Western Specialty Contractors has been an incredible resource to my portfolio over the past 4 years. Managing approximately 350,000 square feet of medical office space in Cabarrus, Stanly and Montgomery County, we have battled moisture, energy efficiency and insect issues due to the age and condition at several properties. Drew Adams and the team at Western have helped us in both assessment and repair at a number of buildings, resulting in a dramatic increase in tenant satisfaction and reduction in operating costs.
Drew has been able to help us with the small, one-day patch and seal projects as well as the large, multiweek mobilizations at our larger facilities. His crews have always been professional, organized and kept in great communication. Plus, despite challenges from unpredictable weather or special requests from medical offices, they have adapted quickly while staying on budget and on schedule. Their follow through and quality control has been incredible to make sure the results are as promised.
As Facility Managers, we are expected to respond to a large amount of unique issues and we have learned quickly that Western is a group we can rely on to give us a quick, fair and accurate report on building envelope issues. It's great having a partner that isn't trying to oversell an easy fix or undersell a major project. They provide detailed estimates and explanations that allow us to have informed conversations with Management and Ownership to make the best decision.
Drew and the team at Western Specialty Contractors should be on the short list for every Property/Facility Manager who is facing an issue with building seals, window glazing, copings or any other building envelope issues. They'll be sure to take care of you or direct you to the right spot for help! Thanks Drew!
Matt Burton, RPA
Atrium Health Account
Through my role as property administrator and being an emerging professional in BOMA, I have enjoyed relationship-building with vendors in our industry, particularly in landscaping. My passion and desire to learn more about landscaping has turned into a leadership role within our own team and created a great relationship with our account manager.
US Lawns has gone above and beyond our expectations. Being relatively new to the industry, it is encouraging to partner with a company that follows through. I am a big proponent for following through on what is communicated and agreed upon sticking to your word. Before I can even ask when something will be installed or is remediated, it is already taken care of. I can leave at the end of the day knowing the crew servicing our property genuinely cares for it as their own.
I sincerely appreciate what US Lawns does daily even when they are not servicing our properties. From designing, installing, and maintaining commercial landscapes to the team it takes for property upkeep, my hat goes off to them.
Walter Holt, III
LandCare has been servicing the 40-acre, Maersk account for the past 10 years. We hold the status of anchor tenant in the Arrowpoint Business Park, and Maersk requires a high standard of performance in all areas of Facility Management.
The building operates on a 24/7 basis and, in the worst weather conditions possible, is always open. In times of inclement weather there are times when we need to determine the status of ancillary roadways leading into the park and no matter the time, LandCare has never failed to be available. Information collected during these early morning conversations becomes a part of the Everbridge communication to all the colleagues and facilitates the decision-making process of opening late so that colleagues have options to safely travel to work.
Due to the fact that the facility is over 30 years old, we have challenges with such things as the irrigation system due to age. LandCare has worked in partnership with Maersk to resolve these issues as they arise, budgeting costs, and maintaining as long as possible before a full replacement of the system can be completed.
When emergencies arise, such as the tornado that touched down on our property several years ago, the crew was here immediately to share in the clean-up process. All total, it took 7 months to get windows replaced, exterior cameras put back up, trees removed that were split down the middle and, debris in our 1.5 acre pond cleaned-out, to name a few.
In summation, LandCare works diligently to control costs while delivering the desired results, provides excellent regularly scheduled service, ensures lines of communication are always open, and responds without delay in the event of an emergency.
LandCare has truly demonstrated how much they value the partnership that we have created over the years. They have a wonderful team and make a great partner!
Kathi Allen-Shout | Facilities Manager
CBRE | Global WorkPlace Solutions
In July of 2019 one of our ownership groups released an RFP for the painting of their 10-building portfolio in a campaign to rebrand the 805,000 square feet of mostly raw brick buildings.
Platinum Coatings of NC was the winning bidder who proposed not painting the buildings, but rather changing the color of the existing brick with a masonry application not frequently used. The advantages to this system were many- including no maintenance, no fading, cracking, blistering, or peeling of paint as is to be expected with an aging coating, a 5 year manufacturer warranty, the ability to change the colors again later also without painting, and most importantly maintaining the breathability of the building envelope which is an inherent advantage to a brick façade. In addition, the materials used were not as sensitive to surface temperatures and moisture levels as conventional products allowing us to pursue our aggressive schedule upon release of the projects in mid-October 2019.
Platinum's proposal reduced our cost by eliminating the prime coat typically associated with painting and offered a lump sum discount if the entire portfolio was awarded. Upon viewing photos and in person viewings of various other projects such as single story and multiple story buildings in the recently renovated parks, ownership knew this was an innovative solution for updating their facades.
Amanda with Platinum worked directly with WGM, Trinity, and Ownership to create a color palette, layout design, and execution of the projects on a tight timeline. The outcome is beautifully crafted, unique and eye catching.
Lissette Espinoza Munoz | Property Manager
Relationships made through BOMA really do endure. Many people in our CRE industry go from Allied to Principal, Principal to Allied, change companies or change businesses all-together. My relationship with Jen Mugnano started when she was with another provider than her current, KONE, and when she was known as Jen Murphy.
Ours started off when she stepped in to assist with a service contract that was in distress. She jumped right in to make sure the property and client needs were all met. When Jen moved over to KONE, she brought with her, her knowledge of elevators and her well-cultivated relationships. Because I knew Jen to be the person to make things right, I knew engaging her and KONE on new contracts wouldn't fail me.
As we all know, not only people move around but buildings also changed hands. Having these established relationships has also made asset transitions easier. With recently assuming management of Birkdale Village and elevators being a significant service contract, it was a great comfort to see KONE and Jen as my point of contact. We already know each other, how we work together, and each other's expectations. This is a time-saver and we were able to get right down to business.
