Facilities Management & Reroofing Activities
Balancing the demands of facilities management on a daily basis can be difficult, let alone when planning and executing a reroofing project. Reroofing involves many detailed decisions, including the appropriate type of roof system to use, what the budgetary impacts will be and how the long term warranty will work. It’s not surprising that headaches and problems can arise throughout the project.
One area that can quickly become problematic is managing the expectations of the building occupant(s) alongside the contractor’s requirements to complete the work. It is an interdependent situation where both parties can have legitimate, and sometimes conflicting, concerns.
During this process, protecting the contents of the building can easily end up last on the list of priorities. The assumption may be that work taking place on the exterior of the building will not have an impact on the inside. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Falling dust and debris can damage the building contents, be potentially dangerous to people and ultimately, give the impression that it isn’t safe to be inside while the crews are working on the roof.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent these types of issues. As a facilities manager, you have the opportunity to weigh in on the details of the work that is being planned. Asking a few questions about dust and debris containment options prior to beginning work can easily avoid unnecessary disruptions.
You should also include the interior protection provider in the bid process. They can either attend the initial pre-bid meeting or schedule a time to visit the facility independently and develop an estimate for professionally installing the containment. If your organization prefers using another entity to manage the project, you can specify interior protection upfront in the project plan. This requires the roofer, roofing consultant or general contractor to find a qualified interior protection provider to install the suspended cover.
If possible, it is also worthwhile to include the interior protection provider in the project planning team. This allows them to establish a relationship with the building occupants that will be beneficial to everyone involved. It will also reassure your clients that you care about their safety and the importance of their business while giving them direct contact with the people who will be working in their space.
When it comes to protecting your facility and tenants during reroofing, you have options. Planning for interior protection can be key to ensuring your project is a success.