At the 2011-12 BOMA/NY Pinnacle Awards ceremony held February 9, where the margin of victory was characterized as “razor thin”, 14 winners took home the prized Pinnacle statuette, with competition fielding the most Energy Star and LEED buildings ever.
The Pinnacle is the New York competition of the TOBY (The Building of the Year) Awards of BOMA International and is the highest award given owners and managers in the commercial real estate industry.
“The fact that all the buildings competed so well and within such close scoring range of each other is testimony not only to the Pinnacle process, which builds better management teams, but the quality of New York’s management teams overall,” said Louis J. Mantia, president of BOMA/NY.
Among the most dramatic competitions of the evening were:
The Earth Award was hotly contested by towers from the past three generations of New York development — One Penn Plaza, One World Financial Center and Eleven Times Square — with the ‘70’s era icon, One Penn Plaza, prevailing.
In a battle of two Energy Star, Art Deco landmarks, the Chanin Building at 122 East 42ND Street edged out 500 Fifth Avenue for Historical Building.
In the Operating Office Building, 500,000-1 million s/f category, the Post Modern, Energy Star tower at 712 Fifth Avenue took home the Pinnacle, besting its competition, 888 Seventh Avenue.
And, a Pinnacle record was set by Paramount Group, Inc.’s Cindy Boyea, RPA/CPM/CCIM, who for the first time in the award’s history, won Manager of the Year in the over 10 years of Experience category and took home the award for 1301 Avenue of the Americas in the Operating Office Building Over 1 million s/f category.
Ken Fidje, RPA/LEED AP, manager of Vornado Realty Trust’s 888 Seventh Avenue, took home the honors in the Manager of the Year, 3-10 Years of Experience category.
Held at Chelsea Piers, the winners were unveiled in the Pinnacles trademark, Oscar-style ceremony.
They are: Outstanding Local Member of the Year: John B. Simoni, Esq. Named a New York Super Lawyer in Construction for the past four years by superlawyer.com, Simoni is well known for the multi-million dollar law suits he’s won on behalf of clients. But to BOMA/NY, he is the colleague who has donated countless hours advocating for the industry.
Historical Building: 122 East 42nd Street, The Chanin Building, owned by 122 East 42nd Street and managed by Cassidy Turley with property manager Paul Greene.
New Construction: 11 Times Square, owned and managed by SJP Properties with manager Patrick J. Dolan, RPA.
Civic Betterment: Rebuilding Together NYC which has rebuilt more than 80 New York homes since its founding in 1999.
Earth Award: One Penn Plaza owned by Vornado Realty Trust and managed by Vornado Office Management with manager Michael Borrero.
Henry J. Muller Achievement Award: Recognizing Vision for New York – National 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Manager of the Year: Over 10 Years of Experience, Cindy Boyea, RPA/ CPM/ CCIM, the Paramount Group manager of 1301 Avenue of the Americas.
Corporate Facility, 1515 Broadway owned and managed by SL Green Realty Corp. with property manager Kevin Reade, RPA.
Renovated Building: 112 West 34th Street . Owned by 112 West 34th Street Company, LLC, Supervised by Malkin Holdings, LLC. Management Firm: Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. Property Manager: Theresa J. Egan.
Operating Office Building – 100,000–249,999 sf: 461 Fifth Avenue. Owner/manager: SL Green Realty Corp..Property Manager: John Flaherty, SMA/SMT.
Operating Office Building – 250,000–499,999 sf : 600 Lexington Avenue. Owner/manager: SL Green Realty Corp.. Property Manager: Allison Testone
Operating Office Building – 500,000–1,000,000 sf: 712 Fifth Avenue. Owner: 712 Fifth Avenue, L.P. Management Firm: Paramount Group, Inc. Property General Manager: Jeffrey Caimi, LEED AP.
Operating Office Building – Over 1,000,000 sf: 1301 Avenue of the Americas. Owner: 1301 Properties Owner LP. Management Firm: Paramount Group, Inc. Property General Manager: Cindy Boyea