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The 2012 Houston BOMA Building Expo is back and better than ever…with an exciting new venue, more vendors and great products, this is one event you don’t want to miss! Ask anybody who’s been to the Expo before—this event provides a fantastic opportunity to network with both exhibitors and peers, conduct some business, and have some fun! It is sure to be an educational and entertaining day for everyone in commercial real estate to build relationships and enjoy our industry. You could win tons of great prizes—make plans to attend today!

2012 Houston BOMA Building Expo Thursday, May 3, 2012 2 – 7 pm Westin Galleria Houston 5060 West Alabama

To register, simply go to and click on the Building Expo link under the Events tab. From there you can click on the registration link. We look forward to seeing you there! ■ All facility managers, property managers, building engineers, developers, owners, asset managers and their assistants are invited. Any vendor not exhibiting will not be allowed to attend.

Thanks to our sponsors:

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President’s Message

The weather is warming up and so is activity at Houston BOMA. It is exciting to watch all the activity of membership involvement as we kick into high gear with events and advocacy. February was highlighted by the TOBY awards and BOMA’s Advocacy Days at Houston City Hall, followed by the very successful BAC PAC Sporting Clays Tournament in March. And, in April, BOMA took spring-cleaning to a whole new level—we’ve packed up and cleaned out our offices and moved to 9 Greenway Plaza! 2012 has been an active year so far for the Houston market as well. Everywhere I look there is new construction. We are incredibly fortunate to be in this market— in fact Houston has produced the most jobs in the US last year with almost 76,000 in 2011. We’ve had 6 straight quarters of positive absorption in Houston, with more than 7 million square feet of net absorption last year alone. This year’s TOBY was exceptional here in Houston with five winners moving on to the Southwest Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jim Murphy, Texas State Representative from District 133 and Westchase General Manager, was our Master of Ceremonies for the awards luncheon of over 220 members at the Hilton Post Oak. We look forward to seeing our Houston entries win in Albuquerque and represent at the BOMA International Conference in Seattle in June. I want to thank the TOBY Committee, judges and

entrants for working so hard to make this year’s competition so successful. Probably the most important role that Houston BOMA takes on for its members is that of legislative advocacy. It is a side of the association that most of our members do not see or are even aware of all the work and effort that goes into effective activism. Over the course of several jam-packed days, our Legislative Advocacy Committee members met with thirteen Houston City Council members to communicate the concerns of the commercial real estate industry to our city government. The concerns brought before our councilmembers run the gamut from fair taxation and fees, to land use, building codes and transportation and parking concerns. The end goal is to ensure that policies passed are balanced, predictable, consistent, transparent, cost-effective, fully vetted, and respect property owner rights. In addition to those meetings, I, along with BOMA’s Vice President of Finance, Brett Williams and Executive Vice President, Tammy Betancourt, had the opportunity to meet with Mayor Annise Parker and impart our issues. This work is the core of your association and all the hard work behind the scenes, fighting on your behalf, is what makes Houston BOMA great. And it is great events like our Second Annual BAC PAC Sporting Clay’s Tournament at American

Shooting Centers in West Houston, that make all this political advocacy possible. We had an incredible turnout of more than 300 people to raise more than $25,000 for our PAC! The day was full of networking, friendly competition, and wrapped up with a BBQ dinner and awards ceremony. I want to thank our committee members and staff who worked tirelessly to make this first event so successful and memorable. I also want to thank our underwriting sponsor ABM for standing by the BAC PAC year after year along with our other generous sponsors. I look forward to seeing you at our June luncheon, which will feature our annual Broker Panel. This high-powered panel will provide insight to the state of commercial real estate here in Houston and Texas. I am also looking ahead to yet another great event that Houston BOMA provides for our members - the Building Expo in May. Over 800 commercial real estate professionals attend this event from Houston and the surrounding area. It is a great place to visit with our Allied Professional members and your property management colleagues. I want to thank again all our members, and especially our active volunteers who make up the heart of this organization. I am proud to serve you as President and am impressed and humbled by all of your efforts in making this such a great association. ■

BOMA MISSION & VISION Mission The mission of the Houston Building Owners and Managers Association is to support and advance the interests of the commercial real estate industry. Houston BOMA will be an organization of advocacy and sustainable building practices that utilizes the strengths, talents and leadership of its members and industry associates to build value and lasting relationships with our community through professional development, networking and sharing of information.


