to make decisions quickly on the fly.

For example, FOUNDATION offers a dynamic condition model of the organization's entire physical asset portfolio. This enables facility managers to prioritize and categorize assessment data and integrate it directly into your maintenance, capital project, and budgetary planning. The FOUNDATION Solution takes this one step further with its mobile component, allowing your team to stay connected inside and outside the office.

Learn about the benefits of mobile technology for facility managers.

Our mobile-enabled platform provides project overviews, analyses, building biographies, and deficiency condition reports. Furthermore, you can upload photos directly from the field into the platform, add comments, and view estimated repair costs.

What about Preventive Maintenance?

It is essential to build ongoing condition assessments into annual preventive maintenance tasks. Track the scores in a maintenance management system, such as FOUNDATION. Automating this part of the process will make everything much more accessible to track.

Learn more about developing an effective preventative maintenance program.

Ideally, the facility condition assessment feeds directly into asset management and capital planning. Employing an integrated approach ensures that your team always has accurate information about the facility's ability to meet your organization's needs. Further, you will have a simplified format that you can show to your organization's decision-makers, explaining why an aging unit needs to be replaced.

Facility management software makes prioritizing and analyzing data points from your FCA against health and safety regulations easier. The FCA is a valuable tool for forecasting budgets and determining long-term investments. Our FOUNDATION Solution can help streamline facility condition inspections by providing you with best-in-class workflows and costing libraries that consider industry-wide replacement value benchmarked against deferred maintenance deficiencies. This data gives executives a 360-degree view of the status of existing assets across all facilities.

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Are you a Facility Manager looking to optimize your organization's operational efficiency and simplify your job? Look no further than Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs). FCAs provide comprehensive data on all assets, enabling you to identify potential opportunities for facility optimization. With data from FCAs, you can plan for future expenditures, predict the useful life of equipment and physical assets, and develop a strategic preventive maintenance program. The FOUNDATION Solution is designed to process and package FCA data into digestible, simplified, mobile-friendly reports, empowering you and your management team to make informed decisions quickly. With FOUNDATION, you can prioritize and categorize assessment data and integrate it directly into your maintenance, capital project, and budgetary planning. Don't wait to optimize your facility's performance - learn more about the benefits of Facility Condition Assessments and mobile technology for Facility Managers today.