• Emerging Leaders Education An Emerging Leader’s Industry Insights
    March 12, 2014

    By Kristine Sorenson, Real Estate Services Administrator at 100 N. Riverside Plaza and 2013-14 Emerging Leader of the Year Did you know that women and minorities hold less than 1,000 of the commercial real estate industry’s nearly 14,000 senior executive … Continue reading →

  • Five Questions with Derrick Johnson: Industry Executive and BOMA/Chicago Board Member
    March 5, 2014

    By BOMA/Chicago BOMA/Chicago is proud to represent the passionate and diversely talented commercial real estate professionals of Chicago. Our membership includes 260 commercial office, institutional and public buildings along with 170 companies that provide services to support the operational excellence … Continue reading →

  • Strengthen the CRE Industry by Supporting Workplace Diversity
    February 26, 2014

    By BOMA/Chicago In order to succeed in the $300 billion commercial real estate industry, professionals must rely on their extensive and diverse skill sets. Managing an office building or a portfolio encompass a uniquely wide range of professional specialties that … Continue reading →

  • Partnerships with City Officials: A Key Component to Advocacy Success
    January 29, 2014

    By Ron Tabaczynski, BOMA/Chicago Director of Government Affairs Advocating on behalf of our members is one of the most important and valuable services a trade association like BOMA/Chicago provides.  Our members clearly look to us to be the voice for … Continue reading →

  • BOMA/Chicago Logo A Guaranteed Return on Investment: Your BOMA/Chicago Membership Dues
    January 15, 2014

    By BOMA/Chicago Did you know that your BOMA/Chicago membership dues accrue a direct dollar for dollar benefit to your property, staff and building owners? As all of you are preparing to pay your 2014 BOMA/Chicago invoices by January 30, we … Continue reading →

  • Death of the Office Door
    November 6, 2013

    By the BOMA/Chicago Emerging Leaders Subcommittee What do open seating workspaces, Zen rooms, fully loaded kitchens, outdoor decks, Lego conference tables and open bars have in common? All are located in downtown Chicago office spaces and are part of a … Continue reading →

  • How to Effectively Plan Ahead for 2014’s Concealed Carry Act
    September 25, 2013

    By BOMA/Chicago Security Committee Many Chicagoans would be shocked to see a “No Guns Allowed” sign at the entrance of a hospital. To us, this is implicit knowledge. Richard A. Devine, a Former State’s Attorney and current Partner at Meckler … Continue reading →

  • TOBY The Prestige of Taking Home a TOBY Award
    August 14, 2013

    By BOMA/Chicago The buildings you manage are more than just brick and mortar and a checklist of passed inspections. Their sturdiness is not solely based on the metal foundations lining the walls. The buildings you walk into each morning do … Continue reading →

  • Hand over electronic tablet with graphs Chicago’s Proposed Energy Benchmarking Ordinance: Our Support for Energy Intel, But Opposition to Public Disclosure
    July 10, 2013

    By Michael Cornicelli On June 26, 2013, Mayor Emanuel unveiled an energy benchmarking ordinance that, if passed by the City Council, would require municipal, commercial and residential properties over 50,000 square feet to track and publicly report their energy usage. … Continue reading →

  • Blood Drive Keys to Hosting Successful Building Blood Drives: Knowing Your Tenants & Creating the Right Marketing Mix
    July 3, 2013

    By Celeste Villanueva During the past eight years I’ve spent working in this industry, I have managed buildings with various levels of tenant engagement. While some buildings may not have an active tenant population, other buildings are sky high with … Continue reading →

  • Skyline 2 City With A View – A Look at Chicago’s Distinctive Skyline
    May 15, 2013

    It has been a big month for skyscrapers in the news – most notably, construction was completed on New York City’s One World Trade Center, rising to its full symbolic height of 1,776 feet (representing 1776, the year of America’s … Continue reading →

  • Disastrous Due Diligence, or Due Diligence pre-Disaster?
    May 1, 2013

    By the BOMA/Chicago Business Continuity and Resiliency Committee Chicago building owners and managers wouldn’t wait for June to make plans for spring landscaping or December to plan for snow and ice. Yet still, many property managers wait to connect with … Continue reading →

  • BOMA/Chicago Economic Impact Study: Analyzing Chicago Office Buildings as a Major Economic Driver
    April 17, 2013

    Last week, BOMA/Chicago was proud to unveil its 2012 Economic Impact Study (EIS), a research report commissioned to analyze the economic impact of our building members. The report, which builds on the original EIS released in 2006, was developed to … Continue reading →

  • Emergency Planning When Disaster Strikes: Have a Plan Ready
    March 27, 2013

    By the BOMA/Chicago Business Continuity and Resiliency Committee If recent events during the past year have taught us anything – Hurricane Sandy, wildfires, earthquakes and seemingly dozens of harsh winter storms, to name a few – it’s that natural disasters … Continue reading →

  • Skyline 3 The Creepy, Crawly Facts about Bed Bugs in Office Buildings
    March 13, 2013

    By Carla Wagner, Operations Manager, Canine Detection & Inspection Services One would think that the potential for bed bugs in office buildings would be extremely low, given the lack of, well, beds. Unfortunately, that’s not what pest professionals in the … Continue reading →

  • Closeup of exterior of skyscraper building Look Up, Out and Around to Determine Best Time to Replace Office Building Window Caulking
    December 19, 2012

    By Steve Riggio, Principal, RiggioBoron Ltd.  Property managers today have a wide range of resources to help determine whether their building is operating at peak efficiency.  For example, building managers determine power and energy usage in HVAC and lighting systems with … Continue reading →

  • The Rebirth of a “New Age Skyscraper” in Downtown Chicago: The Monroe Building Renovation
    December 11, 2012

    By Paul Rades, Property Manager for the Monroe Building. When the Monroe Building opened its doors in 1912, the ornate office tower on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue already had a tremendous pedigree.  After all, it was designed by the legendary … Continue reading →

  • NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization Taking a Bow for BOMA International Award for NATO Summit Communications
    October 5, 2012

    Rarely do we make efforts to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done.  But here we’re making an exception. Last month, BOMA/Chicago earned a “2012 Best Practices Award” in the Marketing Communications category for the concerted program … Continue reading →

  • Security Concept A Key Discussion: Appearance and Reality with Building Security Keys
    September 26, 2012

    By Tom Glavin, President of Glavin Security Specialists If you’re a property management professional, you surely spend most of your time managing operating funds, allocating staff and vendor resources and responding to a wide range of tenant service requests. But one … Continue reading →

  • Phase Two: Bringing Two North Riverside Plaza to LEED Standards
    September 12, 2012

    Visitors to the Two North Riverside Plaza website learn that we market the 83-year-old Art Deco office property as “A Current Classic.”  And, we should. Two North Riverside, which commands a prominent location along the Chicago River in the West … Continue reading →