According to ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, schools received a grade of a D or Poor, on an A-F scale, one of the lowest grades an infrastructure received. The assessment is conducted every 4 years on major infrastructure categories in the U.S. The criteria evaluated includes: capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety, resilience and innovation.
Grades across many infrastructures have been near-failing for years due to delayed maintenance and under-investment. Schools are in similar situations with the increase in deferred maintenance backlog and a lack of preventive maintenance to extend the life of buildings. According to ASCE’s Report Card, national spending on school construction has diminished to approximately $10 billion in 2012, which is half the amount spent prior to 2008.
When ranked by state, the top 5 states in need of the most funding are:
- California - $25.4 Billion in funding needs
- New York - $21 Billion in funding needs
- Texas - $12.5 Billion in funding needs
- New Jersey - $10.4 Billion in funding needs
- North Carolina - $9.8 Billion in funding needs
The state with the lowest funding need was Vermont, which still has an incredible $325 Million in funding needs! Click here to see a complete U.S. map of all state funding needs.
California, the state with the highest infrastructure funding needs, recently released its 2014-2015 Education Budget, which addresses deferred maintenance backlog across California’s K-12 and higher education system. The California Community College (CCC) system has developed its own approach to address deferred maintenance backlog, including structured prioritization of maintenance projects.
College of the Desert, a community college in Palm Desert, CA, implemented SchoolDude’s work order, preventive maintenance and capital planning solutions to help better plan its building renovations. Read how College of the Desert sustains campus growth with a comprehensive maintenance suite or watch the webcast featuring Steve Renew, Director of Facilities Services, as he discusses the college’s capital planning needs in more detail.
K-12 schools and college campuses across the country are facing the same challenges around
poor infrastructure and deferred maintenance backlog. Check out this whitepaper to learn more about decreasing deferred maintenance and read how your peers have implemented successful preventive maintenance programs to reverse this trend by extending the life of their buildings and equipment.