Facility Condition Assessment

Facility Condition Assessment

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.

FCA Benefits

Improve Facilities Data

  • Define facility problems to discover what is broken and what is missing.
  • Validate needs for funding programs, community, support, bonds, etc.
  • Gather defensible data from independent third parties for justifying capital expenditures.
  • Define parity and equity issues between county, district, campus, or individual buildings.
  • Develop mandated reports and address code issues.

Streamline Facilities Management and Improve Facility Conditions

  • Allow facilities and maintenance personnel to better plan, manage, and direct work.
  • Support facility renovation and renewal to protect mission-critical teaching, research, and support functions.
  • Provide schools with a local database system with facilities data.
  • Facilitate one-time data entry.
  • Prioritize short-term planning issues.
  • Create budgets for deficiency corrections.
  • Identify long-term strategic planning approaches to develop a Capital Renewal/Deferred Maintenance program.

Lower Facilities Maintenance Costs

  • Enable horizontal procurements and enhanced project development.
  • Improve ability to complete projects on time and within scope and budget.
  • Purchase from current and future Collegebuys.org facility contracts and obtain significant discounts on selected construction materials and equipment.

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Contact Us

Walter Kerns
Director of Facilities, Systems & Services
1102 Q Street
Suite 4800
Sacramento, CA 95811
T: 916.325.8571
F: 916.325.0844
E: fusionhelp@foundationccc.org

Foundation for California
Community Colleges

1102 Q Street, Suite 4800
Sacramento, CA 95811

Toll Free: 866.325.3222
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Who we serve

The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 116 colleges and 73 districts, serving nearly 2 million students.

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