MaintenX International Provides Insights on Higher Education Facility Maintenance Trends

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MaintenX wants educational facilities to anticipate upcoming maintenance needs and trends.

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Facility managers can help ensure that campus buildings are environmentally friendly, high-tech and ready for the next generation of learners.

Managing a higher education facility is no small task. From building upkeep and new construction to classroom amenities and tech-enabled process changes, university facility managers must stay up on trends and best-practices to ensure their school can provide a top learning environment. Facility management is an important aspect of being able to retain students and faculty on campus.

“Curriculum and prestige play a role when selecting a university, but university facility maintenance and upkeep are equally important,” said Bill Schaphorst, MaintenX’s VP of Business Development. “Facility managers can help ensure that campus buildings are environmentally friendly, high-tech and ready for the next generation of learners.”

For more than 35 years, MaintenX has provided facility managers with school maintenance services. Here are some higher education facility management trends to help you stay at the head of the class:

Aging Infrastructure: Facility managers face challenges with upkeep for older facilities. Many times, funds are directed at creating new, exciting buildings like dormitories or research labs, making it easy to neglect older structures. However, facility managers can help reduce unexpected costs by completing preventative maintenance for older facilities before costly breakdowns occur.

Tech-Driven Differences: Modern maintenance often requires a level of technological knowledge. Facility managers can have trouble in retaining maintenance crews who are able to repair both old and newer, more complex systems. However, creating repair process manuals can help bridge this gap and provide lasting institutional knowledge, despite maintenance crew member turnover.

Maintenance Programs: Many higher education institutions face financial constraints, like smaller budgets and enrollment numbers, while also dealing with demand for updated campus facilities and amenities. Creating a preventative maintenance program is one way facility managers can help mitigate costs to the university. Preventative maintenance can help provide consistent, expected costs for maintenance services, extend the life of expensive equipment and systems, as well as reduce the likelihood of a costly, unexpected breakdown. Enlisting the help of a maintenance provider, like MaintenX, can be an easy way for facility managers to ensure preventative maintenance is scheduled, logged and completed.

Eco-Minded Maintenance: Students are increasingly mindful of the environmental impact of their choices, including the college they choose to attend. Facility managers can appeal to new students by engaging in environmentally sound practices. For example, many cleaning products contain VOC’s, which contribute to the creation of ozone and asthma-inducing smog. Instead, facility managers can use low- or no-VOC cleaning products. Implementing green cleaning is good for the earth and for the health of students and staff on campus.

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MaintenX International is a fully-licensed, facilities repair company. They are one of the largest national self-performing facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S. MaintenX has created a network of knowledgeable and professional technicians throughout the country. With their team of well-trained technicians, MaintenX self-performs and manages facility maintenance for clients. In the event there is not a MaintenX technician in the area, the company has fostered a network of preferred vendor partners throughout the country to provide superior service for their clients. For more than 35 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains, and Fortune 500 companies nationwide.

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