COVID-19 has affected all of us. HPI Building Management is dedicated to the safety of every employee and visitor entering The Summit at Lantana office campus. Below are some frequently asked questions.
What should you expect upon return to the campus?
- Customers and guests are required to wear face masks.
- CDC approved COVID-19 Safe Practices signage is posted around the campus common areas to remind employees and guests of safe practices.
- Queuing marks are installed to reinforce social distancing.
- Touch-free hand sanitizing stations are found at all entrances and key common area spaces.
- Hands-free Step-n-Pull door openers have been installed on all common area restroom doors.
- Frequently cleaned and disinfected highly touched surfaces and high traffic campus common areas with hospital-grade cleaning agents.
- Encourage elevator “etiquette” whereby limit capacity to no more than 4 people stationed at each corner, wear face masks, face wall and avoid talking.
- Increase space between lobby furniture to support social distancing.
Is the fitness center open?
Yes, by reservation only and with reduced hours. See Summit Mind Body website.
Is the Food Hall or Coffee Bar open?
Not at this time due to low campus population. As employees return to work, Food Hall and Coffee Bar will re-open based on population.
What about indoor air quality?
In May 2020, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) released guidance for building operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. See link below.
Indoor air quality has always been a high priority at The Summit at Lantana. The campus was designed to meet or exceed ASHRAE 62.1-204, requiring a minimum 20 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of outside air for each building occupant. Further, Management has partnered with a National Air Filtration Association (NAFA)-certified Technician Service Company to design the best air filter program for The Summit. ASHRAE is recommending MERV 13 filters during this pandemic. The buildings’ outside air-handling equipment is equipped with a combination of high-capacity MERV 9 pre-filters and high-efficiency MERV 13 box filtration media, exceeding performance of filtration media customarily installed in office buildings. The interior air handlers are being upgraded from MERV 13 box filtration media to MERV 16 (hospital-grade filtration), exceeding recommendations found on the above link.
In open office areas, HVAC systems are designed with carbon dioxide (CO2) sensors in the return air path. If the CO2 concentration exceeds 1,000 ppm, the dedicated outside air VAV (variable air volume) terminal serving that air-handling unit modulates air flow until the set point is reached. Our system is designed to bring in anywhere from 30% to 100% outside air. Based on the recommendation of ASHRAE, we increased our minimum set-point to 50% outside air. The raised floor is another design consideration that enhances air quality. Air is distributed through an underfloor supply air plenum, rather than through traditional overhead ducts. An air vent is installed at each employee workstation, allowing each individual to adjust air flow to suit his or her preference.
HPI continues to check mechanical rooms throughout the campus on a monthly basis to verify all air handler and exhaust systems are operating properly, as well as changing out the air filters as required based on air pressure readings. We are doing our part to follow the guidance recommended by ASHRAE and NAFA. We look forward to seeing you back at the campus one day soon.
What action should I take if someone in my office tests positive for COVID-19?
Notify the Management office as soon as possible. The decision to close your place of business is the responsibility of each tenant and not the owner/manager unless mandated by governmental action.
What can I do?
Stay informed. Management strongly encourages tenants to regularly check with the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) for the most up to date COVID-19 guidelines, and follow all local, state and federal regulations. See resources below.
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- City of Austin