SUMMARY OF SERVICES PROVIDED
We help organizations plan for the future
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Same Page Workshop

In the strategic facility planning process, most people first focus on the physical environment. But you must first look at the big picture to fully understand what your organization’s workplace experience is, and what it should be, to understand how the physical workplace can best support the desired experience. We can help you arrive at that understanding by starting with a Same Page Workshop.

First and foremost, the strategic facility plan must be linked to the long-term strategic initiatives of your company. In the Same Page Workshop, we will help you understand the realities of your present workplace, explore the possibilities of what it will need to be in the future and identify and close the gaps between now and then. We will then help you develop the project drivers that are derived from the linkage of your facility strategy and your company’s business strategy. The project drivers will ultimately be the measures of your success in developing the strategic facility plan.

Strategic Facility Planning

The first and foremost objective of developing a strategic facility plan is to link facility management to corporate strategy. Strategic facility planning is the process of linking organizational goals and strategies with real estate, design and capital development policies and programs, thereby providing an effective context for effective decision making. Thinking strategically can mean the difference between proactively and reactively responding to the requirements placed on your facilities. Facility Futures uses a four-step strategic facility planning process. These steps are: • Understanding • Analyzing • Planning • Acting Facilities are typically a company’s second largest asset and must be carefully managed in order to positively impact the company’s bottom line. Strategic facilities planning is the first step. The success of a strategic facilities plan is dependent on the ability to identify, communicate and manage opportunities to help support your company’s business goals. With Facility Futures’ vast experience as facilities management practitioners, we have the ability to help you achieve that success.

Master Real Estate Planning

Just as the strategic facilities plan establishes a vision and direction, the master real estate plan conceptualizes that vision and the ultimate use and performance of your company’s facilities. Facility Futures will help you develop those overall strategies required to implement the strategic facility plan. The master real estate plan determines the how, when, and where of the strategic facility plan. Facility Futures will help you: • Identify the facility-related projects required to implement the master real estate plan, such as construction projects, capital maintenance projects, space reorganizations and reconfigurations, relocations and acquisitions. • Develop of project cost estimates for each project for the purpose of budgeting.

Workplace Design

Workplace design should never start with interior design. There are two significant steps that must first occur before interior design begins and two additional steps that should follow in concert with the interior design. These four steps are:
  • Qualitative Programming
  • Quantitative Programming
  • Space Planning
  • Furniture planning

Occupancy Management

The process that drives the planning and subsequently results in a successful implementation must be very carefully organized. There will be a variety of people involved along the way and the success of the process for the most part will be dependent on the input, expertise, skills and actions that they contribute and perform. ORGANIZING how, what and when they contribute and perform is the responsibility of the consultant. Individually, the input of these people will be of the utmost importance to the process. But because it is so inter-related, their input as a whole will be the most critical to the success of the move. It is truly a team effort and as such, the consultant’s other key responsibility is to COMMUNICATE the how, what and where so that every team member understands what their individual role is and how their input fits in to the whole process. We call this process Occupancy Management.

Organizational Planning

As a company grows, their facility needs also increase. In order to gain the maximum performance of your facility assets, the facility must be carefully and intelligently managed. Facility Futures can provide professional guidance to a company in several different ways.

Sustainability

Often times, companies that aspire to be sustainable aren’t quite sure where to start. Just as with any business strategy, “being sustainable” requires a company to develop a strategy around what sustainability means to them.

If you ask different managers in your company what sustainability means to them, you will likely get many answers to that question. The facility manager may answer that sustainability means energy conservation and a healthy indoor environment. The CFO may answer that sustainability means energy savings and commensurate cost savings. The Human Resources Vice President may answer that sustainability is about helping attract and retain the best employees. And the Marketing and Communications teams may say sustainability means corporate social responsibility and because of that, attracting new customers. Of course these are all correct answers. The sustainability triple bottom line is comprised of three aspects; financial, environmental and social, therefore sustainability can mean different things to different people. When these aspects are considered in an integrated fashion, sustainability becomes a very powerful tool for your company, and Facility Futures can help you leverage it appropriately.

Teaching

“The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Continuous learning has always been important in business and in today’s competitive marketplace it looms even larger. Mr. Sekula is passionate about education and to that end he is a certified instructor of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). He teaches two-day classes professionals in Leadership and Strategy, Business and Finance, Operations and Maintenance and Project Management. These classes are required for facility management professionals to earn the FMP (Facility Management Professional) designation as administered by IFMA. For FM professionals wanting to take the Certified Facility Manager exam and earn the designation of CFM (Certified Facility Manager), he also teaches the two-day CFM Exam Review class (http://www.ifmacredentials.org/fmp) If you want your facility management employees to expand their knowledge in facility management, enhance their careers and build pride in their abilities as FM practitioners, Mr. Sekula can come to your facility and teach these classes as he has at many organizations nationally.

Speaking

Mr. Sekula has delivered numerous presentations on facility management and business issues. He has made presentations at venues ranging from national conferences to individual organizations. Some of the presentations he has delivered are:
  • “Creating a High Performance Facility Management Organization”
  • “Paying Attention to the Soft Skills”
  • “Tribal Knowledge and a Diverse Workforce”
  • “Strategic Facility Planning”
  • “Developing A Vision for the Future”
  • “Sustainability and FM”
  • “Vision + Culture = Holistic Strategy”
  • “Creating a Positive Workplace Experience”
  • “What Makes a Workplace Great”
  • “Grassroots Leadership"
  • “Emergency Preparedness”
Mr. Sekula would be happy to speak at your conference, company event, or your departmental retreat. He will customize a presentation that is appropriate for your event.

Facility Management Outsourcing Transition Management

Today, the scope of outsourcing has grown. There are now many facility management outsourcing companies that “can do it all” by either putting a team of sub-contracted service providers together, self performing the FM services with their own personnel or a combination of the two. Many facility managers are looking for that one-stop-shop so that they can concentrate on strategy and planning. But outsourcing does not come without its challenges. There are scores of individual activities that are required to be accomplished for a successful transition to occur. And each case is different. In one case it may be transitioning from a combination of in-house and selected out-tasked services to a full service FM outsource provider. In another case, it may transitioning from one full service FM outsource provider to another. In the meantime, the facility manager still must focus his or her efforts on the day-to-day operations and the myriad of attendant details with little time left to oversee the transition. This is where Facility Futures can help. Serving as your “honest broker” we can act as the liaison between your outsource service provider and you to ensure that the transition is efficient and transparent.

Project Management

Most everything we do as facility managers eventually turns into a “project” whether it be an activity that cascades from our strategic planning efforts or one that is independent. Often times facility managers do not have the specific experience or expertise required to fully execute a project or they don’t have that expertise on staff. Even if they do, the time required to take care of day-to-day operations may not allow for the additional time it will take to accomplish a specific project. This is where Facility Futures can help. Our experience in all aspects of facility management allows us to free up your time or temporarily supplement your staff with the expertise to handle those projects. From developing a business continuity plan to managing a construction project, Facility Futures can help you successfully complete those projects.
 
 

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