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“A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE”

on June 24, 2011

I ran into an article recently concerning what happens, or doesn’t happen, when working on plans for building. Anyone who has worked in janitorial or window cleaning has probably asked at least once, “What were they thinking?” Sometimes windows stay dirty for many years because nobody figures out how to get to them.

In that same article there was a great list put together by an insurance specialist who really did his homework.  I found it amazing that architects never get asked the right questions to make sure the building can be maintained. Planning ahead can be very helpful.

Design Flaw Sampler/Housekeeping

  1. Installing doors and elevators that are too narrow to accommodate service equipment.
  2. Installing discontinued or obsolete equipment.
  3. Making entryways too small to handle foot traffic.
  4. Installing lighting that is impossible to service.
  5. A 3-foot-by-5-foot janitor closet with a 3-foot-wide door that opens in.
  6. Installing window systems that cannot be cleaned or serviced easily.
  7. Installing cheap paint that cannot be cleaned.
  8. Failure to install floor drains.
  9. Failure to install appropriate water and snow deflection systems at entrances.
  10. Installing carpet or flooring that shows dirt daily or blue carpet with an asphalt parking lot.

— Steve Spencer, Facilities Specialist in Cleaning and Maintenance State Farm Insurance, Bloomington, Ill.

Homeowners could get some ideas from this too, especially if they are building a dream house. 

Meanwhile, here is a great example of someone solving the problem after the fact.

 

 

 



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