Case study: Façade Upgrade Project

Location: 17 Cairns St, Loganholme
Completion: May 2020

 

Scope of Works:

CMBM Facility Services was engaged to carry out a building facade cladding upgrade of a 55-unit industrial office and warehouse park, replacing the building facades with new cladding.

Project Outcomes:

CMBM removed and replaced the existing wall cladding for all offices and warehouses within the industrial office park, managing all electrical and roof plumbing requirements as necessary throughout the process.

In addition to providing the office park with a fresh, clean look, the new cladding ensures the buildings remain compliant and properly insulated against Queensland weather.

Core Works:  

Removal of existing facade cladding

The existing cladding was extremely weathered, with cosmetic issues identified in almost every unit. After carefully removing the building’s exterior signage, lighting, and downpipes, CMBM removed and safely disposed of approximately 2200sqm of cladding.

 

The existing cladding had extreme weathering and cosmetic damage. 

 

Preparation & installation of new cladding

CMBM supplied new cladding for all 55 units, preparing and painting the cladding as per the manufacturer’s specifications before installing isolation to the affected walls and cladding sheeting to the exterior walls.

The new, clean cladding painted and installed.

 

CMBM completed the project by reinstalling the signage, exterior lighting, downpipes and painting the tilt panels, doors, and frames.

The project was completed in May 2021 to the complete satisfaction of the client.


Do you require commercial upgrades for your premises? Contact CMBM Facility Services on 1800 26 26 37 or at helpdesk@cmbm.com.au for a complimentary discussion of your project today.


5 Reasons to Have Your Air Conditioner Professionally Serviced

With an estimated 54 million air conditioning and refrigeration units in Australia*, and most of us spending around 90% of our time indoors, having your air conditioning unit professionally serviced is a must.

Professional cleaning and maintenance of your unit not only maximises efficiency and performance, it ensures the air pumping out is clean and free from harmful bacteria.

Here are 5 reasons why you should have your unit maintained by a specialist:

 

1. Microbial growths can develop in unmaintained units, causing respiratory issues

Without proper scheduled cleaning, your air conditioner is the perfect breeding ground for mould, fungi, and bacteria to thrive. These particles are dispersed into the air when the unit is turned on, exposing you to respiratory infections and potentially triggering asthma attacks.

Mould biotoxin illness is a respiratory issue caused by prolonged exposure to mould, and if left untreated, can result in Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).

 

 

2. Undetected issues can result in costly repairs

Proper maintenance can extend the life of your air conditioning unit and reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs later on.

Our specialists will check the refrigerant gas levels, test the thermostat, and ensure the internal components, such as coils, fins, and drainage, are in good condition. We will also be able to inspect the unit to identify issues you may encounter in future and recommend proactive repair options before the damage gets worse.

 

3. You may accidentally damage the unit

While there are basic things you can do to clean the unit yourself, such as regularly wiping over the unit and cleaning the mesh filters, a specialist will have the correct equipment and knowledge to service your unit more intensely, effectively, and efficiently.

 

4. Reduce foul odours

Have you ever noticed a bad smell in the room, but were unable to find the source? It could very well be coming from your air conditioning unit.

Often your specialist will be able to determine the cause of the problem by the smell coming from the unit. If it smells like dirty feet, it is most likely caused by water clogging. If it smells like exhaust fumes, it could be leakage of excess fluid.

 

5. Lower electricity bills

Pollutants and toxins will inevitably build up in your air conditioning unit over time, restricting airflow and forcing the unit to work harder to reach and maintain the set temperature. The extra energy required can drive up your electricity bill.

Investing in regular servicing and maintenance can help you save on energy costs while also improving performance.

 

CMBM Facility Services provide professional air conditioner servicing for your premises. Contact us on 1800 26 26 37 or at helpdesk@cmbm.com.au for a complimentary quote today.


*Source: Cold Hard Facts 3 Report

5 Ways to Reduce Roof Repair Costs

As the owner of an apartment building or block of units, you are responsible for the common areas of the property, including the roof. Not only is proper roof maintenance essential in preventing structural damage and ensuring the safety of your tenants, it can also drastically reduce roof repair costs.

