A 2015 survey found 92 percent of Americans believe that the quality of public-school buildings should be improved. However, keeping up with the daily operations and maintenance costs of aging buildings and infrastructure is an ongoing challenge for many districts. Layer on the cost of adhering to new health and safety standards, meeting greater accessibility requirements, providing for new learning methodologies, and integrating modern technologies and already stressed school budgets break. This situation puts District Facility Managers in the uncomfortable position of having to do more with less.
In this paper we address common issues found in older academic buildings and identify ways to plan for and solve these issues in a way that improves building infrastructure, lowers operating costs, and mitigates financial loss.