By Roger L. Brauer

Many businesses waste funds on high priced building and preservation tasks. yet agencies can get rid of unneeded development expenditures and maintain huge tasks on the right track with the straightforward yet systematic method of defining development person standards offered within the moment version of "Facilities Planning". The author's method is appropriate to nearly all types of facility at any degree of making plans. Readers will the best way to: differentiate building-user wishes from wishes; choose to hire, purchase, renovate or promote; increase verbal exchange with designers, architects and contractors; and increase a plan attentive to altering consumer wishes. This up-to-date paintings comprises new chapters on house administration and usage, in addition to worksheets, kinds, word list and assistance on machine purposes.

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In Step 2, the user requirements themselves are defined and recorded. In Step 3, the data from Steps 1 and 2 are organized and documented in a form that is easy for designers to understand and use. This step is necessary because users' thought processes differ from designers'. Users think in terms of activities and organizational units, and designers think in terms of rooms, types of space, and amounts of space. Much of Step 3 is clerical and can benefit from computer tools (see Chapter 11). Typical Staffing User requirements and requirements data are derived from building users.

A bottom-up approach may develop a solid case for variances from top-down standards. Page 23Exhibit 2-3. Unique project data and general data that are used together to develop a building solution. The Process There are three major steps in the user requirements method, as illustrated in Exhibit 2-4. In Step 1, the operations and activities of users are analyzed: who will be in the building, what it will contain, and how it will be used. Essentially, Step 1 is an analysis performed to derive requirements data.

Specialists in facilities management will find Chapters 3 through 5 helpful in gaining insights for using URM in ongoing facilities and space management operations. Why User Requirements Are Important Once the idea of a building project comes up, people want to move ahead with the solution. They may feel that taking time to record requirements will only delay the project and be a waste of effort. The problem that caused the need for a project probably developed over many years, so it is important to take the time to define requirements carefully.

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