If you subscribe to Facility Executive's monthly magazine you will have noticed that Beaverton School District was featured in an article entitled School District Tracks Space Use. Kathy Gray is the facilities use coordinator for the district, which is the third largest in the state of Oregon, and her team devised a means to utilize cloud based tools to improve use insights and controls for building requests and access for after hours events. Through this program the organization is reducing confusion and costs through communication and utilization of applicable resources.
"Utilizing an online form and changing the approval process makes facility scheduling faster and saves school principals a lot of time. The district also changed the fee structure based on visits with peer institutions. The new, tiered fee structure now charges more for fields and auditoriums versus classrooms. We are still early in the process, but the district expects to recover a majority of costs especially by recouping custodians’ overtime rates."
Local Facilities Manager's Connection (LFMC) recently covered this topic in a tour of the Northwest Christian University where some of their access controls were the result of several test programs with facilities, IT and their trusted vendors. You can read more about that discussion HERE and join us for our next meeting by getting the information HERE. We are proud of our Oregon facilities innovators and managers being recognized for their hard work! If you are looking for opportunities to connect with local facilities peer and collaborate for ideas as well as resources, join the LFMC email list and visit us for our next meeting. You can read our LFMC article on networking featured in Facility Executive HERE.
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