This months Term is: FF & E
The acronym FF&E stands for Furnishings, Fixtures, and Equipment. While there is no hard and fast definition for what items are considered FF&E, generally in our industry these are items that the owner is expected to provide rather than the contractor. These generally are movable items that do not have any permanent connection to the building. Examples of FF&E items would be desks, chairs, sofas, tables, partitions, refrigerators, window coverings, soft goods, etc.. FF&E sometimes is also expressed as FF&A (Furnishings, Fixtures, and Artwork). Medical Equipment and FF&E are considered two separate categories when planning and building healthcare facilities. Medical Equipment can be larger, more expensive items that need to be designed and sometimes built around or smaller items such as stethoscopes.