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Awards Honor Outstanding Buildings

Eight BOMA properties were victorious in the BOMA SF 2024 TOBY contest, which attracted renewed interest and entries in line with pre-pandemic numbers. “I think the success of the 333 Bush and Bay Area Metro Center teams bringing home International TOBY Awards in the past two years spurred our local buildings to strive for that same level of recognition,” says Cortney Shadel, BOMA SF TOBY Awards Co-Chair. “The quality of our local entrants, their perseverance and the amount of time they dedicate to this endeavor continues to impress me each year. I’m optimistic that at least one of our eight local winners will be bringing home our third International TOBY Award this July at the TOBY Awards Gala in Philadelphia.” Local winners now proceed to compete at the Pacific Southwest Regional level.

(Coverage of the winners starts on page 5.)

Congratulations to the 2024 BOMA SF TOBY Winners

1455 Market Street

1 million+ SF Category

Managed by Hudson Pacific Properties

Post Montgomery Center

5ooK–1 million SF Category Managed by JLL

301 Howard Street

250K–500K SF Category Managed by DivcoWest

Exchange at Larkspur Landing

Suburban Office (Low-Rise) Category

Managed by Jamestown Urban Management

100 First Street

Corporate Facility Category

Managed by Kilroy Realty

333 Brannan Street

Earth Category

Managed by Kilroy Realty

The Phelan Building

Historical Category

Managed by Newmark Knight Frank

Alexandria Center for Life Science – San Carlos

Life Science Category

Managed by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

BOMA Makes History on Capitol Hill

BOMA SF and BOMA International representatives presented Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi with BOMA International’s Lifetime Legislator Award. See page 17 for more on BOMA’s advocacy.

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David Harrison, BOMA SF; Don Davis, BOMA International; Sam Lopez, BOMA International; Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Emerita; Glenn Good, Glenn Good Group; John Bryant, BOMA SF; and Shayna Eskew, Kennedy Wilson Property Services. Photo courtesy of the Speaker Emerita’s office.

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Mentoring and Recruiting Gen Z Are Vital to CRE

In the dynamic landscape of commercial real estate, the key to success lies in the ability to adapt and welcome change. In this era of transformation, our industry has a unique opportunity to tap the potential of Generation Z, those born between the mid-1990s and early 2010s. Mentoring and recruiting Gen Z talent are vital to ensuring a vibrant future for commercial real estate.

Gen Z brings digital fluency, a strong commitment to sustainability, and an embrace of diversity to the workplace. Incorporating their innovative spirit can significantly boost our industry’s adaptability and relevance in an ever-evolving market. To make this happen, professionals in commercial real estate need to actively participate in mentoring programs that guide and empower the next generation of talent.

Mentoring plays a pivotal role in transferring industry knowledge, fostering leadership skills and providing a supportive environment for personal and professional growth. Seasoned professionals can share their experiences, offer insights and instill a sense of purpose in emerging leaders. Mentorship programs not only enrich the skill set of Gen Z, but also create a collaborative culture that benefits entire teams.

The Commercial Real Estate Alliance for Tomorrow’s Employees (CREATE) connects industry leaders and aspiring professionals. BOMA is a part of this industry-wide alliance that provides mentorship, networking and educational programs tailored to our industry. Opportunities go beyond the classroom and include internships, mentor match-ups and building tours. Participating employers tap into a pool of talented Gen Z individuals who are eager to make their mark in commercial real estate. Embracing the potential of Gen Z is not just advantageous — it’s imperative for our industry’s success. Mentorship and recruitment, coupled with other collaborative efforts championed by BOMA and CREATE, provide a roadmap for nurturing future

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1455 Market Street • Category: 1 million+ SF • Hudson Pacific Properties

A former Bank of America data center, 1455 Market Street was converted to an office high-rise that houses technology giants, government entities and financial institutions. Hudson Pacific Properties has continuously renovated the 45-year-old building since its purchase in 2010. Renovations include the addition of 72 bay windows and the conversion of a cash vault into office space. Preparing for the TOBY competition “was the epitome of a team effort, “ says Property Manager Mathew Kerr. “Hudson management collaborated with engineering, security and janitorial. From performing building rounds of mechanical spaces to TOBY documentation collection, we wanted to ensure that all judges’ questions could be met with a swift and confident response.”

Tenants appreciate the fitness center and yoga studio, EV charging stations and a lobby-level conference room with AV capabilities. 1455 Market Street and Hudson Pacific Properties strive to reduce the carbon footprint and reduce waste. Due to ongoing efforts, the property obtained LEED Gold certification in 2019, a 1 star Fitwell certification in 2021 and an ENERGY STAR certification of 96 in 2023. It also achieved BOMA 360 certification in 2023.

