Coleman A. Young Municipal Center Receives the BOMA International Outstanding Building of the Year Award
DETROIT, MI Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA International) held The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award Reception and Banquet at the Every Building Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, California. Eighty-one regional winners from across the United States and Canada competed for top honors in 15 categories honoring excellence in commercial real estate.
The Coleman A. Young Municipal Center received top international honors in the government building category after winning first at the local and regional levels. The building property is owned and operated by the Detroit Wayne Joint Building Authority (DWJBA) and managed by Hines/Porcher. Accepting the TOBY award at the Conference were DWJBA Commission Chair Patricia Cole, Commissioner Lugene Nelson, and Executive Director Gregg McDuffee.
The TOBY Awards are the commercial real estate industry's highest recognition honoring excellence in commercial building management and operations in specific categories of building size or type. To win an International TOBY Award, a property first must win both local and regional competitions. Judging is based on community impact, tenant/employee relations programs, energy management systems, accessibility, emergency evacuation procedures, building personnel training programs and overall quality indicators. A team of expert industry professionals also conducted comprehensive building inspections.
Originally named the City-County Building, in 1997 the building was renamed the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center after Detroit, Michigan's, 66th and longest serving mayor with 20 years in office. The Coleman A. Young Municipal Center is circa 1955 and has a space of 747,000 square feet. DWJBA is the State of Michigan's oldest public authority. The 20-story municipal landmark is home to the city of Detroit's Executive and Legislative branches of government, the Clerk offices for the City of Detroit and Wayne County, as well as the Third Judicial Circuit Court and Wayne County Probate Court. An average of 4,000 people each day and a million people annually visit the municipal center landmark anchoring the hub of the city's Civic Center.