Rochester Area Company Launches Municipal Facilities Management Initiative
7/10/2012 8:49 AM
THE CABOT GROUP has offered innovative real estate solutions for over 40 years. The company's record of innovation continues today. THE CABOT GROUP recently announced a municipal and not-for-profit facilities management division to help communities and community organizations reduce costs associated with managing local facilities.
This initiative would allow village, town, and city municipalities and organizations to reduce operational expenditures by an estimated 30%-40% by employing strategies and best practices proven to increase efficiency and reduce costs and use of community resources.
"It is more important than ever to deliver the highest level of value to our community. We are confident that we can deliver significant results for municipal and organizational projects and management of any size or nature" says Bruce Hunt, VP of Facilities Management for THE CABOT GROUP. He continues, "With the current budgetary demands facing our region, we feel it is time to deploy these resources to the community."
Outsourcing facilities management for municipal and community organizations is not a new idea. Select communities and organizations across the country have employed 3rd party facilities management to reduce costs, allowing each to launch new programs and focus on their core objectives.
Raleigh North Carolina has outsourced municipal facilities management functions for the last 12 years. The city began with their parks & recreation facilities. Today this model has been adopted for all facilities; administrative buildings, sports facilities, parks, even school districts. It has been estimated that this decision has saved the community tens of millions of dollars and has allowed the city to adopt new projects and programs.
Most recently, the YMCA of Kansas City announced that it would be outsourcing over 650,000sf of facilities. Mark Hulet, Chief Operating Officer of Kansas City YMCA notes "...we want to continue to do what we do well. Outsourcing the facilities management would allow us to continue to focus on our mission in the community and get the strategic help we need in making sure our facilities are clean, well-maintained and efficient."
Controlling cost and creating operational efficiencies are only side-effects of this program. Allowing communities and organizations to focus on their core business is the ultimate benefit of deploying such a program within community facilities and organizations. "We hope to deliver the same level of success to the Rochester Community that other regions have experienced deploying these resources. We feel that having these resources at hand will allow Rochester to remain ahead of the curve and continue its history of innovation.