It makes me so happy to say that our relationship has overcome many changes, challenges and triumphs but regardless it stood the test of time.
Liz RIvers | Associate DIrector
With all the craziness going on in the world, it occurred to me that everything that happens affects a Property Manager's job. Whether it is a recession, inclement weather, political unrest, protests, pandemics, or Y2K (for those of us who have been in the industry a few years), we still have a job to perform.
All of this can make the routine seem challenging. However, with a vendor partner that is quick to respond and always performs with above standard results, Mecklenburg Paint helps us to continue managing properties thru the chaos. I have used Mecklenburg Paint for over 20-plus years. We have shared some very successful projects including full building interior paint projects to a simple wall repair/paint/corner guard.
With the reduced occupancy experienced recently, Mecklenburg Paint came in and refreshed several areas for us that would be difficult during "normal" times. Our garage elevators look fabulous and we had the opportunity to freshen up some back of house areas, such as freight lobbies, abused corridors, and even repairs in the main lobby.
Liz, Allison, Mike, and Sheila are just a few of the wonderful people who help take care of the Property Manager's around this city and am proud they are a BOMA partner for us.
Melinda Hopkins, RPA, FMA, LEED AP
ABM Industries started janitorial services for Optimist Hall in July 2019. Little did we know that less than a year later, we would be facing a pandemic that would sweep across our nation and impact the entire world.
Before COVID-19, you may have noticed the ABM staff working hard behind the scenes to keep Optimist Hall running (and looking great for all of our guests)! When we launched our Curbside Drive Thru in less than 36 hours, their team stepped up to help facilitate the program by running orders, directing customers, and keeping the (sometimes long) line moving.
Rain or shine, they do it all with a smile on their faces, and we couldn't be more thankful that they were willing to adapt so quickly as we made these necessary changes at Optimist Hall.
The ABM staff members at Optimist Hall are simply irreplaceable as they have become an integrated part of our team. ABM has truly been a partner to our organization before and after Coronavirus so we just want to say, Thank You! Because of your hard work and your ability to quickly adapt, Optimist Hall was able to keep our doors open so we could continue serving local food to the Charlotte market.
If anyone is ever in need of a solid janitorial service provider I whole heartedly recommend reaching out to Andrea Todd with ABM Industries. We are grateful for you and look forward to continuing our partnership with ABM!
Property Manager of Optimist Hall
The Providence Group
Property Managers work in a fast-paced environment where results matter. We heavily rely upon skilled colleagues, engineers, and vendors to help us make the right choice in scope, frequency, and method of work. Enter State Building Services. Spencer, Keith, and Ian have always been there to provide a quick proposal, offer advice, walk the property, send photos, research a product, or help find a solution to an issue.
State handled all metal, stone, and wood maintenance for a 20-year old, 1M SF property that I previously managed. State offered fair and competitive pricing without sacrificing service. State also revisited and improved upon scopes to heighten service levels for a positive impact. They will not hesitate to dive into the details without overwhelming.
State also took over exterior pressure washing services for a property located in close proximity to residential communities. The timing was tricky as pressure washing could not occur during business hours, but the noise ordinance restricted us from doing it past a certain hour at night. Spencer literally measured the distance between our property and the residential buildings, and then measured the sound levels of his machines in order to implement a reasonable plan with his crew. Noise problem solved, and 3 blocks of sidewalks cleaned quarterly.
State was also very instrumental in helping me with the 2020 Budget. They provided pricing for exterior paver repairs, lobby grout replacement, and exterior column and window mullion cleaning and polishing. I may not always have time to visit a project immediately after it is complete, but I can trust to receive a photo and update from State Building Services the very next day, which gives me peace of mind.
BOMA Board of Directors
We were able to quickly schedule a walk-through (6 ft apart of course) and establish our plan. From there it was smooth sailing and we've continued the treatment at the directed frequency. Having a reliable vendor (as I've come to expect in dealing with all of our BOMA members) made my job easier, which is welcomed any day!
The needs of the buildings that our BOMA professionals manage are all different, so I highly encourage you to utilize our vendor guide found on the main page of the BOMA website for any services you may have concerning COVID-19. For starters, check out the categories: Cleaning & Maintenance Services and Janitorial. I have confidence that utilizing our vendors and your own sense of creativity, we will successfully navigate this uncertain time and find solutions to the unusual predicaments we are to face!
Lincoln Harris | Fox Sports
EDS is vendor you never want to have to call, but you are glad they are there when you do. They will respond promptly whether it's 2 PM or 2 AM. They are there for you when you get a call from the fire department in the middle of the night because a fire sprinkler pipe burst in the rafters of a 36'-clear warehouse, which happens to be directly over the office of your tenant's CEO. They are there for you when a tenant spills a tractor trailer full of tiny plastic pellets into the truck court. And when the pellets end up down the storm drain, and flow to the stormwater pond, which leads to protected wetlands, EDS knows exactly what to do to clean it up quickly and efficiently.
The moment the dreaded "m" word is muttered I know my next phone call will be to EDS. Sure, there are companies who will come in and remove that greenish-blackish drywall with no questions asked. But I trust the expertise of the seasoned professionals at EDS to follow environmental protocol from start to finish - beginning with the initial moisture testing all the way to providing a clean bill of health for my facility.
EDS has never told me a job is too big or too small. They understand the urgency of each situation and work diligently every time to provide quality results. Knowing I have a high-quality BOMA partner for any of my disaster and restoration needs gives me peace of mind and confidence that we can handle whatever comes next.
BOMA Board of Directors
Senior Property Manager