Introducing our interviewee, James H Krause, a professional with a wealth of expertise spread across various facets of architecture, strategic planning, and facility consulting. Throughout his distinguished career, he has successfully navigated complex projects, delivering unmatched solutions to optimize clients' futures alongside the companies he has worked with.
From managing startups to partnering with medical and higher education institutions, Krause has successfully shifted to comprehensive facility consulting over the past decade. His approach isn't just about building construction and maintenance—it's about understanding the story each building tells and its human impacts. Using a comprehensive method, he guides clients through critical comparative analysis, performance improvements, cost reductions, and deferred maintenance planning.
Critical facility issues demand much more than just technical knowledge. This is where Krause's unique blend of proficiency comes to the fore. From managing relationships and communicating effectively to making key decisions based on understanding clients' needs, Krause has developed a knack for handling challenging situations and creating synergistic environments.
In this comprehensive interview, he discusses areas of expertise, motivation, advisory capability on different situations, his take on disruptive industry trends, and his involvement in impactful projects. His insights undoubtedly provide a deeper understanding of our built environments and the industry's shifting landscapes.
With years of expertise, I have excelled in:
I have developed a huge resource of 'vital statistics' which reveal the current health of a building and how that particular client compares to their peers. This includes each building's useful life and how many years remain for each building system.
Almost all of my clients are thrilled to find out how their facilities compare to others. With my process, facility directors appreciate my more comprehensive method, compared to other national benchmarkers who generally only provide high-level information.
My motivation is to share my resources and knowledge with groups involved in healthcare or higher education who manage complex facilities and want to compare their rankings with their peers.
Relationships: I am skilled at speaking with facility personnel. I can relate to and listen to them, build their respect, and foster a team approach, even under stress.
Communication: I strive to understand expectations, provide clear direction, and be honest, even when delivering bad news. Some projects are simply not financially feasible, and the reasons for this need to be clearly communicated.
Decision-making is key whilst understanding the client's needs.
Often, projects are underfunded because total costs have not been identified. This is the primary cause of most project failures.
It's understood that some relationships fail. No one is perfect. On occasion, I have separated from a client with mutual agreement to move on.
There is much discussion about the return of COVID, reverting back to vaccines, masks, travel restrictions, and the health impact on patients and staff. Whether based on scientific data or emotions, it is divisive and disruptive.
The supply chain was in chaos during COVID and could likely return to uncertainty, directly affecting materials, delaying schedules, late openings, and postponing ROI's.
Increasingly burdensome regulations mean that physicians spend 27% of their time with patients and 73% on administrative work, insurance procedures, EMR, scheduling, etc.
Staff burnout rates are high across most industries and this is having a negative impact on business operations.
CAREER: The decision to transition from a conventional architect role to a specialized facility consultant role over the last 10 years has revolutionized my career. It has opened opportunities to assist clients in understanding their buildings, operations, staffing, and costs. Each building tells a unique story along with its human element.
At Altru Health System in Grand Forks, ND we worked on 30 regional clinic buildings. Each required a useful life analysis based on a previously failed building within the system. Identifying several buildings that needed major upgrades, we set a realistic budget for improvements. The client now has a plan which reassures patients and staff, boosting awareness that buildings project a human element of impact.
Phoebe Putney, in Albany, GA, engaged me to perform a master plan in 1990. Although my career has moved on, colleagues still working on the project inform me that the client continues to follow the same master plan some 30 years later. This validation is incredibly satisfying.
In conclusion, it is evident that James H Krause offers an unmatched expertise from strategic planning to comprehensive facility consulting. His decades of experience spanning across facility planning for medical centers and universities, executing effective management strategies for startups, and his relentless commitment to performance improvement, cost reduction, and optimal allocation of staff position him as a leader in his field.
This invaluable experience and knowledge base, combined with his successful transition to a comprehensive facility consultant over the last decade emphasize his readiness for advisory roles. Eager to leverage these skills to advise and provide strategic solutions to organizations on a larger scale, Krause is now available for advisory roles through AdvisoryCloud.
Any entity seeking to enhance their strategic planning, resource management, or overall performance improvement will greatly benefit from engaging with such a seasoned expert. Tap into the wealth of experience and expertise that James H Krause offers by hiring him through AdvisoryCloud today. His unparalleled knowledge and years of practical experience make him an excellent choice for an advisory role. Don't miss this unique opportunity to leverage his expertise for the success of your organization.
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