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Old 06-23-08, 06:24 PM   #1
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Suggestions on persuading landlord to add showers

Has anyone had any experience working with their landlord to get showers installed at their office? I work for a company that leases space in a relatively new building from a large developer/management company. I would love to commute w/my bike but have no desire to wear my office clothes and roll up my trouser leg. Other than "It's the right thing to do", does anyone have suggestions on how to motivate my landlord (tax incentives, data on increased property values, etc)? I live in Minnesota and work in Plymouth, MN. Thank you.
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Old 06-23-08, 06:32 PM   #2
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Oh Lordy, I wish you luck. Once the floors and walls are in it can take a miracle on funds to re-engineer and rebuild a structure to have showers. May I be the first to suggest you find a nearby health club or YMCA?

The only place I commuted to with showers had them reserved for senior Mine Inspectors. It was a status thing. I arrived a couple of times from a job site caked with coal dust and had to pedal home to clean up.
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Are you certain that there aren't any showers already there? Do you have any locker rooms? What's the bathroom situation? A lot of commuters take baby wipes with them, and it seems to do the trick quite well.

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Read thru the Commuting forum threads about how to clean up at work. Lots of us don't have the luxury of a shower and have found other "creative" ways to clean up. And many/most don't wear office clothes while riding.
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Old 06-24-08, 08:27 PM   #5
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Wash and change in the washrooms. If the building mangement have a problem with water all over the washroom floors, suggest they install a shower.
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LEED Certification has great economic advantages for the landlord; they earn points towards that certification for showers, bicycle parking, storage and changing rooms.

This is the site:
http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=145

This is the document (large file)
http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=684

Quote:
Alternative Transportation:
Bicycle Storage & Changing Rooms Intent

Reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.
Requirements

For commercial or institutional buildings, provide secure bicycle storage with
convenient changing/shower facilities (within 200 yards of the building) for
5% or more of regular building occupants. For residential buildings, provide
covered storage facilities for securing bicycles for 15% or more of building
occupants in lieu of changing/shower facilities.

Submittals

❏ For commercial projects: provide the LEED Letter Template, signed by
the Architect or responsible party, declaring the distance to bicycle storage
and showers from the building entrance and demonstrating that these
facilities can accommodate at least 5% of building occupants.

OR

For residential projects: provide the LEED Letter Template, signed by the
architect or responsible party, declaring the design occupancy for the
buildings, number of covered bicycle storage facilities for securing bicycles,
and demonstrating that these facilities can accommodate at least
15% of building occupants.

Potential Technologies & Strategies
Design the building with transportation amenities such as bicycle racks and
showering/changing facilities.
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