When we read Forbes recently released list of America’s Top Colleges 2015, we were filled with pride. We are proud to work with 9 of top 10 institutions and 20 of the top 25. In…

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In the early 1980s, experts were raising red flags about the looming capital challenges facing Higher Education. These warnings elevated concerns about structural and mechanical systems literally and metaphorically caving in, and drew attention to…

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According to a recent article by Inside Higher Ed, recent political speeches have knocked “increasingly common and luxurious college amenities like climbing walls and lazy rivers” on college and university campuses. The politicians have cited…

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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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Here is another example of how taking a hard look at the simplest metrics can yield big results. Stories about institutions actually downsizing their campuses have been in the news lately, the most recent being…

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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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