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FFE = Furnishings Fixtures and Equipment

One of the challenges for any project is to identify the furnishings, fixtures and equipment (FFE) needed for a place holder in the initial construction budget predictions. These are the things you will need to purchase to make a facility functional. Pretend that you could turn the building (or room) upside down and shake it. What falls out is FFE. The best way to approach this budgetary challenge is to divide the facility/project into sections with common needs then list what is required. For this example we are considering a multiple pool facility that has 3 (or more) pools and will offer programs addressing all 4 pillars of total aquatic programming which are:

  • Learn to Swim
  • Competitive and Recreation
  • Aquatic Fitness
  • Aquatic Rehabilitation

Learn to Swim:  Note that many of the “toy type” items can be purchased at considerable savings at discount stores like Big Lots, Dollar Tree, or Wal-Mart.

  • Inflatable swim rings
    • 12 small
    • 8 medium
    • 6 large
  • Dive rings or sticks – 12
  • Kick Boards – small  - 24
  • Goggles - 24
  • Tot Dock platforms – 4 depending on size of pool and program
  • Plastic water toys
  • Small plastic buckets and sprinkling cans 

Competitive and Recreation: Note that quantity will be affected by size of the pool and the number of swimmers using the pool(s) at the same time.

  • Kick Boards – 120
  • Pull buoys – 120
  • Swim Fins – 6 pair each size

Aquatic Fitness: Encourage members to purchase their own equipment from the in-house sport shop.  Members can borrow therapy equipment to try it out before purchase. Kickboards and pull buoys can be used from the team equipment area.

 

Aquatic Rehabilitation: (Recommendations courtesy of Ruth Sova ATRI www.aeawave.com )

 

Remember, the pool is a WATER GYM.  A preliminary budget of $5,000.00 can outfit the pool for most aquatic rehab needs along with some continuum needs. Things like underwater treadmills and in-water bicycles which can cost up to $10,000 and are wonderful. However, each can be replaced by a $5 noodle and a $30 float belt if necessary

  • Flotation Rings - Provide security for patient flotation, especially vertical positioning in deep water. -12
  • Flotation Belts - Can be used around the waist in deep or shallow water.  4 each size
  • Fillable Bar Bells - Can be utilized for water resistance without or without water inside. 4 pair
  • Buoyant Hand Bars - Provide balance and stability for walking, upper body strength and abdominal work.  12 pair
  • Buoyant and Resistant Ankle Cuffs - 12 pair
  • Ankle Weights - 2 pair each size
  • Short-tipped Fins - A must for ankle rehab - 2 pair each size
  • Resistant Bands and Tubing - 4 each resistance grade
  • Tire Inner Tube - Used for abdominal exercises and as walking support. 3 pair
  • Resistant Hand Bells and Paddles - 4 pair
  • Kickboards - 6
  • Mask and Snorkel (with removable mouthpiece)  4 masks – for health and safety reasons each person should have his/her own snorkel
  • Gloves - Neoprene are good for warmth. 4 pair each size
  • Noodles - 12
  • Cervical Collars - 2 each size
  • Various Therapeutic Waterwear –Examples include flotation suit, shoes, neoprene vest, or specialty suits. 2 vest each size – Clients should supply their own suits & shoes. 

All of the above items should be stocked by the in-house sports shop and available for purchase by members and patients.  

  • Platforms – Tot Docks  2
  • Storage Systems These should not have doors or be closed in.  Fresh air needs to be flowing across equipment so it has a chance to drain and dry out.   Quantity as needed.

Following is a checklist of other items to consider when planning your FFE Budget.

 

Pool area:

  • Safety and rescue equipment and wall hooks
  • Water testing equipment
  • Air & water temperature testing equipment
  • AED’s
  • First aid station - cot
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • In pool ladders
  • Diving boards and stands
  • Diving equipment – spotting rigs – cameras – etc.
  • Railings – T304 or T316 stainless steel
  • Life Guard chairs – portable
  • Pool automatic vacuum systems
  • Pool hand vacuum systems
  • Lane Lines with take up and storage reels
  • Starting blocks
  • Lap counters for distance races
  • Pace-clocks – Battery or digital – 4 for long course and 2 for short course
  • Warning hand held bells for each lane for distance races
  • Basketball goals - aquatic
  • Water Polo goals and equipment
  • Tot Docks
  • Backstroke poles with flags to go across pools
  • Bleachers and chairs and tables
  • Computer timing system with touchpads and storage carts
  • Computers
  • PA system – Sound system
  • Portable sound system and microphone for instructors
  • Aquatic Wheel chairs
  • Bulletin Boards and signage
  • Emergency lighting
  • Phones
  • Clocks
  • Trash cans
  • Equipment racks and storage shelves/hooks

