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Retail Business Cleaning Services

Retail business cleaning services involve business office cleaning services, warehouse cleaning and the public spaces cleaning.

Evergreen Building Maintenance provides commercial janitorial services  based on the exact retail store cleaning services you need for your particular business cleaning situation.

For example, a commercial cleaning services contract for a pet supplies store would be quite different from an auto dealership. The cleaning personnel would need completely different training, equipment and supplies.

We have specialized personnel and equipment to handle every retail janitorial situation.

Our cleaning supplies are health-conscious “green cleaning” oriented.  They are hypoallergenic and safe for humans and pets.

Based on our review of your business and your criterion, each retail and store cleaning quote is customized to address your specific business.  We don’t provide cookie-cutter commercial cleaning services.

Give us a call to get a free quote for business cleaning services.  We will be as meticulous with our quote as we are with our cleaning services.

Our Commitment To Quality Commercial Cleaning Services

  • Trustworthy, responsive and very easy to work with!
  • We will be really thorough and always open to feedback
  • Cleaning crew are very professional and are committed to doing nothing short of an excellent job. Your entire staff will be very happy with their service and have no complaints.
  • The Evergreen Building Maintenance Company is easy to contact and always have fast, reliable solutions to any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Our business will always be spotless when we are finished cleaning it.
  • You will be very happy with the work being done at your shop. You will hear any complaints from upper management or anyone else for that matter.
  • We inspect regularly on our own and periodically with the owner / manager of your business to make sure there are no complaints with our work or our cleaning staff.
  • We strive to make sure your experience is great and you find the cleaning crew easy to work with and communicate with on a daily basis if needed.
  • All employees are trained to be proactive so there is nothing you ever have to worry about if it got cleaned.
  • Evergreen Building Maintenance strives to be extremely helpful and dependable as your cleaning needs change from time to time or season to season.
  • We are always quick to answer emails and respond to your requests or questions in a timely manner.
  • Our cleaning crew is always very thorough and friendly.
  • We take pride in the fact that our cleaning staff does a fantastic job and they do it with great pride and professionalism each day!
  • Many of our cleaning staff has been around for several years.  They act as mentors for the new hires so they provide personable and dependable cleaning services.
  • You’ll find our staff to be properly trained in how to use their equipment, responsible, caring and friendly.
  • We strive for respectful, open communication and always a highly committed level of conscientiousness and readiness to assist you with any special request.
  • Since we are a “green cleaning” company we will support your efforts to be conscientious with your sustainability and recycling initiatives!
  • We’ll do a fantastic job and do it with great pride and professionalism each day!

Business Cleaning Services Include

As part of our commercial cleaning service for our Calgary clients, we maintain your site inside and out. Our services include:

  • Bathroom cleaning and sanitizing
  • Floor cleaning of all types – carpet, tile, vinyl, wood, stone
  • Walls and ceilings
  • Windows
  • Building exteriors
  • Trash and recycling removal
  • Parking lot cleaning

Call now for a quote on daily or weekly retail business cleaning services: 1-888-959-7304 or 250-800-3732.

Is Your Commercial Cleaning Company Poisoning The Air In Your Office Building?

So you hire a commercial cleaning company to keep your office building clean. The floors are shiny, the door handles have been sanitized, toilets are cleaned, dust on desks and equipment has been removed, cubicle walls are cleaned and the garbage is thrown out regularly.

That’s a pretty solid cleaning routine in an office environment. It would be fair for you to believe you have provided a clean and healthy environment for staff and clients… right?

Not quite…

In a first-of-its-kind study, Environmental Defence tested the impact of cleaning products on indoor air quality. In all 14 studied households, levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) went up during cleaning.

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are gases that are emitted into the air from products or processes. Some are harmful by themselves, including some that cause cancer. In addition, they can react with other gases and form other air pollutants after they are in the air.