Check out 5 ways to reduce your roof repair costs:

 

1. Annual roof inspections

Annual roof inspections can help you save on significant repair and maintenance costs by addressing issues earlier, often even before damage becomes visible to the untrained eye.

A good roof inspector will be able to detect weak areas, potential hazards, and estimate the roof’s lifespan. They can also provide a formal report for auditing purposes. When CMBM carry out roof inspections, the team also complete minor repairs. This is an efficient want to minimise separate visits and services performed, saving you time and money.

 

2. Have your roof and gutter regularly cleaned

In addition to maintaining the aesthetics and value of your building, having the roof and gutters regularly cleaned prevents buildup of dirt and debris, and reduces weathering. Uncleared gutters can also cause blockages or pools of water to form, leading to water damage and early roof and gutter deterioration.

Reflective membranes on roofs should also be cleaned regularly, as dirty membranes reduce heat reflection whilst increasing heat absorption, leading to faster aging.

 

3. Inspect the roof after storms

It is crucial to have your roof inspected immediately following a severe weather event, such as a hailstorm or heavy rain, to ensure there is no leakage or other damage. Even a small leak can result in severe damage, including mould growth, plaster issues, or major structural defects.

A professional roof inspection can identify leaks before they seep into the interior. CMBM can carry out emergency roof inspections and storm damage repairs, please contact us for more information.

 

4. Be proactive with preventative maintenance

For a cost-effective way to maximise the lifespan of your roof, take a proactive approach to preventive maintenance. Investing in annual roof inspections allows for earlier detection and repair of roof damage. Early preventative maintenance will also lessen the impact of unpredictable weather conditions, especially during storm season.

 

5. Consider sustainable roof options

Consider the cost benefits of switching to an environmentally friendly roofing option, such as terracotta tile. It is also worth having the proper coating and sealant to protect your roof from the extreme Queensland weather. If you are unsure about which type of roof might be best for your building, contact our expert building team today.


Need a hand with roofing repairs or inspections?

CMBM can manage your preventative and reactive roofing works, including emergency storm damage, providing you with long-term cost savings.

Contact CMBM Facility Services on 1800 26 26 37 or at helpdesk@cmbm.com.au for a complimentary quote today.


5 quick fixes to refresh your home

Whether you are the landlord, tenant or owner-occupier, refresh your home with these home repair and maintenance tips.

1. Holes in Walls

Photo frame hooks, screws, and other wall attachments can leave behind ugly holes in your walls. These can be easily filled in with a wall filler which can be purchased at hardware stores.

For smaller holes, apply filler directly into the hole and smear over with a putty knife. Holes larger than 1cm should be covered with a wall repair patch first. Once the filler is dry, sand down the edges so that it blends completely into the wall. Look out for the various colours of filler available to blend in with your existing wall colour.

2. Scuff Marks

Scuff marks on the walls can make your apartment appear dirtier than it is. While an all-purpose household cleaner can remove some scuffs, stubborn marks can be covered with touch-up paint.

Hardware stores can mix the matching colour if you are able to provide a paint chip from your wall. Dilute the paint with a paint reducer first to slow down drying time – this helps the newer paint blend in better with the surrounding area. Latex paint should be diluted with water.

3. Carpet Stains

Stains on your carpet make your home appear unclean. The best way to remove a stain is to tackle it with a carpet stain remover before it sets in.

For heavily stained carpets, professional carpet steaming is the way to go. Not only does it remove stains, professional carpet steaming also penetrates deep into the fibres to lift out dirt and pollutants, extending the life of your carpet and creating a healthier environment.

It is generally recommended that carpets be professionally steamed once a year. Apartments with children and pets, allergy suffers, and smokers should have the carpets professionally steamed more frequently.

4. Wall Indents

Dings and indents can make your wall appear uneven. Indented or rough patches on the wall can be smoothed by lightly sanding over the area with fine-grit sandpaper.

Run your hand over the area every couple of sands to ensure you do not accidentally over-sand the area. Repeat this process until the area is smooth.

