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Safety Reimagined – Technology for a Safer World

May 24, 2021
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By Gary Kuzel, Jeff Jacklin, and Chris Allison. Join Affiliate Member United Radio Communications for a guided tour of Safety Reimagined –Technology for a Safer World – an integrated technology ecosystem. The tour will share how this ecosystem enables Building…

BOMA/Chicago PAC: Gearing Up for the City’s Big Elections

October 3, 2018

Right now, Chicago is approaching an important election year in 2019. Fortunately, BOMA/Chicago will be ready. Through its political action committee (PAC), BOMA/Chicago supports political candidates who have demonstrated leadership and sound…

Gold Circle Awards Profile: 2018 Property Management Professional of the Year Heather Holderman [Part 1 of 2]

October 2, 2018

Somewhat by accident actually.  I was working in the financial sector and someone approached me about an administrative position within a real estate company, working in “property management.”  I had no previous…

Gold Circle Awards Profile: 2018 Emerging Leader of the Year Dan Williams

September 25, 2018

Before arriving at JLL as security director, you worked in the retail sector in security. How did that experience prepare you for working in the office industry? I worked for Target for…

Gold Circle Awards Profile: 2018 Building Engineer of the Year Sean Casey

September 14, 2018

How did you get your start in the commercial real estate industry? I started out as an Apprentice Engineer in 1992 at 309 W. Washington for Equity Office and worked in the…

The 411 with the Man from 911: CFD Chief Schroeder Talks about Building Preparedness

September 11, 2018

Chief Schroeder: I conduct education for the public, which includes all residents from preschool to senior citizens, in addition to property management teams and tenants in commercial buildings. Some of the areas I…

Gold Circle Awards Profile: 2018 Affiliate Member of the Year Jim Wissinger

September 3, 2018

After drying out from the BOMA PAC dunk tank at our recent Golf Classic, Jim Wissinger – twenty-year plus BOMA/Chicago veteran and 2018 Affiliate Member of the Year – takes time to…

Gold Circle Awards Profile: 2018 Security Director of the Year Steven Castans

August 28, 2018

My father was a Chicago Police Officer for 42 years, retiring as a Lieutenant. I was exposed to the law enforcement world my whole life, and I always wanted to be a…

Being a Part of the Bigger Solution: Highlights of BOMA/Chicago’s Energy and Sustainability Committee

August 7, 2018

BOMA/Chicago’s Energy and Sustainability Committee works to make member commercial buildings more energy efficient through ongoing educational programming and providing a basis for BOMA/Chicago’s energy advocacy efforts. Under the leadership of the…

How to Implement a Dog-Friendly Building Policy

June 19, 2018

We’ve all been there. You find out you have to stay late at the office. Or even worse, you have to come in over the weekend. It’s becoming more common nowadays to…

Decoding BOMA/Chicago’s Codes Committee

May 22, 2018

By Bill Vail, CA Ventures and Janice Goldsmith, Zeller Realty Group There are plenty of ways we talk about collaboration. “Playing nicely in the sandbox”, “a team effort”, or “all hands on…

Five Takeaways About Fitwel Certification

May 8, 2018

You have an existing building. You’ve recently taken steps to improve the overall environment for its occupants. You’ve made your office building community better. Now what? That’s where Fitwel certification comes in.…

5 Steps to Spring Cleaning Your Parking Garage

April 16, 2018

As the long-awaited spring weather begins to enter our forecast, so too does another often loathed thought – spring cleaning. While usually reserved for our homes, this annual tradition should extend to…

Leave the Lights Out for Birds!

April 3, 2018

Chicago building managers and owners can take pride in participating in the nation’s most successful light reduction program for migratory birds. Lights Out! Chicago asks buildings to turn off or dim bright antenna,…

BOMA/Chicago’s Preparedness Committee: Ensuring the safety and security of our buildings and communities

March 13, 2018

There is an ironic and unfortunate truth surrounding safety and security in the commercial real estate industry. As we benefit from advances in security and emergency preparedness – in regard to technology,…

ENERGY STAR Scores for Most Office Buildings Will Fall in 2018

February 27, 2018

ENERGY STAR scores for most if not all office buildings will decrease as early as August 2018 due to recalibration. Current scores for office buildings will drop by an average of 8 points. The U.S.…

How BOMA 2017 Can Change Your Building’s Rentable Square Footage (RSF)

October 31, 2017

Last week, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International released its new office measurement standard: BOMA 2017 For Office Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1-2017). Last updated in 2010, this…

Gold Circle Award Winner Profile: Julia Rabban

September 18, 2017

What was your first paying job? I had my first job when I was 14 years old during the summer before my first year of high school. I was a swim lesson instructor…

Updated Chicago Disability Rights Regulations Affect New and Existing Buildings

July 24, 2017

Chicago adopted new disability rights regulations governing accessibility that went into effect on July 1, 2017. Promulgated pursuant to the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance to provide greater clarity and alignment with federal…

2017 Property Manager of the Year Bonnie Boden

July 17, 2017

You’ve been directly involved in signing over 100 new and renewal leases in the last two years. What’s your secret to attracting and retaining happy tenants? We listened to existing tenants and to…

Gold Circle Award Profile: Alex Hales

June 6, 2017

After my service in the U.S. Marines, I remained in Yuma, Arizona, writing technical reports for military testing contractors. An opportunity came to work armed access control at the Army base, and…