In Part II of our Shared Space Series and lessons learned from The Alliance Center, Denver Shared Spaces explored the meaning and activities related to emergency preparedness in shared space. A space as large and as tenured as The Alliance Center knows a lot about emergency preparedness and was willing to provide a few tips on what other shared spaces need in order to maintain the concept of community while also ensuring safety for members of that community.

  • We asked: Each space needs to have a plan in place for emergency preparedness. What does yours entail and are all members within the shared space aware of procedures? For most shared spaces, this should be part of the original agreement and built into the establishment of culture. For The Alliance Center, it was important to be a community space and not feel locked down. While it runs the risk of unfortunate events similar to what occurred this summer, the tenants continue to create a sense of community and shared space while not sacrificing safety. The Alliance Center has tightened lines of communication across floors and tenant organizations and continues to utilize a key card system for accessing the tenant spaces of the building. The Alliance Center also recommends the tenants and property owners have ongoing, regularly occurring discussions of what the liabilities and requirements are within the shared space for each group. Working from this perspective will allow shared spaces to create a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan that meets the needs of the property owner and tenant-partners.
  • Fire and police departments can be a one-stop resource for providing more information and helpful trainings on how to be a qualified, emergency-prepared shared space and understand the dynamics unique to tenants who share a space. Unfortunately, in today’s world most office spaces or community/school settings offer not just quarterly fire drills but also active shooter drills. That is the world we live in, and this preparation helps us to be ready for the unthinkable.
  • Finally, The Alliance Center explains that due diligence with property management firms is non-negotiable. The property manager is a vital component to any emergency plan and needs to maintain open lines of communication about its shared space’s emergency plan, and make sure all possible aspects are covered.

Please share any other opportunities with us about emergency preparedness and tune in next time for more on how The Alliance Center lives out its sustainability mission.

You may also be interested in reading the following posts in the series:

Part 1: Shared Space Series – The Alliance Center and Its Recent 2014 Renovation

Part 3: Coming soon…