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CFaR Current Project Abstracts

Reducing Risk: An Examination of Use and Perceived Effectiveness of Risk Management Strategies at NCAA Collegiate Athletic Facilities

Principal Investigator:
Angela Hayslett
Lecturer, Hart School of Hospitality, Sport & Recreation Management
James Madison University
Emeka Anaza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Hospitality, Sport & Recreation Management
James Madison UniversityThere are numerous collegiate athletic facilities in the United States for which exists a need for effective risk management strategies. For athletic facility managers to reduce risk, they should understand which risk management strategies are used and are effective.

The purpose of this study is to explore which risk management strategies NCAA Division I (D-I), II (D-II), and III (D-III) athletic facility managers use and their perceived effectiveness.

There are two research objectives for this study:

  1. To explore which risk management strategies are used by NCAA athletic facility managers
  2. To examine NCAA athletic facility managers perception of the effectiveness of risk management strategies to reduce risk

Deploying Disruptive Technology with a Disruptive Approach to Leadership

Principal Investigator:
Adam Lawver
Director of Campus Services
Michigan State University
Sean O’Connor
Retired Chief of Staff, Facilities
Michigan State University

How do you advance a culture of high performance? The highest levels of performance require the deepest levels of trust. As you deploy disruptive technologies—“changing the game” for how you do what you do—then fostering trust becomes equally or more important than the actual technologies being deployed.

The research provides examples of how we deployed disruptive technologies to improve our performance and described in detail the leadership approaches taken. New technologies not yet deployed are also provided along with the leadership approaches we will take once we begin deployment.

To measure the effectiveness of the leadership approaches to foster deep trust, we have deployed an internal survey to measure the current levels of trust and will continue to deploy new ways to measure our progress of leaders to foster trusting relationships among the workforce.

Planned Preventive Maintenance – Decision Support System

Principal Investigator:
Theodore J. Weidner, Ph.D., P.E., AIA, F.ASCE, DBIA, CEFP
Associate Professor
Division of Construction Engineering & Management
Purdue University
Dr. Soojin Yoon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Construction Engineering Technology
Oklahoma State University

Preventive maintenance is an important and yet little-studied area of facility engineering. It is unclear if preventive maintenance does what the name suggests (prevent future maintenance) or whether it is just a way to keep maintenance employees busy. It is necessary to analyze data from facility maintenance records to determine the efficacy of preventive maintenance and to determine if there is benefit either through reduced annual costs, increased component/system life, or a combination of the two. Utilizing the data from higher education facility maintenance organizations may provide an answer.
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Custodian Impact on Student Success

Principal Investigator:
Steven D. Gilsdorf, CEFP
Director, Custodial Services
Western Michigan University

The role of custodial personnel is often overlooked and undervalued in the equation for student success. This study will identify behaviors of custodial personnel that have a potential positive impact on student success, and ask the question, “What role behaviors are presented by custodial personnel that impact student success in university settings?” The study will identify additional areas where FM organizations can provide important and relevant support toward student success.

Multi Criteria Decision-Making Models for Repair and Replacement Decisions of Condition-Based Building Maintenance

Principal Investigator:
Deniz Besiktepe Karaman, B.Arch., M.Sc.
Ph.D. Student
Colorado State University

Aging and rising building stock have critical importance on a country’s economic and social well-being. For institutional organizations, particularly those with large building portfolios, an effective facility management approach is required to ensure these buildings function properly for their missions. The main purpose of this study is to generate a decision-making model for the effective repair and replacement decisions for building maintenance. The research will also identify the benefits of repair vs. replacement decisions with the proposed condition assessment support framework and MCDM compared to decisions given without model. Even though cost and budget are typically considered as the main factors in the decision-making process of building maintenance, concerns such as health and safety threats, loss of use, and lower performance will be emphasized as other significant factors in the decision-making process.

Measuring the Current Practices of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Principles Used in the Procurement of Flooring in Higher Education

Principal Investigator:
Jeffrey L. Campbell, Ph.D.
Brigham Young University, ret.

The purpose of this research is to measure and understand how TCO principles are and are not being used in the procurement of flooring in higher education. By measuring the current practices of TCO principles used in the procurement of flooring in higher education, APPA and other stakeholders will better understand:

  • what the most important variables there are in the flooring purchasing decision
  • if TCO principles are actually impacting the long-term ROI (return-on-investment) for one variable (flooring) in colleges and universities
  • what the current level of TCO knowledge is understood in the procurement of flooring
  • what the current level of actual TCO application is being practiced in the procurement of flooring
  • what enablers and inhibiters there are in gaining TCO knowledge and actual application.