BOMA OEB Hosts Bay Area TOBYs Kilroy Realty and Harsch Win Honors
Everyone who attended The Outstanding Building of the Year Bay Area awards gala in Oakland in February was a winner, in the sense that the TOBY awards process focuses awareness on the need to achieve higher levels of building operations throughout the industry. “The TOBY awards was truly a unique event, due, in part, to the collaborative efforts of BOMA San Francisco and BOMA Oakland/East Bay. There were TOBY entrants on each side of the bay represented. As momentum builds to showcase
Scenes from the Annual Awards Gala (See page 7.)
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the many outstanding buildings in BOMA SF and BOMA OEB, we are confident others will join the winners circle next year and ultimately, win TOBY at the international level,” said Karen Cowan, the Restoration Management commercial accounts manager who headed the committee that put on the TOBY contest. Kilroy Realty Corporation was the big winner, taking TOBYs for both San Francisco’s 303 Second Street in the 500,000-to-1,000,000-square-foot category,j as well as The City’s 100 First Street in the 250,000-to-499,000 category. Harsch Investment Properties earned a TOBY for best medical office building for its iconic 450 Sutter Street tower in San Francisco.
(See page 6.)
BOMA Member Profile Get to know BOMA associate member Karen Cowan. (See page 9.)
Winning buildings from top left: 100 First Street, 303 Second Street and 450 Sutter Street. 101 First Street photo: Chad Ziemendorf
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President’s Corner By Manny Moreno Your Political Actions Can Produce Better Government Policy It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of the first quarter of 2015. Not sure where the time is going, but the year is definitely off to a quick start. I am sure you would also agree that BOMA Oakland/East Bay is off to a fast and exciting start. Our 2015 Awards Gala was a huge success with over 230 people in attendance. Unfortunately, BOMA OEB did not have any TOBY award winners, but we were able to award our first Outstanding Member of the Year awards in three categories. Congratulations again to Anne Sparks with Nevada Pacific Consulting, our Principal OMY winner; Tyler Morley with Metcon TI, our Associate OMY winner; and Brian Bennett with ABM, our Engineer OMY winner. Great job and keep up the great work! Be sure to keep an eye on our weekly eBlasts and the website for information on other upcoming events and education opportunities. 2015 will prove to be our best year yet! One of the areas of great focus for me as I enter my final year as President of BOMA OEB is our government affairs and advocacy efforts. To some, government affairs and advocacy may seem like one in the same but they are not, and BOMA OEB needs your help with both. Government affairs reflects our efforts to meet elected officials from the local, state and federal levels and introduce them to who we are, what we do and stand for, and what we as an industry contribute to the economy. All too often elected officials view the commercial real estate industry as deep pockets and gross polluters of the environment — a group that should be taxed more and/or have more stringent environmental laws enforced against them. Our job as BOMA members is to get out and meet our elected officials and educate them on the impacts of legislation targeted at commercial real estate. BOMA International and BOMACAL offer information on these topics on their websites, and I strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the information. Advocacy is also related to government affairs. However, it is more focused on supporting candidate elections or legislation either with monetary contributions or volunteer time. In the absence of BOMA OEB having its own political action committee to support these efforts, I would encourage all of our members to contribute and support the BOMA International PAC (BOMAPAC). Through its efforts during the 2014 midterm election, 32 of the 39 candidates supported by the BOMAPAC were elected or re-elected. BOMA OEB has the ability to request funds from the Industry Defense Fund if there is legislation that would adversely affect our local association. The time commitment through advocacy can vary and is really an individual decision to get involved and work on a campaign either for a candidate or piece of legislation. I would encourage all of our members to get involved. It affects us not only professionally, but also personally. If you would like more information about getting involved, please contact the BOMA office. Don’t forget to check our calendar of events for social, luncheon and education opportunities! Also, don’t forget the BOMA International Every Building Conference and Expo is in Los Angeles this year. The conference runs June 28-30 and is truly a must-attend event for anyone involved in BOMA. I hope to see you there! Moreno is President of BOMA Oakland/East Bay and Property Manager, NPC Holdings, LLC’s Stoneridge Corporate Plaza.
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Stephen Shepard, executive director of BOMA Oakland/East Bay said, “The Gala is a way for the two BOMA local associations to come together and celebrate the great achievements of the commercial real estate profession.” Established by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY®) Awards, was developed in 1985 to honor and recognize the quality in office building operations and award excellence in office building management, tenant retention, emergency planning and community impact. Bay Area TOBY winners will go on to compete for greater awards at the BOMA International competition, to be announced in Los Angeles in June.
At the gala, BOMA OEB also announced the winners of its Outstanding Member of the Year (OMY) Awards: Outstanding Engineer – Brian Bennett ABM, The Towers, Emeryville
Outstanding Principal – Anne Sparks Nevada Pacific Consulting
Outstanding Associate – Tyler Morley Metcon
OMY winners shown on next page. See photos from the Gala on page 7.
5 BOMA OEB Winnersâ€™ Circle â€” OMYs (Outstanding Members of the Year)
BOMA OEB President Manny Moreno; Brian Bennett, ABM; and Karen Cowan, Restoration Management Company. In circle: Manny Moreno and Mark Barkdull, PJMB Commercial and Metcon, accepting award for Tyler Morley of Metcon.
Above: Manny Moreno; Anne Sparks, Nevada Pacific Consulting; and Karen Cowan, Restoration Management Company.
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Mark Your Calendar for these BOMA OEB Upcoming Events April 7 – Medical Office Buildings Quarterly Meeting April 9 – Luncheon: Building Curb Appeal April 24 – Industrial SIG Meeting May 14 – Luncheon: Legislative Update
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Dust off your clubs and start planning your attire for the Spring Golf Classic on April 20. This year’s theme is BOMA at the Movies. We will have a Best Dressed competition for foursomes, so start getting your teams put together, pick that great movie and dress to play! (No need to tell us your movie at the time of registration. Surprise us with your creativity.) The tournament is a great way to network with your BOMA peers, so don’t miss out on the fun. We will be playing at Round Hill once again. Visit www.bomaoeb.org for information on registration and sponsorship.
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