Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19

Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19

As an essential business, we have to stay up-to-date on all of the latest CDC recommendations for protecting ourselves and others from the threat of contracting COVID-19. There are many tips and tricks out there, and we’re here to share some more with you in case you’ve missed them. We also want to reassure those reading that these are the precautions Powerhouse and our employees are taking everyday during these uncertain times.

Find all this information on CDC.gov

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
      • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
      • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take Steps to Protect Yourself

   Clean Your Hands Often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid Close Contact

Take Steps to Protect Others

Stay Home if You’re Sick

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a Facemask if You’re Sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and Disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

 

 

Click here to learn how to disinfect properly.

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Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
COVID-19 and Our Industry

COVID-19 and Our Industry

As the World Health Organization officially declares this virus a pandemic, there are many concerns across the globe regarding our well-being. Our personal and professional lives are shifting as we, as a country and as a planet, figure out how best to stay healthy, stop the spread and also continue contributing economically. This is the first crisis in our time of the age of technology which allows many employers to offer work-from-home setups. Only time will tell which initiatives have proven successful in stopping the spread and maintaining progress in our professional lives.

For our industry in particular, which has been experiencing growth amongst a few challenges in the recent years, the coronavirus poses a pretty sizeable threat – material availability. Read more below from Construction Best Practices on how COVID-19 can potentially impact our industry this year.

As reported by GlobeSt.com, which offers commercial real estate news, the coronavirus has made the certainty of construction cost projections rather murky. “The impact of the virus is impossible to predict with certainty, but any prolonged slowdown in Chinese or global economic and manufacturing activity is likely to have significant ramifications for construction costs,” according to the JLL 2020 Construction Outlook, as cited by GlobeSt.com.

 

The virus may also impact the availability of materials. Because roughly one-fourth to one-third of the construction products that builders use in the United States are sourced from China, a sustained slowdown in Chinese production can lead to material shortages in the United States and rises in material costs, JLL said.

 

But there may be a silver lining: Reduced construction activity due to virus containment efforts will result in a reduction in demand of materials, offsetting price pressure. However, “Without the ability to accurately forecast the impact of the virus, we have widened our materials price forecast to account for the uncertainty,” JLL added.

Source: https://www.bestconstructionpractices.com/2020/03/coronavirus-poised-to-cause-materials-shortage/ 

Powerhouse Hits the Road In 2020 for 21 Trade Shows

Powerhouse Hits the Road In 2020 for 21 Trade Shows

What We’re Up To

2020 will be a busy year for the Powerhouse Business Development Team as we crisscross the nation attending conferences and trade shows to spread the word about our services for Construction, Facility Maintenance, Landscaping/Snow Removal and Rollouts. While this grueling schedule could wear out even the most seasoned teams, it energizes Powerhouse’s BD Team! We love being on the road because it means we get to see our clients and our partners, as well as meet prospective clients, all while telling the Powerhouse story.

With our experience in multiple industries we can help you deliver successful projects, improve your brand image, and implement programs on time and on budget. Let us show you!

Want to talk with us at any of the shows below?  Lace up your running shoes and catch us if you can. Contact Us

ShowCityStateLocationBegin DateEnd Date
StorePoint FreshAustinTXJW Marriott1/26/20201/29/2020
StorePoint RetailSeattleWAHyatt Regency2/9/20202/12/2020
StorePoint FashionNew OrleansLANew Orleans Marriott3/1/20203/4/2020
RFMADenverCOGaylord Rockies3/8/20203/10/2020
SPECSDallasTXGaylord Texan3/15/20203/17/2020
NMFT BaltimoreBaltimoreMDBaltimore Convention Center3/17/20203/19/2020
RestaurantPoint WestPhoenixAZJW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa3/29/20204/1/2020
Vizient’s ConferenceLas VegasNVWynn Resort3/30/20204/2/2020
HotelPointScottsdaleAZWestern Kierland Resort and Spa4/5/20204/8/2020
BuildPointSan AntonioTXJW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa4/19/20204/22/2020
ConnexOrlandoFLGaylord Palms4/20/20204/22/2020
Atlanta Apartment AssociationAtlantaGACobb Galleria Centre5/13/20205/13/2020
Banking Facilities ForumAustinTXHyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort5/19/20205/21/2020
ApartmentalizeBostonMABoston Convention and Exhibition Center6/17/20206/20/2020
Premier ConferenceNashvilleTNTN Gaylord Opryland Resort6/23/20206/26/2020
ASHE AnnualChicagoILMcCormick Place8/2/20208/5/2020
C-BuildPointBonita SpringsFLHyatt Regency Coconut Point9/20/20209/23/2020
Florida Apartment AssociationHollywoodFLDiplomat Beach Resort9/30/202010/2/2020
RestaurantPoint EastAtlantaGAOmni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center10/18/202010/21/2020
SeniorLivingPointSanta Ana PuebloNMHyatt Regency Tamaya10/25/202010/28/2020
NMHC OPTECH ConferenceLas VegasNVWynn Resort11/16/202011/18/2020

