Plant operation and maintenance (PO&M) provides for the repair, replacement and renewal of failed infrastructure elements including associated equipment and materials used in day-to-day, routine activities. A general rule is that PO&M applies to the actual building infrastructure. In other words, if you turned the building upside down, all those elements are not attached to the building would not be considered part of the PO&M scope.
School facility operation services include the day-to-day running of the school facilities. These services include but are not limited to: energy management; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); cleaning; inspections; opening and closing schools; boiler operation; responding to daily emergencies; mowing grass; generating work requests to maintenance. In general, Facilities Services is responsible for operating the physical plant to provide optimal learning and teaching conditions.
There are three main maintenance functions:
- Regular maintenance - generally repairing or replacing building components, equipment or operating systems
- Preventive maintenance - proactive maintenance aimed at preventing unexpected equipment or building components, equipment or operating component failure; performed on regular intervals throughout the school year, preventive maintenance is planned and not reactive.
- Emergency Maintenance - maintenance staff respond to unexpected equipment breakdowns, building component failures, accidental or deliberate (vandalism) damage.
Facility Services requires the expertise of all the traditional trades as well as building operations and custodial services.