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Raleigh building cleans extra to avoid H1N1

Posted October 22, 2009 9:53 p.m. EDT
Updated October 22, 2009 10:50 p.m. EDT

— Managers of the BB&T Building in downtown Raleigh are hoping some extra disinfection will help keep the flu away.

George Height, of MG Capital Maintenance, spends his days scrubbing door handles, elevator buttons and other places in the building at 434 Fayetteville St.

Jo Ann Pfirman, of MG Capital Maintenance, said employees focus on the “touch-points” in a building several times a day.

“We are doing a lot more than we have done before, Pfirman said.

Frank Baird, with Capital Associates, manages the BB&T building. He hopes the extra attention to cleanliness will keep the flu bug away for the 1,200 people who work inside.

“Productivity is the name of the game. If you have someone out for two weeks or a week and a half, that is not good,” Baird said.

New signs in bathrooms encourage visitors to wash their hands. Hand sanitizer stations are also placed around the building.

With the threat from the seasonal flu and H1N1 virus, sanitizers are in high demand. Pfirman said foam hand sanitizers are even being rationed.

Capital Associates manages nearly 3.5 million square-feet of business space in the Triangle.
Every building is receiving extra cleaning this flu season.