Facilities Maintenance Leader Targets Virtual Conferences in Various Industries to Showcase New Services
As a national construction, facilities maintenance and rollout service provider in Crowley, Texas, we would like to share our Fall/Winter 2020 trade show participation calendar. Even though we may not be able to see everyone in-person, we are thrilled that our Powerhouse team will be readily accessible through virtual meeting sessions and other conference activities. Current commitments target various industries ranging from rental housing and senior living facilities to banks.
“Rightfully so, many expos and conferences have either gone virtual or been postponed due to the pandemic,” said Amber Alvarez, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Powerhouse. “However, industry events are invaluable environments for networking, information gathering, and—for many of our customers—annual plan development. We’re continuing to engage in many events where we can help our customers maximize their time, hopefully making their jobs a little bit easier.”
Powerhouse’s broad range of construction, interior and exterior facility maintenance, and rollout services are executed by skilled employees and trusted contractors nationwide. The company continues to add unique solutions and skillsets to its portfolio, enabling customers to consolidate their facilities management partner network and, in turn, simplify day-to-day project administration. For example, Powerhouse’s capabilities now include the surface protectant SurfaceWise2™ (one of several available COVID-19 preparedness services) as well as banking-and-finance-centric expertise gained through the integration of Security Vault Works. ™
Powerhouse’s current trade show participation calendar follows. To speak with a Powerhouse representative during or outside of these events, please contact +1.833.574.7253.
Rental Housing Conference and Expo (AAOA): October 14-15, 2020 https://www.american-apartment-owners-association.org/rental-housing-conference-expo/2020
Bank Facilities Forum: October 22-23, 2020 http://bankfacilitiesforum.com
SeniorLivingPoint: October 26-27, 2020 https://cpmgevents.com/seniorlivingpoint/
A Little More About Powerhouse
Founded in 2004, Powerhouse (www.powerhousenow.com) is a national construction, facilities maintenance and rollout services provider headquartered in Crowley, Texas. Executing more than 100,000 projects annually across all 50 states, the company supports top brands in Banking and Finance, Commercial Real Estate, Health Care, Hospitality, Food Service, Multi-family Dwellings, Retail, and Senior Living Facilities with an unwavering commitment to and investment in its people, process, and technology. Our hybrid team of employees and trusted partners deliver a broad suite of construction, facilities maintenance, exterior, and rollout services—with each project being managed by a full team of skilled talent with singularly-focused roles for the most efficient and timely completion.
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We’re expanding our COVID-19 Facilities Maintenance Services
As a national construction, facilities maintenance and rollout service provider, we are excited to announce that we are enhancing our COVID-19 response services. This new COVID-19 service will enable Powerhouse to apply SurfaceWise®2, proven to be the first and only surface protectant to continuously remove pathogens from surfaces for 90 days with a single application.
SurfaceWise2 is patented and supplied by Allied BioScience, a Dallas-based biotech firm with a history of developing long-lasting, environmentally-friendly solutions that create safer human environments. The service is pending imminent EPA approval.
As Allied BioScience’s first national facilities application partner for this solution, Powerhouse will enable facility managers of banks, hospitals, restaurants, retail stores, offices, and more to reduce health risks posed by COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Click here to read full press release.
Building Public Confidence
For over 16 years, our team at Powerhouse has supported the most well-known brands within the retail, hospitality, banking and healthcare industries nationwide. Its portfolio of services has strategically evolved to include a broad range of construction, interior and exterior facility maintenance, and rollout services.
In March 2020, Powerhouse pulled from its core competencies to compile a services package designed to help customers mitigate COVID-19’s impact. These services range from barrier installations and space reconfigurations to signage fittings and hands-free fixture installs. The package also includes interior and exterior sanitization services—which offer significant benefits to the marketplace with the integration of Allied BioScience’s technology.
“Powerhouse operates with a great sense of urgency. As the pandemic hit, we felt it our duty to identify new resources and processes to help our customers stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Amber Alvarez, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Powerhouse. “Through this partnership, Powerhouse will be able to supply customers with the only proven long-lasting surface solution to viral spread. We see this as an invaluable tool that will help people regain confidence as they get back to business.”