Watch Out For Products Containing Prohibited Ingredients

Prohibited ingredients in cleaning products include:

  • Toxic Air Contaminants
  • Great Waters Pollutants of Concern
  • Hazardous Air Pollutants
  • Global Warming Compounds
  • Ozone Depleting Compounds
  • Alkylphenol ethoxylates
  • Dibutyl phthalates
  • Heavy Metals (including arsenic, lead, cadmium, cobalt, copper, chromium, mercury, nickel and zinc)
  • Carcinogens as listed by: International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), National Toxicology Program, USA EPA, Occupational Health and Safety Administration
  • Carcinogens and Reproductive Toxins as listed in Proposition 65

Health Effects Of VOC’s In Products Commonly Used By Commercial Cleaning Companies

As with other pollutants, the extent and nature of the health effect will depend on many factors including level of exposure and length of time exposed. Scientifically proven health effects of exposure to VOC’s include:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches, loss of coordination and nausea
  • Damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system
  • Some organics can cause cancer in animals, some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.

Key Signs Or Symptoms Associated With Exposure To VOCs:

  • conjunctival irritation
  • nose and throat discomfort
  • headache
  • allergic skin reaction
  • dyspnea
  • declines in serum cholinesterase levels
  • nausea
  • emesis
  • epistaxis
  • fatigue
  • dizziness

Common Sources of VOCs In An Office / Home Environment:

  • paints, paint strippers and other solvents
  • wood preservatives
  • aerosol sprays
  • cleansers and disinfectants
  • moth repellents and air fresheners
  • stored fuels and automotive products
  • hobby supplies
  • dry-cleaned clothing
  • pesticides
  • building materials and furnishings
  • office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper
  • graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers and photographic solutions.

Indoor air quality has always been a key component of effective green cleaning. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a major control point from cleaning and sanitation products.

Studies are now showing that VOCs from cleaning products are also a large contributor to outdoor air pollution.

Make sure your commercial cleaning uses Green Cleaning products and processes.

Evergreen Building Maintenance is committed to Green Cleaning.

Call Evergreen Building Maintenance for a free quote for daily or weekly office cleaning services: 1-888-559-6870 or 250-999-2796

World Class Airport Janitorial Services

It’s what makes an airport an enjoyable experience!

Airport Janitorial Services

The clean and polished look of an airport raises traveler confidence and presents an unforgettable impression to visitors from home and abroad.

People are traveling in ever increasing numbers. The customer satisfaction experience for today’s travelers begins in your parking lot, moves to the shuttle transportation and spotless bathrooms, and makes a real impression in the terminal with its well-kept waiting areas.

Evergreen’s Airport Maintenance Program takes care of all these things so your customers feel comfortable and at ease in your airport.

Rapid Response And Flexible Staffing

Airport cleaning is a very specialized line of business. The ever-changing timetables in the airline industry provide a unique challenge for airport janitorial services companies.

Evergreen Building Maintenance has the commercial cleaning crews and management staff to respond to airport cleaning needs 24/7…Nights, weekends and holidays, whenever you need janitorial services we’ll be there for you!

Delight Passengers And Elevate The Traveler Experience

Evergreen’s airport cleaning service helps you:

  • Elevate your brand image & build passenger loyalty
  • Meet the dynamic needs of travelers & enhance the passenger experience
  • Reduce operating inefficiencies & costs
  • Drive new business & boost revenue
  • Leverage technology to attract & maintain passengers

Trained, Passionate, and Committed Workforce

Partnering with Evergreen Building Maintenance gives you access to as many skilled and trained employees as your situation demands. We employ only the best and brightest and train them to provide competent, courteous, friendly… consistent high quality cleaning services.

Our employees are thoroughly screened and vetted to ensure the safest and most reliable service.

While janitorial and maintenance work can often be routine and non-eventful, Evergreen’s staff is recognized for going the extra mile and providing an added level of customer service under many difficult and unusual circumstances. This is what often makes the difference for tired travellers waiting at an airport.