Vision To be the recognized industry leader in both legislative advocacy and professional development for a broad spectrum of commercial real estate professionals in the Houston market.



Texas Accessibility Standards & 2010 ADA Standards for Public Accommodations

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently revised the ADA’s Standards for Accessible Design (“2010 Standards”) in an effort to better meet the practical needs of persons with disabilities. Texas has followed suit and revised the Texas Accessibility Standards (“2012 TAS”) to mirror the federal 2010 Standards. The deadline for compliance with these standards was March 15, 2012. If you have not already done so, now is the time to make sure that your buildings meet the standards. Here are some of the changes that may affect you and your buildings: Public Accommodations Generally • Reach Ranges: The 1991 Standards/ 1994 TAS required a 48” maximum for forward reaches but allowed a 54” high maximum for side reaches. Now under the 2010 Standards/2012 TAS all forward or side reach maximum heights are 48.” This will affect many different

elements in every type of facility from light switches to fire alarm pull stations to key pads, shelves and vending machines. • Parking Requirements: Under the 2010 Standards/2012 TAS, one in six (rather than one in eight) accessible parking spaces must be van accessible. • Service Animals: “Service animal” is defined as a dog or a miniature horse that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Other animals, whether wild or domestic, do not qualify as service animals. Dogs that are not trained to perform tasks that mitigate the effects of a disability, including dogs that are used purely for emotional support, are not service


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Save the Date

Monday, October 15 Mark your calendars for the always sold-out Houston BOMA Golf Classic on Monday, October 15! We’ll be out at Blackhorse Golf Course, having a ball! We’re bringing back the putting contest, extensive silent auction, great prizes and a beautiful day of golf. Mark the date on your calendars and start practicing your game. We can’t wait to see you out there! For info about sponsorships, golfers fees and volunteer opportunities, contact Mallory at mgarrison@ ■



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• Wheelchairs and Mobility Devices: The 2010 Standards/2012 TAS draw distinctions between wheelchairs and “other power-driven mobility devices,” which include a range of devices not designed for individuals with mobility impairments, such as the Segway® PT, but which are often used by individuals with disabilities as their mobility device of choice. Specifically, wheelchairs must be permitted in all areas open to pedestrian use, while other power-driven mobility devices must be permitted to be used unless the covered entity can demonstrate that such use would fundamentally alter its programs, services, or activities, create a direct threat, or create a safety hazard. Exemptions for facilities built before the 2012 Standards or the new 2012 TAS: Facilities first occupied or renovated after March 15, 2012 (“New Construction”) must fully comply with the new 2010 Standards and well as the 2012 TAS. This is because the highest degree of accessibility is expected in New Construction. Any prior construction is considered to be an “Existing Facility.” Existing Facilities should comply with the 2010 Standards

to the extent it is “readily achievable” to do so. However, the federal 2010 Standards provide a safe harbor for elements in Existing Facilities that are already in compliance with the 1991 Standards and the 2012 TAS provide a safe harbor for elements in Existing Facilities that are in compliance with the 1994 TAS. Elements meeting the safe harbor are exempt from compliance with the federal 2010 Standards and/or 2012 TAS. Note that there is no safe harbor for elements not directly addressed in the 1991 Standards or 1994 TAS like pool access and other recreational facility standards. Those elements are required to be accessible in Existing Facilities to the extent such changes are “readily achievable.” Accessibility features that take priority: To help with balancing accessibility needs with costs, the DOJ has published the following accessibility priority list. While safety and communication features are not included on this list, they should also be a top consideration in most facilities. • First, individuals with disabilities must be able to physically enter the facility to enjoy the goods and services provided. Thus, a primary priority should be to ensure that parking and passenger drop off areas are accessible and that there is an accessible route from those areas, public sidewalks, and public transportation stops to the main entrance; • Second, areas where goods and services are made available to the public should be made accessible. This may vary depending on the types of services or amenities available at the facility, but would include the route from the main entrance and the ability to use the various amenities, services or goods, in their order of significance to the facility; • Third, accessible routes to and the ability to use restrooms; and • Fourth, public accommodations should consider the accessible route to and ability to use supporting features such as telephones, water fountains or other less significant amenities on the property. Now is the time to make sure you are in compliance. For a more comprehensive list of changes, please visit our website at, and click on the Member Resource Center. ■





