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Facility Management Safety Advisory: Heavy Snow Loads on Roofs Poses Danger

  This article was originally published in February 2015 and has been updated. Recent prolonged cold and frequent snowstorms have contributed to a large amount of snow on our roofs. With more storms in the forecast, the load conditions will be severe and potentially very dangerous. Efforts should be made to safely remove snow on the roofs of both residential and commercial buildings to minimize the likelihood of structural damage.
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Safety

Building Maintenance and Safety: Preventing Slips and Falls in Winter Months

This article was originally published in December 2015 and has been updated. The arrival of winter brings with it various safety hazards. Along with snow, comes heavy winds, sleet, and freezing rain. This time of year, many people injure themselves by slipping and falling from steps, sidewalks, loading docks, and even from stepping out of their vehicles.
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Community

Edgar Mena

Edgar Mena has been a dedicated Able Services employee for 6 years. He first joined the team as a porter in 2014, became a maintenance technician in 2015, and was promoted to his current role of Resident Manager in 2017. Continuously looking to improve and grow, Edgar exemplifies the high level of work ethic and leadership that Able is proud to have.
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Facility Management

A BOMA TOBY Judge's Checklist For The Commercial Real Estate Industry

This article was originally published in October 2020 and has been updated. The TOBY Awards as described on the BOMA International website,  "are the commercial real estate industry’s highest recognition honoring excellence in building management and operations in 16 categories of building type or size." This award is the Oscar's for buildings, or Emmys if you are a TV watcher. The award at the international level is the highest recognition a building can receive and in order to get to the international stage, buildings must apply, win a local BOMA TOBY, win the Regional TOBY and then they are entered into the annual BOMA International TOBY competition.
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Sustainability

Energy Procurement Myth #3: A Fixed Energy Supply Contract Is The Least Risky

This article was originally published in July 2015 and has been updated. Many real estate owners are under the false impression that fixing their entire contract at one price is the least risky strategy. While this tactic does provide an element of budget certainty, it’s in fact one of the riskiest strategies available. You’re essentially betting that the day you locked your price was a market low-point.
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Issue 1

The Benefits of Preventive Maintenance

This article was originally published in November 2018 and has been updated. Able provides preventative maintenance solutions to over one billion sq. ft. of real estate. We are ‘Service at Work.’ Preventive maintenance is an important part of facilities management. The goal of a successful preventive maintenance program is to establish consistent practices designed to improve the performance and safety of the equipment at your property.
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Safety

Post Pandemic Hotel Safety: Keeping Employees and Guests Comfortable After Reopening

This article was originally published in September 2020 and has been updated. The economy is slowly opening back up again.  How can hotels reopen safely? It’s important for general managers to think about what to do when these current isolation restrictions ease up while the virus is still a threat. Make sure infection prevention plans are flexible and incorporate a scalable series of measures based on the current “infection alert level.” Able Services has developed a set of suggested approaches our team can implement to address the current COVID-19 pandemic as it applies to HVAC, mechanical, and control systems relevant to hotels. We offer these possible actions to our clients as practical steps to mitigate risk with an effort to improve the safety, health, and well-being of hotel employees and guests.
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Sustainability

Multifamily Retrofit

This article was originally published in December 2016 and has been updated. October 12, 2016 was not an average Wednesday at the Park La Brea (PLB) Apartments in Southern California.  The USA’s largest multifamily development West of the Mississippi with 4,248 units had just completed one of the largest boiler and energy retrofit projects in the City’s history.
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Sustainability

Hotel Operations Post COVID-19

Hotel operations have adjusted to the post COVID-19 world. Throughout March, hoteliers across United States made rigorous adjustments to their operations because of COVID-19.  According to STR, over the next seven weeks, approximately 15% of the nation’s hotel inventory closed. And those that remained opened operated at historically low occupancies.  As occupancy is gradually improving and as many cities and states begin to lift stay-at-home orders, hotel owners and operators are planning for the anticipated rebound in room demand. Making adjustments before guests arrive, adjusting housekeeping protocols, and updating the guest experience are ways hotel operations are changing to accommodate for COVID-19 requirements.
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Sustainability

Enhanced cleaning by Able Services

Enhanced cleaning by Able Services helps you mitigate risk and continue smooth and effortless operations at your site.  We strive to always deliver a clean, healthy, and sustainable facility. But what does that mean when you are battling an invisible enemy? As we’ve said before, maintaining a visually clean facility is not enough in the face of a global pandemic. Able approaches each situation individually — listening carefully to your needs and matching the level of cleaning and disinfection to your goals and specifications.
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