Advanced Safety Training And Strict CCOHS Compliance

We are proud of our safety record over the past 30+ years in the business of commercial cleaing. All our full time and part time staff are thoroughly trained in injury reduction and the implementation of our occupational health and safety program.

Full Spectrum Of Airport Janitorial Cleaning And Maintenance Services

We provide the full spectrum of cleaning and maintenance services needed to help keep an airport running smoothly and create a safe, healthy environment for travellers, staff and visitors.

Working with airport managers, Evergreen will create an integrated, year-round janitorial strategy that includes:

  • General cleaning – offices, lobbies, public areas, restrooms, walkways and passageways
  • Detailed elevator, escalator and moving walkway cleaning
  • Maintenance for resilient and non-resilient flooring including marble, tile, terrazzo, ceramic, granite and concrete.
  • Stripping, waxing and buffing floors
  • Hardwood floor maintenance
  • Shampooing carpets using various techniques
  • Interior and exterior window cleaning
  • Commercial cleaning and disinfecting of lavatories
  • Provisioning of all general lavatory supplies
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Recycling services
  • Green cleaning according to LEED standards
  • Parking lot sweeping and power washing
  • Snow removal

Full Security Clearance

Evergreen’s staff has the necessary security clearance and regulatory standards training to work in any airport environment including:

  • Terminals
  • Arrival and departure areas
  • Private clubs
  • Public restrooms
  • Cargo areas
  • Gates
  • Food courts and retail areas
  • Hangars
  • Ramps
  • Operations and customs areas
  • Flight towers
  • And other areas specific to the size and function of the airport.

Custom Airport Cleaning Plans

An Evergreen Building Maintenance manager will walk through the entire facility with you. He or she will make notes of specific requirements and areas that may need particular attention.

Every member of our cleaning team will be made aware of your needs and the quality standards they must maintain.

Through the use of log books, site visits and monthly reviews with your administration, we will make sure you get consistent performance and continued satisfaction.

Consistently Exceeding Industry Standards

Evergreen Building Maintenance consistently exceeds industry standards. We’ll work with your administration team to offer your clients peace of mind and confidence that the airport environment is being cleaned and maintained at the highest and best level.

Pandemic Control

Evergreen’s “Green Cleaning” is the First Line of Defense Against the Spread of Disease

But hygienic cleaning is more than just being visually clean. Cleaning for health is an important step in maintaining a safe airport environment.

We can provide you with a complete strategy for prevention and pandemic control that, depending on the case, could include:

  • Early recognition and reporting of illnesses that may be epidemic or pandemic prone
  • Mitigating risks of massive spread
  • Environmental and sources controls assessment
  • Disinfection and sanitizing plan
  • Routine infection control plan
  • Additional specific airport janitorial services control precautions

Contact us to learn how our airport janitorial services can help reduce your costs, boost your revenues, and enhance your traveler’s experience.

Call now for a quote on daily or weekly airport janitorial services for your airport: 1-855-824-8450 or 250-869-5165.

What Makes Evergreen Different From Other Commercial Janitorial Companies

Clients are looking for commercial janitorial companies that can deliver consistently reliable cleaning.  But they also want to keep their costs down.

Commercial janitorial companies also have to manage their expenses.  If you want top of the line services but pay bottom of the barrel pricing, something is likely to go wrong.

How Much Do You Need To Compromise?

Having a clean facility does not seem to be directly related to a company’s profitability.  Indirectly, however, the cleanliness of your office or building determines how comfortable your staff is working there. It also determines how willing your clients are to do business with you.  Both of these factors are directly related to profitability.

Even though you may not want to spend money on commercial office cleaning, you know you have to do it.  You have to bite the bullet and hire the best company you can find for as little cost as possible…but not so low that you end up getting a low quality cleaning company.

