Today’s corporations, institutions, health systems and municipalities are faced with operating and maintaining aging and inefficient infrastructure with unsustainable economic and environmental impacts. Facilities Optimization Solutions (FOS) is a performance-driven consultancy driven to help clients manage their facilities with an innovative suite of services.
Our focus is delivering assessments and plans driven by data and results.
Our teams are led by licensed architects and engineers with decades of expertise in the planning, design and delivery of facilities across all markets. We leverage our keen understanding of the interdependence between key building systems when developing analysis, recommendations, deferred maintenance deficiency correction costs, and current replacement values facility condition benchmarking metrics.
We have developed, maintain and utilize our own proprietary software to perform Comprehensive Facilities Conditions & Adequacy Assessments. As assessors, architects, engineers and planners, we designed our software, FOCUS™ (Facility Optimization Client Utility Software), with the purpose and goal of efficiently conducting assessments to facilitate strategic planning, project planning and beginning pre-design scenarios in a simple, intuitive and relevant manner. FOCUS™ provides both a current state benchmark of conditions and the ability to report, strategize, plan and update improvements and corrections. Our team is able to pair this data with strategic recommendations and highly accurate cost estimates prepared by our in-house construction cost estimated team as an integrated piece of FOCUS™.
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Texas HHSC, Ten-Year Plan for State Psychiatric Hospitals & State Supported Living Centers
Transforming a Care System in Texas
Looking to transform the behavioral health and developmental disabilities system across the state, the Texas Health and Human Commission (HHSC) engaged CannonDesign to conducted independent studies of the provision of services in state-supported living centers and the state psychiatric hospital system. In total, this effort encompassed 20 million sf over 26 campuses statewide and included spaces such as classrooms, laboratories, clinical spaces, office, administrative and sport and recreation facilities. These studies provided evidence-based insight into the state system’s operational, infrastructure and real estate needs and associated costs. The final report includes actionable recommendations and a strategic plan that help right-size bed needs across the state, reduce average length of stay, consolidate building assets and lower operating costs. The project leveraged multi-disciplinary teams across CannonDesign and completed in four months. Read more.
Boston College, Boston, MA
Extending the Value of Key Residential Buildings.
Needing to understand the current state of its Rubenstein and Ignacio Residence Halls to help them continue to drive value, Boston College teamed with FOS to evaluate the existing infrastructure. The goals for the project were to build understanding around the facilities’ fire protection and fire alarm systems, potential kitchen and bath needs and interior finishes. Because the building needed to be out-of-service to complete the work, FOS developed a phasing plan to maximize the off-line time for the completion of other infrastructure upgrades. This schedule also introduced strategic cost options for implementation.
Saint Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO
A Roadmap for a Health System’s Future Facility Needs
FOS assessed several major healthcare facilities totaling over 1.7 million sf to establish current conditions and determine deferred maintenance and improvement needs along with associated costs. The facilities included surgery suites, bed towers, clinical suites, radiology spaces, laboratory, data center and more. The process involved staff questionnaires and interviews, on-site analysis, cost estimation and final reports. The FOS team also executed an exhaustive on-site survey of all major facility system components. Ultimately, a final report highlighted and prioritized corrective actions for deficiencies based on need and cost estimates for the short- and long-term.
City of Buffalo
Creating a 21st Century Facility Management Program
CannonDesign’s FOS division was part of a team that executed facility assessments for more than 3.3 million SF of Buffalo city-owned facilities, including fire, police, civic and sports facilities. FOS alone then delivered short- and long-term planning solutions for all of the city facilities. This data has enabled the City to build and begin to execute a multi-year, multi-phase plan to update its facility management systems and create a cutting-edge system capable of helping them make informed asset management decisions. This extensive plan encompasses capital planning, real estate and property management, maintenance coordination and management, energy conservation and document management. Read More.
Cornell University, Washington, DC
Assess. Evaluate. Plan for the future.
Our FOS team conducted a comprehensive facility condition assessment at Cornell University’s Wolpe Center in Washington, DC. The 25,000 sf assessment of the envelope and interior systems evaluated the condition of exposed foundations and visible structural members, exterior roof and flashing system assemblies, wall cladding and soffit systems, window and door assemblies, storefront systems, louvers, exterior stairs, balconies/guardrails, and structural systems. The assessment also evaluated accessible and barrier-free travel into and within the facility, including pavements within 10 feet of the accessible entrances, auto-door hardware systems, exterior lift, interior elevator and corridors.
University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Evidence-Based Plans for the Future
The University of Maryland Medical Center required comprehensive facility conditions and adequacy assessment for its urban campus comprised of 4 million sf distributed across 20 buildings. The spaces included classrooms, research and lab spaces, acute care space and ORs among others. The scope of the effort included document review, interviews with key personnel, field inspections on critical building systems, testing and measurement, energy payback analysis and development of FCI ratings via our FOCUS™ software. Our teams also provided lifecycle analysis, cost estimates and detailed recommendations on correcting deficiencies.
Charlotte County, Florida
A Path Toward Fiscal, Physical + Environmental Stewardship
Charlotte County in Florida worked with FOS to execute a comprehensive facility condition assessment of 1.7 million sf at 115 municipal facilities and sites across the county – located on the west coast of Florida. Facility types includes parks, sports venues, cultural centers, libraries, justice centers, fire stations, emergency operations centers, jails, community centers, election and county administrative facilities and utility structures. This effort resulted in a comprehensive plan highlighting recommendations, cost estimate and deficiencies.