 

Landscape Industry Trends

Landscape Industry Trends

Your property’s exterior will make the first impression. Let us help you stand out.

Landscape Industry Trends

The Landscaping Industry has a direct correlation to the health of property markets, which has been on a steady incline since 2014. Because of this, we see several features within the industry rising as well. The Landscape Services Industry as a whole in 2019 hit some incredible mile markers:

  • $99bn
  • Over 500,000 businesses dedicated to Landscape Services
  • An annual growth of 4.4% (2014-2019)
  • Almost 1.1m industry employees

 

Here’s what we learned from 2019

Technology

This is a trend that does not discriminate! Technological advances have been touching every industry for quite some time and it’s up to us to keep up.

Design

The rush to catch up to your landscape’s growth has led to a different direction of landscape design. Without leaving the trend of more and more green space out, customers are opting in for a more low-maintenance landscape from the beginning. Choosing the design for your region and space can lead to overall less touches when it comes to maintaining your exterior. An asymmetrical design is an example of how some are choosing to fit in with this trend.

Wellness

Wellness is a trend that correlates with landscape services. As the mantra of a healthy mind and body grow, so does the need and appreciation for green space. Because everyone is starting to become aware of green spaces, businesses are trying to focus more on improvement and grooming.

Powerhouse is keeping up with these trends so that this industry doesn’t out-grow us. We know what’s important to our clients and our clients’ clients. We’re up-to-date on technology and we understand the reason for the variety of landscaping designs and the “why” behind all of it.

Powerhouse can be your easy button for landscape services. Don’t let these trends overgrow your exterior!

Powerhouse’s Exterior Services
  • Snow and Ice Management
    • Snow Removal
    • Hauling
    • De-icing
  • Parking Lot
    • Pressure Washing
    • Sweeping
    • Striping
    • Repair & Sealing
    • Concrete Repairs
    • ADA Compliance
  • Landscape Services
    • Grounds Maintenance & Clean-Up
    • Hardscapes
    • Irrigation
    • Tree Trimming

 

 

Sources
Total Landscape Care’s Green Industry Trends of 2019 (https://www.totallandscapecare.com/landscaping/green-industry-trends-2019/)
IBISWorld’s Landscaping Services Industry in the US - Market Research Report (https://www.ibisworld.com/united-states/market-research-reports/landscaping-services-industry/)
Turf Magazine’s 5 Major Social Trends Important to the Landscape Industry (https://www.turfmagazine.com/business-management/important-social-trends/)
Get to Know Us

Get to Know Us

Get to know Powerhouse in Retail & Restaurant Facility Business’s January Edition in an interview with one of our Principal/Owners, Robert Blake-Ward.

We spend a great deal of time on our core: people, process and technology

Retail&Restaurant: Where are you based and how long has Powerhouse been in business?

Robert Blake-Ward, Powerhouse

Robert Blake-Ward: Our head­quarters is in Crowley, Texas, about 30 minutes south of Fort Worth. Powerhouse was founded in 2004.

R&R: What is your title and how long have you been with the com­pany?

Blake-Ward: I am a principal/owner of Powerhouse and have been so since 2011.

R&R: What trades/services do you offer retailers and restau­rants?

Blake-Ward: Powerhouse spe­cializes in Construction Services (remodels and refresh projects), Facility Maintenance (scheduled and reactive services, integrat­ed program management, inte­rior and exterior) and custom­ized Rollouts (high volume, high velocity, high impact projects across thousands of locations na­tionwide).

R&R: In what regions of the country do you conduct most of your business, or are you nation­wide?

