BES801 - Property Building Administration

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-08-28 16:21:17.851
Last review date 2018-08-28 16:21:17.853

Subject Title
Property Building Administration

Subject Description
This subject introduces students to the role of a Facility Manager within various types of buildings and organizations. The jurisdictions and regulatory agencies and their relation to the Facility Manager, insurance issues, and essential services affecting the Facility Manager are also covered.Property managers who are also responsible for the facility and physical plant management will find this subject a useful complement to their overall responsibilities.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Building Environmental Systems (BES) Facility Manager Certificate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the classifications of buildings and occupancies.

2. Describe the ways a Facility Manager functions in different building occupancies and organizational structures.

3. Define the role of Ministries and Government agencies regulating building facilities management.

4. Understand the role of external services such as electrical, fuel, water supply and disposal, and emergency organizations essential to Facility Management.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline

  • The Physical Plant / Facility organizational concept


  • Models of facility organizational structures and where the Facility Manager fits within these


  • The role of the manager in communicating with various levels within the organizational structure, including presentation of energy management projects


  • Understanding the objectives of the organization, the nature of its business, the psychology and politics associated with the organization


  • The meaning of customer relations, including:
    • who are the customers of the Facility / Plant Management Department
    • the different types of customer services in various classifications of buildings and occupancies, e.g. schools, hospitals, commercial industrial buildings, condominium and housing projects


  • Ministries and Government agencies having jurisdiction, such as:
    • Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations
    • Ministry of Labour
    • Ministry of Energy
    • Ministry of Natural Resources
    • Ministry of the Environment
    • Ministry of Community & Social Services
    • Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care


  • Regulations, codes, etc. affecting the Facility Manager, such as:
    • Fire Code
    • Building Code
    • Boiler and Pressure Vessel Act
    • CSA, ULC
    • Electrical Code
    • Municipal Property Standards Bylaw
    • Landlord and Tenant Act
    • Condominium Act
    • Residential Tenancy Act
    • Smoking Bylaws
    • Parking
    • Signage
    • Roads and Sidewalks
    • Water and Sewage


  • Insurance issues affecting the Manager, such as:
    • types of insurance
    • how to choose an insurance company and agent
    • types of coverage and premium


  • External Services available to the Facility Manager:
    • types and sources of water supply, including well, reservoirs, storage tanks and municipal systems
    • types of sewage disposal methods, including septic system, municipal sewage, in-house sewage treatment
    • sources of fuel such as natural gas, propane, heating oil and electricity
    • an examination of fuel efficiencies and choice and rationale for the choice of fuel
    • an analysis of direct gas purchase versus gas company supply
    • the services provided by fire department and methods of communicating with the fire department

Mode of Instruction
Traditional Classroom
Lectures, discussions in the classroom, video 

Independent learning with tutor support.  Instructor will contact you by email. 

Prescribed Texts
BES801 Property and Building Administration, Seneca College, ISBN/Sku #: 0-00011-801-B. Available from the Seneca Bookstore.  

Correspondence students, your text fee is included and your text will be shipped to you.

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Written projects should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation. Late projects are penalized. Please obtain standards, dates and additional information from your instructor.

While attendance is not a formal part of the evaluation process, absenteeism will almost guarantee your inability to achieve a satisfactory grade, as there is no formal provision for make-up tests or projects you may miss.

To attain a passing grade for the subject, a student must complete and obtain a passing grade on all combined projects and tests during the term.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy. They are available at Seneca Registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Projects 20%
Midterms 40%
Finals 40%

Correspondence and Online
Project 1              30%
Project 2              30%
Final                      40%


Approved by: Denis Gravelle