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Monday's Ask the Experts: Facility management

November 15, 2010
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Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Where can I find an estimator to guide me in how many employees are recommended according to square feet? We have four full time and 15 part time employees. Some of our facilities require 24/7 care for continuous traffic: our prayer room, restrooms and other seminar facilities.
The answer:
ISSA and APPA both have published cleaning times, but your situation is a bit more complex. Having visited your campus a few years ago, I noticed many of your challenges are unique. Very few churches are open 24/7 for praise and worship. Your conference center is huge and you have the added challenge of a busy coffee shop (much like Starbucks and open about the same amount of hours) and a busy bookstore. You will probably need to benchmark your campus individually, as it is a unique facility.
One of my associates, James Rasmussen, has offered the following advice. James has years of experience workloading buildings and recently has redesigned the cleaning operations for a large church/school. Here are his suggestions
... — Gary Clipperton, president, National Pro Clean Corp.
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