Operations and maintenance (O&M) expenses can account for as much as 80 percent of a building’s life-cycle costs. Yet, working with facility professionals during the design phase of the project can alleviate these costs and help optimize building performance. The National Institute of Building Sciences Facility Maintenance and Operations Committee (FMOC) will host a one-hour webinar, Design for Maintainability: The Importance of Operations and Maintenance Considerations during the Design Phase of Construction Projects, on Friday, September 14, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET to highlight the benefits of getting early O&M input.
Darrell Rounds, FMA, CEM, the immediate past chair of the FMOC and a current member of the Institute’s Board of Directors, will conduct the webinar. He will discuss how “Design for Maintainability,” a methodology that links O&M goals to the design process, can be applied to any organization.
With more than 20 years of experience in facilities maintenance and operations management, Rounds serves as a facility engineering manager responsible for electrical and mechanical systems within the Sustainable Workplaces organization at the General Motors Company (GM). In this role, his group leads the electrical and mechanical design activities for new construction and major renovations. His former duties as a technical group manager entailed maintaining the technical oversight for facilities operations at 16 manufacturing operations totaling 52 million square feet and containing assets with an approximately $7.5 billion total replacement value. He previously led the facilities maintenance, industrial cleaning and asset sustainment activity for GM, where he and his team of engineers were responsible for prioritizing facilities asset sustainment initiatives, problem solving and disseminating facilities maintenance best practices across GM’s vast portfolio. He is a member of the Professional Facility Management Institute (ProFMI) and serves on its advisory body, the ProFMI Commission.
National Institute of Building Sciences brings together labor and consumer interests, government representatives, regulatory agencies, and members of the building industry to identify and resolve problems and potential problems around the construction of housing and commercial buildings. NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was established by Congress in 1974. For more information, visit nibs.org or follow @bldgsciences on Twitter and Facebook.
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