 5. Hardwood Scratches

While hardwood floors are much easier to clean than carpet, they can also be much more easily scratched. For shallow scrapes, use a stain pen along the scratch until it begins to blend into the surrounding hardwood.

For deeper scratches, fill the scrape in with a wood filler first before using a stain pen.


Need a hand with repairs? Our building repair team can help!

Contact CMBM Facility Services on 1800 26 26 37 or at helpdesk@cmbm.com.au for a complimentary quote today.


What Commercial Flooring is Best?

Finding the right flooring for your commercial business can be a tough choice with the range of floor surfaces available today.

Consider these 5 points:

  • Cost
  • Suitability for your type of business
  • Durability
  • Cleaning & maintenance specifications and cost
  • Appearance

 

A careful, informed decision now can save you in repair, maintenance and replacement costs in the future.

Read on to find out the key considerations when choosing your type of flooring.

Laminate Flooring

As a cheaper flooring solution, laminate can be printed to mimic the style, design, colour and even texture of more expensive floor types. This makes it one of the most versatile flooring solutions available. Make sure you check the AC rating of the laminate, which indicates its durability level and how much foot traffic it can handle.

PROS:

  • Cost-effective
  • Highly customisable
  • Easy to install, clean and maintain

 

CONS:

  • Poor acoustic profile, making it unsuitable for large spaces, including conference halls or locations where attendees can experience listener fatigue
  • Prone to water damage
  • Cannot be refinished (repaired) – any damage will need to be removed and the section replaced
  • Can lower resale value of your premises

 

Tile Flooring

With the great variety in colours and shapes, and readily available non-slip options, tiles can be an efficient and cost-effective way to customise your flooring and also a good choice where the safety of patrons is of paramount concern.

PROS:

  • Easy and cheap to maintain
  • Cracks are easy to replace
  • Water-resistant options
  • Cost effective non-slip options readily available
  • Easy to clean
  • High durability

 

CONS:

  • Doesn’t absorb heat, making it cold in cooler months
  • Heavy, making it a potentially poor choice for upper-level installations

 

Carpet

A popular choice in floor covering, commercial carpets fall into two main categories: modular carpet tiles and broadloom carpet (wall-to-wall carpet).

While the former can be more costly, they generally have a cushion backing, making it more suited to long periods of standing than broadloom carpet.

With the correct cleaning and vacuuming methods used, a high-quality carpet can retain its appearance well over time, even with high foot traffic.

PROS:

  • Good noise absorption
  • Good longevity
  • Waterproof options available
  • Comfortable for long periods of standing
  • Easy to install and replace

 

CONS:

  • Prone to staining, which can be costly to remove for broadloom carpet
  • Poor durability for low-quality carpet
  • Doesn’t reflect light well, which can darken the space

 

Polished Concrete

Concrete has become a modern and sophisticated floor surface for offices and workspaces in recent years. When choosing concrete flooring, it is important to consider the suitability of the surface for your business and employees, particularly if they will be standing all day.

PROS:

  • Tough and resilient – able to handle extensive weight and pressure from heavy equipment
  • Easy to clean
  • Hard to damage (water and stain proof)
  • Cost effective non-slip options readily available
  • Reflects light well, effectively making the space brighter
  • Doesn’t trap heat, keeping the area cool in hot weather

 

CONS

  • Not recommended for all-day standing, which may lead to WH&S issues down the track
  • Unforgiving when it comes to accidents
  • Prone to water damage if the surface has not been sealed properly
  • Poor noise reduction – unlike carpet, concrete does not absorb noise
  • Doesn’t absorb heat, making it cold in colder weather

 

When selecting the type of floor for your premises, it is important to carefully consider the pros and cons of each surface.

If you are considering a refurbishment of your premises or a new floor, or require floor maintenance, please contact our friendly team today at helpdesk@cmbm.com.au or on 1800 26 26 37.


