SOURCE: VFA, Inc.

VFA, Inc.

November 17, 2011 09:00 ET

Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt Recognized for Best Practices in Comprehensive Planning

Navy Base Honored by Real Property Institute of Canada

BURNABY, BC--(Marketwire - Nov 17, 2011) - VFA Canada Corporation, the leading Canadian provider of solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced that a client, Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt, has been named a winner of the Real Property Institute of Canada's (RPIC) Real Property Awards, which honor innovation, achievement, quality and leadership in the real property community. CFB Esquimalt implemented VFA Canada's Capital Planning Management Solution (CPMS) which enabled them to address the challenges posed by building age and condition, seismic concerns, operational requirements and heritage building preservation.

CFB Esquimalt contributes operational capability and provides services, support and staff to Maritime and Canadian Forces operations on the west coast of Canada. Located in British Columbia, CFB Esquimalt comprises more than 26 sites with more than 850 buildings. In 2009, CFB Esquimalt began working with VFA Canada to complete a five-year rolling assessment on all of the buildings in its portfolio, and implemented VFA.facility®, a centralized database and decision support tool for managing and analyzing facility information. The VFA solution, which conformed to the Chief of Maritime Staff's directive to implement a facilities management system at all Navy bases, enabled the facilities team to forecast budget requirements using various scenarios for funding levels and facility condition, and to demonstrate the impact of reduced/increased inspection, maintenance and rehabilitation (IM&R) budgets.

"The current economic and budget climate has put increased pressure on accurate budgeting and mission-critical prioritization," said Susan Anson, General Manager of VFA Canada Corporation. "We're pleased that the facilities team at CFB Esquimalt has been recognized for its leadership in facilities capital planning and management, leveraging objective data and intelligent decision support to change the way the Navy approaches planning and budgeting."

The 2011 Real Property Award for Best Practices in Comprehensive Planning was presented to Jon Burbee, Manager of Real Estate Services, CFB Esquimalt, at the 24th annual Real Property National Workshop at the Ottawa Convention Centre on November 16, 2011. Previously, VFA's client, Ontario University Systems, won the 2010 Real Property Award for Best Practices in Service Excellence.

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About Real Property Institute of Canada
It is the goal of the RPIC to develop and foster a high professional standard of real property management within the Federal Public Sector, and to provide a forum for information exchange and continuous improvement. The RPIC offers the opportunity to obtain expert advice on matters of interest, provides research and development capabilities, focuses on training and career development, communicates with members and the federal real property management community, and organizes and delivers an annual Real Property National Workshop as well as regular regional workshops, training sessions and seminars.

About Real Property Awards
The Real Property Awards are presented each year in recognition of groups or individuals who have made a major contribution to the federal real property community including an outstanding achievement that exemplifies real property opportunities, an exceptional achievement of program objectives resulting in significant financial, human resource and/or material savings, and any major contribution to the federal real property community over the course of a career. Awards are presented each year at the annual RPIC National Workshop.

About VFA Canada Corporation
Headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, VFA Canada Corporation is the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management. VFA solutions uniquely combine facility assessment services, Web-based software and business consulting services to enable customers to manage every stage of the capital asset lifecycle -- from requirements gathering and long-term planning to capital budget creation and spend management. More than 500 organizations in corporate, education, government and healthcare markets have relied on VFA solutions to strategically manage their capital assets. VFA's software solutions are currently used to manage more than 370 million square metres of real estate. For more information, please call 888-685-3757 or visit http://www.vfa.com.

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