Maintaining educational facilities takes a lot of work, especially for independent school campuses which often comprise a mix of new and historic buildings and can sprawl many acres. Routine maintenance and operations typically accounts for 12% of an independent school’s operations budget.* Schools are beginning to question whether or not to outsource facilities tasks as a way to alleviate the workload.
Atlanta-based construction and building consultant, John H. zumBrunnen, suggests taking a hybrid approach to outsourcing. John is quoted in a NBOA Net Assets article saying, “School should hire a top-notch facilities manager, who can serve as a conduit for outsourcing relevant tasks.” Top facilities professionals need technical skills as well as business and managerial skills.
Advantages of Outsourcing:
- Removes many HR headaches, such as background checks and payroll, which leaves your team with more time to focus on your mission.
- You aren’t just hiring for the position, you are hiring for the support as well. For example, if a contractor has a question, they have a pool of resources within their company to call on.
- It’s easy to scale up or down the number of personnel on campus to meet the demand of upcoming projects or events.
- Contractors are well-trained and up-to-date on the latest OSHA safety standards.
Outsourcing isn’t a fit for every school, but it’s worth evaluating to see if it would benefit your school. To learn more about the pros and cons of outsourcing facilities and operations maintenance, read NBOA’s Net Assets Article, “Who’s Going to Maintain the Campus?”
Whether your school decides to keep maintenance management in-house, outsourced, or a combination of both, automating your reactive and preventive maintenance workload can help you streamline the process and make your team more efficient. Learn more about SchoolDude’s maintenance management suite.
* Dahl, Darren. "Who's Going to Maintain the Campus?" Net Assets May-June 2015: 24-26. NBOA. Web. http://www.nboa.org/communities/community-home/lib...