5 Signs Your Club Needs A Refurbishment

A lot of owners get stuck in ‘refurbishment limbo’, where they know an upgrade is necessary but delay the project to avoid having to close operations and risk losing clientele.  These concerns can be mitigated with professionally managed planning, as seen with Waterloo Bay Hotel’s refurbishment in Wynnum.

Strategic renovations can save you money in the long run by preventing further damage, increasing energy efficiencies and attracting new clientele.

Here are five signs that it may be time to refurbish your venue:

Damaged flooring

Your flooring is a good indicator of your venue’s condition. Chipped and cracked tiles, worn out carpets and scratched or water damaged wooden floors are a tell-tale sign that you’re due for a refurbishment.

Not only do damaged floors become more severe over time and devalue your club, they can also be a dangerous trip hazard for your patrons. When upgrading your floors, it is worth having a quality non-slip treatment applied at the same time.

Poor fixtures

Take notice of the condition of your fixtures. Dirty and smelly seating, wobbly tables and a filthy bar can be a turn off for your customers…and word can spread quickly.

Negative reviews

Unfortunately, customers who have had a bad experience are more likely to express this than those who have had a positive experience. Negative online reviews and feedback pertaining to the condition of your venue is a sign that it may be time to consider an upgrade.

Energy inefficiencies

Air-conditioning and refrigeration are the two biggest sources of energy usage in clubs. Outdated units tend to work overtime to compensate. Upgrading your energy systems can reduce your electricity bill and keep your patrons comfortable and cool at the same time.

Layout

Consider if the layout and function of your venue is still optimal, for example does the position of the bar limit entrance space or prevent access to another area during busy periods, is there enough seating and adequate lighting, and are the amenities and emergency exits well signed?

 

If you are familiar with these issues or are considering refurbishment options for your venue, talk to our professional building team today on 1800 26 26 37 or at buildingservices@cmbm.com.au.

 


5 mandatory Body Corporate documents you should know about

As a building owner, manager or body corporate, there are numerous compliance regulations that fall under your responsibility when it comes to the safety of your residents, contractors and employees.

In most cases, heavy penalties will apply if there is a serious injury or death on your property due to your building failing to meet compliance regulations.

Here are 5 compliance documents you should be aware of –

1. Fire and Evacuation Plan

All buildings require a formal Fire and Evacuation Plan developed under the Building Fire Safety Regulation 2008. The plan must always be kept onsite, and your wardens and evacuation team must be familiar with the process should a fire arise.

Additionally, your fire and evacuation signs must be displayed prominently in all common areas and short-term letting units. They must also be reviewed every five years or after any major change to the building.

2. Occupiers Statement

An Occupiers Statement confirms that your building’s prescribed fire safety installations have been maintained in accordance with the relevant maintenance standards.

The Statement must be signed by a representative of the body corporate, such as an occupier or committee member, and a copy sent annually to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. Copies must also be kept both onsite and offsite.

Other fire records need to be kept onsite and offsite, and readily available for QFES inspection, include:

  • Training records
  • Evacuation practice record
  • Records of maintenance of all fire assets
  • Certificate of classification

3. Asbestos Register

If your building was constructed on or prior to 31 December 1989, you may be required to maintain an asbestos register. The register should clearly indicate the location of the asbestos and detail your Asbestos Management Plan. You can find out more about obtaining an asbestos register here.

4. WH&S Compliance Plan

The ABMA Building Management Code (Australian Building Management Accreditation) states that the Body Corporate WHS Plan must be reviewed at least annually to ensure compliance. The review must include a reflection upon the adequacy and relevance of the WHS Plan throughout the past year.

The Plan must be reviewed and adequately updated if a Notifiable Incident occurs during the year, such as a serious slip or fall injury, or there is any “change to the workplace”. The latter may consist of:

  • Alterations to common property
  • Change of Committee or Nominated Representative of the Committee
  • Change of building manager
  • Any adverse event occurring on the common property (e.g. flood, storm, machinery breakdown, security breach).

Ensure your WH&S compliance is covered for slip and fall injuries with our non-slip surfacing treatments.

