A Fresh Approach to Facility Planning and Preventative Maintenance
15 Jul 2015
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By: Don Epp


Hello, my name is Don Epp.  I assumed the role of Facility Planner with SARC in March 2015.  My role is to assist SARC Member Agencies to plan, coordinate, and implement capital projects that will provide the required services for individuals experiencing disabilities.  For the past 9 years I was the Maintenance Manager in a large senior’s housing complex in Saskatoon.  Through that experience I gained a great deal of knowledge about the financial benefits of planning for maintenance as predictive and preventative maintenance were standard procedure. 

In the past few months I have had the opportunity to visit a number of SARC Member Agency group homes and day centers.  I have met many caring individuals all of whom have the well-being of the individual served in mind.  During these visits I have noticed some common maintenance issues that can easily be remedied.    

The purpose of this blog is to draw your attention to maintenance tasks around a group home or day center to prevent a small problem from becoming a major financial concern.  For example a flooded basement can be prevented by careful landscaping and ensuring clean eaves troughs.  Another example that takes little effort is implementing a schedule to replace the filter in your furnace/central air in order to save money in the long run.

It is often said that the quickest fix is not to have the problem in the first place.  This is one of the reasons why SARC’s facility planning services are so crucial to SARC Member Agencies. By practicing preventative maintenance and following the best practices and procedures many costly maintenance repairs can be avoided.  For non-profit organizations this is extremely important because time and resources are so precious, spending a little bit of time now can save you plenty of stress in the future.    

Whether you have a dedicated maintenance person or if maintenance is done on the fly the upcoming tips will help you to have a building (either a home or a day program) that is safe, comfortable and efficient for individuals who live and work there.  The goal is to make sure the staff of the agency can dedicate their attention to the individuals served not extensive maintenance issues.

I look forward to sharing these tips with you each month and feel free to contact me anytime you have any additional questions at

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