IFMA was founded in 1980 and incorporated in the State of Michigan, with staff and financial support from the Facility Management Institute (FMI), part of Herman Miller Inc.’s research division. In 1983, The U.S. Library of Congress asked FMI to develop a definition of “facility management.” As noted on page 33 of What’s Next for Facility Management (ISBN 0-936658-22-3 v.1), according to Cecil Williams:
Given the needs of our culture—and particularly the needs of our information keepers—the Institute was asked in 1983 to write a definition of facility management that could be used by the Library of Congress to catalog the information that was beginning to accumulate under the key words “facility management.” That single, simple request caused us all sorts of headaches. We tried to write something that would help us delineate its uniqueness. We wanted to establish the unique features of facility management as a thing or function which sets it apart from other things or functions. We submitted the following to The Library of Congress. And, by the way, they adopted it as their definition….
Facility management is the practice of coordinating the physical workplace with the people and the work of the organization. It integrates the principles of business administration, architecture, and the behavioral and engineering sciences.
As of 2003, IFMA has updated the 1983 definition of facility management to simplify it in practical terms and to recognize the growing influence technology has had on the practice. The current definition reads as follows:
Facility management is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology.
Facilities management involves the management, operation and maintenance of buildings, precincts and community infrastructure. In all cities and regional areas facilities management provides safe, healthy, productive environments, protecting the wellbeing of the Australian community.
More info and Published by FAMASE on 16/05/2013 (ENG)