EMG Perspective – Fall 2015

Are Water Restrictions Affecting Your Properties?

New water usage laws and restrictions are impacting businesses around the country, especially in areas affected by droughts. If you are forced to comply with new water restrictions now or in the future, they can influence public perceptions. Several store owners and operators suffer the negative consequences of:

  • Dead or dying landscaping.
  • Inoperative or broken sprinklers that waste water.
  • Onsite equipment that requires what could be perceived as a high volume of water.

As opposed to taking a reactive approach to water restrictions, violations, or “public policing,” we recommend developing a proactive plan that will not only demonstrate good citizenship, but save your operation money over the long term.

Planned Water Restrictions Action Plan

Follow these five steps when creating a proactive plan to avoid untimely expenses and loss of good will among store patrons.

  1. Location Assessment – Begin by documenting all of the equipment and features surrounding your property that require water. Is all of your equipment in good working condition? Have timers been set correctly, and have you eliminated the possibility that they run over? Create a working document to outline all of these related items as well as any changes that need to be made.
  2. Prepare a Budget & Schedule – What is your timeline to complete necessary changes? Identify a budget for resources, materials, and any required upgrades to your water usage equipment and systems.
  3. Hire a Professional – In some cases, the best option to save water and keep costs low is to bring on a landscape architect who can best advise on how and where to make adjustments to the current layout. If modifications to the landscaping are required, talented landscape architects can help plot plants, trees, and shrubs that require minimal water and identify the best tools, software, and timing equipment to use.
  4. Check on Permit Requirements – With new regulations, you may need City or agency permits to maintain your current water usage rate and systems. Similarly, with any changes you plan to make based on findings and plans from steps 1-3 above, plan to check on permit requirements to remain in good standing.
  5. Calculate Potential Savings – Prepare some figures to compare your costs now vs. how regulations and updates would impact water and utility bills. Are there any available grants or rebates from the utility companies in your region? Other potential implications on savings include lower ongoing maintenance costs, the impacts of proactive planning, and better contractor pricing now before demand for services increases.

In most areas throughout the country, planned water restrictions are either in effect or a certain eventuality. Plan now to save later.

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Rebranding Efforts

This is an extremely exciting time for our company. Last fall EMG and QPM came together to offer our clients more services, coverage, expertise, and resources. Our new brand is a reflection of the strength, pride, and unity of our company. Along with the new logo and tagline below, we have recently launched this new website!

EMG

Why did QPM change its name to EMG?
EMG has a long history in the marketplace. EMG is presently recognized for multiple services, whereas QPM has been historically “project management.” However, even though QPM’s name has changed, its heritage will not.

While the name and look of the company are changing, neither our roles nor the amazing customer service our clients have come to know and respect will be different.

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Project Manager Profile – Carrie Shirley, PMP

Carrie Shirley is a senior project manager at EMG where she is responsible for managing nationwide programs on behalf of clients in the retail, banking, and QSR industries. A vital cog in the EMG engine, Carrie manages multiple projects concurrently while simultaneously supporting the growth and development of other project managers on the team.

Throughout her career, Carrie has mastered the efficient management of new store construction, store expansion, and open store remodel projects. One of Carrie’s greatest talents is her ability to work with our clients from the start of a project to define objectives, timelines, budgets, reporting processes, and more. Due to her success and ever-evolving acumen as a project manager, Carrie is also tasked with developing best practices and procedures to which all EMG staff adhere. Carrie earned her degree in Environmental Design with Construction Management from Texas A&M.