Post Montgomery Center • Category: 500K–1 million SF • JLL

Third time was a charm yet again! Post Montgomery Center, managed by JLL, won a TOBY for the third year in a row as it continues to improve in the areas of tenant engagement, amenities and sustainability. The Class A property consists of the 38-story One Montgomery Tower, ground-floor retail, the three-story Crocker Galleria mall, and a landscaped privately owned public open space (POPOS) with outdoor seating that is enjoyed by tenants and the general public. Following the pandemic, “our goal was to attract tenants to come back to the office,” says Brandon Lee, Assistant Property Manager. “We hosted a series of events that generated an increase in office occupancy. Our most popular events included a quarterly customized espresso coffee cart and also a puppy petting wellness day.”

The management team finds that tenants’ needs and wants continue to evolve post pandemic. “We value the feedback from our tenants and have sent out surveys asking what they want to see at Post Montgomery Center,” says Michael Shum, Senior General Manager. “We will continue to adjust the offerings as best as we can. “

The team focused on sustainability initiatives to work towards its Net Zero goal of 2050, while continuing to provide additional amenities to tenants. “We did so by performing an extensive Green PCA and Net Zero Audit. We also enrolled in Clean Power SF to purchase 100% renewable energy. We attained multiple ESG certifications, achieving Fitwel 2 Star by implementing weekly fitness classes such as yoga and boot camps,” adds Property Manager Ana Cruz.

TOBY Winners (Continued from front page) Top photo: Building shown from Market Street. Lower photo: property and engineering team members – Mathew Kerr, Matt Skelley, Patricia Miranda, Sonia Orellana, Jaime Castellanos, and Shawn Backus.
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Above right: Building’s majestic exterior glows at night. Left: building team gathers at the Crocker Galleria decorated for the holidays.

301 Howard Street • Category: 250K–500K SF • DivcoWest

The sleek glass façade of 301 Howard Street soars above South of Market. This elegant 23-story Class A office tower was designed by Gensler Architects in 1987 and boasts an award-winning renovated main lobby that Huntsman Architecture designed.

The DivcoWest team’s successful TOBY submission was “based on a forward-thinking approach, aimed at fostering excellence in every facet of daily operations. Our comprehensive goal is to foster a sense of comfort and belonging for tenants and guests alike,” says Senior Property Manager Carolyn Michaelis. “We strive to set new standards in customer service, with a particular focus on hospitality and wellness, which we consider integral to our tenants’ experience.” Amenities include retail tenant Joe & the Juice, a state-of-the-art fitness center equipped with shower restrooms and towel service, bicycle storage room, amenity lounge to host monthly manicures and chair massages among other workshop events, and healthy refreshments made available daily in the lobby for tenants and guests.

TOBY judges noted the impressive training programs and industry involvement which have been integral to the continuous development and success of onsite teams comprised of janitorial, security, and engineering personnel.

The Exchange at Larkspur Landing • Category: Suburban Office (Low-Rise) • Jamestown Urban Management

The Exchange at Larkspur Landing made a repeat performance, winning the TOBY in the suburban office (low-rise) category for the second year in a row. With three LEED–certified buildings set on more than nine acres in Marin County, this idyllic property is expertly managed by Jamestown Urban Management. Since its victory last year, the property is undertaking energy-saving improvements. Solar systems are now being installed on all three buildings, and the project should be completed by late April. Additionally, the buildings have held an ENERGY STAR certification (score of 75+) since 2018, indicating a high-level of energy performance compared to other similar buildings.

“We also enhanced the services in our tenant lounge,” says Property Manager Harjot Sekhon. “We added branded stainless-steel cups for tenants to use for sparkling water that we provide from a machine. Our tenants like this perk and it cuts down on waste.” Other popular amenities include the free use of meeting rooms, EV charging stations, and ample outdoor seating areas.

TOBY judges remarked on the “great job of incorporating the natural landscaping that is in the courtyard” and noted that the property offers “nice curb appeal with an ideal location in the North Bay.”

Post-pandemic, Larkspur Landing has evolved to serve its tenants by implementing enhanced cleaning protocols for high-touch areas. “ We have also invested in improved air filtration by adding an ionization system to all air handlers,” adds Sekhon.

TOBY Winners (Continued from page 5) Right: team members – Kevin Lee, Journeyman Engineer; Felix Quintero, Journeyman Engineer; Justin Lenigk, Chief Engineer; Carolyn Michaelis, Senior Property Manager; Christian Pilch, Assistant Property Manager; Wilmer Hernandez, Janitorial Day Porter; Michael Salaices, Security Site Day Guard; and Soufiane Dadi, Security Site Supervisor. Top: The property’s attractively landscaped grounds. Below: Dario Innocent, Wendy Lopez-Gonzalez, Steve Olmsted, and Harjot Sekhon.

100 First Street • Category: Corporate Facility • Kilroy Realty

An iconic 27-story Class A office building, 100 First Street commands attention at the intersection of First and Mission Streets. This 480,457 square-foot architectural gem offers easy access to the Salesforce Transit Center and Pelican Park, an upcoming urban oasis set to unveil in 2024. Anticipated amenities in Pelican Park include a playground, dog park, basketball court and picnic area. The property enjoys a strategic proximity to mass transit and boasts an impressive Walk Score of 97.

Preparing for the TOBY awards, the Kilroy team at 100 First worked diligently with its anchor tenant Okta to showcase the building to this year’s TOBY judges.

