About The Program

About the Facility and Property Management Program

Program Overview

By Dr. Jeffrey Campbell

 

It has always been difficult to explain exactly what facility management is. Some years ago I developed a graphic that visually displayed the role that facility managers have. That role is of leadership, communicating and coordinating the activities of professionals and technicians.  Facility management is all about leadership. Owners and investors are getting wiser and need qualified and competent facility managers that can work at senior levels to better manage the real estate portfolio and facilities that are a critical part of any business entity. Facilities and real estate represent 20 to 40 percent of the total assets of general business. This has typically been an under-managed area of business for many years because it has only reflected accounting depreciation and ignored deferred maintenance and actual market value.  Times are changing. Studies show that the first cost (construction cost) of an average office building in the U.S. today is only 27 percent of the total life cycle cost. That means that 73 percent of facility costs take place after it is built. Energy costs are soaring and there is a scramble to determine the best ways to better manage and control costs. Adapting to new technologies in our buildings is becoming a major concern and challenge. Roofing, parking structures, safety and security continue to be important and are taking O & M funding. New contract methods and techniques are bringing new space on-line more quickly. Churn rates are up and quicker re-adaptability of space is expected. All of this adds up to the crying need for professionally trained and qualified FPM leadership. I believe that IFMA and the IFMA Recognized Programs are well positioned to provide the leaders of the future of facility management and meet this crying need.

Brigham Young University is a private university sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Facts about the University, including national ranking information can be found at the BYU Fact File site.  Our Mission Statement "Our work is to bring forth Zion, and produce the Kingdom of God in its perfection and beauty upon the earth." (Discourses of Brigham Young, pg. 443.) 

The BYU Facilities Management Program will assist in the perfection, beauty and operational knowledge of physical facilities in bringing forth Zion. Our work is to be a world leader in facility management education, physical asset management and facility research. Our work is to bless the world through the dispensing of this knowledge. 

BYU Educational Intent:  The following four sections discuss the expected outcomes of the BYU experience. A BYU education should be (1) spiritually strengthening, (2) intellectually enlarging, and (3) character building, leading to (4) lifelong learning and service. Because BYU is a large university with a complex curriculum, the intellectual aims are presented here in somewhat greater detail than the other aims. Yet they are deliberately placed within a larger context. The sequence flows from a conscious intent to envelop BYU's intellectual aims within a more complete, even eternal, perspective that begins with spiritual knowledge and ends with knowledge applied to the practical tasks of living and serving. (Taken from:http://aims.byu.edu/aims)

BYU Honor Code:  The first injunction of the BYU Honor Code is the call to "be honest."  Students come to the university not only to improve their minds, gain knowledge, and develop skills that will assist them in their life's work, but also to build character. "President David O. McKay taught that character is the highest aim of education" (The Aims of a BYU Education, p. 6). It is the purpose of the BYU Academic Honesty Policy to assist in fulfilling that aim. (Taken from: https://honorcode.byu.edu/)

 

Facility Management Faculty

Faculty expertise - The program faculty are internationally recognized and have won several national awards. Because of the broad scope of the program, it incorporates course work from several disciplines and integrates the expertise of University faculty, notably in areas such as the nationally renowned Marriott School of Management and award winning faculty in Construction Management. Students enjoy a close advisory relationship with the program coordinator.

Special programs - The program enjoys close coordination and cooperation with the national award winning physical plant division of the University. A variety of internships and special-problem activities can be arranged to augment your experience.