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Facility Management Benchmarks (Part 2 of 2)August 1, 2013
Previously we looked at three major facility management cost benchmarks, including janitorial cost, building maintenance cost and occupancy cost, with survey data from the IFMA to give you some idea of where your own facility stands. Now that you know how to recognize and interpret these benchmarks, let’s look at how they can be put toward productive use — namely, building a better future for your facility management practices.
Here’s where we examine one more major benchmark: space planning cost. This category includes everything from the initial real estate analysis to plotting, architecture, CAD/CAFM administration, facility planning, furniture management, and all the other little details that govern how you use your space. IFMA’s survey data lists RSF costs ranging from $.17 (state/provincial institutions and media) to $.62 (banking). You need to know how much your space is costing you — and whether you change that cost by changing your space usage.
How do you do that? By adopting the current trend toward more “nimble” workspaces. virtualization and digital collaboration allow the use of adaptive, flexible space, with teams managed by objective rather than physical grouping. But even this more creative and innovative approach to space usage must be benchmarked, and the bottom-line results must justify the savings from new space planning strategies.
In our view, this is the future of facility management planning. Facility managers must continually find ways to do more with less, while the next generation of employees will demand more and more flexibility regarding where they work and how they interact. Sustainability will also wield a heavy influence on this trend toward more responsive and responsible facility management. It’s a brave new world we’re entering — and your friends at IMPEC Group can help you make that transition more easily and effectively.