Four Chicago Buildings Win Regional TOBYs

The Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago (BOMA/Chicago) announced that four of its building members have been honored as regional winners of “The Outstanding Building of the Year” (TOBY) Award by the North Central Region of the Building Owners and Managers Association.

77 W. Wacker

Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building

The TOBY Awards program is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive in the commercial real estate industry, honoring excellence in office building management in a variety of categories based on building size and facility type. Judges from the BOMA North Central Region chose the regional TOBY Award winners from a pool of 29 commercial properties that previously received a local TOBY Award from BOMA chapters across Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

Regional TOBY Award winners demonstrate the highest standards of excellence in building management, tenant relations, environmental and sustainability initiatives, emergency preparedness, security standards and continuing education opportunities for staff members.

The four buildings earned regional TOBY Awards in four categories. Managed by CB Richard Ellis and owned by 303 Madison Chicago, LLC, 303 W. Madison Street won for local buildings in between 250,000 and 499,000 square feet. In the 500,000 to 1,000,000 square feet range, The United Building, located at 77 W. Wacker Drive took the honor. The building is managed by Jones Lang LaSalle Americas (Illinois) LP and owned by 77 West Wacker Drive, LLC. For government buildings, it was the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building at 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, owned and managed by the General Services Administration. The Earth Award went to the FBI Chicago Regional Office, which was profiled previously in Sustainable Chicago. Located at 2111 W. Roosevelt Road, the complex is managed by USAA Real Estate Company and owned by FBI Chicago Partners, LLC.

Chicago FBI Headquarters

303 W. Madison

“The high number of regional TOBY Awards our building members took home this year underscores our members’ commitment to deploying tailored property management strategies that meet the unique needs of buildings and tenants,” said Michael Cornicelli, executive vice president of BOMA/Chicago. “Our building members are truly the foundation of Chicago’s commercial real estate community, and we are proud to celebrate their outstanding achievements and recognize them for their continued industry leadership.”

As regional TOBY Award winners, these four BOMA/Chicago building members are qualified for the BOMA International TOBY Awards, one of the highest honors bestowed in the commercial real estate industry. The International TOBY Awards will be announced June 28 at the BOMA 2011 International Conference and Every Building Show in Washington, D.C. Last year, BOMA/Chicago building member the Aon Center won the International TOBY Award in the Over One Million Square Feet category.

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