The following case studies are just two examples of properties with exemplary IPM programs in place. Our goal is that by highlighting a couple of the success stories, other affordable housing providers might be inspired to strengthen the IPM efforts in their developments.
Integrated Pest Management at Rockefeller Park Tower: A Contractor-Led IPM Program
Built in 1925, Rockefeller Park Tower is a six-story brick veneer apartment building in Cleveland, Ohio. The building has 132 units and several common areas. A pest control company took the initiative to develop and lead an IPM program at the property based on its own knowledge of IPM and understanding of OAHP’s requirements. The program they developed and proposed to property management is an outstanding example of an authentic IPM program.
Washington Columbia II is a seven-building apartment complex in Boston, Massachusetts. Resting on a 4.6 acre-site, the complex and its 175 units were renovated in 1992. WinnResidential, a Boston-based property management company with over 80,000 multifamily residences nationally, manages the property. Out of 14 properties involved in OAHP’s M2M Green Initiative, this development was the only property to have an IPM policy and plan that was written by property management rather than a pest control company.
WinnResidential heard about Boston Housing Authority’s (BHA) IPM efforts in 2006 and pursued putting together its own IPM program to reduce the amount of chemicals that were being applied in its properties. WinnResidential hired an IPM consultant to write its IPM plan and train managers, maintenance staff, and residents. This property subcontracts for pest control, but the property manager performs a quality assurance role, ensuring that renovations are performed to a standard that helps pest-proof the buildings. High levels of pest management have been maintained across the various properties using different pest control companies as a result of this property-led IPM initiative.