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Holiday Safety Tips

CHRISTMAS TREES AND HOLIDAY DECORATIONS

Even during these unprecedented times, the holiday season has arrived!  To answer a few common questions about Christmas trees and decorations:

  • In accordance with Seattle Fire Department regulations, Christmas trees and decorations must be fire retardant treated and lights must display a UL sticker. Lighted candles or open flames of any kind are
  • Any decorations displayed must remain inside your office space and not visible from the exterior of the building.
  • If you have not made arrangements with your tree supplier to pick it up after the holidays, you may call Union Square Tenant Services 206.623.4567 and request a pickup for the week of December 25th or the following week. A minimal fee will be charged for disposal.
  • Please do not transport trees through the lobby or via the passenger elevators. Trees must be transported using the freight elevator and through the loading dock/garage.

HOLIDAY PRECAUTIONS

The holidays are a time for celebration, but also a time when we need to take the necessary precautions to keep ourselves and the premises safe.  Remember:

  • Space heaters are prohibited at Union Square. They create a fire hazard and often overload circuits.  In addition, they cause the nearest thermostat to trigger the building’s air conditioning.
  • Reception areas should remain staffed at all times to prevent any unauthorized person from gaining access to your offices. When this is not possible, doors should be locked or door buzzers should be used to alert staff of entering visitors.  Back doors should remain locked at all times.
  • Unauthorized persons in offices should be asked to leave the premises and be reported to Union Square Security 206.613.5333. If this occurs, please provide Security with as detailed of a description of the individual(s) as soon as possible.
  • Keep all valuables (purses, wallets, laptop computers, gifts) locked in drawers or closets.
  • Any items visible through your car windows are targets for thieves. Purchases or personal items should be secured in the car trunk.
  • When mailing over-sized holiday packages, have them picked up from your office by your delivery service. DO NOT leave them next to the drop boxes, which are in an area accessible by the general public. (Packages should never be left in the building’s mailroom area regardless of the time of the year).
  • Report any theft immediately: Union Square Security at 206.613.5333, credit card companies and banks when relevant, and the Seattle Police Department. In the event that your building access card is lost or stolen, report it immediately to Union Square Tenant Services at 206.623.4567.

We hope that in taking these extra precautions, you will be ensured an enjoyable holiday season!  We wish you all a safe and healthy holiday season!

Thank you,

Building Management
Union Square

Blood Drive Pop-Up Donor Center December 7th & 8th at Union Square

In partnership with Bloodworks Northwest and Union Square, we are providing an opportunity for our local community to access this pop-up to give blood.

Donating blood is an essential and encouraged activity critical to sustaining community healthcare, especially during emergencies. This one hour donation appointment is a safe and essential action to support local hospitals and patients. Pop-Up Donor Centers are being conducted in according with social distancing guidelines.

No walk-ins, guests, or people under age 16 are permitted onsite.

Please make your appointment, visit schedule@bloodworksnw.org

You may also  call (800) 398-7888

December 7th  from 10am to 5pm

December 8th  from 9am to 5pm

Two Union Square, 51st Floor Conference Room

You don’t have to travel far to make an impact.

 

Floor Warden Training

Union Square’s annual Floor Warden Training sessions are scheduled to be conducted virtually on the following dates:

  • One Union Square Tenants: November 13th from 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Two Union Square Tenants: December 4th from 1:00pm-3:00pm

Although one training session may be a bit more specific to one building or the other, Floor Wardens may attend the session that works best with their schedule as much of the safety information will be the same for both sessions. Additionally, anyone interested in learning more about Union Square’s emergency procedures are welcome – whether or not they are an assigned floor warden. We encourage anyone with an interest in emergency procedures to attend.

Per the Seattle Fire Code, annual fire safety and evacuation training is required for all employees who work in high rise buildings. Please encourage your Floor Wardens and staff to attend this important event. Floor Wardens will be sent the most recent copy of Union Square’s Floor Warden Manual prior to the virtual training so they can be prepared to share this information with all their coworkers. The Floor Warden Manual can also be found on our website at www.unionsquareseattletenant.com.

