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Physical Facility Assessments
Healy | Bender provides a range of services designed to help meet your unique needs. We’ve prepared this overview to explain Physical Facility Assessments.
A Physical Facility Assessment is not the same as a mandated Life Safety Survey for public schools. Foremost, it is meant to provide a general overview of existing physical conditions including building envelope, building interior, and electrical, plumbing, HVAC, fire protection and low voltage systems. Whereas a Life Safety Survey reports on health and life safety violations, a Physical Facility Assessment analyzes the age and condition of major site and building components of which poor or aging condition may not necessary be a health and life safety or code violation. An example of this might be the existence of non-insulated, single-pane glazed windows. Non-insulated windows may not necessary be a code violation in older buildings, but they certainly should be considered for replacement.
The process begins with an initial walk-through by Healy | Bender and it's consultants. We also review existing plans and information made available by the client and discuss with operating personnel any known deficiencies. This helps ensure that we address and make recommendations for aspects which are known issues but may not be readily evident. For example, a mechanical system that does not supply adequate air conditioning to a remote classroom may not be experienced during a December visit.