2nd Quarter Newsletter

Quarter Summary

Greetings from our team at Southeastern Janitorial! Our hope is that each of you has enjoyed a successful 2nd Quarter and a pleasant summer thus far. Over the past three months, we have added over 400,000 square feet to the Southeastern Janitorial portfolio. We invite you to browse our newsletter for further information on new accounts and extra services. Additionally, we have featured both the property manager and employee of the quarter. As always, we value the opportunity to serve your janitorial needs. Thank you for being our customers! 

New Accounts

Greenville, SC
Square Feet: 60,000  |  Type: Medical Office
Greenville, SC
Square Feet: 70,000  |  Type: Office
Greenville, SC
Square Feet: 38,000  |  Type: Medical Office
Charleston, SC
Square Feet: 32,000  |  Type: Office
Charleston, SC
Square Feet: 80,000  |  Type: Medical Office
Charleston, SC
Square Feet: 10,000  |  Type: Office
Charleston, SC
Square Feet: 7,000  |  Type: Office
Charleston, SC
Square Feet: 12,000  |  Type: Office
Charleston, SC
Square Feet: 39,000  |  Type: Office
Charleston, SC
Square Feet: 10,000  |  Type: Office
Charleston, SC
Square Feet: 64,000  |  Type: Office
Columbia, SC
Square Feet: 5,000  |  Type: Office
Columbia, SC
Square Feet: 3,000  |  Type: Office
Jackson, MS
Square Feet: 2,200  |  Type: Office
Jackson, MS
Square Feet: 9,000  |  Type: Office
Jackson, MS
Square Feet: 22,000  |  Type: Office
Baton Rouge, LA
Square Feet: 18,000  |  Type: Office
Baton Rouge, LA
Square Feet: 5,000  |  Type: Office
New Orleans, LA
Square Feet: 11,000  |  Type: Office

Employee of the Quarter

Ashley Fletcher

Ashley Fletcher recently joined Southeastern Janitorial in April and has quickly proven her strong work ethic in our Greenville, SC market. As one of our strongest day porters, Ashley remains calm under pressure. She single-handedly serviced Trinity Partner’s property at 1200 Brookfield while we transitioned new employees into the role. Congratulations Ashley, thanks for being a part of our team!

Property Manager of the Quarter

Sandra Johnson

Sandra Johnson is an outstanding Senior Real Estate Manager with CBRE in Columbia, SC. Southeastern Janitorial greatly enjoys working with Sandra due to her hard work and dedication. She’s extremely knowledgeable and we’re lucky to have her partnership. Thanks for all that you do Sandra!

Click here to view available CBRE Columbia.

Additional Information

Extra Services Highlight - Pressure Washing

Pressure Washing is a key part of keeping your office looking its best. The building exterior, sidewalks and parking lots are the first thing your tenants and customers see everyday.  Pressure washing on a regular basis will make a huge visual difference as well as prolong the need for capital improvements.  Please contact your Southeastern Janitorial representative for a quote!

Can This Happen To Your Building? 

Why Is London Burning? 

In the early hours of Wednesday, June 14, 2017, forty fire engines and 200 firefighters responded to a fire in Grenfell Tower.  The fire started on the fourth floor of the apartment complex, and within fifteen minutes had scaled the exterior of the structure burning through the building’s 24 floors.  As of this writing, the death toll has reached seventy-nine with others still unaccounted for.

 

The rapid spread and magnitude of this incident can be attributed to the combustible cladding used in the exterior construction of the tower. The void space between the aluminum panels and building fabric can create a “chimney effect” allowing fire to rapidly move up the side of a structure.

Within the last year, UK fire officials and experts, issued a report warning of the dangers of buildings being wrapped with combustible materials. The report noted an increase in the use of these combustible materials due to the desire for increased building efficiency, improved thermal effectiveness, and a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Why is this type and magnitude of fire destruction not happening in the United States? Many years past, the fire engineering community noticed a trend in the increased use of combustible components in exterior construction.  Predicting the fire and life safety issues that this use of construction would present, research was conducted and a test method was developed, NFPA 285, StandardFire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of ExteriorNon-Load-Bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components. This standard outlines the requirements and test procedures to determine if a given wall assembly could support a self-accelerating or self-spreading fire up an exterior wall, or spread fire to interior floors above the fire floor.  Through application and enforcement of this standard, America has been spared the costs and loss of these specific fire incidents.

The future prevention of these incidents, however, seems uncertain.  “Green building” and energy conservation interests have been pushing for reductions to, or elimination of, NFPA 285 testing requirements. The goal of these efforts is to allow “unfettered latitude in the use of plastics in exterior walls”.  Attempts to modify these fire safety requirements in the model codes have been unsuccessful. In Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Indiana, and Minnesota NFPA 285 testing requirements have been successfully eliminated or reduced, however, through the local code adoption process.

By examining exterior wall fires around the world, understanding the history and development of NFPA 285, and reviewing the test method, Building Exterior Wall Assembly Flammability: Have We Forgotten the Past 40 Years?, demonstrates how the continued use and enforcement of NFPA 285 is essential in preserving a fire safe America.

Johnson, Aaron. “Why is London Burning?” The Code Coach. June 26, 2017. http://thecodecoach.blogspot.com/2017/06/why-is-london-burning.html