Strategic Asset / Maintenance Services
In todays complex built environment it is imperative that facilities and buildings not only meet the needs of users but are maintained at the highest level throughout their life cycle. Within the educational sector most buildings are purpose designed to fit key modern educational requirements - Integrated Learning Environments (ILEs) are a perfect example.
10YPP AND STRATEGIC ASSET MAINTENANCE
The 10 year planning process (10YPP) governs how schools in New Zealand plan their infrastructure spend. Through an exhaustive condition assessment process educators and boards have a clear 10 year picture of how they will be funded to upgrade or expand school infrastructure.
What the 10YPP does not do though, is support or train educators and boards on how to maintain existing infrastructure through a dedicated asset / maintenance program. Whilst School Support works tirelessly to complete 10YPs for schools across New Zealand, we also provide an additional Master Plan service to train and educate schools on how best to maintain / enhance existing school infrastructure over the longer term.
THE SOLUTION - MASTER PLAN
By adopting a more sophisticated and strategic approach to asset maintenance, schools save themselves money by reducing waste and limiting duplication. The key is to strategically target their maintenance spend.
By extending the life of existing infrastructure schools can also secure a significantly enhanced outcome when it comes to allocated Ministry funding, based of course on 10YP assumptions. It stands to reason that by better maintaining existing infrastructure, schools will target a larger proportion of Ministry funding where it is most needed and wanted - on new educational spaces and associated buildings - rather than repairing old worn out and neglected assets that have been poorly maintained for a long time.
A concern often raised by schools is the infrequent or too frequent nature of maintenance visits by operators who simply design for them a basic property maintenance contract. Under the School Support Asset Maintenance program we develop a Master Plan for the client. This achieve the following outcomes:
- We conduct an onsite audit and condition assessment of existing infrastructure (in some instances we've done most of this work through the Ministry of Education 10YP process).
- We don't just assess the 'condition' of infrastructure. We also address spacial planning, habitation, geographical location (high rain fall areas like the West Coast of the South Island), occupancy, traffic frequency, age demographic of users, etc.
- We then prepare a schedule of maintenance works, forecasting well in advance all relevant work plans, skills needed and associated costs.
As you can see the Master Plan process means we don't visit schools randomly. Under our model when we visit schools there is always a reason and these are dictated by predetermined control points in the Master Plan process.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
By adopting a more strategic approach clients (schools) transfer a great deal of their Health and Safety obligations to third party sub-contractors. This is of course a process we totally manage on the clients behalf. Rather than have a groundsman / caretaker tramping on roofs completing wash downs, insured contractors who specialise in the task undertake the work.