Traditional disinfectants are reactive and momentary, killing germs after they have already contaminated a surface. SurfaceWise2 works in reverse, coating a surface to continuously kill germs upon contact for months after application. Powerhouse has acquired the product and trained its team on advanced electrostatic sprayer technologies to enable the proper, full-coverage application of the surface protectant.
Allied BioScience has worked closely with the EPA to create an entirely new category for long-lasting, continuous protection against coronaviruses in response to this emergency crisis. Their mission strongly aligned with Powerhouse’s legacy of quick-turn, high-precision rollouts.
Powerhouse is slated to launch the new service this fall. For additional information on this and other coronavirus preparedness solutions, visit Covid-19 Services.
About Allied BioScience
Allied BioScience is a disruptive biotechnology company specializing in continuously active antimicrobial coatings providing months of surface protection. Working across various industries and commercial settings, its customers include health systems, sports facilities, and other commercial partners.
The company is dedicated to saving life through revolutionary science and focuses on developing innovative solutions to create cleaner human environments through long-lasting, always-on antimicrobial coatings. Visit www.alliedbioscience.com for more information.
COVID-19 has brought a lot of change to our world recently, but one thing we know is that the snow will still fall, and the beginning of summer means the beginning of winter weather preparations.
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Are You Ready?
Consider your snow-free parking lot and parking garage a brand asset. Create a clean and blank slate to welcome your clients, visitors, and guests and ensure your brand is well-represented from the moment they step on to your property.
Choosing a snow and ice management vendor is step one in preparing for the winter season. Powerhouse’s Director of Exterior Services, Eric Brownlee said – “You and the vendor team should discuss both field quality expectations, and more importantly, communication expectations. Who will be the point of contact? How will work orders be invoiced and communicated? Communication is a key success factor in any program, especially one that has a direct impact on your brand and can quickly be impacted by variables, like weather, that are often unpredictable.”
Here are the best practices recommended for choosing a snow and ice management partner:
1. Start Early
Give yourself at least 3 months to:
- Write a formal scope, or RFP, if required
- Develop a transition plan
- Develop a budget
Starting early will ensure that you have the best selection of providers. It will also ensure a smooth transition and better pricing.
2. Develop a Scope
Create a detailed list of what services you want. Gather site maps so that your providers can give you accurate pricing. Make sure to call out any special requirements in your documentation.
3. Understand Available Pricing Options
Snow and ice management pricing can be challenging to understand due to unpredictablie weather patterns. Do you want to go with a seasonal price that gives you cost certainty or a per event model? Walk through the various scenario pros and cons with your provider to come up with what will work best for you.
4. What About Safety?
Snow removal services can be risky from a safety and environmental standpoint. Ensure that the provider has the proper safety protocols, insurance coverages, and environmental protocols in place.
5. Execution Assessment
Execution is the most important factor in a snow and ice management program. The best pricing in the world does not matter, if the vendors don’t show up, or show up with faulty equipment. Understanding the provider’s ability to react in a major storm event is critical to success. Do they subscribe to weather forecasting services to stay informed and keep your properties updated?
Discuss systems and processes with any providers that you are considering. Make sure you will receive reports. Ask how they communicate with their vendors.
Partnering with the right company will lead to success for your program. By taking the time to fully vet companies you will find one that offers a team that understands the value of your asset, offers solutions that can mitigate long term expense, keeps your properties safe and mitigates winter weather risk. Every program, no matter how long it has been in place, or how recently it has been updated, is open for improvement.
Whether you are developing a new program or considering changing a current one, we recommend you reach out to your trusted providers. Powerhouse and the dedicated team of professionals in our Exterior Services division would be an excellent place to start.
- De-icing Services
- Snow Plowing
- Snow Hauling
- Pre-treatment Applications
- Sidewalk Snow/Ice Management
- Parking Garage Snow Management
Exterior Maintenance is an investment, not a nuisance. Make this asset work for you by finding the right team who can unlock the value of your landscape assets and snow management for your company and your facilities.
