Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) is committed to your health and well-being. COPT will remain open to support our tenants’ essential businesses. Our Property Managers and Building Technicians continue to provide uninterrupted services and are available 24/7 to address your needs or concerns. Our Executives and Senior Leaders remain onsite as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. Our tenants’ needs are our top priority. Therefore, COPT will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely to ensure continuity at our properties. 

Background on the COPT approach to building health and wellness 

For COPT, the safety and well-being of our tenants is a top priority. For more than 15 years COPT has partnered with board-certified medical experts to ensure our buildings provide safe and healthy indoor and environmental air quality (IEAQ) for our tenants and their employees. Most notable of those experts is Hung K. Cheung, MD, MPH, FACOEM, the founder and president of Cogency Environmental in Baltimore, Maryland. 

A former Maryland State Medical Director, he is a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. As a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Medicine, he is nationally recognized as an expert in Respiratory Environmental Medicine, Plant and Indoor Environmental Quality, Risk Communication and Medical Advisory Services. Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine, he holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins and has a medical degree from the University of Maryland. 

Dr. Cheung currently serves on the Advisory Panel for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health’s summer Institute run by Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Board of Directors for Healthy Housing Solutions, Inc. Dr. Cheung is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine where he co-chairs of the environmental health and risk assessment educational modules and teaches outbreak investigation to Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residents at the Medical Institution. 

He is in demand as a lecturer in prevention and remediation, as a scientific expert in legal and administrative proceedings, and has provided expert technical testimony to legislatures. Such activities include serving with the Maryland Governor’s Task Force on Indoor Air Quality, the Baltimore City Healthy Homes Advisory Board and completing a major epidemiological investigational study for the Department of Defense. 

Dr. Cheung has been instrumental in guiding our approach to maintaining our building infrastructure to meet or exceed IEAQ codes and/or consensus standards, including our approach to COVID-19. 

COPT also partners with The NMAS Group (NMAS) of Rockville, Maryland. NMAS is comprised of Building Health Sciences (BHS) and Medical Advisory Services (MAS). BHS integrates caring for the health of the building with the health of its occupants. BHS brings physician-led solutions to IEAQ evaluations, environmental incident management, and environmental advocacy consulting. In certain situations, issues are without a health component such as projects under construction or construction defects. 

Medical Advisory Services (MAS) provides occupational and environmental medicine services to organizations to help them protect their people through science, experience, and policy implementation. For more than 30 years, MAS has been providing high-value, medically based counsel and solutions to their clients in a vast array of national and international occupational and environmental health issues. 

BHS developed COPT’s IEAQ program, trains our Operations employees and continues to investigate any occupant complaint that may arise and advise on any necessary response action. BHS works closely with our janitorial and restoration contractors to ensure they adhere to cleaning and disinfection guidance from the CDC, EPA and other public health agencies. 

Together Cogency, NMAS and COPT have crafted a solid approach to safely operating its buildings during this pandemic based in science: 

  • A strong tenant education and communication strategy to ensure occupants understand how important individual social responsibility is in minimizing disease transmission. 
  • Using manufacturer-recommended OEM HVAC filters and ensuring a normal outside air distribution mix to ensure maximum system performance that does not jeopardize occupant well-being and comfort. 
  • Frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces in common areas to help reduce occupant exposure to surface contamination. 

New graphic signage has been developed by COPT based on CDC recommended guidelines and will be placed in the main lobby and fitness centers. We have also stocked our common areas with hand sanitizer stations where its availability has not been hindered by supply chain constraints. 

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