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Seventeen local commercial office buildings have been nominated for the 2007 BOMA San Diego's Office Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards.

Bestowed as the highest mark of esteem for office building management, nominees will compete in nine categories, bringing their accomplishments in exceptional property management to center stage.

The winners of the competition will be announced at the annual awards luncheon on Sept. 11 at the International Peace and Justice Center at the University of San Diego.

This year's nominees include Kilroy University Center, managed by Theresa Amos and Kathleen Dunn, Kilroy Realty; the Aventine, managed by Teri Ososkie, Travis Gorzeman, Gina Vega and Mercedes Santos, Glenborough LLC; Nobel Executive Center, managed by Barbara Puccio, CB Richard Ellis (NYSE: CBG); Rio San Diego Plaza, managed by Mary Mastrucci, RiverRock; The Chamber Building, managed by Susan St. John, Barker Pacific Group; Torbatti Building, managed by Roann Gobeil, Interstate Holdings Inc.; AMN Healthcare Building, managed by David Pingree and Kathleen Dunn, Kilroy Realty; Wells Fargo Bank Building, managed by Barbara Putis, The Irvine Co.; 701 B Street, managed by Christie Kong, CarrAmerica Realty Corp.; Symphony Towers, managed by Barbara Putis, The Irvine Co.; Qualcomm Building N, managed by Dan Torpey, Qualcomm Inc.; Stone Crest, managed by Diane Stockmeyer, CB Richard Ellis; Gateway Medical Center, managed by Melody Melara and Sharon Salvatore, Grubb & Ellis Management Services Inc.; Kilroy Centre Del Mar, managed by David Pingree and Kathleen Dunn, Kilroy Realty; Fortress, managed by Elizabeth Burke, CB Richard Ellis; Pacific Ridge Corporate Centre, managed by Joy Cole, Brandywine Realty Trust; and Kilroy Sabre Springs, managed by Mike Nelson and Holly Jump, Kilroy Realty.

"The TOBY Awards program represents the cream of the crop," said Cybele Thompson, vice president and general manager at CarrAmerica and TOBY Committee chairman. "The competition truly recognizes the innovative techniques property managers are using to continue the reputation of world-class building service, management and efficiency that we are so proud of here in San Diego."

Since its inception, The TOBY Awards has grown from a modest beginning into the commercial real estate industry's most notable program on local, regional and international levels.

The awards program was created by the Building Owners and Managers Association in 1985 to salute distinction in the office building industry. Thirteen years later, it remains the most prestigious and comprehensive program of its kind in commercial real estate, recognizing quality in office buildings that ensures tenant comfort and satisfaction through design, technology and operational efficiency.

TOBY Award recipients have proved to be ahead of the curve, setting the trends for office management by instigating unique tenant benefits and managing long-lasting relationships seamlessly leading to tenant retention.

Past winners of the local competition include Pacific Ridge Corporate Centre and Emerald Plaza, which went on to win their categories in the Pacific Southwest regional competition and will compete in July for the International TOBY award.

San Diego has a proud history of local buildings that have proceeded to win BOMA International's TOBY award, including 225 Broadway, Symphony Towers, Union Bank of California Building, the Jacob Weinberger U.S. Courthouse and, most recently, Hazard Center.

Buildings are judged by a panel of industry professionals who conduct on-site tours to thoroughly evaluate buildings based on all facets of a building's operations including tenant relations programs, community involvement, emergency evacuation procedures and continuing education for building personnel.

For more information on the 2007 TOBY Awards or the local competition, visit www.bomasd.org.

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