Facility Executive: “Maintaining Flexibility in Facility Planning”

By Pete Zuraw

Facility Executive

In today’s market, to keep from committing resources to large-scale projects that suddenly lose validity or funding, many colleges and universities are striving to become more flexible in their planning. This means that most higher education facilities need to revisit the notion of plotting out long-term construction and renovation goals on five, 10, or 15 year plans.

Long-term construction plans remain necessary for governing the ongoing vision of a campus. However, in the short-term, it can be more effective to plan and allocate funds by revisiting plans as frequently as every 12 months. This ongoing planning helps ensure that investments are consistent with any short-term trends impacting the campus or the educational marketplace at large.