Boston's Resilient Buildings Plan
From libraries, to fire stations, to BCYF community centers and schools, the City of Boston manages more than 350 buildings across the City that are vital for many of the services we provide. Years of deferred maintenance on key facility infrastructure like boilers, heating, ventilation, and cooling, often results in a detrimental impact to service, or worse, a complete shutdown of services. To break this cycle, new investments will ensure that our buildings are resilient and modernized to keep running for years to come. Boston’s Resilient Buildings Plan will expand our property management workforce, scale up our preventative maintenance practices, and prepare us for a better long-term capital planning schedule to modernize our facilities.
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We’re committed to supporting, funding, and allocating the resources necessary to revamp and re-energize the buildings that serve our vibrant Boston communities every day. Here’s how we’ll make this plan a reality:
- Increasing Staffing Capacity and Making Concrete Financial Investments: The FY24 budget allocates nearly $1.7 million dollars in new facilities maintenance positions and maintenance contract funding. These investments will significantly scale up our ability to maintain our facilities. Seven new positions are largely dedicated to maintaining our community centers.
- Detailed Assessment of our Facilities: Similar to Mayor Wu’s Green New Deal for Boston Public Schools, we intend to commission a specialized firm with expertise in complex facilities to conduct a Facilities Condition Assessment (FCA), a thorough inspection of the major components of each City building to produce a dataset of information about the conditions of each property. The FCA will also provide a list of recommendations for the best way to repair, replace, and renovate City buildings for the years ahead in order to get ahead of major issues and disruptions.
- Informing Long-term Capital Planning and Future Facilities’ Budget Requests: The data provided from this assessment will help generate insight on the buildings that are in most need of attention. With the help of Asset Essentials, a property management software platform that tracks work orders and capital projects, we will be able to utilize this data to inform smarter long-term planning and ensure longevity of our facilities across the city. The platform will use live data from our buildings to forecast expected costs in the future which will support critical budget requests in a data-driven manner.