For building owners and managers in New York, 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 Big Apple not only means that building owners must pay attention to the inside of their buildings, but also their surrounding sidewalks and parking lots.
John Fedele of Star Products 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.
“Usually the crews have to come in and do some overtime rather than hiring extra crews,” Fedele said. “But the properties and buildings are very large and can be hard to maintain, so they’ll outsource the parking lot part of it.”
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 said crews can often get backlogged in times of harsh weather.