U Texas Health Science Center To Manage Space Use with Web based Service
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has selected an application from FM:Systems to improve space tracking and to reassign and reorganize underused space. The space information captured by the FM:Interact Web-based software will enable the center to process and report on the data needed to accurately recover indirect costs for research facilities. Also, the university will be better able to assign researchers adequate working area.
"With more than 2.5 million square feet and satellite campuses in Harlingen, Edinburg, and Laredo, we needed a solution that could interactively tie floor plans together, track occupant information, provide a database for all space information, and allow for reorganization," said Leigh Ann Kensky, director of facility space planning and real estate contracts for the Health Science Center. "With FM:Systems we can make our research space more productive and recapture unused space, ensuring we get the most value out of our facilities."
The center will also use the vendor's Real Estate Portfolio Module to track 30 leased facilities across the state in managing dates and expenses.
Indiana University in Bloomington and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL also use software services from FM:Systems.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.