It was the first award announced at the BOMA International Convention held last month in Seattle and made history in the category in which New York has excelled over the past decade.
575 Fifth Avenue, the headquarters of L’Oreal USA and the BOMA/NY Pinnacle Award winner for Corporate Facility in 2010-2011, won at the International level, besting seven other competitors from across the country and Canada.
In winning the award, the Energy Star-certified 575 Fifth Avenue, owned by MetLife and managed by Cushman & Wakefield, took home the highest honors in the building ownership and management industry — the BOMA TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year).
It was the fifth winner from New York in this category since 2000; no city has won as many Corporate Facility awards in that time period.
Accepting the award on behalf of the building team, BOMA/NY president Louis J. Mantia said, “This award validates MetLife’s vision — repositioning 575 Fifth as a world class headquarters for one of the great global brands — and stands as proof positive that exceptional teamwork wins the day.”
Joining Mantia on stage for the award acceptance were Frank A. Freda, executive managing director-global facilities management at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., and BOMA/NY’s executive director, Roberta M. McGowan, CAE.
Previous International TOBY Corporate Facility winners have included The Hearst Tower (2010-11), Chase Metrotech Three and Four in Brooklyn (2000-1), and the Bertelsmann Building in 1999-2000