Building owners and managers from across the country came together Wednesday night in Calgary to honour the best practices at the annual BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) Canada National Awards Gala.
The event, which was part of the BOMEX 2018 conference, celebrated the achievements of owners and managers as shining examples of what the commercial real estate industry is capable of achieving.
“To be a member of BOMA is because your goal is to always get better. Get the most information, the greatest information on how to better manage your building,” said Anne Marie Guèvremont, president of BOMA Canada, who is also with GWL Realty Advisors Inc. in Montreal. “Don’t forget, we work for our investors, our stakeholders, so they want the best value for their asset.
“You want to increase the value of your asset. So the better you manage it, the better you take care of your energy management, the better you take care of your customers, that means you’re going to sign your lease again and you’re not going to have go through vacancy. It’s just the recognition by our peers in our industry.”
Guèvremont said the national awards, which have been held for more than two decades, exist to recognize excellence for management teams that worked together to bring buildings up to a certain standard of quality.
“You’ve got your leasing team, your green team, your operational team, your management team. And then we have to go through everything in our building and we want it to be the best possible operational level that we can do,” she said. “It’s being recognized by your peers that you are an exceptional building. All finalists are exceptional buildings. The teams have managed these buildings in an exceptional operational manner.”
The national winners are now eligible to compete for the international awards which will be held in June.
This year’s BOMEX 2018 – the 28th annual conference for commercial real estate professionals – had its theme as Embracing Change in the ever-changing industry landscape. The national winners are:
BOMA TOBY Awards
The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards salutes the stars of the commercial real estate industry, recognizing quality in commercial real estate buildings and excellence in building management. Judging is based on building standards, community impact, tenant relations, energy conservation, environmental, regulatory and sustainability practices, emergency preparedness and security standards, and the training of building personnel.
Over one million square feet: Southcore Financial Centre, 18 York Street & 120 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto; owned by British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC); managed by QuadReal Property Group.
Medical office building: Cochrane Community Health Centre, 60 Grande Boulevard, Cochrane, Alta.; owned by Grand Central Health Inc.; managed by Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP.
The Earth Awards are BOMA Canada’s recognition of excellence in resource preservation and environmentally sound commercial building management and are presented for buildings at which significant efforts have been made to address environmental issues faced by both older and newer buildings:
Suburban office park – mid rise: Aerocentre, 5500, 5520, 5550-5570, 5560, 5580, 5600 Explorer Drive, Mississauga; owned by Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) Realty Inc.; managed by Menkes Property Management Services Ltd.
Retail building: Seton Gateway, 19489 Seton Cres. SE, Calgary; owned by First Capital Realty Inc.; managed by FCR Management Services LP.
Net Zero Challenge Awards
BOMA Canada’s Net Zero Challenge Awards, supported by Natural Resources Canada and sponsored by Bullfrog Power, recognize the leadership of buildings which demonstrate significant progress along the path toward net-zero energy usage and/or carbon emissions:
Most improved: 4711 Yonge Street, Toronto; owned by Marisa Construction Limited; managed by Menkes Property Management Services Ltd.
Innovation – universal: Earth Rangers Centre For Sustainable Technology, 9520 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, Ont.; owned and managed by Earth Rangers Foundation.
BOMA Canada’s Pinnacle Awards recognize organizations and industry service providers that represent a standard of excellence to which all BOMA members and their employees should aspire. The Pinnacle Awards recognize innovation, teamwork, outstanding service and commitment to clients:
Above and beyond: B.G.E. Service & Supply Ltd. (The Filter Shop), Edmonton.
Innovation: KRP Properties, Ottawa.
Chairman’s, scholarship awards
BOMA Canada’s Chairman’s Award is bestowed for longstanding leadership and outstanding commitment to the success of BOMA in Canada and the commercial real estate industry:
Chairman’s Award: Randal Froebelius, President, Equity ICI Real Estate Services, Toronto.
Vyetta Sunderland Scholarship Award: Omar Jesus Montes Casanas, Board of Government at Exhibition Place, Toronto.