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Adulthood Life Stage (30-49 years)

The five general lifecycle stages of facilities can be identified as follows:

The fourth stage of a facility starts at about 30 years. Some of the shorter life assets (that were first replaced in life stage 1) will now require their second round of renewal. The owners and their property manager are now challenged with a facility containing a range of assets of different ages (multiple baselines) and deteriorating at different rates. 

Maintenance, Repairs and Renewals

Stage 4 of the building lifecycle is characterized by the following attributes:

  • Maintenance.  Maintenance during this stage is essentially no different from the earlier life stages. The owners continue to focus on the maintenance of all critical systems. The quality of the preventative maintenance program will help mitigate the rate of deterioration of some of the assets.
  • Repairs.  Functional obsolescence, style obsolescence and legal obsolescence need to be managed carefully at this stage. Also, the factors impacting the deterioration of assets will be discussed in an upcoming bulletin.
  • Renewals.  At this stage the owners will encounter the largest and most expensive of the asset renewal projects, such as the replacement of the windows and wall cladding assemblies
Project planning in this life phase is generally front-end loaded.

Listed below is a summary of the types of renewal projects that often occur during the “adulthood“ life stage of a building:

  • Exterior Cladding.  Some exterior wall cladding assemblies will reach the end of their useful service lives and require renewal during this life stage.
  • Fire Alarm Panels.  Fire alarm systems are prone to technological obsolescence, which affects the availability of replacement parts. The replacement of the panel can sometimes trigger the need to replace all the field devices throughout the building, such as smoke alarms and heat detectors. 
  • Exterior Roadways. After 20-30 years of continued exposure, the asphalt roadways and concrete paved areas will likely require rehabilitation. Signs of deterioration will include alligator cracking and potholes.
  • Interior Redecorating.  Style obsolescence sometimes drives the need to replace interior finishes and furnishings in the lobbies, hallways and amenity rooms.

Some photographs of these types of assets are included for reference.

Buildings in the adulthood lifecycle stage tend to have the following general attributes:

Fig. Life stages of a typical residential building

Fig. Life stages of non-residential buildings

Our cartoon character ("I. Care") is debating whether we can reach life or extend life of assets
Fig. Our cartoon character ("I. Care") is debating whether we can only "reach" life or, in some cases, "extend" the service life of assets.

Fig. A strategic plan in which large capital projects occur during the earlier half of the planning horizon. This is characteristic of buildings in the adulthood life stage and old-age life stage.

Fig. A funding scenario in which special assessments occur during the earlier half of the strategic planning horizon. This is characteristic of buildings in the adulthood life stage and old-age life stage.

Fig. Roof renewal is a common project that occurs in the adulthood life stage.

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