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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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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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Working Safe in Tenant Spaces

2020 has proven to be an exceptionally challenging year. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reevaluate the new normal — how do we go about our daily lives while navigating uncharted territory? As the industry-leading provider of facility Engineering and Integrated Facility Management solutions, Able Services’ COVID-era objective is strong and innovative. We're working safe in tenant spaces to keep our staff and building occupants safe while simultaneously delivering a trusted environment for human productivity and living.
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Janitorial Sevices 101: Enhanced High Touch Point Cleaning

This article was originally published in August 2020 and has been updated. Cleaning high touch points including elevator buttons, doorknobs, toilet handles, faucets, phones, light switches, keyboards, and other surfaces that are routinely contacted by building occupants at a higher frequency.
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Energy Compliance: Is your building compliant with local energy regulations?

As energy becomes more expensive and citizens ponder climate change, many jurisdictions are passing laws requiring energy benchmarking and reporting. Many of these laws differ from city to city, leaving building owners and property managers with uncertainty. Do we need an ASHRAE Level II Audit? How do we become ENERGY STAR certified? Are we compliant with local government regulations? How do I ensure compliance across my portfolio?
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Downtown LA Building Tour for Students

This article was originally published in July 2017 and has been updated. Through the power of Education, Advocacy, Community, and Mobilization, Rewritten equips young men and women with the tools to transform their futures. Pictured above are Able Services's Engineering Manager Kurt Sitzman and Chief Engineer Robert Jones whom provided a building tour of the AON Center in downtown LA to students in the Rewritten program. Rewritten is a LA based non-profit program designed to work closely with select participants to achieve academic success and develop positive interpersonal skills through tutoring, team building activities and program-based incentives. Thanks to our LA team for making the time to educate today’s youth about employment opportunities in our field. We are always looking for new ways introduce, promote and bring awareness to the needs of the facility services industry. View our careers posting HERE.
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Energy Procurement Myth #2: All energy consultants are the same

This article was originally published in June 2015 and has been updated. There is a distinct difference between energy “brokers” and energy “consultants.” An energy broker’s core competency is getting competitive bids on your contract. They operate on a volume-based business model, and offer very little advisement or ancillary services. Their goal is to get as many contracts signed up as possible, and typically disappear until your contract is up for renewal. These are the people calling you offering savings off your bill.
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Are you optimizing your energy spend?

This article was originally posted in June 2015 and has been updated. If your building(s) are in a deregulated energy market and you haven’t implemented an energy strategy, you may be leaving significant dollars on the table. Energy accounts for 19-30% of a typical commercial building’s operating budget. This can be a six or seven-figure annual spend for larger users. Deregulated energy markets have been around for the past decade or two. At first, savings were virtually automatic simply by switching to a competitive supplier. As markets have tightened and normalized, sophisticated building owners are now harnessing the power of technology and data to find savings and mitigate risk.
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PPE for Disinfecting Offices

As tenants return to offices, disinfection of high-touch areas such as bathrooms, elevators, and break rooms, is needed to limit the spread of  COVID-19. How do building maintenance contractors reduce a janitor's infection risk when cleaning their facilities? The right PPE for disinfecting offices, facilities and indoor environments is needed at this critical time to ensure the health and safety of building inhabitants.
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Procurement Leadership

Current Situation COVID-19 has revealed weaknesses in the modern supply chain. With emergency measures taken by government and the healthcare industry to prepare for a COVID response, the supply and distribution of PPE, cleaning chemicals and building maintenance tools have been dramatically impacted. Read our blog post about PPE for disinfecting offices here.
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