By: Thomas Friestad
Far from a flip of a light switch, reopening Kansas City-area offices amid the Covid-19 pandemic has involved intensive planning.
Although state and local stay-at-home orders only recently gave way to reopening plans, several of the metro area's prominent office property managers said their work on allowing tenants to safely return dates back several weeks - or longer.
Block Real Estate Services COO Scott Cordes said the firm has participated in regular virtual meetings with other area office managers to share best reopening practices and collaborate on safety measures.
"As a gorup, we've got a lot more ideas than we do individually, so we have been working together quite a bit to come up with plans that work for everone," said Lisa Earleywine, Block's director of property management.
Vahle and Earleywine said office tenants have established protocols for retrieving deliveries at building entrances rather than inviting delivery service workers to come inside.
Enhanced office cleaning measures are in the cards, too.
Earleywine said Block Real Estate Services has enlisted day porters to suppliement existing nighttime cleanings at its managed properties, with a focus on common-area surfaces, for at least the next serveral months.
Cordes said Block Real Estate Services will cover the additional cleaning costs through savings elsewhere in its maintenance budget, including from now-vacant buildings or floors.
Cordes agreed: "The protocols that we have today may change tomorrow. But right now, we're doing the best we can to make sure that everyone who's entering our facilities is as safe as possible."
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