Building Condition Modeling in Action
Here’s an example of how BCM makes a difference right away:
A mid-size city is budgeting for its capital improvements. Most of its buildings are about 40 to 70 years old and have received minor renovations over the years. More notably, one school was re-built, and city hall got a major renovation. Last month, the city hired a new facilities manager, who quickly realized that none of their building conditions data was accurate. The new budget would have to account for several critical repairs and renovations, unbeknownst to the city council.
The facilities manager needed a way to convince them of the severity of the problem and the necessity to act fast. In order to get a quick idea of what buildings were in most dire need, he entered each building’s age, square footage and general use into 4tell’s Building Condition Model (BCM). BCM pointed him towards which buildings would need immediate attention over the next few years to avoid potential safety issues. He decided to prioritize repairs for four buildings with an FCI score above 30, and he proposed FCAs for these buildings to be included in next year’s budget.