Low-Ball Pricing

Unfortunately, there are commercial janitorial companies that are more than happy to give you low-ball pricing.  You get excited when they promise to deliver almost everything you want, but when you try them out, quite often you realize that maybe you cut corners in the wrong place.

How Evergreen Building Maintenance Does Things Differently

Some Things To Look Out For When Hiring A Commercial Janitorial Service:

  1. When you were getting quotes, you may have indicated that you want to see the lowest price possible. Based on this, the commercial cleaning company may decide to cut their costs by not using the best cleaning materials or they may use low quality cleaning equipment.

You won’t realize this until you see that your facility is just not as nice looking or smelling as you would like it to be.  The cleaning staff may be doing all the right things but the results are not there.

Evergreen Building Maintenance has been in the business for over 30 years.  They know short-term thinking is not good for business.  We will never compromise the cleaning quality in order to provide bottom of the barrel pricing…but you’ll find our pricing to be very attractive!

We know that regardless of what you “appear” to be saying, if the cleaning company is not able to clean your office satisfactorily, you are not going to keep them around.  From experience, we know that, so we are not even going to try to give you unrealistic expectations.

Evergreen Building Maintenance spends a lot of time training cleaning staff so we can get your building cleaner at a lower cost.

We will never use inferior products or low quality cleaning equipment. 

  1. Another way to cut costs is to skip on using “green”, “eco-friendly” cleaning practices. “Green” or “eco-friendly” cleaning practices will prevent your staff and clients from having allergic reactions or getting sick from cleaning chemicals.  They will often also do a better job of eliminating viruses and bacteria from spreading.

However, for some companies, this is an “optional” service.   Eco-friendly cleaning “chemicals” and equipment can be more expensive.  If they know your main criteria for hiring a commercial janitorial company is to keep costs down, they just won’t offer you the “option”.

Evergreen Building Maintenance includes “green cleaning” as a standard part of their service.  We realize it is better for the health of your employees and clients, so unless you specify otherwise, “eco-friendly” cleaning is the service we will provide while still keeping your costs low.

  1. Sometimes a cleaning company can cut costs by hiring low-cost, temporary workers. This is a bad strategy if you want consistently high cleaning standards.

Commercial cleaning is not as easy as it looks.  We have found that properly trained personnel get better and better at cleaning the longer they are with us.

In order to keep employees so they stick around long enough to provide superior cleaning results we provide a respectable wage, benefits, good quality equipment suitable for the job and opportunities to move up in the company.

When you see the same people coming to clean your building day after day or week after week you get to know them, and they get to know you and the “special” needs of your office.  They learn the “secret” spots where germs hang out and when you need extra cleaning from time to time.

Long-term, consistent employees are a big reason why we are able to provide a high standard of cleaning without fail.

  1. What happens if you get new equipment, new circumstances or have a big promotion coming up? Will your commercial cleaning company be able to respond to the changed situation?  On time?  Effectively?

Evergreen Building Maintenance has lots of people with a variety of skills and experience so we can respond quickly to any situation.

  1. Is The Management Of The Company Easily Accessible?

If you have a special situation coming up, just give the cleaning team manager a call or even just call up the president of the company.  The management of the company is always happy to hear from clients.  In fact, we look forward to it.  Our management does an “official” review of the cleaning team’s performance every three months.

While every company wants to keep their costs down, the lowest priced commercial cleaning companies are often not the way to go.

Take time to review the reputation of the company you are going to hire…get several references and call those references to see what their experience has been.

Make sure the cleaning company you hire uses “green”, “eco-friendly” cleaning materials and cleaning equipment.  There is no sense in having your employees or clients getting sick from harsh chemicals.

Evergreen Building Maintenance provides a high standard of cleaning without you having to compromise on price.

Give us a call today!  Call 1-888-559-6870 or 250-999-2796.

How Office Cleaning Can Boost Productivity

Proper office cleaning techniques can have a huge impact on productivity.  On average, employees lose nine days of work every year due to sickness.  In addition, consider the days people are feeling drained and starting to get sick, but still come to work.

