LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch Achieves GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

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Katy, Texas - February 9, 2021 - LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch has announced that it has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its facility.

As the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR™ helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training and assesses a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations. The program verifies that LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the retail real estate industry we recognized the need to go above and beyond previously accepted standards and seek out innovative solutions to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the center, said Norma Garza, General Manager, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. “We are proud that LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is the first Lifestyle Center in Texas and amongst a few in the US to receive GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation. The LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch management company, Poag Shopping Centers plans to roll this program out to its other properties in the near future.”

“GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch has

received third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”

To achieve GBAC STAR™ accreditation, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch was required to demonstrate compliance with the program’s 20 core elements, which range from standard operating procedures and risk assessment strategies to personal protective equipment and emergency preparedness and response measures. Learn more about GBAC STAR accreditation at www.gbac.org.

About LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is the Katy area’s ultimate Dine-Shop-Play-Live-Work destination. Blending uptown style and old town charm, LaCenterra offers upscale shopping, dining and entertainment in a relaxed Main Street-style setting.

Managed by Memphis, Tennessee based Poag Shopping Centers, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is located on the western edge of metropolitan Houston in Katy, TX. Conveniently situated off the Grand Parkway at Cinco Ranch Blvd., LaCenterra is just three miles South of I-10 and primarily serves Katy, Fort Bend county and the Cinco Ranch master planned community.

About GBAC, a Division of ISSA

Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, response and recovery, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, provides training, guidance, accreditation, certification, crisis management assistance and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. The organization’s services include biorisk management program assessment and training, Forensic Restoration® response and remediation, the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation program, training and certification of individuals and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information, visit www.gbac.org.

About ISSA

With more than 9,300 members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, building service contractors, in-house service providers,

residential cleaners and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China. For more information about ISSA, visit www.issa.com or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.

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