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Jun 19
2017

How to Develop Building Portfolios for More Strategic Project Prioritization

by Sightlines

Download our latest guide, “Planning for the Future: Strategies to Reduce Facilities Risk and Improve Investment Prioritization”, for more practical insight into facilities planning strategies that help establish a better prioritization framework and create more useful, long-term assessments. All too often, facilities managers at higher education institutions think of their facilities as having similar needs..

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Mar 23
2017

Utilities Cost Reduction Ideas for Long-term Planning

by Sightlines

Over the past few years, one of the bright spots in facilities budgeting has been the relatively low cost of utilities. Lower oil prices have reduced institutional energy costs — from heating and cooling buildings to fueling university cars and heavy equipment. Sooner or later, however, these costs are going to rise again. That’s why..

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Mar 16
2017

Sustainability in Higher Education: 3 Steps to Reinvest in Sustainability

by Robin Xu

This post is based on research that informed the definitive report on sustainability in higher education, “State of Sustainability 2016: The Life Cycle of Higher Education Facilities”, from Sightlines and the University of New Hampshire.  Download the report here to see complete findings.  Many higher education campuses now face growing capital need in their facilities..

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Mar 16
2017

4 Tips for Setting Priorities in your Capital Improvement Plan

by Sightlines

Many higher education institutions today face maintenance backlogs on existing physical plant at the same time that recruits, students and alumni are demanding newer and better facilities. Consider, for example, a small college that — for the first time — makes a deep run into the NCAA basketball tournament. They’ve got a great coach who..

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Mar 8
2017

4 Questions to Ask Before Outsourcing Services at Your College or University

by Sightlines

Educational institutions work hard to provide the best possible college experience for students while keeping costs under control. Colleges and universities are complex organisms, requiring a wide range of skills to staff, manage and maintain them. To put all of these skills on payroll would be prohibitively expensive, so most institutions outsource some subset of..

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