City Colleges Facilities Assessment

Public Building Commission of Chicago
City Colleges Facilities Assessment
Dates: 1996 - 1997
Cost: $40 million

Project Detail

The Public Building Commission of Chicago  (PBCC) is responsible for operation and maintenance of all facilities utilized by City Colleges of Chicago.  In order to ensure a comprehensive, consistent Capital Plan, PBCC contracted with a team of professionals to study the entire College portfolio, as well as each individual facility, relative to the need for improvement.

dsi provided support in two areas on this project:  System Design and Data Management and Report Development and Production.

System Design and Data Management

In response to PBCC’s need to develop an appropriate Capital Plan for the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), dsi designed a unique system to record inspection data collected by technical specialists conducting on-site walk-throughs of each of the CCC facilities.  Using an approach that considered degree of risk associated with each noted deficiency, dsi developed a facility assessment database capable of reporting the results using various scenarios.  By analyzing these reports, PBCC can adjust their ultimate Capital Plan for Year One, as well as out years, to meet budgetary and other resource considerations, while ensuring that life safety and security, as well as facility integrity, are maintained during the process.

This systematic approach to assessment of facilities and development of a Capital Plan is unique in construction program management and sets the standard for future capital program planning.  In addition to its assessment and planning capabilities, this system will serve as the baseline for the capital program and can be utilized to monitor progress throughout construction.

Report Development and Production

In order to report the existing condition of the City Colleges of Chicago facilities and recommend a capital budget, the assessment team developed a three-volume report.  Volume 1 documented existing conditions; Volume 2 outlined current space utilization; Volume 3 recommended an approach to the Capital Plan.  dsi provided analytical and graphic portions of these three volumes, as well as producing various database reports sorted by priority of improvements, facility-specific, and by building system.