BAISCA specializes in the collection of data and the development of reports related to facility issues in school districts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and other states in the Southeast. We produce valuable reports, including North Carolina’s Five-Year Facility Needs Survey, asset inventory and assessment, and long-term operations and maintenance plans.
Five-Year Facility Needs Survey
Every five years, school districts in North Carolina are required by law to complete the Five-year Facility Needs Survey, which helps to inform the Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI’s) budget and resource allocation. The next cycle of the Five-Year Survey is the fall of 2020, with the anticipated deadline for the report in early January 2021.
During the previous cycle, BAISCA completed the Facility Needs Survey on behalf of nine North Carolina districts.
Asset Inventory and Assessment
The name “BAISCA” is actually a two-part acronym for “Building Asset Inventory” and “Single Component Assessment.” We respond to a school district’s need for detailed information concerning a specific building system at multiple sites, such as parking lots, classroom technology, or HVAC equipment. We then develop survey instruments, dispatch field technicians to collect data, and deliver executive-level reports for decision-making and planning.
We conduct the following services related to building assets and components:
- Building asset inventory: list of particular items associated with a building or group of buildings.
- Single component assessment: an analysis of one or more values associated with a building asset such as condition, life-cycle, replacement cost, etc.
BAISCA meets the ongoing need for school administrators to obtain accurate information about their school facilities in order to make important decisions. Updated information is critical in order to address specific maintenance issues and for long-term school planning purposes.
The company is led by Andrew LaRowe, who first encountered facilities assessments in 1987 as a result of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). This law required every building material in every room of every public school across the entire nation to be inspected for the presence of asbestos. In his role with Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina, Andrew quickly adopted the use of emerging technology to organize the massive amount of data to be collected and reports to be developed. He continued to experience needs for building asset inventories and single component assessments in his positions in the educational sector, as chief operations officer for Guilford County Schools, N.C., and in the commercial sector.
The BAISCA team includes seasoned veterans in the school planning and management fields. BAISCA has consulted with numerous school districts in the state of North Carolina and has partnered with companies serving the public education facilities in the Southeast.