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  • Taxes Tick-Tock Goes the Property Tax Clock
    August 27, 2019

    This issue of an increasing property tax burden on commercial properties is much bigger than just our buildings. The continuous increase of property taxes kills jobs and harms the economy, businesses and residents, alike.

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  • 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 →

  • What’s in a Name? According to Chicagoans and the Commercial Real Estate Industry — Everything
    August 1, 2012

    The process and purpose behind transitioning naming rights seems simple: A company purchases the rights to rename a building or property to increase brand awareness and ultimately market share and revenue. However, the naming rights of buildings, an important part … Continue reading →

  • Gold Circle Trophies A Big Benefit of Earning a Gold Circle Award: Validation from Peers
    July 25, 2012

    By Nancy Capadona, General Manager, CBRE It’s been just about six months since my name was announced during the Gold Circle Awards competition as the Property Manager of the Year for 2012. Without question, I was thrilled to be selected for … Continue reading →

  • The Future of Chicago’s Rapid Transit System: Keeping Chicago on Track
    July 18, 2012

    Last week, we shared insight on the history of Chicago’s elevated rapid transit system – better known as the “L” – and how it helped shape Chicago’s Central Business District. This week, we’ll consider what’s next for the city’s public … Continue reading →