Monster of a Window Cleaning Job at Duke Energy Center

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Monster of a Window Cleaning Job at Duke Energy Center

When property managers at Childress Klein wanted to do something special for their tenants on Halloween, they called on the team at Scottie’s for help. Two crew members from our Charlotte location dressed in costumes of the season (a werewolf and Frankenstein’s monster) and set about the task of cleaning windows at the Duke Energy Center. The Facility Manager for the tower acknowledged Scottie’s willingness to go above and beyond stating that, “Not only were the tenants thrilled; the owner was too. Your team continues to impress us with their great partnership.” At Scottie’s, we do whatever we can to live up to our motto, “Service Above the Expected!” There’s no job too big or too small, or too weird, for Scottie’s; even a monster of a window cleaning job like this one. Click below to see news footage of our spooky window cleaners by Charlotte N&O and Time Warner News. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article41946405.html http://www.twcnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2015/10/30/duke-energy-center-treated-to-halloween-trick.html
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    High-Tech High-Rise Access for Window Cleaners at Duke Energy Center Tower

High-Tech High-Rise Access for Window Cleaners at Duke Energy Center Tower

Scottie’s window cleaners use high technology equipment to access Duke Energy Center Tower in Charlotte, NC. Management and Operations teams at Scottie’s realized long ago the need to have a dedicated Safety Director within the company to keep crew members trained and educated in the rapidly evolving world of commercial building maintenance. TWC News footage reveals how the massive apparatus makes it possible for window cleaning technicians to do their jobs on the second tallest high-rise in the Queen City. Click here to see footage and hear the TWC News story.  

Window Cleaning at Evelyn D Reinhart Guest House

The Evelyn D Reinhart Guest House serves visiting families of patients being treated at Bon Secours St Mary’s Hospital.The facility, located at 1100 Libbie Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, officially opened its doors to guests in June of 2014. The 14,000-square-foot building has sixteen guest rooms, plus a shared kitchen, dining room, living room, children’s playroom, community room and two laundry rooms.  In order to sustain the Reinhart mission, community partners like Scottie’s were approached by the executive director of the guest house. Scottie’s provides window cleaning services for the facility, which relies heavily on contributions to sustain the operation. We are happy that we were able to oblige when the folks at St Mary’s reached out to us.

BOMA Raleigh-Durham TOBY Winners

 Scottie’s is proud to be a BOMA allied partner to these three local winners of the TOBY award (The Outstanding Building of the Year). Tri Properties, Avison Young and Lincoln Harris will represent the Raleigh-Durham Chapter in their categories for “Corporate Facility” (Quintiles Plaza); “Renovated Building” (The Landmark at North Hills); and “Suburban Office Park” (Palladian Center) respectively. Winners will be announced at the Southern Region Conference in April, which is being held in Charlotte, NC this year. Congratulations to our local winners and thank you for choosing Scottie’s as your preferred window cleaning vendor for these outstanding properties. Good luck!

Scottie’s Supports Special Olympics

Scottie’s Charlotte area rep, Virginia Meltzer, is often asked if she’s ever rappelled from a rooftop. She would like to do just that! If Virginia can raise $1,000 she will rappel from Fifth Third Center on September 27, in support of Special Olympics. Scottie’s has committed to match the donation Virginia raises. Special Olympics is an inspiring organization that transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and Scottie’s has long been a supporter. If you have ever known someone with this type of disability, you understand that this organization can make a profound impact on the level of their confidence. You can help Special Olympics ensure that everyone has the chance to reach beyond their own limits! Any amount you are able to give would be very much appreciated.  Click here to donate and come watch that window washing girl rappel on September 27! Many thanks for your support!
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    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.

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.

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.

Scottie’s Super Heroes Make N&O Favorites For 2013

The Raleigh News and Observer has come out with its list of favorite photos from 2013 and Scottie’s super heroes made the cut! Our window cleaning crew donned super hero costumes and visited the patients at WakeMed Children’s Hospital in Raleigh. Spiderman, Iron Man and Batman, rappelled down the building and made an appearance outside the windows of the children’s ward, to the delight of patients, parents and hospital staff. The N&O was there to cover the story and took some pretty cool photos. Scottie’s is delighted that we made the top picks for 2013. You can view all the N&O faves from this past year here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/31/3497525/2013-our-favorite-photos-123113.html