Facility Planning

As a logical extension for obtaining the best services throughout the project life cycle of a constructed facility, some owners and developers are receptive to adding strategic planning at the beginning and facility maintenance as a follow-up to reduce space-related costs in their real estate holdings. Consequently, some architectural/engineering firms and construction management firms with computer-based expertise, together with interior design firms, are offering such front-end and follow-up services in addition to the more traditional services in design and construction. This spectrum of services is described as follows:

Facilities management is the discipline of planning, designing, constructing and managing space — in every type of structure from office buildings to process plants. It involves developing corporate facilities policy, long-range forecasts, real estate, space inventories, projects (through design, construction and renovation), building operation and maintenance plans and furniture and equipment inventories.

A common denominator of all firms entering into these new services is that they all have strong computer capabilities and heavy computer investments. In addition to the use of computers for aiding design and monitoring construction, the service includes the compilation of a computer record of building plans that can be turned over at the end of construction to the facilities management group of the owner. A computer data base of facilities information makes it possible for planners in the owner’s organization to obtain overview information for long range space forecasts, while the line managers can use as-built information such as lease/tenant records, utility costs, etc. for day-to-day operations.


IBM is not responsible for finding a LEED’s Certified consultant in this phase of the project, unless otherwise stated in project procurement.

Project Goals:
Establish clear project goals and emphasize the Green Building standards early in the process. Emphasize the need for close collaboration and an integrated design approach throughout the project.

Develop project goals Using UF Goals should include designing for:

  • Energy efficiency
  • On-site renewable energy
  • Reclaimed water, rainwater or grey water for sewage conveyance
  • Healthy indoor air quality
  • Thermal comfort for increased occupant productivity
  • Increased access to daylights and views

Site Assessment

Perform site and climate analysis to understand the potential for passive strategies and optimal building massing and programming.

  • Document factors related to project site including site orientation, latitude/longitude, solar angles, prevailing wind direction and velocity, existing vegetation, heating and cooling degree days, utility rates, etc.
  • Identify mass transit system and bus stops around the projects as part of the overall site plan.
  • If applicable, identify opportunities and strategies for brownfield remediation or historic preservation – EPA Brownfields Program.
    Conduct asbestos survey in renovation and addition projects.
  • Analyze soil and begin the plan for erosion and sedimentation control. Evaluate the soil to determine if it can handle increased stormwater flow rates from development.
  • Evaluate the site for drainage and stands of native species.
  • Present to University LVL Committee for guidance and approval.