High Rise Facade Access for Window Cleaning and Building Maintenance


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  • Permalink Scottie’s window cleaners maneuver into position with the use of an automated façade access system at Duke Energy Center in Charlotte, NC.Gallery

    High Rise Facade Access for Window Cleaning and Building Maintenance

High Rise Facade Access for Window Cleaning and Building Maintenance

Scottie’s window cleaning crews often find themselves in some very tricky spots. Today’s architectural designs make for some impressive buildings. But the intricacy of structural details can often create exterior building access and safety challenges.  Technology in building façade access has evolved to keep up with the ever changing demands created by today’s architecture. And window cleaning crews have had to keep up with today’s trends. Scottie’s team members have the experience and safety training to tackle even the most difficult high-rise window cleaning projects. Our in-house Safety Director ensures that every crew member is thoroughly trained on the equipment necessary to get the job done.  On-going training sessions and equipment inspections are implemented to ensure that safety remains a core company philosophy; and crew members are kept up to date on the most current building façade access technology employed in the exterior building maintenance industry. In an article by Kevin Thompson titled, Façade Access: Ups & Downs, Ins & Outs, we see how technology has revolutionized the high-rise window cleaning industry and the importance of having an experienced, well-trained window cleaning contractor for challenging high-rise projects. Click here to read the article in High Rise Facilities Magazine.

Umstead Hotel and Spa

Window Cleaning and Exterior Metal Maintenance Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC

IFMA Greater Triangle Event a Success After Mulligan

The Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA had to take a mulligan on the first try at their 2014 annual golf outing.  The event was originally scheduled to be held at Lochmere Golf Club in Cary on April 30. But the day and the event ended in a wash-out. Round two, held on May 13, was a shining success. In fact, you might say a little too shining! Temperatures soared into the 90s. Although the heat did slow the pace of play somewhat, the tournament proceeded as planned. Scottie’s Commercial Window Cleaners and Exterior Diagnostic Services had a tent full of snacks and beverages on hand to give players a welcome break along the way. IFMA members and their guests stopped by for some much needed icy refreshment, which we were happy to provide. The appreciation shown by tournament participants is always a great reward and we are honored to be of service . . . on the course and off!

Cleaning Windows With the Help of Robotics

The window cleaning industry is no stranger to robotics. The operations team at Scottie’s has tried out automated systems on some of the buildings we have serviced, including this facility at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Automated systems can be employed on structures where other methods of access don’t quite provide the level of safety or efficiency a contractor would like. A recent industry article by Mick Lang titled, Automated Window and Façade Cleaning System Offers Safety and Savings, explains how a robotic system solved some of these issues at a high-rise office tower in New York City. Click here to read the article in High Rise Facilities Magazine online.

Scottie’s Window Cleaners as Super Heros

Once again Scottie’s window cleaners donned super hero costumes to pay a visit to the children at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh. This is the second year that Scottie’s has partnered with the administrative staff at WakeMed to coordinate the super hero event. The managers and window cleaning crews at Scottie’s consider it a privilege and a pleasure to take part in such a joyful occasion. “We are more than happy to help make it happen again”, says John D McGrath, Business Development Rep for Scottie’s Triangle location. “The response was so positive last year, there was a great deal of enthusiasm for the project this year,” he added. Enthusiasm was indeed contagious as the super heroes appeared to the young patients, parents and staff. For a few minutes they were able to forget their circumstances and turn their attention to the surprise visitors outside the four-story high windows at the hospital. “It’s just a great way to put what we do to a greater use”, says McGrath. It looks like the window cleaners at Scottie’s  have found a way to put the sparkle in the windows and a day at WakeMed! Click here to view the Raleigh N&O coverage.

Red Hat Tower

Window Cleaning and Exterior Metal Maintenance Red Hat Tower in Raleigh, NC for Spectrum Properties

Wilson Medical Center

Pressure Washing of Exterior Facade and Window Cleaning at Wilson Medical Center in North Carolina

7025 Albert Pick Road, Greensboro, NC

Glass Restoration and Stain Removal of six-story building managed by Highwoods Properties in Greensboro, NC

How to Clean and Maintain Ext Painted Coatings

Flat glass must be protected during shipment and storage

Rising To Work

Two of Scottie’s window cleaners sit peacefully in their rigging, viewing the sunrise over Charlotte as they prepare to start the day. “Rising to go to work” has a different meaning for some of our crew members on the high-rise assignments in our service areas. Even window cleaning has its perks.