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The Second Annual BAC PAC Sporting Clays Tournament was a booming success! With over 280 participants in attendance, the event raised over $25,000 for our political action committee which allows us to extend our political outreach and influence in the government realm even further. Thanks so much to Generously all who participated and made underwritten by: the event such an overwhelming success! Big thanks to our committee members— Jon Cogdill, Hines, Brett Williams, Transwestern, Mark Janssen, Hines, James Froelich, CBRE, Joseph Hebert, Cameron Management, Mark Johnson, ABM, and Chair, Chuck Moore with CBRE for putting on an outstanding fundraiser and networking event. Our winning team with a staggering score of 297 was Michael Hatton, David Haynes, Scott Kramer and Marshall Heins. Our top male shooter was Scott Kramer with a 73 and our top female shooter was Susan Chang with a 50. Many, many thanks also to our event underwriter ABM Janitorial Services. We’d also like to send a shout out to our cart and station sponsors: Cart Sponsors:

Station Sponsors Able Engineering ABM Always In Season Blackmon Mooring BMS Management CBRE Group Chevron Clay’s Glass Cotton Crescent Real Estate Equities


Cushman & Wakefield of Texas E3 Electric Hunton Trane Services ISS Facility Services JOBS/AMST Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Memorial Hermann Metroclean Millsap Waterproofing Moody Rambin

PM Realty Group Pritchard Industries Southwest, Inc. Raven Mechanical Reliant Energy an NRG Company Standard Parking Summit Energy TD Industries Thomas Properties Group Transwestern xpedx

Game Sponsors ISS Facility Services Otis Elevator Allied Barton Security Services Thank you to AMPCO System Parking for their assistance with parking attendants.


The event raised over $25,000 for our political action committee which allowed us to extend our political outreach and influence in the government realm even further.




New Plan review Option

The City of Houston offers several options for the review of building plans. In recent years, they have worked to expedite plans through the review process, bringing the typical commercial plan review time from 21 calendar days to 11 days. In an effort to continue to improve processes, they have announced a new customer-paid plan review option. This new procedure will allow customers to pay for an overtime plan review, similar to the current overtime inspection process. This program will be available to those projects that submitted to the Commercial Plan Review Section, meeting the prerequisites on the original submittal. This review will be limited to Building, Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical, Storm and Sprinkler disciplines. You can find more information on this procedure and others at ■


Don’t Delay – ELEVATOR FIRE SERVICE DEADLINE IS COMING UP! Starting September 1, 2012, passenger elevators in Texas must comply with the requirements for firefighter’s service in the ASME Code A17.3 if those requirements were not included in the ASME Code A17.1 that was in effect on the date of installation and the equipment was not subsequently installed. Lawrence Taylor of TDLR states that “any passenger elevator found to be without firefighter’s service after September 1, 2012 will immediately be removed from service. The elevator will not be placed back into service until it is inspected and all required safety features are verified by a registered elevator inspector.” The Health and Safety Code, Section 754.014(f) is available at: www.license.state. elelaw.htm ■


Join Now FOR HOT SUMMER MEMBERSHIP PRICES!! Now is the time to become a part of BOMA, because we’ve discounted dues for the summer!* Our dues specials are below: Property Management Members – 30% Discounts!! Principal Member – $705 Additional Manager – $425 Additional Assistant Manager – $316 Chief Engineer – $299 Additional Chief Engineer – $232 Government Member – $502 Additional Government Member – $316 Go to our web site at to download the membership application and email/fax/mail it in. For additional information, contact Liz at If you’re already a member, keep your association active and growing by recruiting your co-workers or employees to join us. ■

*This special only applies to new members – those who have not been members in the past 12 months.



