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BOMA 2019 Expo: Discussing the Talent Gap in Commercial Real Estate

The commercial real estate industry is experiencing a shortage of talent in the workforce as senior employees retire. At the BOMA 2019 International Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City, three organizations: BOMA Georgia, Able Services and the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA), will be presenting as a panel to address the issue of developing the next generation of building engineers.Recruiting the Next Generation of Building Engineers Part 2: A Continued Discussion from BOMA 2018 seeks to expand upon the topic at BOMA’s 2019 conference. Mark Kelly, President of Able Services, will be moderating the panel with panelist members Ty Chilcote, Gabriel Eckert, and Marc Fischer. The panel will explain why and how real estate professionals will prepare to accommodate for the next generation of building engineers. Hiring under-qualified workers in skilled positions may initially save money but will put stress on a building’s overall performance and can be costly in the long-run. Injuries, malfunctioning equipment, and retaining leases will be hard to manage if a building is not operating optimally. The transfer of knowledge to the next generation, the development of a local standards, and training will all be discussed at this hour-long panel presentation.
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Sustainability

SuperGreen Energy Powers Our Corporate HQ in San Francisco

Able Services is committed to revolutionizing solutions where we work and live. With that in mind, we’re proud to announce that our corporate HQ in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district is now sourcing 100% renewable energy through SFPUC’s CleanPowerSF program.
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Ryan Darfler Is Making A Difference With MAD Dog Rescue

Natural disasters displace people from their families, damage homes and cause work stoppages. While Able Services annually contributes to the Red Cross & helps its clients by restoring damaged properties, others have taken it upon themselves to “make a difference."
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Sustainability

Energy Audits Save Money for Commercial Office Buildings

Energy audits are a really useful tool for discovering operational and equipment improvements that will save money by reducing your energy consumption. Our clients often begin requesting us to conduct a single building audit and after the initial findings, we'll often delve into a larger portfolio level audit program. A larger energy audit across a portfolio of properties is common place when ownership is looking at ROI projects which increase the value of these assets.
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Culture

Megan is a Lead Engineer in Philadelphia

Megan Neveling is a Lead Operating Engineer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Megan got her start in the industry seven years ago as an engineer apprentice just a few months before graduating from a vocational high school where she majored in heating ventilation air conditioning and refrigeration.
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Sustainability

ENERGY STAR 2018 Update

Why is ENERGY STAR changing? The ENERGY STAR 2018 update involves updating building comparison data from 2002 data to 2012 data. A lot has changed since 2002 and in the past 16 years commercial properties have evolved to exceed industry energy and sustainability standards. Additionally, improvements have been made on existing buildings thus the data needs to be refreshed to reflect today’s operations. Buildings at the lower end of the certification spectrum with scores of 75-85 are at risk of losing their ENERGY STAR certifications if they didn’t re-certify before the August 2018 deadline.
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Culture

Teaming Up to Clean Up the New York City Fire Museum

On the last Friday in June, our New York City team put on Able t-Shirts and got to work at the Official Museum of the New York Fire Department (FDNY). The Able team performed a variety of deep cleaning tasks that allowed the museum to focus on its historic and educational mission; sharing the honor and tradition of the FDNY.
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Community

Volunteering at IFMA's World Workplace in Houston

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the population of Houston experienced many unavoidable disruptions from their normal lives. During IFMA’s World Workplace, IFMA members volunteered to make life a little better for the citizens of Houston.
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Culture

Q&A with Dawn Short, Sr. HR Business Partner

How has your HR experience prepared you for your current position as Sr. HR Business Partner at Able? After being in Human Resources for 20 + years I have been able to keep an open mind and be able to adapt and assimilate to any given environment. I have also come to realize that all organizations are different. And you have to stay current with the various HR laws and best practices and always seek counsel when you do not know the answer.  I have counseled employees during the Oklahoma bombings, assisted employees during 911, dealt with various companies advising employees during the dot.com era and telecom era and assisted employees and management during the job recession.  People are people and they will always need the voice of Human Resources to advise, guide and assist in the growth of any organization.
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Culture

How hotels are keeping employees safe and sound

  How hotels are keeping employees safe and sound Originally Published on hotelmangement.net http://www.hotelmanagement.net/operate/how-hotels-are-keeping-employees-healthy-and-safe by Elliott Mest | Jun 15, 2017 3:41pm Flipping a bed can be a frequent source of pain and strain. Depending on the position, hotel employees are vulnerable to a wide range of potential injuries or safety concerns, but Harold Hacker, real property administrator, VP at Able Services, a provider of janitorial and engineering solutions, said all accidents are a result of three key causes:
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