Thanks to its growing list of local and national awards, Bedrock Real Estate Services has solidified its position as a “green” leader in downtown Detroit. The property management and real estate services company was recently honored with a TOBY award for its M@dison building, located at 1555 Broadway Ave.
This is the second consecutive year that the Bedrock building was honored with a TOBY, the “Outstanding Building of the Year” award in the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) North Central Regional competition. The historic five-story building was selected after judges evaluated 28 distinguished properties across Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.
“I think the TOBY is the most prestigious award you can get because it has the largest amount of requirements in order to earn it,” said John Guardiola, Bedrock’s vice president of engineering and sustainability. “The competition really covers everything from A to Z in the area of sustainability, from the building’s security to its eco-friendly features.”
Bedrock invested millions to restore the 1917 building, best known as the first major movie theater in Detroit. Today, the building boasts “smart” technology, which includes remote control operating systems and cutting-edge energy efficiencies.
“You are judged by a committee of your peers for a TOBY. This includes environmental contractors, building owners, property managers, and other experts in the field,” said John, who has played a key role in promoting more energy efficient practices across Bedrock properties and among building tenants. “Winning these awards really lets everyone know that you’re in the upper echelon of building management.”
The M@dison will now go on to compete among regional TOBY winners from around the world in BOMA’s international competition. The international awards will be presented in June. In 2013, the M@dison Building and Bedrock’s Chase Tower, located at 611 Woodward Avenue, were honored with TOBY awards, too.
In January, Bedrock’s Chrysler House, located at 719 Griswold Street, received a highly sought-after BOMA 360 Performance designation. The 23-story office tower, built in 1912, is one of only nine Michigan buildings that have achieved this high standard. To earn such a distinction, Chrysler House was evaluated in six categories: building operations and management, safety/security/risk management, training and education of building personnel, energy management, environmental/sustainability performance, and tenant relations and community involvement.
Last May, Bedrock won the DTE Energy E-Challenge Competition, which recognizes one Detroit area company annually that has significantly reduced energy use and its carbon footprint locally. Bedrock reduced gas and electric consumption across its properties by nearly 30% in the previous year. The competition required evidence of a building’s advanced lighting technology. DTE’s Energy Efficiency Awards are presented in four categories: education, impact, innovation and leadership.
“I have seen firsthand how our property management team leaders embrace high standards and encourage their teams to achieve goals that set them apart in the industry,” said John, who was recognized as Facility Manager of the Year in 2014 by BOMA of Metro Detroit. “When we get all of these awards, it’s a testament to the company’s value in this industry. It says ‘Our team is the very best in the industry.’”
Bedrock is making many efforts to stay in the forefront of environmental building technology and sustainability. These include lighting, mechanical and operational system upgrades to promote reductions in energy usage across its 70+ buildings and properties.
“One of the first things I do when I walk through a newly acquired building is take a good look at its infrastructure, the roof, lighting, windows, and HVAC system in order to bring them up to Bedrock’s standards,” he said. “We use written standards to address building inefficiencies and we encourage our building tenants to improve their practices.”
In addition to the previously mentioned awards, Bedrock has recently received the Tridium/Niagara Innovator of the Year Award, the Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design, the NAFA Clean Air Award, the AIA Michigan Interior Award, the 2014 ENR Midwest’s Best Project of the Year, a PCI Award for Best Parking Structure, among others.
“It’s so important for us to communicate these achievements to the public. It lets our tenants know about our high efficiency standards, as well as everyone else,” John said. “Recently, a building manager told me that our awards and sustainability standards have encouraged other property managers in Detroit to step up their efforts. This ripple effect is a good thing!”
John said he’s optimistically looking for Bedrock to earn more honors for its renovation and efficiency efforts in the coming year.
“I think 2015 will be a banner year for us and allow Bedrock to take it to the next level on energy sustainability and on all aspects of engineering and technology,” John said.
To learn more about Bedrock and its honors, visit Bedrock’s website.