5. Certificates of Compliance

Under certain State and Council requirements, as well as Schedule 5 (Part 2) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, you need to have the following certifications for your building:

  • Lifts, escalators and moving walkways
  • Stairwell pressurisation
  • Certain boilers and pressure vessel components (find out more)
  • Residential current devices
  • Backflow prevention devices

 


If you are unsure if your building meets these standards, contact our Facilities Management team today on 1800 26 26 37 or at pvasey@cmbm.com.au for a complimentary discussion on managing compliance.


How you can make your pub more energy-efficient this Summer

Your venue requires more energy to keep your pub running at the standard temperature in summer.

There are several things you can check to ensure you are maximising your pub’s energy efficiencies and reducing your long-term electricity and maintenance costs. For example, changing your lighting to energy efficient light-bulbs, and installing sensory lighting and sensor-controlled bathroom faucets to reduce energy wastage.

The two biggest sources of energy wastage in venues are typically air-conditioning and refrigeration. Follow our tips to maximise your venue’s energy efficiencies.

Air-conditioning

What you can do to make your air-conditioning energy efficient:

  • Check that your venue is properly insulated to keep cool air in. A well-insulated area means your air-conditioning doesn’t need to work as hard. If you are not sure if your building’s insulation is up to standard, contact us to book a Site Audit.
  • Invest in automatic doors to ensure you are minimising the amount of hot outside air let in. If doors are left open, your air-conditioner will need to work harder to cool down the venue.
  • Have separate air-conditioning zones for your bar, lounge, function room and other areas so that you can control each section independently. Switch off air-conditioning for areas that are closed.
  • Keep thermostats away from areas with extreme temperatures, such as direct sunlight or ovens and refrigerators. The thermostat will read that the area is too hot and will put the air-conditioner in overdrive to attempt to cool down.

 

Refrigeration

Electricity used for keeping beverages cool in an average pub accounts for roughly 10% of the total energy cost. How you can keep your pub energy efficient:

  • Make sure your refrigeration unit uses natural refrigerants (the fluids used as the heat carrier), as they are generally more energy efficient and have a longer lifespan than synthetic refrigerants.
  • Ensure heat-producing equipment is placed outside the unit in a well-ventilated area. These include line coolers, cooling cabinets and ice makers.
  • Get your heating pipes, refrigerator doors and hatches insulated and draught-stripped to prevent the cellar from heating up. If you need to get your equipment insulated, please contact us.
  • Ensure your access doors are self-closing and are immediately shut following deliveries.
  • Check your door seals are in good condition. Moisture within the unit can affect efficiency levels.
  • Keep your refrigeration unit in a well-ventilated area and ensure the coils are clean and well-maintained. Coils covered in dust or grime can overheat and impend on proper circulation.

 

If your refrigeration unit requires an upgrade, or you would like to refurbish your venue, please contact us for a free quote.


Do I need permission to renovate my apartment?

The latest strata research from the City Futures Research Centre at UNSW Sydney shows that 7% of Queenslanders now live in apartments.

With the value of apartment renovations in the first quarter of 2019 coming in at $2 million (source: Australian Bureau of Statistics), Queenslanders are now seeking newer and more modern apartments for themselves and their tenants.

Before you think about renovating your apartment, there are some things you should consider to ensure you are meeting your legal obligations.

While the Body Corporate and Community Management Act stipulates that owners can make improvements to areas that fall under their responsibility, most apartments have ‘by-laws’ relating to the alterations of a property, and require a written request to the Body Corporate for project approval.

Here are a few helpful tips for you to consider before you seek approval or commence a renovation.

Will your proposed changes affect common property?

Common property areas are not only limited to common-use areas, such as the building foyer, elevators and corridors. They can also include structural factors, such as adjoining walls, found in kitchens, laundries, and bathrooms.

Check the structural walls of your apartment, particularly if your renovation involves internal walls. If your property is located on the lower levels of a multi-storey building, you are unlikely to be able to touch internal walls, as they are often load bearing and can cause serious structural damage to the apartments above as well as the integrity of the building.

To properly plan your renovation, you should obtain trustworthy advice on where your apartment’s property ends and where the common property begins. If possible, request the current building plans of your building.

