The hydraulic system is designed to need very little maintenance. Normal annual maintenance includes fluid, filter and hose replacement as needed. The system, including the emergency backup generators, requires periodic testing to ensure reliability (2-3 times a year). When the hydraulics system is in use, a visual ‘walk-around’ is needed before the building is lowered to inspect the state of the system and identify any areas that may need repair.

The skill sets required to maintain this type of equipment are essentially the same as those required for the normal maintenance of Farnsworth House. We do not anticipate any difficulty in finding suitable personnel within the greater Chicago Metropolitan area. Additionally, a qualified technical personal can be trained to provide the bi-annual inspection. An Operations and Maintenance Manual will be provided by the design team.