This project reflects the voluntary cooperation and genuine collaboration among many individuals and organizations.
First, every member of the National Working Group on Postsecondary Facilities for this edition of the FICM deserves an enormous thank-you. Their contributions and dedication made this project possible. At the outset, the group was given the choice of hiring a single consultant to do the revisions or undertaking the task themselves. The group chose the latter. Each member of the Working Group made unique and important original contributions to this edition of the manual and reviewed every revision that was suggested.
Special acknowledgment and thanks must also be given to Kreon L. Cyros, who chaired the Working Group. Mr. Cyros not only expertly presided over the several meetings of the Working Group, but he organized the work so that revisions could be undertaken efficiently and effectively. He cajoled the members to complete their “assignments” in a timely manner, and he ensured that any changes made to the manual were necessary and improved it. He also responded to each of the comments that resulted from the extensive field review of the draft manual and worked on the organization and final structure of the manual.
Lawrence W. Vanderburgh of the BOMI Institute became involved in the project because of his professional interest in facilities data and information. He assumed responsibility for assembling the materials provided by members of the Working Group, writing the introduction and other sections of the manual, and implementing the recommendations of the Working Group with regard to the final structure and layout.
Additionally, many practitioners throughout the country reviewed the draft of this edition of the manual as part of the field review process. All of their comments, suggestions, and ideas were considered and discussed. We would like to thank everyone who made the effort to gain access to and review the draft manual.
Finally, we would like to acknowledge the work of Baiming Liu of Westat and the other Westat staff who were involved in this project—Denise Glover, Carol Litman, and Sylvie Warren. Ms. Liu kept the whole project on as much of a schedule as possible, given the number of individuals involved. She served as the point person for the hundreds of e-mails that went back and forth among members of the Working Group and made sure that nothing was lost in transmission. Dr. Glover oversaw the project for Westat, Ms. Litman edited the final document, and Ms. Warren prepared the final document for publication.