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BOMA champs look for victory

280 Park Avenue is competing for the Renovated Building TOBY.

Three New York buildings will compete in the BOMA International Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards in Salt Lake City next week.

Hearst Tower, 1515 Broadway and 280 Park Avenue will compete in what is considered the most prestigious and comprehensive award of its kind in the commercial real estate industry, recognizing quality in properties and rewarding excellence in building management in hundreds of communities around the country.

The awards begin at the local level and culminate at the international conference when properties from countries including China, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Greece, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Panama, Russia, South Africa and the United Kingdom bid for the top TOBY.

The trio of New Yorkers are bidding to bring back a title that was last won by New York in 2015 when Monday Properties was crowed International TOBY winner for Historical Building for their work on 230 Park Avenue. The last “big win” was in 2008 when Related Companies won Operating Building over 1 MSF for its groundbreaking Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle in 2008.

Hani J. Salama, chairman of BOMA-NY, said, “New York City and its many players within the commercial real estate industry continue to be global innovators and pioneers. We’re proud to have three buildings featured at the International TOBY Awards Banquet and look forward to celebrating all of the outstanding buildings from around the country.”

The Hearst Tower will compete in the Corporate Facility with Hearst Lou Nowikas, vice president of corporate real estate and facilities planning, representing the owner.

The management team at 1515 Broadway

SL Green’s 1515 Broadway will compete for the Earth Award. Property manager Michael Wildes will represent SL Green.

Vornado’s 280 Park Avenue will competed in the Renovated Building. CBRE manages the property will send property manager Adam Leibowitz to represent the building.

“Under the strong leadership of owners SL Green and Vornado, 280 Park has been deservedly nominated for the prestigious TOBY international award,” said Tom Lloyd, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Investor Services. “Our management of this outstanding building reflects our overarching goal of delivering best-in-class service for our clients.”


“The BOMA award was created in 1985 to salute excellence in the office building industry. Nearly 35 years later, it remains the single most prestigious and comprehensive distinction of its kind in commercial real estate, recognizing quality in office buildings and excellence in office building management,” said Tom Krol, Donnelly Mechanical vice president of BOMA-NY.

“We wish everyone well as they go on to compete in the international competition.”

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