FUSION (Facilities Utilization, Space Inventory Options Net) is a database of 80 million square feet of California Community College facilities that tracks the condition assessments and develops cost modeling for maintenance projects, enabling colleges to plan budgets and help facilitate the passing of much-needed bond measures. The FUSION project team is comprised of representatives from California's 72 community college districts, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.
Facility Condition Assessment
Our Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) program provides discounted and quality-assured assessments for all California Community Colleges. An FCA is a professional, methodical review of a facility’s key components and systems such as foundation and waterproofing, heating, ventilation, and electrical, in order to define problems, develop cost estimates, and create plans for repairs.
There are two levels of FCA—a life cycle systems assessment (Level 1) and a comprehensive assessment (Level 2).
Comprehensive Assessment (Level 2)
A Level 2 (L-2) assessment is a detailed physical survey of the condition of existing facilities, during which the assessors document hundreds or thousands of current deficiencies. These deficiencies are added to the L-1 Component building system life cycles to determine a comprehensive facility evaluation of both current deficiencies and future renewal costs. It is a tool for facility managers to identify specific deferred maintenance and capital renewal items to repair or replace.
The Comprehensive Assessment delivers a facility database and cohesive planning and construction programs based on reliable data. As a result, we can better procure repair and correction work economically.
The FCA program provides data gathered by architects and engineering teams. These teams may be supplemented with building-type or system-specific specialists when appropriate. Using national cost database modeling, existing records, plant staff interviews, onsite surveys, and facility experience, our team identifies facility and infrastructure architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing conditions, focusing on what is new, old, good, bad, broken, expiring, renewed, missing, or inadequate. The findings are stored in software that catalogs current deferred maintenance and future capital renewal costs.