Standards and Cost Estimates

AME’s in-house capability and experience in standards development is unique to the industry. Examples are:

· preventive maintenance standards
· maintenance, repair, and replacement cost standards
· standard templates for most operation and maintenance categories of work

Means M&R


AME’s preventive maintenance standards include tasks, frequencies, labor hours, and material costs. The base set of preventive maintenance standards that covers the typical equipment found in facilities was published in Facilities and Repair Cost Data, an RSMeans publication. AME has developed additional standards to support facility portfolios for clients such as Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, and United States Army Corps of Engineers. Many of these have been adopted by other Department of Interior organizations.

The application of preventive maintenance to significant equipment can prevent catastrophic failures, eliminate premature replacement of systems and equipment; and reduce energy use. AME can develop a cost effective preventive maintenance approach that balances resources with desired outcomes. AME has developed standard preventive maintenance tasks that can be customized to reflect the needs of your organization and be incorporated into your computerized maintenance management system.

Means Higher Education Preventive Maintenance

AME’s book Preventive Maintenance for Higher Education Facilities, published by RSMeans, includes preventive maintenance models that enable a facility manager to project resources required for preventive maintenance and provide the ability to analyze a phased implementation approach.

AME has developed maintenance, repair, and replacement cost estimating scenarios with over 6,000 assemblies. These assemblies are expressed as a standardized corrective action in labor hours and material and equipment costs per unit of measure for each craft involved. Demolition, setup and cleanup costs are also incorporated where applicable. This comprehensive database includes over 90% of the corrective actions and costs identified during a typical facility condition assessment process.

The cost assemblies we have developed take into account the issue of size of task that is often overlooked in the maintenance, repair, and replacement environment. AME has developed assemblies using size ranges to allow more flexibility and reflect a more accurate cost for smaller tasks working in an existing facility. This recognizes that the unit cost to repair or replace 100 square feet of roofing is considerably different than 100,000 square feet of the same task.