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Teaching Facility Management Practices: A Case Study

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Capstone Design Projects

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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14.1136.1 - 14.1136.26



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Sarel Lavy Texas A&M University

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Dr. Sarel Lavy (corresponding author), Assistant Professor, Department of Construction Science, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3137, USA, e-mail address:

Dr. Lavy is a faculty member in the Department of Construction Science, which is one of four departments in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. He also serves as the Associate Director of the CRS Center for Leadership and Management in the Design and Construction Industry. Dr. Lavy is a member of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Lavy’s principal research interests are: facilities management in the healthcare and education sectors, maintenance management, and performance and condition assessment of buildings.

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Keywords: Graduate Education, Undergraduate Education, Facility Management, Case Study,

Condition Assessment.


The significance of facility management (FM) to the business success of companies and

organizations is steadily increasing. Business success is characterized not only by annual revenue

and profit margins, but also by the way various aspects of the building portfolio and environment

are maintained and operated. Examples for this include, but are not limited to, monitoring daily

maintenance, operations, and energy consumption; conducting condition assessments and

benchmarking studies; adapting and complying with policies and regulations; and assisting with

the implementation of the organization’s strategic and tactical planning. Often, facility managers

also confront stringent budget constraints; therefore, tools to assist in their decision making

should be developed and offered.

Universities, in a broad sense, are educational entities imparting higher education at

undergraduate and graduate levels and providing opportunities for research and development.

Universities offer academic programs to fulfill their goals of providing relevant education in the

desired field. Academic programs are formulated with a required course structure and generally

provided with a degree or certificate. One can argue that a higher level of educational outcome

and usefulness of courses offered in a program are very essential for universities1; however, not

only academic programs, but also the course and the curriculum, must align with program

Lavy, S. (2009, June), Teaching Facility Management Practices: A Case Study Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5388

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