One thing that makes facility management, ahem, interesting is variety. There is no end to things that can go wrong with the building itself, to say nothing about complaints from occupants. Fortunately, there are also plenty of opportunities to add value. A look at this year’s FMXcellence honorees shows how many ways there are to do that.Westminster Schools is a great example of bootstrapping an energy and water efficiency program. The facility department has taken a methodical approach, building on success year after year.And an internal initiative of the facilities office of the Ohio Department of Transportation led to a customer-centric master planning process that replaced a cookie-cutter way of handling facility replacements.Sometimes, the impetus for a program comes from outside the facility department. U.S. Customs and Border Protection developed an efficient way to meet new mission requirements for 31 land entry ports after Congress funded a $420 million modernization effort. Des Moines Public Schools also seized a major opportunity when Iowa voters OKed a statewide sales tax for education. The Students First program produced a major overhaul of city schools.And in Leon County, when government bodies aimed to consolidate public safety functions, the facility department earned their trust and produced an innovative mission critical public safety building that has won praise from its occupants.Last but not least, this year’s honorees include a turnaround story. The facilities department of The George Washington University aspired to be carbon neutral and needed a way to fund projects to move toward that goal. The Eco-Building Program has produced significant energy savings and made changes in the design and construction process that will pay dividends for years to come.
If your facility department has completed a project or program that added significant value to your organization, consider applying for FMXcellence recognition. Click here for four benefits of recognition.