Pool filter room:

  • Safety equipment
  • Eye wash stations
  • First aid station
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Paper towel dispenser
  • Water testing equipment
  • Air & water temperature testing equipment
  • Tables and benches
  • Storage area shelves and racks
  • Tool cabinets and wall storage
  • Emergency lighting
  • Clocks
  • Trash cans
  • Phones
  • Emergency call button

Locker rooms – changing areas – Restrooms:

  • Lockers
  • Soap dispensers – showers and sinks
  • Paper towel dispensers
  • Hand dryers
  • Hair dryers
  • Grab rails
  • Hooks for towels and robes
  • Benches and chairs
  • Coat racks
  • Sharps disposal containers
  • Mirrors
  • Air fresheners
  • Baby changing stations
  • Suit dryers
  • Emergency call buttons and emergency lighting
  • Clocks
  • Trash cans
  • Bulletin boards and signage

Exercise areas:   

  • Desk and chairs
  • TV’s and mounting brackets
  • Mirrors
  • Racks for equipment
  • Exercise equipment and machines
  • Clocks
  • Sound systems
  • PA system
  • Literature racks
  • Air fresheners
  • Bulletin boards and signage
  • Trash Cans
  • AED’s
  • First aid station - cot
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Computers
  • Wall hooks
  • Coat racks
  • Emergency call button
  • Emergency lighting
  • Phones

Offices:

  • Desk & chairs
  • Tables
  • Phones
  • Table and floor lamps
  • Planters
  • Filing cabinets & storage
  • Major office equipment
  • Fax
  • Copier/Printer
  • Laminator
  • Postage meter
  • TV
  • Emergency radio (weather)
  • Daily use office equipment – staplers - pens - desk caddies etc.
  • Storage and book shelves
  • Pictures and wall hangings
  • Bulletin boards
  • Clock
  • Trash cans
  • Coat racks
  • Computers 

Storage & staff areas:

  • Wet dry vac
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Laundry with Washer and Dryer
  • Laundry area storage
  • Paper towel dispensers
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Sink - cabinets
  • Towels and robes storage shelves
  • Staff lockers and storage shelves
  • Staff work stations – computers
  • TV - DVR
  • Coat racks
  • Shelves and cabinets
  • Chemical storage ( cleaning chemicals and MSDS info)
  • Wash basin with wet mop and bucket basin
  • Mops and buckets and brooms
  • Cleaning supplies and storage
  • Eye wash station
  • Phone
  • Clocks
  • Trash cans
  • Table and floor lamps
  • Bulletin boards

Concessions & public areas:

  • Vending machines
  • Tables and chairs
  • Table and floor lamps
  • Mirrors
  • Coat racks
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • TV – DVD player
  • Computer with internet access
  • Children’s toy storage and play area
  • Clocks
  • Trash cans
  • Plants and planters
  • Bulletin Boards

Conference and meeting rooms:

  • 2’ x 8’ folding tables = quantity depends on size of room
  • Folding chairs
  • Table and floor lamps
  • Mirrors
  • Coat racks
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Small kitchen area and appropriate equipment
  • Refrigerator
  • TV – DVD player
  • Computer with internet access
  • Clocks
  • Trash cans
  • Plants and planters
  • Bulletin Boards

Miscellaneous:

  • Closed circuit video surveillance for public areas
  • Floor mats for winter in entrances and high traffic areas
  • Outdoor benches and trash receptacles
  • Umbrella racks – coat and boot racks
  • Pictures and décor
  • PA system
  • Computer room
    • Routers and wireless equipment
    • TV equipment
    • HVAC monitoring equipment
    • Phone
    • Desk / work station
    • Tool storage and cabinets
    • Back up equipment storage and shelves


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