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The need for a comprehensive facility decision-making process

Erik Carl Backus (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, USA)
Jakob C. Bruhl (Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, US Military Academy, West Point, New York, USA)


ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 30 July 2021

Issue publication date: 5 January 2022




The facility decision-making process (FDMP), as described in this paper, is a framework based on decades of proven effectiveness in analogous military applications. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate key factors which justify the need for the FDMP before describing the FDMP.


This paper conducts a literature review as it relates to facilities specific decision-making, puts forward a new concept for those processes and provides an abridged case study of the concept in application.


Facilities management is a key function for nearly every type of business or enterprise. As part of facilities management, many decisions are made about physical assets that a business or enterprise owns or maintains. Currently, there is no uniform decision-making framework, in literature or in practice, which enables consistency, robustness and scalability for facility management decisions. Such a framework would enable facility managers to effectively justify decisions related to capital and operational expenses.

Practical implications

The FDMP provides a robust procedure for facilities managers and engineers that enables enhanced strength in the face of business enterprise scrutiny as compared with the often-intuitive decision-making processes currently used in practice.


This novel conceptual process articulates the opportunity to provide for a comprehensive facilities decision-making process that enables better decisions especially as it relates to what are often ill-defined problem sets in facilities management.



Backus, E.C. and Bruhl, J.C. (2022), "The need for a comprehensive facility decision-making process", Facilities, Vol. 40 No. 1/2, pp. 40-55.



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