Written by: Molly Perrin, BOMA Greater Minneapolis
The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards recognize excellence in office building management in 15 different categories based on size and facility type. Buildings are judged by all facets of building operations including energy management, tenant relations, community involvement, emergency preparedness, and security. Buildings were required to submit a detailed application and undergo an extensive building inspection process by a team of TOBY judges. In addition, the management team is interviewed by a judging panel regarding the building’s tenant relations programs, work order systems, emergency preparedness/security standards, budgeting, recordkeeping, and staff experience and training.
BOMA Greater Minneapolis has a strong history of exceptional buildings winning at all levels of the TOBY Awards, and this year was no exception. We had 5 local TOBY winners in 2017. The local winners were selected by a team of BOMA Greater Minneapolis judges, and subsequently advanced to the regional TOBY competition. The Midwest Northern Region judges awarded 4 of our entries with a regional TOBY. Those 4 buildings then moved on to the International competition.
On June 27, the International TOBY winners were announced at the BOMA International Conference and Expo in Nashville, Tennesee, and this was where we learned the exciting news that Centennial Lakes Office Park in Edina was going to take home the highly prestigious International TOBY Award in the Suburban Office Park (Mid Rise) category! For the management team at Centennial Lakes, the experience of winning this award has been a dream come true. "From our tenants to our vendors, to peers in the industry, we have received so many wonderful sentiments and it's been fun to soak that up!" says Katie Trevena, Senior Property Manager with Cushman & Wakefield NorthMarq. Ellen Morton, CPM, RPA, LEED Green Associate, General Manager with Cushman & Wakefield NorthMarq, says that their building "has such a great story and [it] truly shines in the suburban office market." We can tell! We are very proud of the Centennial Lakes team for their big win this year.
Centennial Lakes is owned by United Properties Investment, LLC & State Farm Realty Company and is managed by Cushman & Wakefield NorthMarq.