For building owners and managers in Chicago, winter weather not only refers to the white stuff that falls out of the sky—but rather, the white stuff that collects in a building’s lobby.
That’s right—ice and snow can be a building owner’s and management’s worst nightmare if neglected or not treated properly. The onset of winter weather for buildings in the Windy City not only means that building owners must pay attention to the inside of their buildings, but also their surrounding sidewalks and parking lots.
George Markoutsas of Landscape Concepts Management in Grayslake said building owners usually utilize their own crews during winter storms, rather than outsourcing to a third party company. However, things like parking maintenance and snow plowing are often outsourced to outside companies due to crew availability.
“In urban areas like Downtown Chicago sometimes there will be a maintenance staff to take care of the vicinity immediately surrounding the building but often times they will not be the ones snowplowing, they will sub-contract a firm like ours to do the that work.”
However, outsourcing portions of winter weather removal can leave a building owner at the mercy of a third party company’s schedule. Jason Teigman of GT Dawn Brite, a janitorial office cleaning supplier, said crews can often get backlogged in times of harsh weather.