What limitations do I need to understand?

Confirm with your Body Corporate what you can and cannot change based on their by-laws. Some restrictions can include the type of blinds or shutters used (to ensure external uniformity), the number and type of items you can have on your balcony, and air conditioning installations.

Internal limitations may also be in place, such as flooring work due to noise transference to neighbouring apartments. In these instances, acoustic sound proofing may be required to be installed for approval to be granted.

What might I be liable for?

If you fail to abide by your building’s restrictions or the decisions of your Body Corporate when it comes to your apartment renovation, you may be legally required to restore your apartment to its original state and pay for any costs involved.

Additionally, you may be responsible for any repairs or damage sustained to common property areas, caused by you or your contractors.

How do I get approval for my apartment renovation?

Apartment renovations are generally disruptive, so having your Body Corporate and neighbours on side will make a positive difference to the approval of your renovation.

Make sure your ‘scope of works’ adheres to your building’s by-laws, and you have considered how the project may impact other apartment residents. Always ensure any approval granted is communicated in writing.

Some ways in which other residents can be affected by your renovations can include:

  • Parking and access for your contractors – Will they be using visitor parking?
  • Rubbish removal – Will they need to use the lift extensively during peak hours or when people are trying to get to and from work?
  • Will the noise from the construction and decorating work cause inconvenience to others?
  • How will the smells from paint, glue, and other chemicals impact other residents in the building?

When it comes to apartment renovations, the general rule of thumb is that it far cheaper and easier to gain permission first!

Do you need the services of a professional to help with your apartment renovation?  

Call the friendly team at CMBM Building Services today. We can assist you with planning your apartment renovation in line with your building’s by-laws, ensuring you have the best chance of getting your renovation approved and carried out with minimum fuss and disruption to your apartment building.   


Case study: Renovation

In 2015 CMBM Facility Services completed a full renovation of the car dealership adjoining the Greenbank RSL, Hillcrest Queensland.

CMBM facility Services were chosen because of our previous experience with this particular type of building renovation, licencing and insurance capabilities, along with our competitive quoting.

Greenbank RSL were looking for a cost effective solution to renovate the car dealership as a change of tenants was occurring. They needed a modern fit-out that would match parts of an old building to the new and add value for money when renovating the asset. It also needed to meet the full report for the outgoing dealer to be in the same standard as the new one coming in.

What solutions did we provide?

Over a 6 week period CMBM Facility Services renovated the dealership. This included the following services:

  • Building
  • Electricity
  • Plumbing
  • Telecommunications
  • Lighting
  • Air Conditioning
  • Design and fit-out

 

This particular type of building presented a number of challenges:

  • Matching old fixtures that had broken, as the exact match was no longer available.
  • Only 1 senior maintenance manager at the facility, which required CMBM to be self-sufficient in dealing with trades and contractors.
  • There were some access issues as the goods lifts had restricted weight barring and fire stairs were restrictive.

 

What has been the result of the work we provided?

The incoming tenant and management at Greenbank RSL were extremely pleased with the results of the project.

“CMBM are problem solvers and great communicators, and they saved our business time. I knew what was going on at every step of the renovation. When there was an unforeseen issue they came to me with a solution every time, they are self-managed and upfront there was no imposition to my staff.

We have no hesitation in recommending CMBM for restorative work and will approach them for future works.”

Tim Wright ACCM
General Manager, Greenbank RSL Services Club

Time for an upgrade? Get in touch today to book a complimentary quote for your next renovation!


Case study: Club Refurbishment

How CMBM delivered a complete club refurbishment to a fully operational hotel and bar, across an 11-week period

Our Building Services team work with you to project manage and deliver your venue refurbishment. We work with architects and designers and offer flexible options, such as room-by-room renovations. Your refurbishment doesn’t have be difficult.

“We were extremely impressed by how CMBM managed the refurbishment for the Waterloo Bay Hotel. They are great problem solvers and communicators and made the entire process so easy! CMBM saved us time and resources by ensuring the construction did not interfere with the operational bar and accommodation throughout the entire project.

