Diagnoses causes underlying the deterioration of college and university physical plants. The fundamental problems are: 1) lack of integration of physical plant concerns with the institution's broader mission; 2) the low priority given physical plant needs; 3) the isolation of the physical plant director from institutional decision-making; 4) lack of awareness of requisite funding; 5) ineffective management of physical plant staff; and 6) inefficient use of institutional facilities. The report recommends: 1) establishing a facilities planning group; 2) conducting a thorough physical plant audit; 3) improving plant department management; 4) analyzing the fit between programs and facilities and allocating space accordingly; and 5) implementing a comprehensive energy management program.
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