Pasadena City College passes new facilities maintenance plan

Pasadena City College passes new facilities maintenance plan

The recently approved Facilities Maintenance Master Plan at Pasadena City College included recommendations from the Budget and Resource Allocation Committee on how the campus can improve its campus maintenance programs. 

The Pasadena City College Courier reports that the committee is preparing for the school's 100th anniversary, and the the master plan includes a solution for deferred maintenance. These projects would be funded by the $15 or $16 million that wasn't spent in the Measure P initiative, or potentially through a $300 million bond. The state is expected to pay up to $50 million. 

"We have $15 million. Should we spend or should we not spend it?" asked assistant superintendent and senior vice president of business and services Robert Miller.

But despite the urgency to get the plan to paper, the actual maintenance would not start for another few years, the news source stated. 

"We won't know what the budget is until we developed a conceptual of the design that supports the Educational Master Plan and what the needs are of the campus," said executive director of facilities Rueben Smith. "We don't know what the time frame would be, [but] we still have some needs in the next four to five years."

The school has already spent about $160 million on renovations, which are part of the Measure P project, however many repairs remain. These include a renovation to the school's arts building, elevator upgrades and improvements to classrooms. However, the school leaders say it will be better to do things right, rather than do things quickly. 

"We're not running a race here," Miller added. "We're going to take our time, [and] we're going to do it right because the end result is going to be a campus that is rebuilt for the next 50 years."

According to the news source, PCC officials have given themselves a projected five-year time frame in which to perform the most crucial repairs. These include repairs on more than 56,000 square feet of empty building space, potential demolition projects and general upkeep procedures and restroom upgrades. 

All over the country, schools are focusing on campus maintenance, but are going about improving it in different ways. John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, recently announced that it had formed an agreement with one maintenance management company that will provide building maintenance, landscape maintenance and other repair activities at the 16 campuses found around the state.

Campuses found in the A&M System are expected to save as much as $92.3 million in facility support across the next 12 years. 

"Saving money without losing quality of services provided or employee jobs was critical to us in our search for a partner to manage these services," Sharp said. "And I believe we have found the right partner to ensure our success."

Using maintenance management software can help keep deferred maintenance costs down.

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