I have no hesitation in recommending CMBM for club refurbishments and will approach them for future works.”

Justin Ham, Owner, Waterloo Bay Hotel

CMBM were engaged to complete a full design and construction refurbishment project for the Waterloo Bay Hotel. Over an 11-week period, CMBM renovated the interior sports bar and outdoor beer garden, whilst the hotel’s bar and accommodation remained fully operational throughout the project.             

As one of the first significant buildings to be constructed in the Wynnum area, the Waterloo Bay Hotel is a heritage listed icon. The beautiful shape and design of the exterior remain an iconic symbol on Berima Street in Wynnum. The interior of the hotel, however, required a more modern aesthetic to suit the energy and vibe of the pub and its patrons.

How CMBM managed the refurbishment without interruption to the hotel’s business

The hotel was to remain fully operational for both patrons and hotel guests staying in the upstairs building. Throughout the project, we worked closely with management to ensure minimal disruption to the clientele, completing works during daytime hours to keep noise to a minimum.

We carried out the refurbishments one room at a time, starting with the sports bar and then moving onto the beer garden. This ensured the client did not have to close their operations throughout the refurbishment period, and that their guests could still enjoy the facilities.

We stripped the building back to the interior concrete walls and installed new flooring, bars and fixtures to create a modern yet versatile aesthetic. The older-style windows, which were held in place with bricks, were fully replaced to ensure the original design remained untouched.

Working with an older building, unforeseen termite damage, telecommunication and wiring issues arose throughout the course of the project. CMBM managed these accordingly to ensure project completion was not delayed. This included carrying out plumbing, lighting, refrigeration and air-conditioning works.

Outcome

Our client was very impressed with the results of the refurbishment and the fact that they did not have to lose business throughout the 11-week refurbishment period. They were also pleased to report that following the renovation, they saw their revenue triple. The hotel also went on to win Triple M’s Pub of the Year, receiving 52% of the votes!

Breathing new life into your club doesn’t have to be hard, or disruptive. Let our qualified building services team manage your refurbishment.

Call us on 1800 26 26 37 or email buildingservices@cmbm.com.au


CPL Brisbane’s “We’ll Make A Change” Trek

On Sunday 26 May 2019, two CMBM teams will be participating in Choice, Passion, Life (CPL Brisbane)’s ‘We’ll Make a Change’ trek.

The trek will see the two teams hike 22.5kms through Brisbane’s beautiful D’Aguilar National Park, starting at Mt Nebo and finishing at The Gap.

Lasting 6.5 hours, this is a physically testing but empowering journey that is both a personal and team challenge, focusing on comradery, teamwork, and overcoming obstacles. The two teams include the Cleaning team (led by Damien, Director/General Manager) and Building team (led by Mark, Managing Director).

Donations can be made to the Cleaning team here and Building team here. Their goal is to raise $10,000!


Looking for a reason to donate?

Did you know that 1 in 5 Queenslanders have a disability? Many of you may know someone with a disability, whether it’s a friend or family member or someone you may have crossed paths with. CPL Brisbane provides disability services and support to help people of all ages to maximise their potential.  When your family is impacted by disability, you begin to understand how important organisations like CPL are.

Funds raised from the trek will go towards vital CPL programs such as the Let’s Talk program, Camp Have a Chat and Screech Performing Arts. These programs equip children with a disability with the skills and technology they need to communicate with the world around them.

If we help those in our community who need our support the most, collectively we will make a change.

Please donate to our Cleaning Team here and Building Team here. We thank you for your support for this important cause.


CMBM are increasing efficiencies with JobView technology

Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years, yet it’s an asset that is often overlooked in building management. There are many aspects of maintenance and management that can now be simplified with technological aids and solutions, but many of us still waste time and money by not implementing them into our routines and systems. Some of these aspects include quoting, scoping of works, emergency assistance, and information storage. With the assistance of virtual solutions, notably the JobView platform, these can all be completed with significantly reduced demand on time and money.