Some of this can definitely be avoided by making sure the office cleaning staff know where to clean and use Eco-friendly cleaning materials.

  • A typical office keyboard is a great place for bacteria to grow and propagate. Studies have shown that a computer keyboard can carry up to 7,500 bacteria at any given time.
  • Viruses such as the flu can linger on unclean surfaces such as work desks, door knobs, photocopiers and other shared electronic equipment for 24 hours.
  • 60% of absences from work illnesses are contracted from dirty equipment in the office such as e-coli, staph and bacteria.
  • A whopping 25,127 germs per square inch found on just a telephone.

The Unseen But Real Benefit Of A Clean Office Environment

Improved morale.

Employees in a clean working environment are naturally likely to be happier than those in untidy environments.  You can’t measure it, but you know it’s real:  employees who are happy in their work are likely to get more done than those who dislike their job.  A smelly, unclean office environment can contribute to a feeling of tension among employees.  A spick and span office environment can go a long way to keeping people feeling more relaxed, focused and positive.

Provide Better Business Environment through Improved Air Quality

The joy of clean, fresh smelling air in the office environment can’t be overstated.  People naturally feel more alert and focused.

Cleaner air at your business can create a safer, more enjoyable work environment for your employees and a superior experience for your customers.

Fresh, clean air has been shown to boost workplace productivity by as much as 10%.

Green building owners can promote these and other environmental benefits to prospective tenants to add value to real estate.

Cleaner air created by carpet cleaning, floor cleaning, furniture cleaning as well as surface cleaning where people aggregate can improve air quality by as much as 99 percent.

This type of cleaning removes:

  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Mold
  • Bacteria
  • Allergens

Studies have shown that these pollutants create a wide variety of unhealthy symptoms that rob people of their health and thus their productivity at work.

Evergreen Building Maintenance provides experienced office cleaning teams who have been trained to use the latest Eco-friendly cleaning products and machinery that help create a healthy environment at work.

     Give us a call for a free, confidential quote for daily or weekly office cleaning:   1-888-559-6870 or 250-999-2796

Morning Or Evening Office Cleaning – What’s Best?

Your employees spend a lot of time at the office.  Clients come and go, there are meetings, food, lots of things going on that can create an unsanitary situation at work.

In order for people to feel comfortable at work you need to have a clean place.  But when is the best time to bring in the commercial cleaning staff?

The first thing you need to decide is if you need daily, weekly or just monthly cleaning.  It’s not so much a matter of budget, but it’s more about what’s needed to make your working space comfortable.  An unclean office can become a source of stress.  Nobody needs that.

Maybe in your office there are certain areas that need cleaning daily and other areas where once a month would be ok.

The other thing to consider is if people often end up working late, at the office.  If that’s the case, is it ok to have commercial janitorial staff come in at the end of the day?  Or, will it be too much of a disturbance for employees that have already put in a long, hard day.

Cleaning equipment can be quite noisy, so if the type of work people end up doing late in the evening or night requires concentration, then maybe it’s not good to disturb them?

The morning can be a good time to bring in the cleaning crews if people come in at a consistent time and things are generally a little slow in the mornings.  You don’t want cleaning crew getting in the way of clients or staff frantically scrambling to meet deadlines.

Another thing to consider is if people in your office often have client or other meetings at night time and the office needs to look clean first thing in the morning.

All things considered, it’s important to have a clean working environment.  Your circumstances would determine whether you should have a commercial cleaning crew come in in the morning or evening.

Evergreen maintenance has crews that can do the job at any time of day or night.  If you have a special event happening at your office and need us to come in extra, we can do that too.

Give us a call for a free quote.  All our services are 100 percent guaranteed.

Keeping Your Break Room in Order

Many offices have a break room or a kitchen where employees and staff can heat their food up and eat lunch together. In modern offices, they can even consist of fun activities like pool tables and games. These spaces are so important to have a break from your desk, reflect on your day and catch up with other people in the office. An office’s break room however, requires frequent and regular maintenance and cleaning due to the high volume of people-traffic. Here are some important considerations to help keep your break room in order.

