Facility assessments have a vital role to play when it comes to the upkeep and maintenance of a property or building. Facility assessments are provided with careful attention to detail and multiple checks available. Public, private and institutional owners all benefit from having a Facility assessment carried out on their property, as the advice they are given is valuable with regards to the upkeep of the building.
A facility assessment, or Property Condition Assessment, is vital when it comes to managing a building, investing any money into a building or if you're looking to sell, as well as managing any assets, capital or finance. A Property Condition Assessment (PCA) checks for any visual or physical damage to a property that could lead to much larger issues in the future and so would need to be repaired.
Condition Assessment Includes:
- Walk-through Survey
This involves the field observer walking around the property in order to survey the condition and state of the building itself. If any defects or visual cause for concern is to be found on this walk-through, the observer will take note of it in order to document it in the report which has to be written.
- Document and Personnel Interviews
The observer will then review any documentation supplied by the client that may back up any observations on the walk-through, or in order to check any concerns the client may have. This part of the process also involves speaking with any maintenance staff in an informal interview to receive any more relevant information.
- Final Report
The observer will then compile a final report based on the walk-through which will give the client a breakdown of any defects, and recommendations on what to do next.
Client Supplied Information
In order for the field observer to do their job properly and compile a thorough and informative report, the client should try to supply any and all relevant documents pertaining to the building itself, including (but not limited to);
Any warranty information available with regards to all aspects of the building (roof, chimneys, boilers, gas tanks, electric boxes, etc), all safety inspection records, appraisals, certificate of occupancy, any records indicating the age of all basic building material systems (plumbing, electrical, roofing, paving, etc), any previous improvements done, any costs for previous repairs, any violations of any basic codes (for example, fire codes), any previous property condition assessments done and any drawings and/or specifications for the building when constructed.
Other Types of Reports
- Environmental Compliance – This report is designed to make an owner aware of any building material issues a property may have prior to demolition, renovation or occupancy. The final report includes any regulated materials that must be addressed before any further work can be done.
- Building Systems Life-Cycle Analysis – This report is to give the owner of a building a good idea on how long particular systems within the building have left before repair is imminent. This can include boilers, coolers, roofing, paving, private roads, water and sewage systems, amongst others. The report will give a detailed analysis on the cost of repair as the system stands in its current state, or an estimated cost of repair for the system in the future. This report can also help with deciding the future of obsolete systems and facilities as well as budgeting and investing wisely in systems to ensure a good life-cycle.