UH Bauer GRADUATE REAL ESTATE PROGRAM The UH Bauer Graduate Real Estate Certificate degree program offers a solid foundation in real estate fundamentals, however, its unique value is the focus on mastering the professional practice of real estate. Through engagement in the real estate community and working on field based projects, students gain the expertise and experience of real estate as a professional practice. Graduates are “job ready” and have the career opportunities that come with a personal network of colleagues in the real estate industry. If you are looking to differentiate yourself in this Houston competitive market, this graduate program will give you the edge on your competition. BOMA is Need an intern? UH Bauer Real Estate is looking proud to to place graduate students into internships in the combe a mercial real estate industry. These students are about as bright as they come and eager to learn and work. Founding Internship employment provides students with profesInvestor sional work experience in real estate and introduces of the UH employers to MBA’s with up to date business skills Graduate while supporting their “Practice Based Education.” Student interns will be enrolled in the Professional Real Internship course for academic credit for which Estate employer performance appraisals apply. Program. If you are interested in supporting the program and hiring an intern, visit and click on the article “UH Bauer Real Estate Introduces Internship Program.” ■


Annual Broker Panel Luncheon SAVE THE DATE

June 19 | The Junior League of Houston Every year we host a panel of tenant and landlord brokers to help us predict development and growth in the upcoming year in the commercial real estate market. And each year, it’s one of our highest attended luncheons. We all need their predictions to help us make critical decisions. Don’t miss this electric and informative event that’ll help shape decisions for the industry all year long. If you have a question you’d like to see answered by the brokers, simply email Mallory at with your burning query! Questions like ‘how long before new construction and development hits hard?’ Or ‘how much green will we continue to see?’ Find out the answers to your questions and more on June 19. Register yourself and a colleague online at and save the date for a stimulating networking lunch. ■


Smart Meters ARE COMING DOWNTOWN As part of its smart grid initiative, CenterPoint Energy has been replacing standard electric meters with new digital “smart meters” since March, 2009. Beginning in April, CenterPoint and its installation contractors will be installing smart meters in the downtown district. This activity will affect numerous buildings that have retail tenants in ground floor or basement areas who have meters separate from the base building meters and who pay their own electric bills. Depending on the type of meter, brief tenant outages of three to five minutes will be required to make the replacements. The base building electric services will not be affected. Smart meters represent a quantum leap forward in the advancement of electric industry technology and offer numerous benefits to both the utility and its consumers. Meters will be read remotely, alleviating the need for meter readers in your buildings, service outages will be automatically reported, hastening restoration efforts, and consumers will be able to more accurately monitor and control their electricity demand and usage via the internet at For more information on CenterPoint Energy smart meters, visit www.CenterPointEnergy. com/EnergyInSight ■



Philip J. Sumag Manager PM Office Holdings, LLC 1717 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX 77006

Jannet Quintanilla Real Estate Services Coordinator CBRE Group, Inc. 1225 North Loop West, Suite 225 Houston, TX 77008

Rusty E. Bailey Assistant Property Manager Transwestern 1300 Main Houston, TX 77002

Jennifer L. Miller, RPA Commercial Property Manager Richfield Investment Corp. 10205 Westheimer Rd, Ste. 450 Houston, TX 77042

Pam Harrison Property Manager Lincoln Property Company 15021 Katy Freeway, Suite 610 Houston, TX 77094

Adam M. Ward Asset Management Director Caldwell Companies 7904 N. Sam Houston Parkway W, 4th Floor Houston, TX 77064

Elissa Acuna Assistant Property Manager Hines 16945 Northchase Drive, Suite 150 Houston, TX 77060

Mary E. Hoover, CPM Senior Property Manager Parmenter Realty Partners 2900 North Loop West, Ste. 160 Houston, TX 77092

Margarita Medrano RE Service Coodinator CBRE Group, Inc. 2585 Bay Area Blvd. Houston, TX 77058

John Hasson Market Development Manager - LED Lighting Toshiba International Corporation 10435 Okanella St. Houston, TX 77098

Margaret Utsey Marketing Director Pieper Houston Electric 1708 Oak Tree Houston, TX 77080

Scott Ferguson, CPM Property Manager Stream Realty Two Riverway, Ste 1050 Houston, TX 77056

Shanta R. Dockery Facilities & Safety Coordinator Friedkin Business Services 1375 Enclave Parkway Houston, TX 77077

