BOMA Canada holds virtual gala for 2020 award winners

IMAGE: 700 University in Toronto is the 2020 BOMA TOBY award winner for buildings over one million square feet. (Courtesy BOMA)

700 University in Toronto is the 2020 BOMA TOBY award winner for buildings over one million square feet. (Courtesy BOMA)

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada’s annual BOMEX conference and convention had to be held virtually for the first time this year due to COVID-19 precautions.

That meant BOMA’s awards couldn’t be handed out in person, either. There were still buildings and people deserving of being honoured, however, so this year’s Oct. 29 awards gala also became a virtual event with the normal slate of winners.

The Chair’s Award is presented to individuals who make valuable and long-lasting contributions to BOMA and support the organization in a meaningful way. Don Fairgrieve-Park, executive vice-president of operational excellence for QuadReal Property Group, received this year’s honour.

The BOMA Canada Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Challenge Award recognizes the highest-scoring BOMA member building to be rated for accessibility using the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program. Calgary’s East Calgary Health Centre, managed by BentallGreenOak and owned by Beacon Hills Apartment Ltd., received this year’s highest score.

TOBY Award winners

The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards recognize specific categories of building size or type. Judging is based on: building standards; community impact; tenant relations; energy conservation; environmental, regulatory, sustainability, emergency preparedness and security standards; and the training of building personnel.

The 2020 TOBY winners were:

Under 100,000 Square Feet: 1669 East Broadway, located in Vancouver, and managed and owned by Wesgroup Properties;

100,000 to 249,999 Square Feet: 235 Yorkland Blvd., located in North York, Ont., managed by Northam Realty Advisors Limited and owned by 235 Investment Limited;

250,000 to 499,999 Square Feet: 745 Thurlow, located in Vancouver, managed by QuadReal Property Group and owned by 2748355 Canada Inc. and 745 Thurlow Street Holdings Inc.;

500,000 to One Million Square Feet: Park Place, located at 666 Burrard St. in Vancouver, managed by QuadReal Property Group and owned by 1672 Holdings Ltd.;

Over One Million Square Feet: 700 University, located in Toronto, managed by Triovest Realty Advisors Inc. and owned by 700 University Inc.;

Corporate Facility: 287 Nelson’s Court, located in New Westminster, B.C., managed by Wesgroup Properties and owned by Brewery District 1 LP;

Historical: Queen’s Quay Terminal, located at 207 Queens Quay W. in Toronto, managed by Northam Realty Advisors Limited and owned by Northam CCPF II Tenco (QQT) Limited and 10954594 Canada Inc.;

Industrial Building: Vantage Business Park, located at 145 Street and 116 Avenue in Edmonton, managed by Nearctic Property Group and owned by Nearctic Development Corporation Ltd.;

Medical Office Building: 1128 Hornby (Three Bridges Community Health Centre), located in Vancouver and managed and owned by Wesgroup Properties;

Public Assembly: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre, located on Highway 785 near Fort Macleod, Alta., and managed and owned by Alberta Infrastructure;

Renovated Building: 25 Watline Ave., located in Mississauga, managed by BentallGreenOak and owned by Nicola Wealth Management Ltd.;

Retail Building – Enclosed Under One Million Square Feet: 10 Dundas East, located in Toronto, managed by BentallGreenOak and owned by Prime;

Retail Building – Open Air: Shops of Oakville South, located at 461 Cornwall Rd. in Oakville, managed by FCR Management Services LP and owned by Shops of Oakville South Inc.;

Suburban Office Park – Low Rise: 1-8 Prologis Boulevard, located in Mississauga, managed by Triovest Realty Advisors Inc. and owned by Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan Realty Inc.;

Suburban Office Park – Mid Rise: SouthCreek Corporate Centre, located at 55 Commerce Valley Dr. in Markham, managed by Northam Realty Advisors Limited and owned by Northam CCPF Tenco (Commerce Valley Drive) Ltd. and LaSalle Investment Management.

Earth Award winners

IMAGE: Calgary’s East Calgary Health Centre, managed by BentallGreenOak and owned by Beacon Hills Apartment Ltd., took the 2020 BOMA Canada Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Challenge Award. (Courtesy BOMA)

Calgary’s East Calgary Health Centre, managed by BentallGreenOak and owned by Beacon Hills Apartment Ltd., took the 2020 BOMA Canada Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Challenge Award. (Courtesy BOMA)

BOMA Canada’s National Earth Awards recognize excellence in resource preservation and environmentally sound commercial building management.

This year’s recipients were:

Office: 205 Quarry Park Blvd., located in Calgary, managed by Epic Investment Services (Alberta) Inc. and owned by 205 Quarry Park GP Ltd.;

Universal: Forensics Services and Coroner’s Complex, located at 25 Morton Shulman Ave. in North York, managed by Dexterra and owned by Infrastructure Ontario.

Net Zero Challenge Award winners

BOMA Canada’s Net Zero Challenge Awards recognize the leadership of owners/managers, developers and architects of buildings that demonstrate significant progress along the path towards net‐zero energy and/or carbon.

This year’s winners were:

Best In Class: Mississauga Gateway Centre, located in Mississauga, managed by Triovest Realty Advisors and owned by Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan Realty Inc.;

Most Improved: Royal Centre, located at 1055 W. Georgia St. in Vancouver, managed by Warrington PCI Management and owned by Royal Centre (KREC) Inc.;

Innovation: Sun Life Financial Centre, located at 99 Bank and 50 O’Connor Streets in Ottawa, managed by BentallGreenOak and owned by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada and BK Prime Ontario 1LP.

Pinnacle Award winners

BOMA Canada Pinnacle Awards recognize role model companies that demonstrate standards of excellence to which all BOMA members and their employees should aspire to.

This year’s recipients were:

Above & Beyond: Matco Moving Solutions in Edmonton;

Customer Service: Pinchin Ltd. in Calgary;

Innovation: Paladin Security Group Ltd. in Edmonton City Centre.



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