As an office building manager, your job is to ensure that the establishment is in tip-top shape. This is more to the benefit of all the companies that are making their home on your turf. It may seem simple at first, but it can be a daunting task. This is mainly because building testing, adjusting, and balancing in Portland and other urban areas can be a 24/7 job.
But don’t let the challenges discourage you. It’s possible to improve your building so that people will love going to work every day. Here are some tips that can help with your duties:
Aim for a Comfortable Temperature for Any Season
One of the best ways to please your tenants is to have your HVAC system attuned to the seasons. When it is hot outside, tenants should feel cool and comfortable inside. On the other hand, it should be dry and warm in the building when it is cold and rainy outside. This can be difficult since you have a system that is managing an entire building’s heating and cooling requirements. You need to check on the system with your team regularly and keep it in good condition. That means you are being fully efficient when it comes to HVAC maintenance.
Clean Things Up
No one likes trash piling up everywhere. Your tenants will notice if your teams don’t empty the trash around the building regularly. They will also notice the dirty floors. Hire professional janitorial services, so you can ensure that your tenants will see a clean place every day.
Keep Things Lit
You will need to ensure that your electrical systems are working properly so that employees will be comfortable. Be ready to fix broken lighting fixtures and similar problems. Additionally, you should start shifting to LED lighting for better visibility and greater energy efficiency.
Eliminate the Rattle and Shake
Rattling and shaking in the ducts and equipment of your building is a bad sign. It means there is something wrong or broken that needs to be fixed. In addition, all that shaking and rattling will irritate your tenants. Fix them and listen to the reassuring hum of your machines at work.
A huge building will always consume plenty of water. It can be because of toilets, faucets, and other things. Think of replacing your fixtures with low-flow options to save more water. Additionally, installing water-saving technologies will save you money in the long run.
Aim for LEED Certification
The other tips can greatly help with meeting LEED certification for your building. Besides being a badge of pride, this certification shows your tenants that they are working in a building that is willing to help the environment. Besides that, green buildings often have healthier and happier tenants.
LEED certification is a bit of a challenge, though. You’ll need to meet their strict requirements, but it should be possible.
Touch Base With Your Staff
To do all of this, you need a small army of workers. You need to meet with your staff regularly to know what is happening and what needs to be done. Have an open-door policy so that you can deal with things quickly.
With your efforts, your building will become a great property to hold offices in. A well-managed building will also have tenants clamoring for space. That should be a good reward for a job well done.