Powerhouse is your solution. See how we can help with exterior services or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Let’s face it. The U.S. has lagged behind our European peers in public restroom design amenities for years. Coronavirus has made that blindingly obvious. It’s one of the many reasons why reopening is being done in measured steps. We have public potty anxiety—and for good reason—it’s downright dangerous.
As our country begins to reopen and safety measures are put in place by virtually any entity that operates a public space, one of the trickier questions being posed is what to do about public restrooms. It’s inevitable that people will have to use the facilities when they venture out, which is now a more unsettling journey than ever. And since Americans have always been a little wary of public restrooms, how can their health and safety be ensured in these new uncertain times?
Consider that most public restrooms don’t have lids on toilets. Just one flush releases a potentially toxic “toilet plume” of droplets that coats the air and surroundings with potential infection. This plume can travel six feet in every direction. Science Daily has reported confirming that coronavirus can live in human waste up to 33 days after a person tests negative. Americans were already nervous about public restrooms and now the unpleasant high-pressure flushes that throw droplets six feet have crossed into a more threatening anxiety. So much for social distancing.
There are ways to ease anxiety over using public restrooms. Below are some of the solutions being implemented to help elevate sanitation and provide peace-of-mind.
- Adding lids to public toilets
- Adding touchless flushing
- Installing touchless soap dispensers and faucets
- Replacing hand blow dryers with paper towel dispensers
- Installing touchless door opening solutions
- Hiring restroom monitors: limiting capacity, supervising social distancing and cleaning as often as possible
- Cleaning the restroom every 30 minutes
- Retiring every other urinal to enhance social distancing
- Requiring masks before entering
Another route some are taking, though extreme, is to simply not reopen until proven methods for how to safely operate a restroom are in place.
A recent Healthy Handwashing Survey by Bradley Corporation has shown that “78% of Americans are now washing their hands six times a day and that 20% of those Americans are washing their hands sixteen times a day.” Most Americans are now reporting they believe it’s ‘extremely important’ to have touchless options when they use public restrooms. This data has increased demand for all kinds of touchless fixtures in restrooms.
Kohler and American Standard have also reported increased demand for touchless fixtures in the wake of the coronavirus. While touchless fixtures do solve some concerns regarding using public restrooms during the pandemic, there are other struggles that are more difficult to remedy.
Powerhouse is Your Solution
One thing is for certain in these changing times – the public’s demand for safety and security will continue to drive these changes. In the coming weeks and months, we will be watching to see what kind of solutions are implemented to satisfy public health and safety and peace-of-mind. As these answers begin to emerge, know that Powerhouse is here for you with turnkey solutions to guarantee you stay at the forefront of each reopening phase.
Visit our website to learn about our COVID-19 Services
Stay up-to-date on CDC Guidelines for Businesses and Workplaces, as well as all other COVID-19 related recommendations.
Powerhouse has been a committed partner and sponsor of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Dallas since 2017. “JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Their strength lies in their exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D.”
In this video is Reese, a JDRF Youth Ambassador who was diagnosed with T1D in November 2019 is thanking Powerhouse, her corporate sponsor. We’ve been happy to support this organization for the past 3 years. Watching Reese’s message brought tears to our eyes and reminds us why it’s so important to always be a helper.
Thank you, Reese, for your heartfelt message. We are more inspired than ever to #TurnType1intoTypeNone.
JDRF’s Vision sounds simple “a world without type 1 diabetes,” but their efforts are massive. “Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. At present, there is no cure.” JDRF has many advocacy and research efforts and a strong community with a mission to “improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.”
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In T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone the body needs to get energy from food. This means a process your body does
However, insulin is not a cure for diabetes. Even with the most vigilant disease management, a significant portion of your day will be spent with either high or low blood-sugar levels. These fluctuations place people with T1D at risk for potentially life-threatening hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes as well as devastating long-term complications such as kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, blindness and amputation. Learn more about T1D.naturally and automatically becomes something that now requires your daily attention and manual intervention. If you have T1D, you must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, inject or infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance these insulin doses with your eating and activity throughout the day and night.