“The building’s location, our beautiful POPOS (Privately Owned Public Open Space), and the toptier service really helps attract new tenants and retain current tenants,” says the building’s Property Manager Megan Reining.

This is the second TOBY recognition for the building, which won a TOBY in 2020 in the local and regional TOBY contests in the 250K–500K SF category. “We’re excited to showcase our beautiful building and look forward to the next round of TOBY awards,” adds Reining.

333 Brannan Street • Category: Earth • Kilroy Realty

333 Brannan Street is a beacon of innovation and sustainability in the vibrant SOMA district. Managed by Kilroy, the TOBY winner in the Earth category is at the forefront of energy efficiency, water conservation and enhancing occupant well-being.

The building prioritizes health and wellness, ensuring high indoor air quality and abundant natural light, complemented by outdoor seating areas. Innovations such as a bioamp grease interceptor and aerated low-flow devices in restrooms underscore our holistic approach to sustainability.”

The building is equipped with 100% LED lighting, enhanced by a Lutron system with light harvesting sensors that adjust to natural lighting, optimizing energy use. Water conservation efforts are supported by an onsite rainwater reuse system, significantly reducing reliance on potable water. An intelligent Rainbird irrigation system, 84 rooftop solar panels, and 17 EV charging ports under-score its commitment to renewable energy and sustainable practices. Waste management practices maximize recycling and composting, with a fulltime trash sorter. The kitchen uses eco-friendly materials and donates excess food to charity, reducing waste and making a positive community impact.

333 Brannan is LEED Platinum Core & Shell and ENERGY STAR certified, reflecting its commitment to environmental stewardship and energy management. The building holds both Fitwel and WELL Health-Safety certifications, underscoring its dedication to occupant health and well-being.

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Top right: The property’s attractive exterior. Lower right: Savannah Sicley, Property Coordinator; Tiffany Yeh, Property Manager; Arakel Aristakessian, Assistant Property Manager; and Larissa Trummell, Senior Property Manager. The building’s commanding location. Andrea Conneally, Assistant Property Manager; Dan Perkins, Journeyman Engineer; Megan Reining, Property Manager; Sean Bennett, Chief Engineer; Alexandra Gonzalez, Property Coordinator; Chris Zavala, Journeyman Engineer; and Megan Pusateri, Asset Manager.

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Alexandria Center for Life Science – San Carlos • Category: Life Science • Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

BOMA debuted a new Life Science TOBY category this year, and the Alexandria Center for Life Science – San Carlos won the inaugural TOBY award. This premier life science campus within walking distance of downtown San Carlos and Caltrain is a great example of Alexandria’s mission of creating and growing life science ecosystems to advance human health.

The Alexandria team shared that they approached the TOBY submission the same way they approach all work — with vision, discipline, collaboration, relentless innovation, and a commitment to excellence.

While this is the company’s first TOBY Award in the Bay Area, Alexandria has received numerous awards across the country, including seven TOBYs in 2023 alone for facilities in Boston, San Diego and Seattle.

Purpose-built to support innovative companies, the highly desirable campus features creative amenities, curated placemaking, and inspiring design — all intended to enhance their critical efforts to recruit and retain talent and stimulate productivity, efficiency, and success as they advance their life-changing discoveries. Amenities include ample conference and meeting spaces, an expansive courtyard, a contemporary eatery, an artisanal coffee bar and a fully equipped fitness and wellness center.

The Phelan Building • Category: Historical • Newark Knight Frank

The stately flatiron-style Phelan Building was the TOBY winner this year in the historical category, following its TOBY victory in the 250K–500K SF category in 2023. “We chose to enter the historical category to showcase some of the unique ways the building has maintained elements of its history, while growing to accommodate current needs and demands,” says Assistant Property Manager Brenna Carrick. “Sharing the building’s history with guests and visitors is one of our team’s favorite parts about working in The Phelan Building. “

The building offers an ideal solution for many tenants post pandemic, with only one tenant per floor. Tenants have created spaces that are ideal for hybrid work and collaboration. Workspaces are well designed to be used both in-person and for remote meetings.

As one of the oldest buildings in San Francisco, The Phelan Building falls into the first category under the city’s façade ordinance. Throughout 2023 the building underwent a major façade renovation to the Market Street side of the building. This entailed the restoration and replacement of the windows, window frames, terracotta masonry, and cornice detailing. “By refreshing and enhancing the building’s original exterior, this project brought new life to the building,” adds Carrick.

TOBY judges admired the “historical vibe of the building” and praised the exterior which is true to its original design. The wellmaintained common areas are also an attractive feature, with opulent interiors featuring brass doors and a lobby and stairwells constructed entirely in marble. “The Phelan Building has plans to continue to resurrect historical attributes of the building, while breathing new life into the building as it is,” adds Carrick. “Keep an eye out for more to come!”

Although the building is historic, its ENERGY STAR score and other energy-saving and sustainability measures were impressive. Newmark Knight Frank employs a director of sustainability to drive and implement ESG initiatives.

