As colleges and universities barrel toward a fall semester where many institutions are unsure how to open while still maintaining proper precautions in the face of COVID-19, leaders are discussing space utilization. “Discussing” might be papering over the reality: These are heated debates between professionals facing an unprecedented crisis.
The ability to quickly transition and pivot during the pandemic has been key for many business owners across all U.S. industries struggling to weather the storm of COVID-19. In lieu of shutting their doors completely, facility managers have had to come up with new ways to utilize their spaces, including their parking lots.
Establishing a Facilities Maintenance Program sounds intimidating. Even the name of the program is a mouthful, but it’s not an impossible task. It can be less than daunting, as long as you approach the program kickoff in a step-by-step method. You’ll be less likely to miss important basics, and more likely to encapsulate all of your Facilities Maintenance needs if you address your program logically.
The novel COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the built environment as a whole, causing great disruption to how buildings previously managed their systems and operations. This new normal will cause building managers to follow stricter guidelines and safety measures and show occupants that safety and protection is of the utmost importance.
COVID-19 changed everything. The pandemic has created incredible challenges to all types of commercial facilities and has created unforeseen issues on multiple levels. Keeping employees, customers and visitors safe from the COVID-19 is understandably a manager’s immediate concern. Despite the pandemic, there are other safety issues which remain critical the successful functioning of the facility.
Across the country, pest management professionals are aggressively preparing to exclude, or block out, every sort of pest that wants to overwinter in facilities like yours. That is why right now, when it is still warm, pest management technicians are performing detailed inspections to prepare facilities for the inevitable.
A roof left unchecked can cause a variety of problems, yet for some reason it is often ignored. Budget concerns are the most prevalent reason and often as weighty as the roof hanging over our heads. But the long-term cost of the roof can be dramatically lowered with preventative maintenance: Preventative maintenance is the key to both a healthy roof and a stable budget.
When we purchase supplies, we may not be getting the best prices possible. Further, if a supplier is out of stock, we may have to go online searching for supplies, which, with COVID-19, can be frustrating and time-consuming. Additionally, we may be at the whim of the supplier—getting products delivered when they are available, waiting for others to come in, and paying more if they must be returned. The way to turn this around is to go from purchasing to procurement.
There are approximately 10,000 species of birds on Earth, and most, rarely interact with urban structures. Overall, birds are considered beneficial species for numerous reasons including insect consumption, plant pollination and seed spreading, to name a few. Yet, there are some species of birds that are considered pests. This group of birds can adulterate food products, damage buildings, and pose public health safety issues.
While there’s a lot of speculation of how things will change in the post-COVID-19 era, there’s one thing that we can count on: the workplace is here to stay. Yet, the workplace of tomorrow doesn’t have to look like the office of yesterday. Many teams that previously worked 9 to 5 in the office will permanently change their approach when we emerge from COVID-19, having adapted to a new and better way of working.