Va. Corrections outsources building assessment data, services

The Virginia Department of Corrections has hired VFA Inc. of Boston to assess the department's buildings and provide facility management software, the company announced yesterday.

The initial contract is for $219,500 and runs for 10 months.

VFA will assess the conditions of buildings at five facilities'the Bland, James River, Powhatan and Southampton correctional centers and the Virginia Correctional Center for Women.

The agency will then use VFA's Web software to access the information gathered about the buildings. The agency can use the service, called VFA.facility, to estimate the costs of repairing and replacing buildings, and to make more accurate budget estimates, the company said.

The software keeps track of building attributes such as gross square footage, code compliance and repair estimates.

To review contract bids, the commonwealth assembled a panel of personnel from the Corrections and General Services departments, as well as from the offices of the secretaries of Finance and Public Safety.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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