Frequently Asked Questions


1. We have an architect, why do we need School Facilities Group?

School administrators can be at a disadvantage when it comes to dealing with the construction process. During design and construction, the architect will inevitably ask, “What do you want to do?” “Which option do you prefer?” The school district’s representative is obliged to make decisions that will have cost and maintenance implications for years to come.

For example, an architect may specify equipment, systems, and fixtures that appear suitable for your purpose–but that your maintenance staff will be unable to properly operate, maintain, or clean, or even worse, that your staff does not want at all. SFG can identify such issues and resolve the legitimate concerns of your staff. As a former architect and director of buildings and grounds, Seymour understands both sides of such issues and will advocate for a solution that is sustainable: it will work over the long term and is practical as well as efficient.

SFG will ensure you completely understand design and contractual issues and will advocate on your behalf with architects, engineers, and contractors. We will help you through the entire process so that your projects are completed on time, on budget, and to your satisfaction.

Sample achievements include:

  • Directed architects and engineers in completing more than $150 million of construction
  • Awarded a citation from the American Society of Heating and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for an innovative air conditioning and ice storage project
  • Obtained more than $30,000,000 in state and federal grants for construction and energy conservation


2. Can you help our district save money?

Yes. We can help you obtain government and foundation grants, reduce energy bills, lower maintenance expenses, and reduce consultant and vendor costs.

Sample achievements include:

  • Obtaining $30 million in state and federal grants for energy and construction
  • Developing and managing a facility rental program yielding $700,000 per year
  • Implementing energy guidelines to save an average $360,000 per year over five years
  • Reducing the cost of waste disposal by 50%


3. Can you help me optimize the productivity of our custodial and maintenance efforts?

SFG has an in-depth understanding of school facilities management derived from Seymour’s nearly two decades as the director of buildings and grounds of one of Illinois’ largest school districts. As a former school administrator, he thoroughly understands the financial and facilities challenges school districts face.

Sample achievements include:

  • Wrote Basic Custodial Standards, a daily duty manual for custodians
  • Lead district negotiations with a cleaning contractor to increase quality and save money
  • Assisted districts in evaluation of candidates for key facility management positions
  • Formalized course work and experience requirements for job promotion
  • Annually surveyed staff to focus custodial training on areas needing improvement