Moving into 2023, healthcare, science & technology, and academic institutions are in dire need of institutional strategies to increase their overall sustainability, lower their carbon footprint, increase their energy efficiency, and improve their resiliency. To this end, clients need solutions from their trusted consulting partners that drive sustainability improvements in the face of staffing challenges, inflating project costs, and project schedules stretched from chaotic supply chains.
The past year continued to relentlessly challenge facility owners and operators; the aftereffects of the pandemic morphed into an emergence of economic inflation, serious staffing shortfalls, and severe supply chain disruptions. These challenges brought about an operational storm most haven’t witnessed for decades; many having not seen the combination in their career. Fitzemeyer & Tocci’s institutional client base now must deal with these headwinds while striving to significantly increase the overall sustainability of their organizations to meet regulatory, political, and environmental justice needs. Organizations need to put sustainability at the forefront to meet the growing expectations of their customers, users, boards, and staff.
Fitzemeyer & Tocci’s 2023 Thought Leadership program will focus on these challenges and bring additional clarity and solutions to our institutional owners and efforts to help them press forward on improving their sustainability, lowering their carbon footprint, and meeting organizational goals. Each year, our Thought Leadership program consists of four quarterly guides, each providing a deep dive into the annual focus; this year targeted Sustainability Growth in the Face of the Storm.
Our first quarter guide will focus on how strategic infrastructure design methods can be used to successfully plan and implement sustainable focused building infrastructure improvements to advance institutional organizations towards their goals while controlling both construction and operational costs within limited budgets.
The second quarter guide will help with the significant challenge of staffing shortfalls being experienced by facility planning and operational groups. The guide will provide insights, strategies, and examples of how sustainable infrastructure upgrades, recommissioning, and other improvements can reduce the personnel load on facility operational groups and streamline planning efforts.
Our third guide is intended to cut through the chaos in today’s infrastructure equipment supply chain. The guide will present sustainable infrastructure project strategies that efficiently and effectively increase the lifespan of existing equipment, strategies for accelerating the execution of infrastructure procurement, and sustainable design concepts that can be used to upgrade and replace infrastructure systems more successfully in long lead time environments.
Our last guide this year is intended to help provide a better roadmap for our owners in their quest for sustainable infrastructure development. The guide focuses on how to successfully develop a strong sustainability master plan for future building infrastructure improvements and keep pace with organizational goals, make best use of infrastructure dollars, and protect against the rapidly, and sometimes unexpected, changing needs of building infrastructure systems.
Scott LeClair, PE