Just about everyone has noticed the proliferation of strategically placed wastebaskets near the doors of public restrooms. The purpose of these receptacles in those locations is to facilitate the easy disposal of paper towels used by patrons upon exit. With the heightened awareness of the presence of germs on every surface touched by humans, hypersensitivity to contact with a contaminated door handle or wash basin lever is no longer confined to germophobes.
The telltale signs of spring are upon us. Punxsutawney Phil and his groundhog brethren have crept from their dens and afforded us various predictions on the coming of the season. We’ve celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and set our clocks ahead. And, while some regions of the United States are getting their last dustings of soggy wet snow, others are enjoying the colorful, early blooms of crocus and forsythia. Each of these events lets us mark time on our mental calendars, but they also remind us that Spring is traditionally a time of renewal and a great time to evaluate and remediate the maintenance needs for our commercial real estate properties.