Chase Crawford, CPM Assistant Property Manager Stream Realty Group Two Riverway, Suite 1050 Houston, TX 77056

If you would like to join Houston BOMA or know of someone who should join, please contact Liz at Houston BOMA at

Kaye K. Himsel Tenant Services Coordinator TMH - Medical Office Buildings 16605 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200 Sugar Land, TX 77479 Marti Wilhite Manager-Leasing & Building Operations TMH - Medical Office Buildings 16605 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200 Sugar Land, TX 77479 Brett E. Tiedt Assistant Property Manager Shorenstein Realty Services 4400 Post Oak Parkway Houston, TX 77027


Leigh Ann Bryan Assistant Property Manager Duke Realty 1 Riverway, Suite 1350 Houston, TX 77056


HOUSTON BOMA 9 Greenway Plaza, Suite 100 Houston, Texas 77046-0929 (713) 266-5691 Fax (713) 266-4632

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President Mark R. Nicholson – CBRE Group Executive Vice President Tammy K. Betancourt, CAE – Houston BOMA President-Elect Mary Stanton, RPA, LEED AP – Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. Vice President Marshall B. Heins, CPM – Memorial Hermann Healthcare System Vice President of Finance Brett D. Williams, CPM – Transwestern Immediate Past President Mark D. Janssen – Hines Directors Robert L. Carlen, CPM – Crescent Real Estate Equities, LLC Greg Pell, CPM – Stream Realty Partners Gregory J. Jones – Cushman & Wakefield Patricia Loden – Chevron AP Representative Andy Allen – United Protective Services

COMMITTEE CHAIRS A/P Business Exchange Committee Peggy Viers – Always in Season BAC PAC Sporting Clays Shooting Tournament Chuck Moore – CBRE Group Building Expo Committee Wade Shelton – xpedx Construction Industry Council Billy Sams, RPA – Crescent Real Estate Equities, LLC Generation BOMA Marianne Lawson, LEED GA – Hines Golf Classic Jim Roll – ISS Facility Services Legislative Advisory Committee/BAC PAC Jon Cogdill, CPM – Hines Media/Social Networking/Public Relations Task Force Mike Mrozek, CPM – CBRE Group Meeters/Greeters Russell Griffin – Air Performance Services Professional Development & Education Allan Watkins, SMA – Brookfield Properties Research Advisor Chad Nusbaum – Piedmont Office Realty Trust Special Events Committee Brandy Vargas – Behringer Harvard TOBY Awards Committee Dan Porter – Environmental Coalition

We’re Moving! After nearly 20 wonderful years here at San Felipe Plaza, Houston BOMA is excited to be relocating to our new home at: 9 Greenway Plaza, Suite 100 Houston, Texas 77046-0929 Our lockbox for accounts payable remains unchanged. All payments should continue to be sent to: P.O. Box 203838 Houston, TX 77216-3838 Our telephone number remains unchanged. Please update your records accordingly. We’ll be all settled in as of May 1st so stop by and see our new digs! ■

9 Greenway Plaza, Suite 100 Houston, Texas 77046-- 0929

Calendar of Events May


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Special Events Committee – 10:30 am Building Expo Exhibitor Set-up (Westin Galleria) – 3-8 pm 3 Building Expo (Westin Galleria) – 2 pm 8 LAC/BAC PAC – 7:30 am 10 Building Expo Committee – 3:30 pm 13 Mother’s Day 16 Golf Committee – 3:30 pm 17 Generation BOMA Happy Hour (Location TBD) – 5:30 pm 17-20 BOMI Real Estate Investment & Finance Course 24 Board Meeting – 7:30 am 28 Memorial Day (BOMA Office Closed)

Tammy’s BOMAversary Special Events Committee – 10:30 am 12 LAC/ BAC PAC – 7:30 am 14 Building Expo Committee – 3:30 pm 17 Father’s Day 19 Membership Luncheon (The Junior League) – 11:30 am 21 Generation BOMA Happy Hour (Location TBD) – 5:30 pm 24-26 BOMA International Conference (Seattle, WA) 28 Board Meeting – 7:30 am

Newsletter Editor: Liz Sorsby – Director of Development



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