Blick voraus – Wie gelingt die Wiederinbetriebnahme?

    The restart of production facilities, hotels, corporate real estate as well as office, store and restaurant space is already underway or about to start for many operators. This phase immediately follows vacancy management, so preparations should already be made there to get buildings back up and running quickly                          

    It is still impossible to predict when buildings will be able to return to normal operations with pre-Corona utilization. But interim operations with reduced utilization are within reach for many companies. Whether it's a factory, a commercial campus, an office building or a restaurant - the requirements for a return to normality are diverse and vary in complexity. However, they all have one thing in common: operators should already be thinking about individual hygiene concepts. These include spacing measures, which can be achieved with partitions and markings, as well as disinfection options and increased cleaning. Partial openings with closed areas and rotation models for the workforce are also possible. Last but not least, it depends on the official rules at the site how far the opening can go.


    Special attention should also be paid to the technical aspects so that the restart does not turn into a fiasco. When the various building services components restart - i.e., drinking water systems, ventilation systems, air conditioning systems and more - this must be monitored to ensure that there are no load peaks or damage. "Ultimately, there must also be provisions for reactivating the affected properties quickly and flexibly while complying with legal requirements," said Bernd Fisel, Associate Partner at Drees & Sommer SE, in a company statement. This applies in particular to facilities with special hygiene requirements such as drinking water and ventilation systems, open cooling towers or facilities that pose a particular risk to building users, the environment or third parties, he said. "It is advisable to carry out a full inspection of the plant to rule out any hazards. Unless the plant has also been inspected and maintained by qualified personnel during the shutdown period."


    Even if the tense economic situation makes many companies hope for a particularly quick end to the exceptional situation, the restart must be planned carefully and not carried out hastily. Otherwise, the operational as well as the health consequences for the company can be incalculable.