Quotes

Quoting is one of the most time-consuming aspects of any building works. It can be extremely costly and frustrating, as clients and facility managers can often wait for extended periods of time for us to arrive on-site for a quote. One of the best solutions for this issue is to remove the need to physically visit the site. This can be achieved by using JobView to view the site remotely, using voice and video capturing. These capabilities allow clients or facility mangers to guide us through an issue and explain it in their own words, giving us a clear insight into exactly what they want from the job. The video also provides a point of reference for future planning, meaning that we can consult multiple staff on a job without multiple site visits.

Scoping

Accurate scoping of works is one of the most important aspects of any job. Inaccurate estimations can result in money lost due to staffing, supplies, or time allocations, and can often result in a low-quality finish. A correctly prepared scope of works can avoid all of these issues, and allow for a fast turnaround time on jobs. Whilst scoping is traditionally performed on-site, the capabilities of virtual solutions now mean that it can be completed from off-site. Accurate scopes can be created through image and video capturing that can be referenced multiple times, and allows for advice from parties that may not otherwise be able to visit the site (such as regional managers or supervisors).

Emergency Assistance

Emergency assistance is something that everyone wants access to, but never wants to have to use. It’s crucial in this day and age that everybody has access to a 24hr helpline that will respond quickly to any emergency issues, especially with the unpredictable wild weather that Queensland experiences during storm season. It’s also important that when assistance is provided, it’s proportionate to the works required. This is effectively a form of scoping – ensuring that the work required has been adequately assessed, and is completed efficiently and quickly. Virtual assistance provides high-quality help because it allows a wide range of specialists to communicate with clients very quickly, and provide the assistance needed with a short turnaround time. In instances such as flooding, natural disaster or break-ins, this turnaround time is extremely important.

Summary

To ensure that both reactive and scheduled building needs are effectively managed, it’s important to implement current technological solutions to simplify the process. Using virtual solutions can provide significant savings and create faster turnaround times on a range of works. Adaption of these solutions provide the most promising outcomes for quoting, scoping and emergency assistance, but can also be used for other management aspects like secure information storage.

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CMBM launch ‘About Us’ video

CMBM Facility Services are proud to launch our ‘About Us’ video, featuring Managing Director – Mark Hohn and Director/General Manager – Damien Cann who showcase our services, culture and the state of the art technology systems that set us apart.

 


Office Cleaning Tips

Tip 1:

Studies have shown that the average work desk has more bacteria than a toilet seat. This is probably because, so many people eat at their desks, and so few clean them. According to one survey, only slightly more than a third of respondents cleaned their work areas every week. One of the most important things workers can do to stay healthy is to clean their desk, computer keyboard and mouse at least once a week, or to hire office cleaners who will do it for you.

Tip 2:

There are many ways that employees can keep their workspaces clean and safe. The first is to buy a good, all-around office-cleaning sanitizer and to use it often on desks and other work areas. It’s also a good idea to keep hand sanitizer on desks for those times when hand washing is inconvenient.

Tip 3:

Clean out old papers on a desk by sorting them into ‘yes,’ ‘no’ and ‘maybe’ files. If the ‘maybe’ items haven’t been used in a month, employees should toss them out of their offices. Cleaning out old papers also removes a possible fire hazard and clutter. A spring clean can do a lot of good for organisations with lots of paper files, food cupboards, or stock storage areas. Again, de-clutter your storage area, throwing out files and old stock that no longer needs to be retained. This may be a good time for management to consider digitising files or re-arranging old storage systems to make them more space efficient, for example, by introducing new storage shelving and furniture.

Tip 4:

Arrange a 5-minute roster for the staff to wash their dishes over the month. Appoint a different employee on which days to clean

Tip 5:

Air fresheners: place them around the office for a cleaner feel and smell.

Tip 6:

Supply your office with handy wipes for those unforeseen spills of coffee.

Tip 7:

Supply office with anti-bacterial gels. It is well documented that offices with this solution for their staff have less sick days because it minimizes cross contamination.

Tip 8:

More people are eating at their desks while working. Crumbs fall into keyboards, so a keyboard brush would be handy to have in a designated area.