BOMA International’s TOBY Awards honor excellence in commercial real estate management and operations
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by Brianna Crandall — July 20, 2012—The commercial real estate industry honored 15 commercial properties with The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award recently at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International’s annual conference, held in June in Seattle, Washington.

The TOBY winners were recognized for excellence in office building management and operations in specific categories of building size or type. To win the international award, the office buildings first won both local and regional competitions. Judging was based on community impact, tenant/employee relations programs, energy management systems, accessibility for disabled people, emergency evacuation procedures, building personnel training programs and overall quality indicators. A team of expert industry professionals also conducted a comprehensive building inspection.

The categories and winners of the 2012 TOBY Awards are:

  • Corporate Facility: 575 5th Avenue, New York, NY; managed by Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.; owned by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
  • Earth: USAA Phoenix Campus, Phoenix, AZ; owned and managed by USAA
  • Government Building: San Francisco Federal Building, San Francisco, CA; owned and managed by the U.S. General Services Administration
  • Historical Building: The Rookery, Chicago, IL; managed by the Buck Management Group LLC; owned by The Rookery, LP
  • Industrial Office Park: Turnpike Distribution Center, Dallas, TX; managed by Holt Lunsford Commercial, Inc.; owned by Principal Real Estate Investors, LLC
  • Medical Office Building: Piedmont West Medical Office Park, Atlanta, GA; managed by Cassidy Turley; owned by Carter H.M. MOB I, LLC
  • Renovated Building: Jamboree Center, Irvine, CA; owned and managed by Irvine Company
  • Suburban Office Park Low-Rise: San Gabriel Valley Corporate Campus, Irwindale, CA; managed by CBRE; owned by MetLife Real Estate Investments
  • Suburban Office Park Mid-Rise: Waterway Plaza I & II, The Woodlands, TX; managed by Daymark Realty Advisors, Inc.; owned by NNN Waterway Plaza, LLC
  • Under 100,000 Square Feet: Rochelle Park, Irving, TX; managed by Parmenter Realty Partners; owned by Parmenter Rochelle Park, LP
  • 100,000 to 249,999 Square Feet: 200 Kimball Drive, Fairfield, NJ, and URS Center, Denver, CO; 200 Kimball Drive is managed by Grubb & Ellis Management Services and owned by 200 Kimball Drive, LLC. URS Center is managed by Westcore Properties and owned by Westcore Carson Tufts, LLC, Westcore Orchard Tufts, LLC, and Westcore Vasona Tufts, LLC.
  • 250,000 to 499,999 Square Feet: 1625 Eye Street, Washington, DC; owned and managed by Brookfield Office Properties
  • 500,000 to One Million Square Feet: Georgia Power Headquarters, Atlanta, GA; managed by Cassidy Turley; owned by Georgia Power
  • Over One Million Square Feet: Hyatt Center, Chicago, IL; managed by Jones Long LaSalle; owned by Irvine Company

The TOBY Awards are sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Professional, global provider of professional health and hygiene solutions including such brands as Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, Kimtech and Jackson Safety.

BOMA International is an international federation founded in 1907 of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations, with 16,500-plus members who own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties.