Follow our list of many of the leading industry players, with information specific to their operations, real estate holdings, and services. For ease of use, the Buildings Census is divided into five general categories: Building Ownership and Development (firms that develop, own, and/or manage properties); Building Management (third-party management firms that handle real estate properties for others); Corporate Real Estate (facilities departments within major corporations that handle the company’s real estate activities); Institutional Owners (facilities/physical plant departments responsible for the real estate needs of major healthcare and educational organizations); and Government Agencies (facilities/physical plant/support services departments responsible for the real estate needs of federal government-related agencies).
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**NOTE: Numbers in parentheses refer to square feet in millions. The asterisk indicates that information was provided directly to Buildings magazine.
HCA is composed of locally managed facilities that include approximately 190 hospitals and 91 outpatient-surgery centers. At its founding in 1968, the Nashville provider was one of the nation’s first hospital companies and remains true to its commitment to the care and improvement of human life. HCA reports a total portfolio of 79-plus million square feet of space. Of this total, 200 office buildings make up approximately 12 million square feet of space (including the company’s six-building, 906,000-square-foot headquarters in Nashville). The 190 healthcare buildings add 67 million square feet to HCA’s portfolio.
Los Angeles Unified School District’s
Facilities Services Division (69*)
Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles Unified School District is building new schools and making its existing schools better through the largest school construction and repair program - $19.2 billion - in the nation’s history. The district is building more than 150 new schools for the students of Los Angeles (total K-12 enrollment in Fall 2005 was at 727,117, with an additional 137,929 students in Community Adult Schools and another 11,964 students in Early Education Centers for a grand total of 877,010). When the new-construction program is complete in 2012, the district will have built the equivalent of San Diego’s entire school district right in Los Angeles. And, the division will finish thousands of much-needed projects in existing facilities during this period as well. In 2006, 49 (2.1 million square feet) new construction projects and 2,777 modernization projects will be completed. Beyond 2006, the district estimates another 100-plus facilities, totaling 8.7 million square feet of space, will be constructed. Current numbers for planned modernization beyond 2006 are in excess of 6,000 “projects.” Maintenance and operations forces continue to provide superb service to students and employees by maintaining more than 69 million square feet of space within more than 13,000 buildings.
Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Operations (64.4)
With a mission of being the premier urban school district in the country, Chicago Public Schools’ operations department is responsible for more than 64 million square feet. To reduce overcrowding through new construction, 21 new schools, eight replacement schools, 34 additions, and 27 annexes were added, with capacity for an additional 39,085 students. Among other accomplishments, the department has also instituted a facility inspection program to establish a baseline of the condition of school buildings in order to determine needs and how to best direct repair funding.
Kaiser Permanente (46.2)
Kaiser Permanente is America’s leading integrated healthcare organization. Founded in 1945, it is a non-profit health plan. Kaiser Permanente serves the healthcare needs of members in nine states and Washington, D.C. Today, it encompasses Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and the Permanente Medical Groups, and has an affiliation with Group Health Cooperative, based in Seattle. Through a 10-year, $20-billion program that will include new hospitals and modernizations of existing medical centers, the organization plans to add to its 30 medical centers and 431 medical offices (totaling over 46 million square feet).
Health Care Property Investors Inc. (40.7)
Long Beach, CA
Established in 1985, Health Care Property Investors (HCP) has a $4.4-billion real estate portfolio as of March 31, 2006, including 534 healthcare properties in 42 states. Its properties consist of 29 hospitals, 156 skilled-nursing facilities, 138 assisted-living/continuing-care retirement communities, 185 medical office buildings, and 26 miscellaneous buildings (totaling 40.7 million square feet). HCP is the nation’s largest publicly traded real estate investment trust focused exclusively on the healthcare industry. It acquires high-quality, healthcare-related real estate in selected markets throughout the United States and leases its hospitals, skilled-nursing facilities, and senior-housing properties to experienced operators on a long-term basis.
Broward County (FL) Public Schools’ Facilities & Construction Management (32.6)
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
For the 2005-2006 school year, there are 264 Broward Public Schools: 138 elementary schools, 41 middle schools, and 31 high schools. There are also 16 adult/vocational centers and 38 charter schools. Broward County Public Schools’ facilities and construction management division is committed to providing safe and secure facilities by encouraging a positive learning environment through design, construction, improvement, and maintenance of educational facilities. Statistics note a total square footage of 32.6 million square feet.
Tenet Healthcare Corp. (27.8)
Tenet Healthcare Corp., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute-care hospitals and related healthcare services. With 17,948 licensed beds, the 70 acute-care hospitals owned and operated by Tenet subsidiaries in 12 states offer a wide array of medical services in 27.8 million square feet. Tenet’s hospitals aim to provide the best possible care to every patient, with a clear focus on quality and service. Tenet’s operating strategy is to create market-leading integrated delivery networks in specific regions of the country. These networks consist of clusters of acute-care hospitals offering a wide variety of medical services, augmented by ancillary healthcare services. In several cases, these networks are anchored by prestigious academic medical centers that offer the highest level of acute-care services. Tenet currently operates integrated regional networks in South Florida and Greater New Orleans.
Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools’ Department of Facilities and Transportation Services (24)
The facilities and transportation services department is responsible for providing preventive and corrective maintenance to all Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) buildings, grounds, and mechanical/electrical equipment. The department also provides project management for capital outlay and minor improvement projects, and manages the monitoring and mitigation of environmental hazards at FCPS buildings. Maintenance and repair services are provided for over 200 facilities containing over 24 million square feet of space. The Fairfax County School Board encourages the use of school buildings and grounds by the community for educational, recreational, civic, and cultural activities. Its Energy Savings for Kids program is part of an overall strategy to reduce energy-related expenses and divert the savings to instructional programs. One specific program (Energy Services Performance Contracting) not only reduces energy consumption, but also improves the instructional environment by providing better lighting, improved climate controls, and, in some cases, new windows.
