Retaining the home windows clear on Ottawa’s tallest constructing


At 45 storeys excessive, the Claridge Icon is Ottawa’s tallest constructing. And meaning holding the home windows clear is not any small activity.

Some would possibly assume exterior upkeep technician for Efficiency Window Cleaners, Tanner Simser, has one of many scariest jobs in Ottawa.

“It’s truthfully exhilarating when you get into the move,” Simser says. “I’ve accomplished the high-rises earlier than and it’s somewhat nerve-wracking. However while you see this, it’s like, ‘Whoa, OK. This can be a sport changer.'”

Recreation changer is likely to be an understatement. However Simser says he loves the push.

View straight down from the Claridge Icon rooftop as crews clear the home windows of Ottawa’s tallest constructing. (Dave Charbonneau/CTV Information Ottawa)

“When you get previous the sting of the roof it simply all involves you,” Simser says. “You possibly can’t be petrified of heights. You simply need to decide to it. It’s not one thing you actually joke round with. You’ve bought to be secure and all that.”

Cleansing the outside of this constructing isn’t simple. Security is the highest precedence.

“Our guys are in full uniforms. We don’t take security calmly,” says Brock Beaulne, proprietor of Efficiency Window Cleansing. “We use all the mandatory precautions to guarantee that we’re doing the job correctly and effectively.”

Home windows on a constructing this dimension can generally take weeks to scrub.

“It actually is determined by winds and climate and being secure,” says Beaulne. “So anyplace from a few weeks to a month is what we presume.”

View overlooking town from Claridge Icon rooftop in Ottawa. (Dave Charbonneau/CTV Information Ottawa)

“The Claridge Icon stands 485 toes excessive and might be the very best view in your complete metropolis. From this top, the site visitors beneath can look similar to toy vehicles. And looking into the gap, it looks like you’ll be able to see ceaselessly.”

“They’re very courageous,” says Wayne Luchak, Claridge Properties Particular Tasks Supervisor. “It’s completely insane. I imply I actually wouldn’t be doing that. However that’s the regulation as we speak. You must be certified. You must take a course and so forth. As a result of in Ottawa with a view to go any increased than 28 storeys you have to be licensed.”

 However as nuts as this job would possibly sound and look, Simser says it’s all in a day’s work.

 “Actually, by no means actually had an issue with it,” says Simser. “I’m form of a little bit of an adrenaline junkie as they are saying.”


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