STP1029

    Matching Building Performance to Organizational Needs

    Published: Jan 1990


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    Abstract

    A standard practice for measuring the office building requirements of organizations and the performance of buildings in meeting those requirements (ORBIT-2) is described. Using this method four alternative strategies for meeting an organizations building needs, current and future, are examined. These strategies include maximizing building performance, striking an average, maximizing a few demands stereotypically associated with an organization type, and carefully matching the building performance profile to the needs profile of a particular organization. Building requirements for five very different organizations are also compared against the performance of a representative sample of 20 North American office buildings using the ORBIT-2 process.

    There is no such thing as a universally ideal building — “one size does not fit all”. A building can fail to meet organizational needs by overperformance thus wasting resources through unneeded and unused capacity, or by underperforming which negatively affects organizational effectiveness.

    Keywords:

    office buildings, building performance, building appraisal, organizational needs, building needs, building requirements


    Author Information:

    Sims, WR
    professors of facility planning and management, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

    Becker, FD
    professors of facility planning and management, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York


    Paper ID: STP18947S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E06.21

    DOI: 10.1520/STP18947S


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