Building photos are courtesy of their management companies.

Team members – Beverly Mationg, Jose Romero, Bernadette Soubirou, Dan Tsang, Ashley Ivy, Bryan Frew, and Brannon Schmeider. The campus’s gleaming exterior.

With Appreciation to Our TOBY Judges

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Rockhill Management

Cortney Shadel


Danielle Katches

McNevin Bay Area

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Diana Hernandez

Equity Office

Ebony Horace

Cushman & Wakefield

Glenn Good

Glenn Good Group

Gloria Rojas


Gordon Ludwick

The Swig Co.

Jill Machi

Jamestown Urban Management

Kate Edstrom

Overton Moore Properties

Kelly Lynch

Overton Moore Properties

Marcell Eclevia

Township Building Services

Mary Padilla

Cushman & Wakefield

Matt Montanez


Megan Pusateri

Kilroy Realty

Ryan Snider


Santiago Marin

CIM Group

Scott Elliott

Brannan Management Co.

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The commercial real estate industry honors commercial properties with The Outstanding Building of the Year® (TOBY®) Awards at BOMA International’s annual Conference & Expo. The International TOBY Awards are the industry’s highest recognition, honoring excellence in building management and operations. Buildings first won a TOBY Award from their BOMA local association and then go on to compete at the regional level. 2024 International award winners will be announced at this years conference, held July 13-16 in Philadelphia.

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Principal Member Profile

Associate Director Paige Salazar has six teams that report to her and manage properties all over the Bay Area for CBRE, one of the largest global real estate companies. “I support these incredible teams with their asset manager relationships and help with any tenant issues that arise,” she says. In addition, she teaches two seminars each year on annual expense reconciliations and budget preparation to all CBRE team members in the Bay Area.

“Finding new hires is hard enough, but keeping employees and making them feel valued and necessary to the bigger picture is one of my favorite challenges,” Salazar says. “I try to help all my team members, as well as any of our employees, feel like they part of the process and that their voice may be heard.”

Salazar enjoys being an instructor in the CREATE program at SF State and in the Foundations of Real Estate Management course, a part of the RPA® (Real Property Administrator) designation program. “It is so fun to share ideas and property management concepts with people new to the industry. I love sharing real-world experiences that they think are funny, but are actually true.”

A 34-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, Salazar says that “the reason I have stayed in the industry is because every day is different. You never know what crazy tenant request requires you to solve a problem. Also, I have made so many close friends throughout the years with both other managers and vendors. I feel very lucky.”

Although her kids are grown, her son Charlie has Down Syndrome so she still attends a number of sports activities through Special Olympics. “I also love to cook. (I should say exercise, but really just eat and drink wine).”

“One of the joys of the industry is watching my daughter Hannah, who now works for a vendor, participate in BOMA,” Salazar says. “It fills my heart to see her in the crowd, talking to managers and vendors and being engaged in the process. Who would have thought it!”

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Making repaint projects seamless from start to finish is the goal for Dunn-Edwards Paints Property Service Representative Daniela Franco. Color consultations, customized product recommendations and coordinating job walks with third-party contractors to provide bids for the desired scope of work are all in a day’s work.

“With an expertise in commercial, multi-family, and HOA repaint projects, coupled with a deep knowledge of products and color selection, I strive to be a valuable resource to BOMA members,” Franco says. “We want our customers to get the most out of their investment, giving them more years of vibrant, beautiful paint each time. Dunn-Edwards paints offer superior performance, meaning that they require less paint per application and offer a longer service life before re-application — maximizing environmental benefits and saving money. I take immense pride in seeing the transformed properties I’ve helped beautify in and around San Francisco.”

“People are increasingly concerned with how we care for our shared environment and how it relates to our quality of life. Dunn-Edwards strives to be green — by design — in our principles, practices, products, and people,” she adds. “Our LEED-Gold certified paint manufacturing facility in Phoenix is the first and only quality-control laboratory and plant in the coatings industry to achieve this coveted distinction.”

At BOMA SF, Franco has been on the Events Committee for two years and looks forward to serving on the new Events & Education Committee this year. “At most BOMA events, you can find me the registration desk or driving the golf-cart around at the annual golf tournament,” she says. “This year, I volunteered to take the lead for BOMA at the Ballpark event. Being involved in BOMA has fully immersed me in a wonderful network of talented individuals — from commercial real estate professionals to fellow vendor industry professionals.”

Off hours Franco volunteers at the SF-Marin Food Bank and delivers groceries to homes every Saturday morning. She adds that “family time is important — especially in the kitchen as we cook together. Mangia mangia! And, as a first-generation Italian American and a native of San Francisco, I got you covered. I know a guy for whatever you need.”

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Court Decisions Loom Large on Future of San Francisco

While the biggest developments in government affairs this year will occur in November at the ballot box, two interesting court cases are already kicking off 2024 with a bang. The cases — one challenging a local natural gas ban and one on challenging restrictions on homelessness anti-camping laws — will have big implications for the future of both policy issues in cities across the nation.

