The commercial building sector is part of our community’s Critical Infrastructure providing space for many Essential Businesses and Services such as those identified below. It is vital that the building sector remains open.
Building managers and engineers, HVAC operators, plumbers, electricians, elevator technicians, fire safety directors, janitors, and security officers are Essential Personnel to keeping Essential Services operating.
Essential businesses located in commercial real estate include:
- Healthcare operations, clinics, dental and medical equipment, and suppliers
- Telecommunication hubs, distribution nodes, cell towers and infrastructure supporting local and global internet services
- Server rooms essential for businesses and remote workers (require constant monitoring)
- Social services and non-profit organizations
- Grocery stores, convenience and hardware stores
- Banks and related financial institutions
- Mailing and shipping services, including post office functions
- Biotechnology and life science functions such as labs that require 24/7 operations
- Medical office buildings
Essential Personnel to building operations include building managers and engineers, HVAC operators, plumbers, electricians, elevator technicians, fire safety directors, janitors and security officers they are essential personnel needed on-site to service and maintain building systems and operations such as:
- Fire protection systems and code required confidence testing
- Cooling needed to prevent server rooms from shutting down
- Daily pressure vessel (boiler) inspections and monitoring critical systems in Life Science Buildings, labs, and medical office buildings
- Access control for disinfecting teams, IT equipment service, cell phone antennas, and other building support contractors and vendors.
- Deter and respond to acts of vandalism
- Janitorial cleaning and sanitizing working environments
BOMA International is actively working to provide commercial real estate professionals with credible information on how to mitigate potential health and business impacts.
BOMA International will continue to monitor this issue as it develops, and resources will be posted regularly to this webpage (www.boma.org/coronavirus). Members should refer to the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) for up-to-the-minute updates and best practices.