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President's Message

Hello, BOMA Silicon Valley Members:
During my last message, I wrote about how Silicon Valley was hit with the worst storm in almost 100 years. Now I talk about Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 Tropical Storm that hit Houston with 51 inches of rain, breaking a National record. Amidst all the chaos that continues to affect our great country it was heartwarming to see how quickly people gathered to help those affected by this catastrophic event. BOMA Houston started a fund account to assist their fellow BOMA members rebuild what was damaged. If you wish to contribute please visit https://www.gofundme.com/houston-boma-member-relief. (Read about more support options in the article below.)

While the southern US braces for more hurricane weather, here in Silicon Valley we continue to experience the abnormal with reaching 107 degree weather Labor Day weekend - making it a new record high. I know I find myself asking what’s next! Well, that can’t be predicted but I can tell you what we at BOMA of Silicon Valley have in store for you in the upcoming months. 

Our next quarterly luncheon is scheduled for September 21 where our panel will be discussing “Win-Win” Transportation Solutions for Commercial Real Estate. If you have not yet registered, do so now. (Members: Remember the luncheon is included as part of your annual membership.)

Our Celebration of Commercial Real Estate will be held on Friday, October 13 at the Westin Sainte Claire. This is always a great event to celebrate our fellow members and TOBY winners. 

In keeping with our mission to provide relevant education we have the accelerated course of Fundamentals of Facilities Management scheduled on October 4-7, 2017 and Ethics is Good Business on November 3.

I’m confident that many of you have commenced on the journey we call budget season. As always consider including your annual membership for BOMA Silicon Valley. Dues are the same as 2017! If you need additional information, please reach out to the BOMA office.
Thank you for your commitment to BOMA Silicon Valley. Looking forward to seeing you all soon. 

President, BOMA Silicon Valley

BOMA Members: How to Help!

As we prepare this newsletter, we have seen the devastation in Texas and Louisiana caused by Hurricane Harvey and are watching as Irma, Katia and Jose barrel toward the Caribbean and mainland USA. Wildfires rage in most of the West causing damage and stretching first responders and disaster relief agencies resources. Our hearts go out to the people who are dealing with these catastrophic events.

BOMA asks its members to reach out and help! Below are a variety of options to support our fellow Americans in need. As additional alternatives become available, we will update members.

Houston BOMA has established a GoFundMe account to help Houston BOMA members who have lost their homes and belongings in the flood. The proceeds received will go directly to Houston BOMA members to assist in putting their lives back together. Houston BOMA has donated the first $10,000 to the account. To donate, please go to
The Red Cross is asking people to donate money on its website or to text 90999 to donate $10. The group is also asking for volunteers.
The crowdfunding site GlobalGiving is working to raise $2 million to provide emergency supplies such as food, water and medicine to survivors of the storms in addition to longer-term recovery efforts. By Aug. 29, they had raised nearly $1.3 million.
Individuals and corporations can also donate to relief efforts through National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, an association of organizations that seek to mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters.

Other organizations that are engaged in relief efforts include the Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, and Heart to Heart International.

BOMA International is in contact with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to gather any information that may be helpful to our members. Ken Rosenfeld, Director of State and Local Affairs, has been participating in daily Critical Infrastructure Stakeholder conference calls with DHS. Of particular note, it is anticipated that “reentry” will become a serious obstacle—it will be difficult to determine the protocols to check on buildings once the storm is over. BOMA International will post this information to its website once it becomes available.

BOMA International also is assisting the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with their relief efforts. ALAN is seeking donated warehouse space, with priority requests for 10,000 square feet in San Antonio and Austin to support shelters, and another 50,000 to 100,000 in Houston for the Red Cross. FEMA is seeking housing in the Houston area for incoming staff and responders. They are looking for accessible buildings of at least 10,000 square feet, with room to park vehicles, in Houston, Wharton, Brazoria County and Nueces County. The buildings can be “bare-bones,” as FEMA will provide cots, blankets, sanitary facilities and whatever else is needed. Also, the FEMA logistics team is looking for a large, accessible warehouse space of approximately 100,000 square feet in any of the above locations. BOMA International has contacted the BOMA local associations in Texas to spread the word to their members about both these requests.

Getting There
(Or Here…or Anywhere in Silicon Valley)

Transportation has been a hot button issue in Silicon Valley for years.  The daily challenges and impacts on our business are evident in everything we do.  Here in the Bay Area, we speak in terms of how much time to reach a destination, not how far. Scheduling meetings or even setting work hours often revolve around traffic-based decisions.

For commercial real estate, transportation issues can determine the marketing success of our properties. Access to public transport and a property’s alternative private transportation options are becoming as important as the other amenities we can offer prospective and current tenants.

Is any relief in sight? BART into San Jose sounds great; but wait a minute, how long and just how much disruption will there be to get it here? What options do CRE managers have NOW to overcome transportation “problem” property locations? These questions are exactly what the BOMA Programs Committee has sought out speakers and resources to answer!

In September the Programs Committee has put together two great events:  The first is our quarterly luncheon on September 21 which will feature “Win-Win” Transportation Solutions for CRE. The speakers will take us through the big picture, transportation changes coming to the South Bay, right down to ideas and options individual properties can implement to appeal to tenants. Carl Guardino, President & CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group will join Chris Augenstein, Deputy Director of Planning at the Valley Transportation Authority and Elizabeth L. Hughes, President of TDM Specialists Inc. onstage to take us through these macro to micro transportation changes.

To help BOMA members find what really works for their property, Alisha Stanfield from Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation and Elizabeth L. Hughes, President of TDM Specialists Inc. will hold an in-depth workshop on September 28.  Alisha and Elizabeth will go through a case study of how one company is maximizing transportation options as amenities. The Transportation Solutions workshop will have a limited number of attendees so they can also work with individual attendees to tackle their specific property challenges. Attendees at the luncheon may attend this follow-up workshop for FREE!

New Members

Laura Clyde
PS Business Parks

Eric Radmacher
PS Business Parks

Mary Hunter
Renault & Handley

Jennifer McIntire
SIEMENS Industry, Inc

Kimberley Davis
Allied Universal

Jessica L. Smith
Westlake Realty Group, Inc.

Michelle Molk Donner
Smith Commercial Management, Inc.

Dawn Pisciotta
Smith Commercial Management, Inc.

Invite Colleagues to Join BOMA!

This is a great time for you to encourage other CRE professionals to join BOMA Silicon Valley!  During September, Tiffany Lauchlan of Cushman & Wakefield, Membership Chair and her committee are kicking off the “15 for 12” membership campaign: New members join now, pay 2018 dues, and receive membership for the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018!  15 months for the price of 12.

You can speak to colleagues about the personal and career benefits of BOMA membership; but encourage property managers to share the excellent ROI of joining with their supervisors and building owners. 

BOMA membership saves your company millions of dollars through BOMA’s leadership efforts at the local, state and national level and through its involvement in the building code organizations:

  • $6 per square foot saved for existing buildings with the defeat of proposals to require unnecessary retrofits for fire protection, water leak detection, elevator controls, elevator lobbies and radon abatement systems.
  • $30,000 saved annually per existing building in additional inspection fees and O&M costs.
  • $990 million saved annually with the disapproval of proposed changes to structural, fire and egress codes.
  • $70,000 per building in annual construction costs avoided with BOMA’s passed ICC proposal for cost effective design options eliminating onerous requirements for existing buildings and defeating retroactive code inspections.
  • Up to $1 per square foot in building operating expense savings through local advocacy wins.

Join BOMA!