Natural Gas Ban Update

In the case of decarbonization, the case might be settled. In California Restaurant Association v. City of Berkeley, Berkeley — like many other cities across the country — instituted a ban on natural gas in new commercial buildings starting in 2019. Since then, more than 70 other U.S. cities have done the same.

Importantly, however, Berkeley’s law did not provide exemptions for cooking nor did it cite health and safety concerns as a reason for the law. The California Restaurant Association filed a challenge to the law, arguing that this issue is preempted by the federal 1975 Energy Policy & Conservation Act (EPCA), which sets federally mandated minimum efficiency standards to consumer products and industrial equipment. After an initial Northern District ruling in favor of Berkeley, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling overturning the lower court’s decision and nullifying Berkeley’s ban.

It remains to be seen whether Berkeley will ask the Supreme Court to hear the case, but the ruling has interesting implications on natural gas bans with so many other cities having similar legislation. It should be noted, however, that other cities such as San Francisco provide specific exemptions and are attempting to regulate on public health and air pollution challenges, not just with the goal of compensatory electrification.

Supreme Court Ruling on Homelessness

On the issue of homelessness, the Supreme Court will make a ruling this summer on a critical debate about whether anti-camping homelessness legislation constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The case Grants Pass v. Johnson is one of a handful of 9th Circuit lawsuits that have inhibited anti-camping enforcement across the West Coast. In San Francisco, a district court issued an injunction last summer restricting encampment sweeps under the premise that clearing encampments without adequate shelter beds constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. These rulings have stifled local governments’ ability to maintain street conditions and to compel individuals who refuse shelter beds to leave their encampments. Both Mayor London Breed and Governor Gavin Newsom lobbied for the Supreme Court to agree to hear the case.

These court cases underscore issues that have caused clear public frustration with voters, particularly in the case of unsheltered homelessness. While the courts might issue favorable decisions in the near term, in November voters will choose new legislators with unsheltered homelessness, burdensome regulations, and an expensive tax environment on their minds. n

To learn more about government affairs issues and BOMA’s advocacy efforts, reach out to David Harrison at



Gracing San Francisco’s downtown with elegance and charm, our many landmark buildings add immense character to the city. BOMA San Francisco seeks to celebrate and educate members about these historic assets with information sharing and building tours led by the Codes & Regulations (C&R) Committee.

“We’re very fortunate to be surrounded by so many examples of thoughtfully preserved buildings,” says Riley Wilhite, CBRE Associate Director, who chairs the committee’s historic buildings efforts. “One iconic example is 140 New Montgomery, an Art Deco beauty.”

Constructed as the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company headquarters, a subsidiary of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T), the soaring 26-story building was completed in1925. Art Deco epitomized modernity and the rise of new technologies. Construction of this building was a testament to the success of the telecommunications industry in the 1920s. It became known as the “Telephone Building” to locals.

One of the first skyscrapers in San Francisco, 140 New Montgomery was the tallest building in the city at the time of completion. It stands at 460 feet to the top of spire which is an impressive sight dominating the city’s skyline. The interior is just as

grand, featuring marble floors, ornate chandeliers, and wood paneling.

The iconic masterpiece was designed by J.R. Miller and Timothy Pflueger, architects known for their elegant and innovative designs. The exterior is characterized by a striking terracotta façade with intricate carvings and geometric patterns emblematic of the Art Deco era.

The 1920s was a decade of great prosperity and rapid development in San Francisco, a hub of culture, entertainment and innovation. 140 New Montgomery reflects that spirit. It remains a prominent landmark and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. In the decades that followed, 140 New Montgomery has undergone several renovations. Currently the building is owned by Pembroke, a global real estate company. “This Art Deco treasure celebrates forward thinking through its design,” says Stacey Spurr, Regional Director for Pembroke. “How appropriate that 140 Montgomery is the current work place for many leaders in technology and venture capital.”

In addition to offices, this mixeduse building is home to retail space and a restaurant. The management team at CBRE is proud to manage this majestic property that balances preserving its rich past while modernizing it through offering the latest in tenant amenities.

Thanks to Riley Wilhite for contributing to the article. To learn more about BOMA’s C&R Committee and its historic buildings focus and activities, contact him at

Top photo: 140 New Montgomery exterior. Photo credit: Jeff Peters, Vantage Point Photography. Lower photo: elegant lobby preserves building’s historic details. Photo credit: Henrik Kam, Henrik Kam Photography.

on the Move Members

Henry Battles was recently promoted to Assistant Project Manager at Skyline Construction, following his instrumental contributions as the lead Project Engineer for the successful IKEA store project at 945 Market Street. He now leverages his construction expertise to support various projects within Skyline’s 945 Market Street portfolio, with a keen focus on the completion of the new Livat Meeting Place this year. In addition to his accomplishments, Henry is a proud alum of the CREATE program, showcasing his commitment to professional growth.

Ana Duffy was promoted to Director of Sustainability for Hudson Pacific Properties. She manages the Better BlueprintTM sustainability platform for HPP’s 15M square-foot office portfolio. Responsibilities include utility data management, tracking progress against sustainability targets, and investor reporting like GRESB and CDP, employee/tenant engagement. For the third year in a row, she is chairing the BOMA SF Government Affairs Policy Advisory Committee and has enjoyed getting more involved in local policy and politics.

