Re-opening an office tower is a little more complicated than just turning the lights back on.
Calgary’s downtown core is gradually returning to normal as tenants return to the buildings they vacated last Thursday in advance of the city’s massive flood.
In fact, if properly managed, most of the preparation work for re-opening a building should have been done before the tower was even vacated, according to Antoinette Tummillo, vice-president of real estate management services for Colliers International Canada.
For example, Tummillo said property managers should have ensured power to office towers was properly shut down to avoid overloading electrical panels on start-up. Otherwise, building owners risk seeing circuits “blow up because everything comes on at the same time.”
Similarly, she advised raising elevators before shutting them down to avoid further damage, and moving all vehicles out of parking garages.
“We had one building where we did get two of three feet of water in the parking garage.”
Savvy property managers will have already lined up restoration contractors in advance to help repair any flooding damage. Tummillo said contractors are already in short supply and people on standby from other cities such as Edmonton are heading to Cowtown to work on the clean-up.
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