Fall has officially arrived and the hot days of summer are quickly becoming a distant memory. Many are wistfully reminiscing of days spent at the shore or hanging with friends on the patio.
Sure, the end of summer can be bittersweet. However, I welcome the briskness of cool autumn days and the vibrant colors of changing leaves as far as the eye can see. It’s a nice change from the hot steamy days of summer.
This time of year is perfect to develop a plan to safely maintain your workplace for the approaching weather challenges ahead. Not that I want to drop the ‘snow’ word, but the reality is that at some point in the next few months we will all have to deal with the mess that snow and ice can leave on sidewalks and parking lots. Not to mention, downed powerlines and inconvenient hazards that can make getting to and from work a challenge.
Now is the perfect time to prepare your business and employees for what lies ahead! I get that, as a business owner, your top priority is running your business. That is why we have created this safety checklist to help make sure you’re ready for the season ahead.
Maintaining and providing a safe work environment is important, so here’s a quick checklist to help you get back to business, as usual.
Top 10 Tips to Safely Maintain Your Business Workplace This Winter:
Schedule Fire Drills & Build an Evacuation Plan– Knowing what to do is key to surviving a fire emergency. Conduct routine fire drills to give you and your co-workers the knowledge and confidence to escape safely. Routinely check fire extinguishers.
Monitor Your Space Heaters– Portable space heaters can pose a major workplace safety hazard. Don’t take chances; educate employees about safe space heater practices, such as keeping space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways to avoid tripping hazards. DO NOT plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater. Always turn off and unplug every space heater at the end of the work day.
Install Door Mats at All Entrances– Keep the dirt, snow and mud outside by installing quality door mats at your entry way. This will reduce the amount of water, mud and slush tracked into your business, lowering the possibility of slips. Protect your employees and customers. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the law!
Salt & Treat Your Entryway– Use ice melting mix solutions (such as salt). This plays a major role in reducing slip-and-fall accidents because it reduces ice. Even a light dusting of snow can lead to slippery conditions. Be sure to stock up early, as supplies can be hard to locate right before forecasted winter storms.
Avoid The Office Thermostat Wars– Consider setting a standard office temperature and designate one person to oversee the thermostat. Be sure to communicate this standard with your employees. To make your case, relay studies on temperature’s effect on worker efficiency!
Check Your Emergency Supplies– In addition to protecting the physical systems in your building, inventory your emergency supplies. Can your building accommodate every tenant overnight or for multiple days in case of a blizzard? Make sure you have plenty of warm blankets, portable heat sources, a first aid kit and extra food in case you get snowed in.
Guard your Technology and Data – Costly power outages due to ice and wind can be critical if you fail to back-up all company and client data daily, either onsite or through a hosted, off-site cloud service. Always check to make sure your back-up system is working properly before a storm hits.
Avoid Electrical Shutdowns – If an outage occurs during business hours, turn off all computers and other equipment as a precaution against the sudden increase in voltage when power is restored. Be sure that all computers and electrical equipment are connected to surge protectors, which absorb excess electrical energy and prevent it from reaching connected equipment once the power is restored.
Properly Maintain HVAC Equipment– Proper maintenance of all HVAC units will lead to the best possible outcome for your building, not only in the winter, but throughout the year adding comfort, improved air quality, extended equipment life and cutting energy costs.
Properly Winterize your Roof– The most common cause of winter damage to a roof is the continuous freeze/thaw cycle which can exacerbate any defects in the roof. While certain conditions are unavoidable, making sure you fix any current leaks, faulty flashing, loose shingles or metal sheets can make your roof better prepared to handle the freeze/thaw/freeze cycle. Also be sure to repair and clean out any drains or downspouts.
Harvey, Hanna & Associates, a commercial real estate management company in Delaware, partners with our tenants to ensure that our properties are ready for hazardous conditions. If you need our help or have questions, please contact us today.
Twin Lakes Brewing Company has been offering premium American ales and lagers to the Delaware area for the last 9 years. The company has outgrown the 25 barrel, five vessel brew house and tasting room located at a re-purposed barn on historic Twin Lakes Farm (est. 1826).
That is why Twin Lakes Brewing Co. will be moving from its longtime home in scenic Greenville to one of Delaware’s most historic (and original) towns in Newport, Delaware – the Newport Industrial Park, which will allow the company to expand it production to 5,000 barrels a year. At the Greenville location, the brewery produced 4,400 barrels last year.
Twin Lakes has suspended it tastings and growler refills until its move to a warehouse located at 405 E. Marsh St, owned by HDC. Inc. and managed by HHA, is complete.
The company hopes to be up and running in September. “We’ve got plenty of kegs, but we’re running low on the cans,” Wick said. “Hopefully, our customers won’t have to wait too long.”—News Journal
According to an article by Scoot Goss of The News Journal, Twin Lakes founder, Jack Wick has been looking for a new home since its 10 year lease at Twin Lakes Farm expired in 2013.
“We looked at farms here and in Pennsylvania, as well as locations throughout Delaware,” Wick offered. “But Harvey Hanna reached out to us and this location fits our immediate needs.”