Blake-Ward: We work in all 50 U.S. states. Although based in Texas, our work takes us all over the map.

R&R: What makes your com­pany’s “signature service” stand out in the industry?

Blake-Ward: We spend a great deal of time on our core: people, process and technology. Our Infinity platform allows for real-time update as work progresses in the field. Our people drive the results with great training and accountability for their proj­ect’s success – customer-centric teams who create a great project result.

R&R: What kind of feedback do you receive from clients?

When a client calls with an issue, our people react quickly and efficiently. 

Blake-Ward: We aim to make every client a “Raving Fan of Powerhouse.” We often get com­plimented on our sense of ur­gency, which is a key ingredient in our customer service and suc­cess. When a client calls with an issue, our people react quickly and efficiently. When we get a work order, a Powerhouse em­ployee answers the phone and is dedicated to getting someone out to location within the business hours.

R&R: Why should owner/opera­tors choose your company to be their next vendor partner?

Blake-Ward: We have the peo­ple, process and technology, as mentioned earlier, but we also have the resources. We pride ourselves not only on our client relationships, but also on our Powerhouse Partner relationships – relationships with our key vendors across the country. These are partnerships that have allowed us to have con­stant, national coverage for all our clients’ needs.

R&R: How many retail/restau­rant clients do you have, and is that sector growing for you? Would you like to name any of your clients?

Blake-Ward: We have more than 80 distinct customers of various types and sizes. Retail and restaurant are just two of the eight industries Powerhouse focuses on and where we per­form the majority of our work. Retail clients are what started Powerhouse, and we’ve main­tained many of those initial cli­ents throughout Powerhouse’s lifetime. As the industry itself is constantly changing and grow­ing, so does Powerhouse and the opportunities we are given.

R&R: Many traditional retail­ers, in particular, are downsiz­ing their portfolios. Overall, res­taurant/hospitality is growing. What other trends are you seeing in the industry?

Blake-Ward: We continue to see a hyper-competitive market where operators need to differentiate – they are innovating both their brand offerings and how they deliver it, blending the ordering/pickup expereince to serve different customer needs. Operators need to execute these programs faster than ever and with fewer resources to manage – they lean on partners to help manage more of the communication and planning of their projects.

R&R: What is your advice for FM vendors reacting to this shifting climate?

Blake-Ward: Partner with your suppliers; you’ll get more value in return. Don’t be afraid to try a new approach you haven’t done before.

In case you missed it, see how our Senior Director of Operations of FM answers this question in her article with Retail & Restaurant Facility Business.

R&R: What predictions do you have – for your company, your industry or both – in 2020?

Blake-Ward: Continued growth, continued opportunities and continued challenges, for everyone in our industry.

 

Click here to read Robert’s interview in Retail & Restaurant’s Jan. issue.

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Crowley, Texas 76036
PHONE: 817-297-8575
FAX: 682-233-7050

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Exterior Maintenance Services for Warm Weather

 

Powerhouse offers a comprehensive group of national commercial landscape maintenance services for commercial properties. Our services are squarely focused on keeping your facilities looking their absolute best. Our national landscape maintenance services include tree maintenance services irrigation system maintenance, grounds maintenance and cleanup, and porter services.

Our team is experienced with managing national commercial landscape portfolios. We combine our national landscape maintenance services and our full suite of national facility maintenance programs including national commercial parking lot services and national commercial power washing programs that will ensure that your company’s facilities always have a warm and inviting look.

SNOW AND ICE MANAGEMENT

De-icing Services

Snow Plowing

Snow Hauling

Pre-treatment Applications

Sidewalk Snow/Ice Management

Parking Garage Snow Management

PARKING LOT SERVICES

Pressure Washing

Sweeping

Striping

Repair & Sealing

Concrete Repairs

ADA Compliance

Porter Services

Emergency Debris Removal

Trash Receptacle Maintenance

LANDSCAPE SERVICES

Grounds Maintenance & Clean-Up

Hardscapes

Turf Maintenance

Fertilization and Weed Control

Mulch Application

Pruning and Landscape Bed Maintenance

Seasonal/Regional Site Cleanup

Irrigation Services

Landscape Enhancement Services

Tree Removal and Maintenance

Palm Tree Maintenance

Storm Cleanup