In a time of aging buildings and increasing backlogs, facilities at institutions across the country are currently in need of drastic change.  As project backlogs near $100/GSF at many segments of campuses, deferral levels will…

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Common thinking among college facilities management professionals is that the age of facilities dictates capital investment.  On the whole this is true for things like roofs, chillers, boilers, or other building components.  But it is…

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Usually, when a member of the Sightlines’ team is in a college classroom, we are performing walk-throughs, gathering data or making a presentation to campus leaders or board members. On a recent occasion, I had…

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What impact can facilities have upon college costs? At most institutions, facilities are the largest asset — often triple or quadruple the value of the endowment. It is not surprising, therefore, that having top-quality facilities…

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As colleges and universities continue to evaluate unique ways to look at the financial interrelation of space, capital and facilities investment on campus, many institutions are looking into the implications of privatizing non-educational facilities. While…

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In what could be an emerging trend, the University of Maine System (UMS) Board of Trustees recently took steps towards improving the footprint of their campuses by allowing leaders to downsize through the sale and…

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For more than two years, Moody’s, Bloomberg, Bain and others have been warning about the sustainability of the higher education model. The renowned Sweet Briar College’s announcement highlights the issues that colleges and universities are…

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Over the years, we have referred to numerous studies indicating that the physical appearance of a college or university’s campus is an important contributing factor to academic performance and the sense of community. Fittingly, Examiner.com…

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