 

Maintaining food debris

Food debris can cause a huge mess if it isn’t properly cleaned in an office. If your office has carpeting, this can also be a breeding ground for germs and debris build up. In the break room, it’s important to have a designated area for food that is kept clean at all times. This area should also have towels, paper towels, sponges and soap and sanitization products to encourage people to clean up after themselves.

For those who choose to eat at their desks, include an area in the office where people can have access to items to clean up their desks and sanitize their hands and surrounding areas. This will ensure that there is always a strong standard of cleanliness in all areas of the office where food may be consumed.

 

Sanitization

Sanitization is also important for break rooms and lunch areas. The kitchen area is one of the number one areas where germs can spread quickly. If somebody for instance, is carrying a cold virus, but has not yet felt its symptoms and touches let’s say, a coffee maker, this virus could spread easily to other people.

How to remedy this: Ensure that areas are sanitized frequently by a professional cleaning company. A regular and thorough sanitization process can make a huge difference to the spread of germs. Meanwhile, encourage your employees to sanitize their hands frequently even if they aren’t sick!

Could your office use some better cleaning practices? Get in touch with us today to talk about scheduling regular cleaning and maintenance initiatives for your business!

Three Qualities of Top Cleaning Professionals

Being a professional cleaner isn’t always what it seems. When you think of their work, especially when it comes to how the movies depict them, the job can come off as a lonely, boring or even repetitive. The truth is, the cleaning industry is a viable sector of the labour force in Canada and the Janitorial Services industry is expected to grow continually and widen potential customer bases.

The Worldwide Cleaning Industry association states that green cleaning is a current marketplace phenomenon and this need is being driven by customer demands for environmentally friendly products and services. Companies involved in this trend along with their workers are offered an abundance of work!

So sure, the job can have its challenges ups and downs, but doesn’t every job? Here are some of the top three qualities of cleaning professionals that you probably don’t associate with the janitorial industry.

Humility

Janitors and cleaning professionals are well-versed in what many people consider unskilled labour. But the truth is, highly trained professionals that follow specific cleaning protocols are some of the most humble people out there. Humility is a virtue — it’s being honest with oneself about ability, talents, gifts, struggles and weaknesses. It’s the ability to set one’s pride aside to work together as a cohesive team. It’s not basing your self-worth on others but a true connection with one’s self first and foremost.

Strong work ethic

The truth is, whether you’re running the company or the one scrubbing toilets, if you’re working in the cleaning industry you likely have a strong work ethic. It takes time to complete a series of tasks quickly and efficiently in order to move on to the next job that could be one of five contracts within a day. A strong work ethic is not only important in the short term day-to-day aspect of the work, but it leads to future recommendations, relationships, recognition and reputation within your team and within the company.

They are team players

Working as a cleaning professional isn’t about being the centre of attention but it doesn’t make their work isolating. In fact, many cleaning professionals operate in tightknit teams.

Showing that you can work well with all kinds of people is a highly important characteristic when it comes to being a cleaning professional. Plus, if you let your guard down a little, you might even make some lifetime friendships out of your colleagues! Friends can also help you avoid sweating the small stuff when you have to deal with the challenges of the job.

So there you have it — the world of janitorial work is much more than what one would think. It involves well trained, humble and highly professional teams of people to get the job done. Are you in need of professional cleaning services for your commercial or industrial property? Get in touch with us today to get the process started.

Happy holidays from Evergreen Building Maintenance!

 

Your Commercial Space’s Winter Cleaning Needs

The cold weather season is in full effect but that doesn’t mean the cleaning season is over! In fact, winter brings with it a host of specific cleaning needs. As a business owner, you know all too well how there’s always tasks left to do. There’s always something that could use some sprucing up — so why not rely on timely, punctual and effective professional commercial cleaning services? Here are some considerations for your winter cleaning regimen.

