San Francisco Federal Building captures BOMA International TOBY Award
by Christi Chidester
PHOTO CREDIT: Wilson Lee
The Pacific Rim Region of GSA is proud to announce the San Francisco Federal Building was named the 2011-2012 “The Outstanding Building of the Year” (TOBY), in the government category, at the Building Owner and Managers Association (BOMA) International Conference in Seattle, Washington on June 26. GSA was recognized by the commercial real estate industry for quality in commercial buildings and excellence in building management and operations.
“Achieving excellence in the TOBY Award categories was a team effort that began with a well-designed, sustainable building and continues today with a knowledgeable and dedicated property management staff,” said GSA Regional Administrator Ruth Cox. “This award recognizes GSA’s long-standing commitment to sustainability and to our customers.
GSA, through its green buildings initiatives, is leading the way in building practices that are helping to boost our clean-energy economy, reduce our energy consumption, reduce our environmental footprint, and save taxpayer dollars.”
The San Francisco Federal Building faced steep competition from its peers at both local and regional levels before moving on to compete at the international level. This year’s awards program was extremely competitive, with 92 entries vying for the top international-level award. Judges evaluated facilities on a number of criteria, including: energy and sustainability; environmental awareness; tenant relationships and communication; maintenance and custodial programs; and community impact.
The San Francisco Federal Building, with its slender, 18-story, 240-foot tower, is an architectural landmark in San Francisco while its 4-story annex blends seamlessly into the surrounding neighborhood. A dramatic example of sustainable design principles, the building’s shape and orientation maximize natural airflow for cooling and ventilation and take advantage of natural daylight for the majority of the office interiors. These features, combined with a number of other energy-saving elements, significantly reduce overall energy consumption compared to conventional office buildings in the United States. This LEED Silver building has won numerous design awards and has now been recognized for being managed at the highest industry standard.
BOMA International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 16,500-plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties.