Property manager Seldin Co. is encouraging its employees to take the stairs with “Save the Stairs,” a stairwell decorating competition at the company’s corporate office.
Two teams of employees each were given a $200 budget to decorate a stairwell and come up with a design concept that promoted wellness. Professional painters were hired to paint a base color of the team’s choice.
The rest of the work was then left up to each team to complete by the end of the business day Thursday, also referred to as "judgment day."
World Group, affiliated with Seldin Company, will judge the stairwells and determine the winning team Thursday afternoon.
At 4 p.m. the corporate office will host a grand re-opening of the stairwells to acknowledge everyone that worked on the project and announce a winner. The winning team will be served lunch by the losing team.
The contest is part of Partners for a Healthy City, a public-private collaboration of Douglas County Health Department and Live Well Omaha, which encourages people to incorporate healthy activities into their daily routines. Seldin’s goal is to make taking the stairs - which were previously painted gray - more enjoyable for employees.
Danielle Hagemeier of Seldin said the company is also looking into implementing wellness initiatives at its apartment complexes, such as adding bike racks or getting healthier options into vending machines. Seldin is one of 350 organizations who have taken on the Partners for a Healthy City initiative.