IBM has launched projects to help three of the country’s largest school districts maintain profitable campuses amidst budget cuts, according to a company statement.
School districts involved in the program are using IBM smarter building technology to help school systems “make smarter decisions on how their physical assets, such as school buildings and facilities, are used.”
The IBM smarter building technology, IBM TRIRIGA and Maximo software, is meant to allow the 95 percent of schools in the country experiencing budget cuts as high as 20 percent, to use existing facilities more efficiently.
The Palm Beach Country school district, the 11th largest in the country, used the technology to identify and lease 3,000 rooms and buildings that is expected to generate $4.5 million this year.
Portland Public Schools, the largest district in the Pacific Northwest, will use IBM TRIRIGA for its modernization programs on the district’s buildings, which average 70-years-old.
“By finding a quick and efficient way to identify and predict which areas on campus require attention, we’re able to fast-track our modernization efforts while also achieving cost savings on reactive maintenance,” said Andy Fridley, data analyst of Portland Public Schools.
The IBM software has helped PPS to reduce facilities management costs by 15 percent and have helped boost modernization speed by 46 percent.
The Clark Country School District in Las Vegas, the 5th largest nationwide, used IBM Maximo to update maintenance systems and practices in close to 36 million square feet of building space.