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BOMA heats up Tucson, San Diego sweeps TOBYs

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The warm desert climate was part of the attraction, but more than 400 delegates and guests recently traveled to Tucson, Ariz., to participate in committees, task forces and special interest groups as well as learn about the state of Building Owners and Managers Association International.

BOMA San Diego office properties dominated this year's Office Building of the Year Awards (TOBY), held at the BOMA Winter Business Meeting in Tucson, with local buildings taking top honors in three categories.

? 550 Corporate Center, managed by Mary Blagg of CB Richard Ellis, took first in the 250,000-square-foot to 500,000-square-foot category.

First National Bank Center

? First National Bank Center, managed by Glenn Fibiger of Landmark Asset Management Group, topped the 500,000-plus-square-foot category.

? Executive Center Del Mar, managed by Kristin Sigismondo of Prentiss Properties, was honored in the Suburban Low Rise category.

All three buildings will advance to the international competition, which will be held at The North American Commercial Real Estate Congress and The Office Building Show in Toronto on June 26-29.

2004-05 nominations now being accepted

The TOBY Awards is the most prestigious and comprehensive program of its kind in the commercial real estate industry, recognizing quality in office buildings and awarding excellence in office building management.

Since its inception, The TOBY Awards has grown from a modest beginning into a notable program at the local association, regional conference and international levels. Fully 502 buildings have been recognized as regional winners and 93 of those recognized as international winners. The winning buildings come from 70 cities, representing every region of North America. Ninety management companies can boast two or more winning buildings from the regional level of competition, and eight management companies can boast two or more winning buildings from the international level.

The resulting press coverage and public relations opportunities have been nothing short of spectacular in those participating cities. TOBY has drawn attention to hundreds of office buildings across the United States and Canada, and to the owners, managers and architects who conceive, operate and design them.

BOMA's TOBY committee is now accepting nominations for next year's exciting contest. Nomination is an honor and is only a first, yet mandatory step in the entry process. To qualify, a building must be three years old, 50 percent leased for office purposes and managed by a BOMA member.

For more information and a nomination form, contact TOBY Committee Chair John van Blerck of JVB Construction Management, (858) 673-3920 or Lacey Shepard of BOMA, (619) 243-1817.

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