Facilitron’s CEO Jeff Benjamin, father of three active kids, was all too familiar with these activities regularly volunteering to carpool his kids and others to practices and events. But one too many times his group arrived to find another team already practicing and no other fields available. With no one to call, the situation lead Jeff to wonder how public facilities were managed when community organizations came calling. The surprising answer in almost every case was pen and paper. “Not only is the request process pen and paper, but the whole interaction was by almost any measure a nightmare for both the renters and facility owners,” said Benjamin. And Facilitron was born.
Now just four years later, Facilitron has partnered with thousands of schools across the country to help them manage their facility use—both community requests and internal use schedules. The rapid growth is not simply the embrace of a Silicon Valley-style transformational product, but also the result of a unique business model—software, setup, and support at no cost.
Our emphasis is not on just making the data accessible, but to help districts understand the data
Streamlining the facility use request and approval process saves facility administrators valuable time, but Facilitron’s platform is more than a request and scheduling tool. The data it collects is transforming the way schools and cities approach managing their assets, helping them make decisions on utilization, maintenance and the effectiveness of their current policies. “Our emphasis is not on just making the data accessible, but to help districts understand the data. We provide a variety of KPIs that districts can use to start understanding not only what data they need to track but also to comprehend how the application of that data can help them drive change,” explains Benjamin.
In the future, Facilitron is intent on developing more data tools to allow schools to better manage and leverage their assets from more of a business services approach. Without it, public schools, continually asked to do more with less, will continue to struggle to balance the facility use required for school programs and the expectations of access from the community.