Thursday, August 18, 2016

Report: University of Washington facing $1B building maintenance backlog - Kim Slowey, Education Dive

A recent consultant report found that the University of Washington in Seattle has a $1 billion backlog of repairs and maintenance for its aging campus buildings, The Seattle Times reported. Consultant group Sightlines found that the $15.7 million UW spent in maintenance in 2015 included only 20 cents per square foot of preventive work, well below the 45 cents per square foot spent by other universities. UW's facilities dilemma is representative of other universities that expanded in response to increased college enrollment in the 1960s and 1970s. According to Sightlines, U.S. universities have a total repair and maintenance backlog of $30 billion.

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