Ryan Kennedy of Harvey Hanna & Associates, a development and commercial real estate company, indicated that keeping Twin Lakes in Delaware was a collaborative effort between HHA and many government entities …“from Alan Levin and Bernice Whaley at DEDO to Governor Markell.” Thomas Hanna, COO of HHA and Bert Root, Director of Commercial Leasing at HHA, led the lease negotiations for Harvey, Hanna & Associates, Inc.
Kennedy said that once word got out that Twin Lake’s was looking to expand, “we thought it made sense to reach out as the space is a perfect fit for their operation … This is a great addition to a very active and high energy business park … we are proud to welcome Twin Lakes Brewery to our family of tenants.” – Delaware Business Daily
Once Twin Lakes is re-opened to the public, Wick said that there are plans to launch a new IPA, partner with food trucks, gear up production of the canning of its flagship Pale Ale and more.
Kennedy pointed out that keeping Twin Lakes in Delaware is good for the tourism business, as craft brewing is a growing industry attracting many to tasting rooms across the country. The new location will allow for easy access to a growing number of visitors seeking out craft beer tastings.
Another benefit of the new location is the increased number of hours that the tasting room will be open to the public. The previous location had a very limited number of hours it was able to provide visitors with tastings, tours and opportunities to purchase brews.
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Congratulations to Albert “Bert” Root of Harvey Hanna & Associates for his recent appointment as President of the CIRC Board. Root has served on the CIRC (Commercial-Industrial Realty Council of New Castle County, Delaware) Board for the last two years as vice-president.
CIRC is a non-profit organization bringing together a group of members with similar interests in commercial and industrial real estate to network and keep current with the latest real estate and business transactions in the Delaware Valley community. CIRC meets monthly except for the months of July and August. The lunch meetings are for networking and socializing. Typically there is a guest speaker that touches on topics of mutual interest to the membership.
Root, Director of Commercial Leasing at Harvey Hanna & Associates, manages and oversees all leasing activity associated with HHA’s extensive portfolio of commercial, industrial and retail properties. He came to HHA in 2012 and has held a variety of positions in the commercial real estate industry.
In addition to his position on the CIRC Board, Root is the Golf Committee Chairman for CIRC’s annual Golf Outing held at Hartefeld National. This years’ golf outing is scheduled for Monday, June 29th.
The golf outing offers a fun-filled day of golf course challenges, barbecue lunch, on-course beverages/snacks, cash raffle, golf prizes and a dinner buffet. A portion of the proceeds goes to The Delaware KIDS Fund, a non-profit organization founded by HHA COO, Thomas J. Hanna in order to assist local area Kids in Distressed Situations.
If someone hits a hole in one on the dedicated ‘hole in one hole’, they win a 7 night stay at the luxurious Hyatt Place Hotel in Dewey Beach with over $200 in food credits for Que Pasa Mexican Restaurant and The Lighthouse!
HHA is Proud to Welcome New Tenants Early on in 2015!
What do a fitness center, real estate office and tech firm have in common?
They are the three new tenants of Harvey Hanna & Associates (HHA). Recently HHA has welcomed Be Barre Fit™, Long & Foster Real Estate and Carber, a ‘World Leader in Hydrostatic Testing and Isolation Technologies’.
Be Barre Fit™ is leasing suite space at HHA’s Hockessin Crossing Shopping Center located at 7465 Lancaster Pike. For those not familiar with barre, it is a 1-hour workout based on ballet, yoga & Pilates’and has become very popular within the fitness industry. Movements are low impact and easy on the joints. It can be tailored for a wide range of body types and ages. Benefits of barre include burning fat, building longer, leaner muscles and a strong core, developing muscle balance & increasing flexibility. Owner, Trish Mackay, is an Australian native and has done a fantastic job of making a name for herself and the company early on.
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. is similarly leasing office space at HHA’s Hockessin Crossing Shopping Center. The residential real estate company leased the space as part of their plan to expand its Delaware Valley services. Erik Hoferer, formerly from the firm’s Pike Creek office, will head the new location and R.T. Christopher will be managing the new location. Specializing in residential real estate, Hoferer and his team markets the entire line of Ryan Homes, Delaware largest builder.
Carber is leasing 5,250 SF of Industrial Space at 403 E. Marsh Lane located at Newport Industrial Park. Recognized as a world leader in hydrostatic testing and isolation technologies, Carber is a privately owned global specialty industrial service company based in Houston, TX. They now have locations in 13 states across the United State and 3 in Canada. This location marks their first time in Delaware.
Carber joins a strong roster of tenants within the Newport Industrial Park, including: Tile Market of Delaware, Compassionate Care Hospice, Speedpro Imaging, Autopart International, TotalTrax Inc., MSC Industrial Direct, Trial Transport Logistics, Café 24, Newport Rowing Club, ARI Environmental, Service Master, Waste Management, Phoenix Restoration, SOS Call Center, Dynasap, Make Shop & Co., Tenmant, Shipping 25 LLC and Tech World Corp. Denise Pomarici is the local branch manager and Administrator for the Northeastern Region.
Harvey Hanna & Associates, Inc is a full-service Commercial Real Estate Development Company located in Delaware. The company has sustained strong relationships with tenants of their commercial and industrial properties and offers a unique mix of business experience and sense of community. The commercial property company delivers personalized real estate solutions that can suit both short and long-term business needs.