Palm Beach County (FL) School District’s Facilities Management Department (23.7)
West Palm Beach, FL
With an enrollment of 176,162 K-12 students projected during the 2006-2007 school year, the Palm Beach County School District is the 11th largest school district in the United States. With 165 schools and 20 ancillary facilities (administrative offices, maintenance shops, warehouses, and transportation compounds) to manage, the district builds or rebuilds an average of 12 schools per year. The facilities management department is made up of six departments: planning, real estate, program management, building department, maintenance and plant operations, and the environmental control office. The department is responsible for 23.7 million square feet. Its FY05 capital budget includes: design/construction, $459 million; site acquisition, $12 million; major maintenance projects, $22.8 million. There are 700 people in the district’s department, keeping the schools in tip-top shape.
Michigan State University’s Physical Plant Division (21.9)
East Lansing, MI
According to the Michigan State University Physical Plant Division Building Data Book, the university owns and maintains more than 21.9 million square feet of space (676 buildings) on the main East Lansing, MI, campus. Maintaining the campus’ physical environment, the physical plant’s primary purposes are to keep buildings clean and sanitary; to operate, secure, maintain, and repair buildings and the campus utility distribution systems; and to provide an adequate and reliable source of electricity, steam, and potable water. Other key functions include services and facilities for reliable data, video, and voice communications to provide 24-hour campus directory information assistance; coordinating the planning and designing of major new facilities; planning the extension renewal and replacement of plant facilities; and achieving prudent energy usage.
Prince George’s County (MD) Public School District’s Maintenance Department (20)
Upper Marlboro, MD
Providing safe, comfortable, and nurturing environments for children and employees, Prince George’s maintenance department ensures the integrity and safety of facilities, processes nearly 40,000 work orders each year, and maintains 20 million square feet of facilities. Keenly aware of its role in supporting the mission of the school board, the department expends considerable effort accomplishing minor construction projects. It also handles various environmental concerns and satisfies a host of regulatory-compliance requirements.
The Pennsylvania State University’s Office of Physical Plant (19.6)
University Park, PA
Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant is committed to customer service and uses Continuous Quality Improvement principles and tools in its daily work (focusing on the improvement of processes, maximizing “value-added work” and striving to eliminate “waste,” and practicing teamwork). Responsible for the stewardship of the university’s physical assets, the department cares for the daily operations and maintenance of over 700 buildings, as well as administering real estate and overseeing the planning, design, and construction of capital facilities. There are currently 1,642 buildings in the Penn State system, totaling 19.6 million square feet. The division employs 949 full-time workers.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Schools’ Facilities Department (16.4)
As the largest school system in the Carolinas, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District estimates that, in the next 10 years, it will need 36 new elementary schools, eight new middle schools, and seven new high schools - as well as additions to existing schools. Anticipated total enrollment is also expected to rise by 53,000 in the next 10 years. With more than 16.4 million square feet in its current inventory, its most recent update to its Master Plan (a 2005 draft) uses new formula calculations for all schools, includes projected increases in exceptional children enrollments, does not count unfunded construction as existing capacity, and does not count mobile classroom units as permanent capacity.
The University of Iowa Facilities Management (15.7*)
Iowa City, IA
267 Educational Buildings*: 15.7 million square feet. Number of Professionals Involved Full Time in Facilities*: 627. The University of Iowa’s (UI) 2006 Master Plan is a fresh look at its campus and how it can respond to increasing academic and research demands while preserving the beauty of its physical environment, maintaining its unique identity, and minimizing any impacts on its neighbors. The plan guides the wise use of land, the location of new facilities and their relationship to one another, and the overall structure of open space and buildings that ties the campus together. Combined with projects already in planning, the facilities program in the next 10 years could total 2.1 to 2.4 million square feet. In its devotion to renewable-energy strategies and sustainable practices, the department encourages faculty, staff, and students to conserve energy. Its upcoming UI Energy Expo will feature information on everything from renewable fuels to wind power and sustainable design.
The University of Texas at Austin’s Facilities Services Department (15.4)
Supporting more than 15.4 million gross square feet of space in buildings located on its main research and teaching campuses, and several other specialized sites, the campus community is served by 850 facilities services employees working to provide building maintenance, preventive maintenance, equipment repair, custodial services, automotive-fleet maintenance, surplus-property disposal, transportation, and landscaping services. These services are provided to a campus community comprised of 15 colleges and 74 departments; within these colleges and departments are 18,185 full-time and part-time staff supporting 4,601 teaching faculty and 48,906 students.
The University of Florida’s Physical Plant Division (11.5)
The University of Florida’s Physical Plant Division (PPD) is dedicated to maintaining an environment conducive to learning, teaching, and research for the university community. A staff of 900 PPD employees provides service to 403 buildings - a total of almost 11.5 million square feet of space. The main campus consists of 1,965 acres connected by more than 12 miles of roads. PPD technicians respond to approximately 5,000 work requests per month, including an extensive preventive-maintenance program. Its services include routine repairs and preventive maintenance, elevator services, architectural/engineering services, landscaping/grounds maintenance, utility/infrastructure system operation and maintenance, and energy audits/energy-conservation programs.