Menkes Honoured with Four BOMA Toronto Awards
May 23, 2019
The Company was presented with Earth, TOBY, and Pinnacle Awards at this year’s gala in Toronto, further confirmation of its commitment to excellence in commercial real estate.
TORONTO, ON (May 23, 2019) - Menkes Developments Ltd (Menkes) is pleased to share that it was recognized with four awards in three separate categories at this year’s Building Owners and Managers (BOMA) Toronto Awards Gala.
Menkes’ Class AAA office tower 25 York Street was honoured with The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award. The prestigious award recognizes commercial real estate companies that demonstrate the highest quality in building standards, community impact, tenant relations, energy conservation, environmental, regulatory and sustainability standards, and for the training of building personnel. As an award-winning 786,000 square-foot building, 25 York Street also earned the highest BOMA BEST certification score and was awarded the Earth Award. The building has also achieved Canada’s first-ever Fitwel certification for an office building. This accolade signifies the building’s status in downtown Toronto’s and further positions it as a leader in sustainable best practices.
“Menkes has set the bar extremely high when it comes to operational standards,” says Gregory Brent, Senior Director, Property Management, adding, “We always aim to exceed these standards as well as industry benchmarks and the expectations of our tenants. The TOBY and Earth Award are further confirmation that we are on the right track.”
BOMA Toronto recognized Menkes with a Pinnacle Award under innovation for its Healthy Spaces Program. The award celebrates innovation, teamwork, outstanding customer service, and commitment to clients. Menkes recognizes that the workplace plays an important role in encouraging healthy habits. As an industry leader, Menkes adopts a holistic approach to sustainability that aims to reduce the environmental impact of its portfolio, while enhancing the health and wellbeing of its occupants. Its innovative Healthy Spaces Program offers occupants increased opportunities to participate in unique engagement initiatives and lead healthy lifestyles.
“Menkes’ commitment to sustainability is exemplary, especially with respect to its BOMA BEST and Fitwel achievements at 25 York Street” said Benjamin Shinewald, President and CEO of BOMA Canada, and a program partner with Fitwel. “Menkes really is a leader in both sustainable and healthy buildings."
In line with Menkes’ commitment to sustainability, the Company is proud to share that 570 Matheson, an industrial property located in Mississauga, was recognized with BOMA’s Earth Award. This award recognizes buildings that demonstrate a commitment to reducing their environmental impact and make significant efforts to conserve energy, a major feat for an industrial building.
“We are proud to be recognized by BOMA Toronto with an Earth Award”, said Elena Muto, General Manager of Kennedy-Matheson Industrial Complex. “We have worked hard to set a new standard amongst industrial buildings by implementing practices that go above and beyond, such as annual plumbing and water audits, annual air quality testing, tenant satisfaction surveys, ENERGY STAR benchmarking, extensive LED lighting retrofits, and extremely water-efficient irrigation systems. We are pleased to see our hard work pay off and to be recognized as a leader in the industry.”