Jim Gordon has joined Kastle Systems as Business Development Manager. He brings more than a decade of experience in the commercial real estate sector including a former stint with the company. Kastle offers a variety of services such as access control, video surveillance, and visitor management. He looks forward to meeting members at networking events.

Katherine Mendoza joins the CBRE team as Senior Real Estate Manager and will be overseeing part of Uber Technologies San Francisco Headquarters located in Mission Bay. In one of the most notable transactions in the city in 2023, OpenAI signed a deal with Uber last summer to occupy 486,600 square feet of the ride-share company’s campus. Katherine serves on BOMA San Francisco Board of Directors.

Elaine Moal joined Peacock Construction as Director of Business Development & Marketing in the San Francisco office and Lafayette headquarters. In this newly created role, she will be responsible for defining marketing strategies and executing business growth initiatives by actively engaging with new and repeat clients in the capital improvements, interiors, health care and life sciences sectors.

Kim Petroff was named Senior Account Manager at Bay Area Stone, a leading commercial stone, metal and wood restoration company. Bay Area Stone also announced the introduction of a sister company, Come Clean Maintenance, which offers comprehensive building and facility maintenance services. Kim serves on the BOMA SF Events & Education Committee.

Lillie Rose recently joined Lincoln Property Company as a Property Administrator following the acquisition of NorthPark. She brings two and a half years of dedicated service to the property and played a pivotal role in easing the transition for the tenants, vendors and new property team. She is excited to enhance her skills and industry knowledge with this role. Lillie is an active member of the BOMA SF Emerging Professionals Committee.

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Colin Shinners, BOMA SF Immediate Past President, has joined Prado Group as Senior Vice President. He leads the asset management team and collaborates closely with its senior leadership team to develop and implement asset strategies that drive performance of Prado’s investments. Prior to joining Prado, Colin spent nearly a decade at Vanbarton Group, where he effectively managed their West Coast division.

His responsibilities included overseeing acquisition, asset management, and construction management for a significant office and multifamily portfolio spanning multiple cities. He played a central role in establishing and developing Vanbarton Group’s West Coast office. Colin received a BS in Accounting from Binghamton University and MS in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

Dan Hirsch and his team at Wireless Voice & Data are proud to celebrate their 30th year in business. The San Francisco–based company is a full-service radio systems integrator. Its services include: design, licensing, installation and maintenance of two-way radio networks, emergency radio responder communications systems (ERRCS) and push-to-talk over cellular dispatch solutions. Wireless Voice & Data is also pleased to offer BOMA Net to local building managers. BOMA Net is a complimentary service that connects properties across the City on a common radio channel during emergency or critical events. At BOMA, Dan serves on the Life Safety & Security Committee which addresses both daily challenges and emergency preparedness.

Shawn Leamy, Chief Engineer at 201 Spear Street, a Cushman & Wakefieldmanaged property, completed 40 years of service. He was honored at a ceremony at which he received his 40-year pin from Bart Florence, Business Manager for the IUOE Stationary Engineers, Local 39. Employed by Metro Services Group, an active BOMA member company, Shawn worked his way up the ranks, becoming a Chief Engineer 22 year ago. “I was very fortunate to start this journey at The Stanford Court Hotel, the only 5-Star Hotel in the City at the time. I later worked for Bob Lurie, owner of the San Francisco Giants, helping to maintain seven San Francisco office buildings.” He was also on engineering teams at 199 Fremont, the Hotel Nikko and Jack London Square. (Left: Shawn Leamy receives his 40-year pin from Bart Florence.)

This spring BOMA member company Rossi Builders marks a major milestone — its 90th anniversary. “Since my grandfather founded the company in 1934, we’ve been proud to be a part of building San Francisco,” says President Craig Rossi. Rossi Builders’ logo incorporates one of its most famous projects: construction of 140 Maiden Lane. The only Frank Lloyd Wright designed building in San Francisco, this architectural gem is noted for its archway and interior spiral ramp, a model for the one in the Guggenheim Museum.

Rossi Builders continues to innovate. The family-owned firm specializes in tenant improvements/office amenities, life science, healthcare, tech, education, retail, office, and industrial. “Because our business focuses on people, we build more than just buildings: we build relationships,” adds Rossi. “Relationships form the core of our business — whether it’s with clients, individual contractors, or businesses in our community. Rossi Builders was founded on the philosophy of putting people first and focusing on business relationships — and not much has changed in 90 years.”

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BOMA Advocates for CRE on Capitol Hill

BOMA SF members traveled to the nation’s capital for BOMA International’s Winter Business Meeting in January to share ideas and to advocate for our industry. Committee meetings dealt with government affairs, workforce development, codes and regulations, emergency prepared ness and association management.

Members heard a keynote address from Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, who discussed the ongoing legislative efforts surrounding immigration and foreign aid as well as the 2024 presidential election.

