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Facility Condition Assessment (FCA)
 
It is a well known truth that you cannot improve what isn't measured; and every credible process improvement begins with a benchmarking system.

So how does a building and grounds committee, with no formal expertise, identify deferred maintenance problems, prioritize all of the various competing needs, and address conflicting agendas? Dowler Construction Services uses a tool known as the Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) to establish a baseline for your facility.

Our Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) is an extensive on-site survey of every system.   We utilize plans, interviews, and physical inspections to create a Facility Condition Report (FCR) outlining issues found, and priorities of correction.  The Facility Condition Report becomes the facility guidebook - it drives the creation of the programmed maintenance plan, the development of an accurate operating budget, and the creation of a realistic capital plan.   It is also the basis for other facility improvements.
By commissioning a Facility Condition Assessment the organization will ...

 

  • identify areas of deferred maintenance

  • be able to create a programmed maintenance plan, and reduce operating expenses

  • produce accurate operating & maintenance (O&M) budgets to facilitate planning, and better manage cash flow

  • identify needed capital expenditures and their timing to facilitate planning and better cash flow management

  • be in a better position to manage facility assets to preserve or extend asset life

  • enhance risk management as priority repair items are identified

  • add credibility to capital campaigns and funding proposals

Using the Facility Condition Report (FCR) during planning processes for program delivery, funding, and recruitment/retention, as well as maintenance, will help staff allocate resources by identifying priorities proactively rather than reactively.

With the completed Facility Condition Report (FCR), staff will have confidence in their assumptions in developing budgets, prioritizing corrective action, identifying areas of waste, and better managing risk.

 
Programmed Maintenance
 

Lack of a routine and scheduled maintenance program negatively impacts the fiscal health of the organization and the environmental health of the facility - both directly affect the delivery of effective programs.   When maintenance is neglected, operating costs increase and asset lives shorten.  Dowler Construction Services will work with maintenance staff to develop an effective program.

By making maintenance routine ...

  • operating costs will be reduced

  • asset life will be preserved, or even extended 

  • risk management will be improved by ensuring life safety systems are inspected per code

  • an accurate, fact-based operating and maintenance (O&M) budget will be developed

  • reliability and availability will be increased

  • there will be a shift from reactive to proactive practices

  • recruitment / retention is supported by a well-maintained facility

  • potential donors will be impressed with a planned system so that they know their money won't be wasted

  • productivity is improved

  • reliability is increased

 
Asset Management  
 
In order to properly preserve or even enhance asset life, it is essential to inventory all of the facility's assets.  Dowler Construction Services produces the inventory and then enters all of the components into a cloud-based asset tracking program.  As repairs or maintenance are performed, that information is entered into the system thereby creating an easily accessed history for that asset.

 

By managing the asset inventory ....

 

  • return on assets (ROA) will be improved

  • accurate assessments of functional life will be developed to assist in accurate capital planning

  • recurring repairs will be flagged to identify assets which may be experiencing warranty / recall issues

  • utilization and performance will be optimized

  • an accurate programmed maintenance plan will be developed 

  • with the programmed maintenance plan, an accurate operating and maintenance (O&M) budget will be developed

  • "what if" budget questions will be more easily answered

  • warranty information is centralized

  • risk management is enhanced as accurate records are maintained and easily accessed

  • reliability is increased

 
Work Order Management
 
Simple hassles such as a clogged toilet, or complex problems such as a stuck elevator, distract from the core programs.  Dowler Construction Services offers responsive, accountable management of service requests and maintenance tasks with a cloud-based work order request system.

An organized system to receive service requests or schedule maintenance tasks allows for ...

  • an electronic trail to assess timeliness of response

  • access to the status of the request / service

  • integration with the Asset Management program

  • improved staff productivity

  • improved reliability and availability of program space

 
Construction Management - Re-purpose / remodel / renovate (R3) and New Construction.

If the facility you're looking at is being contemplated for a new use; or if you need to modernize your existing facility; or if you need to build out a space; or if you want to build new, then Dowler Construction Services will construction manage the project for you.

Dowler Construction Services is ...

 

  • an award-winning, experienced light commercial contractor

  • experienced in entitlement, site development, plans development, specifications, core-and-shell construction, and build-outs

  • skilled at implementation of strategic facility management - employing products which will minimize operating costs when the facility is built

  • able to provide a smooth transition between construction and operation

  • able to provide distinctive space planning designed for your needs

  • experienced in general office, retail and medical tenant build-outs

  • able to provide concept designs for prospective tenants

  • committed to tailoring our services to meet your needs, by providing the combination of services that meet the scope, schedule, budget and expectations of your project

  • committed to employing a collaborative approach to utilize the strengths of all stakeholders to produce quality projects at a value-driven investment