The term facility management is similar to property management although not exactly the same, while both involve the day to day operation of the facility in the property; such as cleaning, security, etc. The property management has an expanded scope which includes property leasing and marketing activities. The facility management takes account of human needs of its tenants, the use of the buildings and other constructed facilities in the built environment which involves the maintenance and care of engineering services installations.
Facility management is actually an interdisciplinary field primarily devoted to the maintenance and care of commercial or institutional buildings, such as hotels, resorts, schools, office complexes, sports arenas or convention centres.
The facility manager duty includes;
• Care of air-conditioning
• Running and maintenance of standby generators
• Plumbing and lighting systems
• Upkeep of common areas (parts)
• Gardening and landscape maintenance
• Lifts and elevators
• Dump waiters
• Security etc
The aim of a good facility management programme is to make the subject property and the facilities function perfectly to the delight and happiness of the occupants who enjoy good quality services for their money and on the part of the owner, good returns on his investment which is kept in the best shape at all times.