A conference highlight was meeting with Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi. BOMA SF and BOMA International representatives presented her with BOMA International’s Lifetime Legislator Award. “She was warm and engaging, sharing our concerns about the return to the office, downtown businesses, and the drug crisis,” says Glenn Good, Glenn Good Group. “It was the thrill of a lifetime.”

BOMA SF members also met with Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and Rep. Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) and Rep. Mike Levin (D-Carlsbad).

San Francisco members sought co-sponsors for H.R. 1491, the Small Business Energy Loan Enhancement Act. This important legislation would nearly double the SBA’s loan program for energy efficiency upgrades in commercial buildings to $10 million.

BOMA SF Staff Update

David Harrison was promoted to Associate Director, Advocacy for BOMA San Francisco. David joined BOMA in 2021 as Manager of Government and Public Affairs. He spearheads BOMA’s advocacy efforts and is staff liaison for the Energy, Sustainability and Resiliency Committee; the Government Affairs and Policy Advisory Committee (GAPAC); Codes & Regulations; and the BOMA–SF–PAC.

Above: Eugene Robinson, Washington Post, with Shayna Eskew, chair of BOMA International’s Federal and State Legislative Committee.

EP Committee Plans Full Line-Up of Events and Programs

Calling all BOMA Emerging Professionals... get ready for a full line-up of educational programs and networking events in the coming year! The BOMA SF Emerging Professionals Committee (EP Committee) has an ambitious agenda of programs tailored to members who are in the early phase of their careers. “2024 is going to be eventful and impactful,” says Committee Chair Brandon Lee, Assistant Property Manager, JLL. “We’re so thankful for the enthusiastic involvement and support of our committee members and sponsors.”

The committee held its Back to BOMA Kickoff Mixer on February 22. “We know how important it is to make a good impression on Linkedin and social media, so we arranged for Nathan Sills Photography to offer complimentary headshots to attendees. Stay tuned for some photos from the event in the next BOMA Views!”

We are grateful to our mixer sponsors — ABM, EMCOR Services Mesa Energy and Metro Services Group. And thank you to Hines’ 101 Second Street team, especially Cait Spitek, for hosting our mixer

in their beautiful atrium, which is a great POPOS (Privately Owned Public Open Space) if you’re looking for a place to enjoy lunch or get some work done outside the office.

The EP Committee is also organizing the first Career Success Workshop (CSW) and Tour & Toast event of the year. “We’re planning a follow-up to last year’s popular CSW on the building envelope,” says Lee. “For the next Tour & Toast, we’re arranging a tour of one of this year’s TOBY award-winning buildings. This will be a great opportunity to go behind the scenes of an outstanding building of the year and learn from the successful management team.”

In addition, EP Committee members continue to give back to the community. A group will be volunteering at the San Francisco Marin Food Bank to help families in need. Thanks to Tory Ramirez, Shorenstein Realty Services, head of the committee’s community outreach subcommittee, for coordinating and planning our volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

A BOMA Home for Early-Career Members

Are you new to the industry? The EP Committee is the perfect home within BOMA for you. Hear it from our members.

Property Associate Rachel George, JLL, says: “My involvement with the EP Committee has been valuable in my career. I have had the chance to collaborate with other professionals to plan and execute networking events and community outreach opportunities.”

“Joining the EP Committee has been the highlight of my first year in the industry,” says Siena Martinucci, who works in technical sales support for GarrattCallahan. “As a vendor, it has given me the opportunity to connect with property managers, other vendors, and foster relationships with engineers I currently work with. Now embarking on my second year in EP, I have really noticed a difference in the number of people I know in the industry. I have grown my professional network and have been lucky enough to make amazing friends along the way!”

The EP Committee plans and executes networking and educational programs and events, while encouraging emerging commercial real estate professionals (0-5 years of experience) to participate and expand their knowledge and network. Contact Committee Chair Lee (Brandon. to learn more and watch the BOMA SF Weekly for event updates and registration information.

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leaders, ensuring the industry remains resilient, innovative and ready for challenges that lie ahead. Early on, I was fortunate to have exceptional mentors who were not only my seniors but also my peers, creating a diverse and enriching learning environment. Their wealth of experience and willingness to share insights significantly accelerated my learning curve. My involvement in BOMA opened doors to a network of industry experts who were instrumental in honing my skills. Learning from both seasoned professionals and my peers has not only advanced my career growth, but has also instilled in me a commitment to paying it forward.

The talent drought affects us all — owners, managers and vendors. Let’s work together to develop next-gen leaders. I encourage you to share your knowledge through BOMA and CREATE. You can learn more about CREATE’s programs at n

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Embracing Diversity and Fostering Inclusion

Creating a Clear Vision for DEIB Practices

At BOMA San Francisco we recognize that diversity is not just about representation — it’s about embracing the unique perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that each of us brings to the table. Committed to being a resource to BOMA members and their organizations, the DEI Committee provides guidance on building workplaces that value and celebrate diversity, promote equity and foster a culture of inclusion

“We’ve added to our mission a new emphasis on belonging,” says Committee Chair Ebony Horace, noting that a diverse and inclusive workplace is not enough if employees don’t feel like they belong and are valued within the company culture.

