Examining the Role of the Facilities Manager: A Seat at the Table for the Keeper of the Capital Investment

Cynthia Mejia, University of Central Florida
Kelly Virginia Phelan


This case study about the role of the facilities manager is depicted through two hotel workplace environments: one which views facilities management in a strategic role, and another which views facilities management as a low priority operations position. Themes for in-depth discussion include maintenance workload planning and tracking, the service-profit chain, and the facilities manager as a strategic partner. Discussion and assessment produced from this case study will illustrate the importance of managing a hotel from the perspective of valuing the main capital investment of the firm with the intention of preserving and extending the life of the physical plant