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Capital Projects & Energy Professionals Add Value To Institutions

Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing recruitment initiatives among facilities management (FM) departments within hospitals, healthcare systems, universities and colleges. Last week, we outlined the diverse competencies that are desired in FM professionals and, in this post, we discuss two specific types of professionals that are providing value to these institutions:

  • Capital Projects professionals

With construction activity increasing for new facilities and renovations, healthcare and higher education institutions are finding value in securing professionals who understand how to manage the planning, design and construction of large and complex projects. This includes knowledge of construction management, the benefits and risks associated with alternative delivery methods and a solid understanding of applications such as Building Information Modeling (BIM).

To assume these responsibilities, organizations are seeking experienced senior level project managers and LEED AP-certified professionals.

Advanced certifications and degrees related to capital project building programs are also of interest to institutions including Professional Engineering Licenses, Architectural Registrations and Project Management Professional designations.

  • Energy Management professionals

After salaries, utility costs are the largest single line item institutions have and they are always looking for ways to reduce these expenditures. Tremendous opportunities in savings can be realized through optimizing equipment, practices and efficiencies.

Currently, the energy management roles that are showing increased demand are Director of Sustainability, Director of Utilities, Commissioning Manager and Energy Manager / Engineer.

The ultimate objective of securing these individuals is to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. As well, these professionals are accountable for: obtaining the best prices on utilities through aggressive purchasing; effectively upgrading equipment to achieve better efficiency and a strong return on investment; and improving usage metering.