Rate This:Ask This When Building a Smoking Shelter
As laws that limit exposure to secondhand smoke become more and more stringent across the United States, more companies are opting to build an outdoor smoking shelter to address the issue. Outdoor smoking shelters can be constructed with a variety of materials and designed in various ways, but all address the secondhand smoke issue in a similar way: they provide a nearby place for smokers to have a cigarette without compromising the air for nonsmokers. Having a smoking shelter on the property can be a great benefit for both clients and employees of an organization; for this reason, a smoking shelter may be viewed as an investment in an organization’s future. When meeting with contractors about building a smoking shelter, ask the following questions to ensure the shelter you end up with works best for your needs.8 Active Questions | Add a QuestionBusiness owners should observe the number of people stepping to the street to have a cigarette at various times throughout the day and week. Knowing these numbers will help the company they’ve selected to build the shelter choose a size that best accommodates their traffic.For most businesses, this is a primary concern. Business owners should take measures to learn whether deliveries will be able to continue as scheduled, waste management vehicles will be able to access facility dumpsters, and employees and clients will have access to adequate parking during the construction process.One of the most important questions is, "??How long will it take to fix it?" Once employees and clients have grown accustomed to the convenience of a smoking shelter, structural issues (following a bad storm, for example) may result in frustration and impatience.As with most other factors, the cost of the project can vary significantly between models and contractors, but most contractors will require a deposit in advance. Learning about the cost in advance will help business owners choose the company who can offer the best value as well as prepare financially for the project.