Five BOMA/Chicago Buildings Win Regional TOBY Awards
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Five BOMA/Chicago buildings have won North Central Region awards for The Office Building of the Year (TOBY). The North Central Region encompasses Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. These regional winners will compete in the International TOBY Awards which will be announced June 24, 2008 at the BOMA International Commercial Real Estate Congress and The Office Building Show in Denver. The winners are:
Over Million Square Feet Category
This North Central Region TOBY winning team in the Over Million Square Feet Category is 330 North Wabash, managed by Prime Group Realty Trust and owned by 330 N. Wabash Avenue, LLC. This winning management team is smaller than for most buildings of similar size, but their accomplishments astounded the TOBY judges. During 2006, 330 North Wabash reduced pollution by over 38,000 pounds and received recognition from Clean Air Counts. They created and implemented a tenant shuttle bus program for service to the building from each commuter train station. They developed an Electronic Tenant Handbook and an On-Line Interactive Emergency Preparedness Program. They installed wireless Internet capability in second floor food service and in the lobby.
500,000 - 1 Million Square Feet category
This North Central TOBY Award winning building in the 500,000 to 1 Million Square Feet Category is 55 West Monroe, managed by Jones Lang LaSalle and owned by LaSalle Investment Management. The winning building was designed by world-renowned architect Helmut Jahn and it has impacted Chicago architecture since its 1980 construction. It features Chicago’s first destination based elevator system. Passengers type in their destinations at strategically placed keypads and then proceed to an assigned car. The “smart” technology that governs the elevator system assigns cars in order to minimize travel time for all passengers.
Historical Building Category
The North Central Regional winner in the Historic Building Category is The Chicago Board of Trade Building at 141 West Jackson Blvd. managed by C-B-T Corporation and currently owned by the CME Group and previously owned by The Board of Trade of the City of Chicago. This beautiful building received the 2006 Real Estate & Building Industries Council Award presented by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois. This honor recognizes extraordinary dedication to preservation through responsible planning and development. Building management meets the continual challenge of keeping public areas open to heavy visitor and pedestrian traffic, while also maintaining strict security within a building that is a global financial center.
Government Building Category
The Government Building Category North Central Regional winner is CTA Building at 567 West Lake Street, managed by Transwestern and owned by the Chicago Transit Authority. The winner qualified for Gold LEED certification and was the first in Illinois to receive the LEED for Existing Buildings award. Transwestern’s management team organized the operation and administration of the CTA Headquarters building to Class A building standards. In initial year of operation, they fine-tuned the various building systems/equipment, achieving 12% reduction in utility expenses.
Corporate Facility Category
The North Central Regional winner in the Corporate Facility Category is Charles M. Harper Center at 5807 South Woodlawn Avenue, managed and owned by University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
The winning management team of this facility has managed over 800 special events in their building since July 1, 2005. They operate a business center, which processes approximately 250,000 pieces of mail and courier packages and nearly 3.75 million photocopies per year. In 2006, Business Week magazine named Chicago Graduate School of Business the number one business school in the nation, quoting students, faculty and recruiters who all mentioned the "outstanding facilities.