Five commercial real estate professionals accepted Gold Circle Awards and five downtown Chicago office properties received The Outstanding Building of the Year” (TOBY) Awards from the Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago (BOMA/Chicago) at an awards gala last night in the historic Great Hall at Union Station.

Now in its fourth year, BOMA/Chicago’s Gold Circle Awards honor individual excellence within Chicago’s commercial real estate community in five categories: property manager, building engineer, security professional, emerging leader and Affiliate member. Winners were selected based on professional accomplishments, involvement in BOMA/Chicago and impact on Chicago’s commercial real estate community.

“With their commitment to the commercial real estate industry, this year’s Gold Circle Award recipients truly embody BOMA/Chicago’s mission,” said Michael Cornicelli, executive vice president of BOMA/Chicago. “Our members’ contributions to Chicago’s world-class buildings are vital in making them one of the key economic growth drivers in Chicago’s Central Business District.”

300 South Riverside Plaza

300 South Riverside Plaza, managed by Means Knaus Partners and owned by South Riverside Building, LLC, won the BOMA/Chicago TOBY Award in the Over One Million Square Feet Category.

The 2012-2013 Gold Circle Award winners are:

  • Property Management Professional of the Year: Susan Hammer, RPA, LEED Green Associate, property manager of 330 North Wabash Avenue, a Riverview Realty Partners-managed property. Hammer is currently drafting a new BOMI Sustainability Certification course, chairs the BOMA/Chicago Education Committee, teaches classes in property management and volunteers as a judge for the local, Regional and International TOBY Awards.
  • Building Engineer of the Year: John McDonagh, chief engineer of the 515 North State Street Building, a U.S. Equities Realty, LLC-managed property. McDonagh has unique engineering experience in blending existing operations with newly-designed MEP systems, including construction coordination, punch lists, collection of construction information and project management.
  • Emerging Leader of the Year: Lucas Schlemmer, RPA, LEED Green Associate, assistant property manager of CME Center, a Tishman Speyer-managed property. Schlemmer is chairman of BOMA/Chicago’s Emerging Leaders Subcommittee and oversees exterior building renovations, elevator modernizations and build-outs at the CME Center.
  • Affiliate Member of the Year: James Taff, chief executive officer, Premier Security Corporation, a provider of contract security officer programs for properties throughout metropolitan Chicago. Taff played an integral role during the NATO Summit last spring, where he diligently monitored 35 client sites and regularly communicated vital updates to all of locations.
  • Security Professional of the Year: Ed Caspers, operations manager, Behringer Harvard. Caspers helped BOMA/Chicago members prepare for the NATO Summit held in Chicago last spring by participating in panel discussions, facilitating two Open Security meetings, arranging Department of Homeland Security training sessions and developing communications materials for members about life safety best practices.

[pullquote]The TOBY Award winners are among the most-coveted assets in the nation and raise the bar for the global commercial real estate industry.

~George Kohl, president of BOMA/Chicago

[/pullquote]BOMA/Chicago recognized excellence in office building management with the TOBY Awards. Categorized by building size and facility type, the 2012-2013 TOBY Award nominees were judged on tenant relations initiatives, commitment to environmental sustainability, emergency preparedness, budgeting, work order systems, security standards, staff experience and continuing education opportunities.

The following buildings earned 2012-2013 TOBY Awards:

  • 250,000 – 499,999 Square Feet Category: 303 West Madison Street, managed by CBRE and owned by 303 Madison Chicago, LLC.
  • 500,000 – One Million Square Feet Category: 191 North Wacker Drive, managed by Manulife Real Estate and owned by Manulife Financial.
  • Over One Million Square Feet Category: 300 South Riverside Plaza, managed by Means Knaus Partners and owned by South Riverside Building, LLC.
  • Earth Award Category: 515 North State Street, managed by U.S. Equities Realty and owned by UBS.
  • Historical Building Category: The LaSalle Wacker, managed by MB Real Estate Services and owned by 221 North LaSalle Partners, LLC.

“The 2012-2013 TOBY Award honorees excel in all aspects of property management, from tenant relations to emergency preparedness, and demonstrate why BOMA/Chicago’s member buildings have some of the best property management teams in the industry,” said George Kohl, president of BOMA/Chicago. “The TOBY Award winners are among the most-coveted assets in the nation and raise the bar for the global commercial real estate industry,” Kohl added.

BOMA/Chicago’s TOBY Award winners will be invited to participate in the North Central Regional TOBY competition, where they will compete against TOBY Award winners from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. Regional winners qualify for the BOMA International TOBY Awards, one of the highest honors in the commercial real estate industry. Last year, BOMA/Chicago building members received two International TOBY Awards: Hyatt Center won the Over 1 Million Square Feet category and The Rookery won the Historical Building category.

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