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New additions, renovations, reuse of existing spaces and systems deterioration are typical changes within any building or campus that have a direct impact on building infrastructure. Infrastructure Master planning is vital to stay ahead of the needs for renovations, expansions, and maintenance, system failures, and achieve maximum energy efficiency.

The operational sustainability and financial efficiency of any single facility or campus of multiple facilities is completely dependent upon master planning. An existing facilities conditions assessment and forward thinking plan provides a building owner/manager the information necessary for predictable budgeting of systems and equipment over the life of the building in advance of major expansions or re-use of existing space.

Understanding impact major changes will have on infrastructure, assessing the current condition of building assets, their remaining useful life and their associated replacement cost is the foundation for Master Planning. Having a complete and accurate inventory of all equipment and equipment specifications with additional information including capacity, equipment age, efficiency rating, operational costs, cost of replacement, and stage in it´s lifecycle are the basic contents of this plan. We evaluate and communicate these vital issues through our Facility Condition Index and support that with a detailed master plan report. For more information in regard to our FCI scoring and capital budget forecast, refer to our Facilities Condition Assessment Guide. For detailed information on our strategic approach and master plan report refer to our Two Step Strategy for Master Planning.

 

TWO STEP STRATEGY FOR MASTER PLANNING

Our Strategic Master Planning of Building Systems encompasses two phases. The first phase is a detailed assessment of all aspects of the Building Envelope, HVAC, Fire Protection, Plumbing, Medical Gas, Lighting, Fire Alarm, & Power Distribution systems in the facility. The second phase includes a life cycle economic analysis, which support specific prioritized recommendations, along with an implementation forecast that includes a date of replacement and opinion of probable cost for implementation. The assessment and recommendations are broken down into the following categories:

I. Authority Compliance / Life Safety Systems

  • Review archive Arch & MEP drawings
  • Facility/Site Audit: Verify ventilation, IAQ, IEQ, domestic water, medical gases, lighting, power distribution, fire alarm, nurse call, fire suppression, code compliance.
  • Propose potential improvements/replacement of the existing systems.

II. Immediate Needs Asssessment 1 to 5 year plan

  • Expand upon the Authority Compliance Assessment to provide an evaluation of the HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical Systems from an Immediate Needs Perspective.
  • Review HVAC (airhandling; heating plant, cooling plant), Plumbing (sanitary, storm, domestic water, and medical gases), Electrical (Electrical Power Distribution, Lighting, Nurse Call and Fire Alarm System) capacity and functionality.
  • Propose potential improvements/replacement of the existing systems.

III. Long Range Needs Assessment 5 to 15 year plan

  • Further expand upon the Immediate Needs Assessment to provide an evaluation that looks out 5 to 15 years to assess the HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical Systems capacity accommodate the future needs of the facility.
  • Review and propose energy saving alternatives building envelope & MEP systems.

These recommendations provide both an immediate assessment of life safety issues and a long range roadmap that includes multiple alternatives or options that can be implemented over time.

Our Master Planning Reports provide a strategy for maintain the building systems infrastructure and quite often result in the construction and implementation of recommendations outlined.