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During planning and design of a facility, its performance and serviceability should be considered for its entire service life. The structure or shell should be planned for 50 or more years even if the building systems and internal fittings will be retrofitted in half that time. The need for rigorous evaluation of all components on a life-cycle basis is described, as applied to facilities that can cope with change: the technologies of 25 years hence cannot be predicted, churn rates are increasing, hitherto unrecognized environmental impacts must be avoided or mitigated, and external economic and regulatory constraints are increasingly burdensome. In this context, ownership is compared to leasing. The need for a building history and facility program are discussed.
adaptability, building, change, facility, facility management, life cycle, maintenance, operation, owner, performance, service life, serviceability
Facilities Operations Manager, TRW Space & Defense, Redondo Beach, CA