Keeping the Effects of Snow, Dirt and Salt in Control

Winter brings on an additional need for cleaning professionals across the various industries.

We’ve written a lot about how it’s important to keep businesses clean for the health and safety of employees and customers — particularly when it comes to sanitization and controlling the spread of the flu and common colds. It’s also really important to keep government offices, commercial buildings and retail businesses from the buildup of snow, dirt and debris. This sort of buildup can actually wear at carpeting, discolour it and cause the need for replacements come spring time.

Regular steam cleaning helps to extract trapped salt or dirt that can get tracked indoors from outside. It helps to restore the appearance of entry ways and office carpeting by removing any stain-causing agents. A regular stem clean makes a huge difference to how professional and clean your business will look year-round!

Protect Your Flooring from Salt

Sand and salt that is used to combat ice has a rough texture that can strip protective coats from flooring. This can also make the flooring look messy and worn out and make your flooring slippery which can be hazardous. Even if you do a basic sweep or use entry way mats, the residue of the sand can spread easily to flooring and affect its durability and look. The residue must be cleaned with proper cleaning products in order to combat this issue.

Handling Harmful Liquids and Chemicals

Leftover puddles of chemicals found in ice and snow melts can also be extremely hard on the flooring of your business. They can also cause stains, make wood flooring swell, make laminate curl or present issues of mold and mildew if left unaddressed. A regular clean administered by a professional cleaning service can ensure that these damaging properties do not seep into flooring to cause any unwanted long-term issues.

Take care of your business’ property this winter by choosing Evergreen Building Maintenance. We can work out a schedule, task list and frequency that fit best with your business’s specific objectives. Get in touch with us today to get the process started!

Our Role at the New Okanagan Correctional Centre

Evergreen Building Maintenance was recently awarded the honour of working with the Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC), the largest correctional facility in British Columbia, located north of Oliver on the Osoyoos Indian Band Reserve. This is an expansive contract, as the facility spans 300,000 square feet across 14.5 hectares (36 acres).

The 378-cell facility is a $200 million project that is part of BC Corrections’ second-phase of their capital expansion plan. When it’s completed, it will hold double its original capacity in B.C.’s interior. It also requires a deep trust of Evergreen’s trained and educated employees, as it’s a high-risk, high-security area that requires enhanced security clearance for all staff on the grounds.

Project Goals

The goal of the project is to enhance public safety for communities, correctional staff and inmates within the province and to stimulate the economy in the area. It will create up to 1000 new permanent and contractual construction jobs along with 240 full-time correctional job positions for both experienced workers and new recruits. Other contracted staff will include on-site nurses, doctors, dentists, counsellors, food service workers and trades personnel.

Environmental accreditation

The OCC developmental project has been applauded for its environmental efforts and has obtained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. The project is also using wood in accordance with the B.C. Building Code, to adhere to the First Wood Act set out by the Government and to maximize energy efficiency.

Evergreen’s Milestone

As a company, we feel we’ve hit a milestone since we’re working on not only a large project, but also one that directly reflects our environmental values. At Evergreen, we continually strive to use eco-friendly measures in our cleaning from using fragrance and scent-free products that are free of toxic chemicals like VOCs, to implementing products that are GREEN SEAL or ECOLOGO certified.

Other green practices we use include:

  • Zinc-free floor finishing procedures
  • Conducting interior building air quality reports
  • Using paperless billing systems
  • Using non-fuel powered equipment
  • Creating customized disposal and recycling programs
  • Hiring employees trained in green cleaning practices
  • Low impact solutions to remove graffiti
  • Lotus Pro High Capacity Wall Units

Evergreen began in the Okanagan Area over 30 years ago and has expanded to several regions across Canada. Interested in learning more about our work? Get in touch with us if you company or facility is in need of quality commercial cleaning services.