We’re excited to share the latest developments in our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) efforts. Belonging initiatives for 2024 will focus on understanding the importance of DEIB, enhancing cultural competency, and creating workplaces where employees can bring their authentic selves to work.

Social Media and Tools & Resources

The committee is sourcing resources to post on the BOMA San Francisco website. We encourage members to contribute sharable resources by contacting our committee leaders. Resources can include periodicals, webinars, books, local events, policies and procedures and information on potential speakers.

“Diversity is a fact. Equity is a choice. Inclusion is an action. Belonging is an outcome.”
— Arthur Chan, DEI strategist

DEI Committee programs provide a safe space for members to connect, share experiences and work toward DEIB goals. We are dedicated to promoting awareness, fostering dialogue, and driving meaningful change to ensure equal opportunities and representation. Here’s a snapshot of what’s coming up in the first part of the year:

Upcoming Events & Webinars

June 2: Candid Conversation Series – Understanding the Importance of Allyship.

October 3: DEI Social

Stay tuned for additional programs for 2024!

To acknowledge significant upcoming holidays, BOMA San Francisco will be sharing posts on social media on International Women’s Day, Holi, and Transgender Day of Visibility. Our DEIB journey will be ongoing, and we’re excited about the positive changes it will bring to BOMA. Thank you for being an integral part of this journey. We invite each of you to actively participate, share your thoughts, and contribute to our success. Let’s continue working together to create workplaces where everyone feels seen, heard and valued.

If you would like to learn more about the DEI Committee or get involved, please contact committee leaders Ebony Horace (, Danielle Katches ( or Angela Arnett (

Learn more about DEI on the new DEI Resources Page on the BOMA San Francisco website under Resources ( resources/dei).

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Holiday Extravaganza Shines

BOMA’s Hollywood-themed Holiday Extravaganza dazzled our glamorous guests who arrived to a red carpet and glitzy decor in the atrium of the Rincon Center. Members gathered to celebrate and to contribute to the SF Firefighters Toy Program. BOMA SF is the largest donor to the program. Special thanks to all of our sponsors and to Hudson Pacific Properties for opening up the space and sharing it with the BOMA community.

Tony Nguyen, Lily Huang, Joseph Rosenmayer, and Siobhan Vignoles, all with The Swig Company. David Henry, Jose Gonzalez Rodriguez, Cynthia Chavez, and Jose Buenrostro, all with ABM. Candace Dorsey, Craig Rossi, and Eric Strouse, all with Rossi Builders. Right: BOMA members gather under the bright lights to network and usher in the holiday season. Jose Sabino, First Onsite; Oanh Le, Beacon Commercial Owners Association; and Do Cao, Bay City Mechanical. Fred Kalbrosky, WAXIE; Diana Hernandez, EQ Office; Sophia Pagan, EQ Office; and Lillie Rose, Lincoln Property Company. Kimberly Umali, Sarah MacIntyre, Mayumi Castillo, and Yvette Montoya, all with CBRE. Jonah Koerner, Hudson Pacific Properties; Grace Raisin, Shorenstein Realty Services; and Rachel George, JLL.

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in the committee structure to best fit the future needs of the association.

First, the Historic Buildings Committee was combined with the Codes & Regulations Committee to become one. Similarly, the Education Committee was combined with the Events Committee. The Careers Committee was moved to be under the direction of CREATE. In addition, two new committees were created: Scholarship and Philanthropy, and Membership. The task force also recommended several names changes: Energy and Environment is now Energy, Sustainability & Resiliency, and the Emergency Preparedness Committee is now called the Life Safety & Security Committee.

BOMA San Francisco membership comes with many opportunities to enhance your career. Your membership affords you unparalleled advocacy at all levels of government, advanced educational opportunities for continued learning, incredible social and networking events and much more. One of our most underutilized — yet most rewarding — opportunities is leadership training that you can gain by getting involved in any one of our eight open committees.

Last year BOMA’s Board of Directors authorized forming a task force to review the current committee structure and to determine if changes were needed. Led by Incoming President Cortney Shadel of Transwestern, the task force met with current and former committee chairs and vice chairs, board liaisons and staff to ascertain how the committees were functioning and to make recommendations for improvement.

It became clear that our committees were already operating at a high level and creating incredible value for our members, but that adjustments were necessary

The task force also determined that the association needed to offer more leadership training to our committee chairs and vice chairs. To assist, we recently held a training and leadership event where attendees learned about how to run a meeting, Roberts Rules of Order, and the different roles and responsibilities of running a committee.

Committee involvement provides you countless benefits and opportunities to challenge yourself and to make a difference. Interested in getting involved? It has never been easier! As a BOMA member, you are encouraged to attend as many committee meetings as you like. Our hope is that once you find a committee where you hold a passion or interest, you will join the committee as an official member. A list of committee meetings is on our website. To learn more about attending, please reach out to the staff liaison or committee chair and express your interest.

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