Thank you in advance for your participation. If you have any questions you may contact Tenant Services at 206.623.4567 or email unionsquareservice@waholdings.com.  The link for the training will be sent out prior to each date.  Please contact Tenant Services if you have not received it.

Building Update- Possible Election Protests/Demonstrations – Updated 11/2/2020

Washington Holdings continues to track the latest reports from federal, state, and local law enforcement which suggest the possibility of protests/demonstrations related to the November 3rd general election.  We want to share some of the steps we are taking to prepare for such events:

  • Union Square remains under a “restricted access” level for the building which only permits access via access card
  • Union Square will monitor events and can close the parking garage and loading docks early if protests occur
  • Union Square has boarded up the retail level of the building (similar to earlier protests this summer)
  • Union Square has 24/7 security who can be contacted at 206.613.5333
  • Union Square will have additional security staff on-site if merited
  • Union Square R&M and Engineering Staff remains on-call should any changes be required to HVAC operation, and/or additional preventative measures for the buildings

Any additional updates regarding building operations will be posted to www.unionsquareseattletenant.com.  Please feel free to contact Mick Newell, Senior Leasing & Property Manager with any additional questions or concerns at mnewell@waholdings.com or 206.613.5318.

Great Shakeout 2020

Union Square will be participating in the Great Washington Shakeout on October 15th, 2020. At 10:15 AM or shortly thereafter, you will hear an announcement over the building’s intercom system advising of the drill. During the drill, you are asked to drop, cover and hold on in a safe location for five (5) seconds. Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill? To react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down–or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.

  • If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold On:
  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. In most buildings in Washington you are safer if you stay where you are until the shaking stops.
  • If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, you should find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then Drop, Cover and Hold On. Stay there until the shaking stops.

 

Ground shaking during an earthquake is seldom the cause of injury. Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and falling objects. It is extremely important for a person to move as little as possible to reach the place of safety he or she has identified because most injuries occur when people try to move more than a short distance during the shaking.

Look around you now, before an earthquake. Identify safe places such as under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall in your home, office or school so that when the shaking starts you can respond quickly. An immediate response to move to the safe place can save lives. And that safe place should be within a few steps to avoid injury from flying debris.

For further information on earthquake safety, please visit the Great Washington Shakeout site at http://www.shakeout.org/washington. You may also refer Union Square’s Floor Warden manual for additional building-specific information.

We hope that you find this drill an effective tool to get you and your staff thinking about safety during the event of an earthquake.

Union Square Goes Purple to Support the Walk to End Alzheimers

Two Union Square is going purple this weekend to support the Pacific Northwest Walk to End Alzheimers.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease — the only leading cause of death for which there is currently no effective means of prevention, treatment or a cure. The event is traditionally held at Seattle Center and usually attracts around 1,500 people, raising over a half million dollars for local programs/services and our organization’s research efforts.

Union Square Coronavirus Update

We have updated our latest Coronavirus communication to include the most current links regarding King County’s Phase 2.0, and Washington State’s mask policy.  As a reminder, masks/cloth face coverings are required when in public areas of the building. 

Please click below for a downloadable PDF version:

Coronavirus Update September 16, 2020

Blood Drive Pop Up Donor Center September 14th & 15th at Union Square

In partnership with Bloodworks Northwest and Union Square, we are providing an opportunity for our local community to access this pop-up to give blood.

Donating blood is an essential and encouraged activity critical to sustaining community healthcare, especially during emergencies. This one hour donation appointment is a safe and essential action to support local hospitals and patients. Pop-Up Donor Centers are being conducted in according with social distancing guidelines.

No walk-ins, guests, or people under age 16 are permitted onsite.

Please make your appointment, visit schedule@bloodworksnw.org

September 14th from 10am to 5pm

September 15th from 9am to 5pm

Two Union Square, 51st Floor Conference Room

Building Update- August 3, 2020

We encourage tenants working in the building to continue to monitor the news due to the dynamic nature of the events in Seattle.  We do not anticipate any impacts to building operations this week, but we will post any updates here