The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada honoured the winners of its 2014 national awards on Sept. 11 as part of BOMEX 2014 at Winnipeg’s Fort Garry Hotel.
The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards are the most prestigious and comprehensive program of their kind in the commercial real estate industry. All facets of a building’s operations are thoroughly evaluated during the competition and winners are recognized in specific categories of building size or type.
Competition begins at the 11 BOMA Canada local associations, with qualified entries advancing on to the national level. Building inspections take place at the local level of competition to ensure the entry meets eligibility/category requirements, and each BOMA local association may submit just one building in each award category to the national competition.
(Image: Keith Major (left) accepting the Chairman’s Award from Mike Bishop, chair of BOMA Canada)
BOMA Canada member services manager Debbie Prince recruits 18 judges for the national competition, and a minimum of three judges independently review each building by using a point system and adding comments through an online portal. BOMA International tabulates the scores and sends them to BOMA Canada to determine the winners.
“We always have a lot of interest in our awards program, and it starts at the local level,” says Prince. “Not every local region does its awards annually, so some of the locals will sit out a year and just do it every other year. So we average 30 to 45 national entries annually.”
TOBY Award 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. All entrants must be BOMA BESt-certified.
The TOBY winners were:
- Under 100,000 Square Feet:
- 100,000-249,999 Square Feet:
2233 Argentia Road, located at 2233 Argentia Rd. in Mississauga, owned by 2233 Argentia Nominee Inc. and managed by Crown Property Management Inc.
- 250,000-499,999 Square Feet:
John G. Diefenbaker Building, located at 111 Sussex Dr. in Ottawa, owned by Public Works and Government Services Canada and managed by SNC-Lavalin O&M.
- 500,000-1 Million Square Feet:
20 Queen Street West, located at 20 Queen St. W. in Toronto, owned by ONTREA Inc. and managed by the Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd.
- Industrial Building:
Rangewinds Business Park, located at 2425 52nd Ave. SE in Calgary, owned by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada and managed by Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP.
- Shopping Centre:
Bramalea City Centre, located at 25 Peel Centre Dr. in Brampton, Ont. and owned and managed by Morguard Investments Ltd.
- Suburban Office Park – Low Rise:
Meadowvale Corporate Centre (Plazas 1-5), located at 2000 Argentia Rd. in Mississauga, owned by 2725321 Canada Inc. and managed by Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP.
- Suburban Office Park – Mid Rise:
Park of Commerce, located at 1400, 1410, 1420 and 1430 Blair Place in Ottawa, owned by bcIMC Realty Corporation and 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. They’re presented to buildings that have made significant efforts to address environmental issues faced by both older and newer buildings. All entrants must be BOMA BESt-certified.
The Earth Award winners were:
- Light Industrial:
8039 Fifth Line, located at 8039 Fifth Line in Halton Hills, Ont., owned by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada and managed by Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP.
- Office Building:
World Exchange Plaza, located at 45 O’Connor St. in Ottawa, owned by bcIMC Realty Corporation and managed by Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP.
- Shopping Centre:
Park Place Shopping Centre, located at 501-1 Avenue S. in Lethbridge, Alta., owned by Primaris REIT and managed by Primaris Management Inc.
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. Innovation, teamwork, outstanding service and commitment to clients are taken into consideration when choosing recipients.
The Pinnacle Award winners were:
- Above & Beyond:
Servicemaster of Calgary from Calgary
Tyco Integrated Fire & Security from Edmonton
- Customer Service:
Servantage Services Group from Calgary
Keith Major wins BOMA Canada’s Chairman’s Award
Keith Major, senior vice-president of property management for Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP, received BOMA Canada’s Chairman’s Award. This honour is bestowed for longstanding leadership and outstanding commitment to the success of BOMA in Canada and the commercial real estate industry.
Major has more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate development, operations and management. He’s played an instrumental role in shaping and implementing Bentall Kennedy’s approach to sustainable property and utilities management. The company provides comprehensive, fully integrated real estate services to more than 500 institutional investors and property owners across North America.
“When I decided to be more engaged with BOMA International three years ago by running for nomination to the executive committee, it never crossed my mind I would be receiving the Chairman’s Award at the BOMEX awards gala in Winnipeg,” says Major.
“As the lone Canadian on the executive committee, it just seemed natural to help facilitate discussions between BOMA Canada and the 14 locals in Canada seeking both common ground as well as complementary offerings to make BOMA a stronger organization serving real estate professionals and owners.”
Canadian winners compete in BOMA International Awards
Winners of the 2014 BOMA Canada National Awards may be eligible to take part in the BOMA International Awards, which will be presented at the BOMA International Every Building Conference and Expo in Los Angeles next June. Canada represents one region and will go up against six American regions and one international region in the competition.
“We’re putting up our best, but the competition is really, really, really fierce.” says BOMA Canada president and chief executive officer Benjamin L. Shinewald. “These are the best-managed buildings in the entire world.
“We’re confident that Canadian-managed buildings are as good as any in the whole wide world and we truly believe that we can win every single category. But it’s not like Canada playing Israel for the gold-medal hockey game. This is like Canada playing Russia.”