Preventive Maintenance Guidelines for School Facilities / Edition 1

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This easy-to-use system for K-12 schools comes with a book, wall chart, and electronic PM forms designed to help maintenance professionals identify, assess, and address equipment and material deficiencies before they become costly malfunctions. Over 40 checklists cover all areas of schools, organized by building systems such as HVAC, roofing, and lighting, and by areas such as classrooms, cafeterias, auditoriums, and playing fields.

The checklists include comprehensive details on what to look for, how often, and what PM procedures are required to preserve the integrity of the school. Inspection frequencies are broken into intervals-from biweekly to every five years.

Expert guidance on:

  • Estimating
  • Repairing deficiencies
  • Outsourcing
  • Budgeting
  • Training staff 
  • Record keeping
  • Conducting regular inspections

The system can be customized for special conditions of facilities by using the electronic checklists downloadable from the book's website. A laminated wall chart is included to track progress.

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Editorial Reviews

Maciha (a consultant for a variety of facilities) and contributing author and editor Armstrong (project engineer and facilities manager) provide guidance on the preventive maintenance (PM) requirements unique to schools. The text covers the special needs of elementary through high schools; the critical contribution of PM, implementing a system, common tasks, and successful protocol; budgeting and funding; estimating costs; and biweekly, monthly, semi-annual, annual, and five-year checklists that are organized for logical walk-throughs of the buildings and grounds. Also contains customizable electronic checklists and a reusable wall chart for annual maintenance. Oversize: 10.75x11.75<">. Three-ring binder format. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876295793
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: RSMeans Series , #41
  • Edition description: PACKAGE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents


About the Author and Contributors.


How to Use This System.

Part One: Maintenance of Schools vs. Other Types of Facilities.

Basic Assumptions.

K-12 Facilities.

K-12 Student Populations and Maintenance Challenges.

School Building Materials, Wear Factors, and Maintenance Requirements.

Current and Future Challenges in the K-12 Population.


Part Two: Preventive Maintenance in Schools.

The Critical Contribution of Preventive Maintenance (PM).

Implementing a Preventive Maintenance System.

Common PM Tasks.

Establishing a Successful PM Protocol.


Part Three: Budgeting and Funding.

Funding for Public and Private Schools.

The Budget Process for K-12 Schools.

Factors That Affect the Budget.

The Twelve Precepts of Budgeting.

Preparing the Budget Back-up Sheet.

The Five-Year School Improvement Plan.

Achieving the Best Results, Despite a Shortfall in Funding.


Part Four: Estimating Preventive Maintenance Costs.


Components of PM Task Estimates.

Overhead Door.

Extinguishing System.


Cooling Tower.

Toilet Facility Service.

Beverage Dispensing Unit.

Emergency Generator.

Emergency Lighting.


Swimming Pool.

Chain Link Fence Gates.

Part Five: Preventive Maintenance Checklists.


Key to Terminology.


Automatic Gates/Doors.

Lighting: Exterior and Interior.

Security Systems.

Special Requirements.


Alarm Systems.

Fire Alarm Water Flow Testing.

Doors and Windows.

Gas Connections.


Business Offices.

Kitchen and Dining Areas.





Locker Rooms.

Swimming Pool.




Track and Field Areas.


Tennis Courts.

Exterior Stairs, Decks, and Landings.

Maintenance Carts.

Non-Power Gates.

Special Requirements.



HVAC Systems.

Smoke Alarms.

Structural Members.

Special Requirements.


Emergency Generators.

Backflow Devices.

Electrical Systems.

Fire Extinguishers.

Hot Water Heaters.


Gutters/Roof Drains.

Sewer Laterals.

Irrigation Controllers.

Storm Drains.

Special Requirements.

Every Five Years.

Fire System Certification.

Special Requirements.

Appendix: PM and Maintenance and Repair References.

Figure A.1 Average Cleaning Times.

Figure A.2 A Summary of Basic Cleaning Solutions.

Figure A.3 Maintenance and/or Repair Procedures for AC-DC Motors.

Roofing Maintenance.

HVAC Maintenance.

Playground Safety and Maintenance.


Bibliography and Recommended Reading.



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