The State of Alaska: Tackles Statewide Deferred Maintenance
The largest U.S. state by area, Alaska is roughly twice the size of Texas and one-fifth of the entire United States.
Alaska’s Division of Facilities Services (DFS) maintains over 2,000 facilities (across 14 agencies) with a combined 19 million square feet of space and an overall replacement value of $8.6 billion. Some of the more prominent agencies with facilities include the Department of Transportation, University of Alaska System, Department of Administration, Department of Corrections, Department of Health and Social Services, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and Department of Natural Resources.
In 2019, the state’s deferred maintenance costs increased by more than 10% - from $1.8 billion to $1.97 billion. Deferred Maintenance (often called a backlog) encompasses all the facilities’ maintenance and repairs that have been postponed due to lack of resources, construction, or repair schedules. Deferred maintenance projects are items that cannot be addressed through preventative maintenance timelines.
Prior to 2019, most of Alaska’s agencies were independently managing their own facilities’ preventive maintenance and deferred maintenance. Furthermore, the state found that multiple, redundant systems were being utilized. Each with their own systems, interfaces, and capabilities. Without a centralized system in place...