Archive August 2020

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Protest Tonight: 8/26 Frank Ogawa Plaza


The City of Oakland is aware of planned demonstrations and protests in downtown Oakland tonight (Wednesday, August 26), including a protest at 8 pm at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.  

ICYMI: Virtual Whiskey Tasting

We had a great time learning about whiskeys, the Jim Beam family of bourbons, and "booze yoga," [click to see more]

Participate in a COVID 19 Impact Study

BOMA International is partnering with Brightline Strategies, a national real estate research firm, with a generous grant from Yardi, to conduct a COVID 19 impact study among commercial tenants.  This is the first of three studies: Q3 2020, Q4 2020, and Q1 2021. The multiple studies will enable us to problem solve and anticipate future needs for comparison as attitudes and information evolve in these ever-changing operating environments due to the impacts of COVID 19. Participation is open to all BOMA members.

If there is interest in joining the effort or learning more about the research, please contact either James Moore at Brightline Strategies ( or me (

BOMA Georgia's Coronavirus and Re-entry White Papers

The BOMA Georgia Foundation has published 3 white papers regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its effect on the industry. The articles include a building re-entry guide and a workbook on operational savings.

Budgeting for a New Normal: What Should You Be Prioritizing?

As the commercial real estate industry continues to endure an extended period of unprecedented uncertainty for building operations, property owners and managers also are gearing up for the challenge of preparing their 2021 budgets. In July, BOMA International partnered with Propmodo on a research initiative designed to explore budget priorities for 2021, surveying a broad group of commercial building owners, asset managers and property managers. Veteran research and property professionals will discuss the just-released results of this survey and offer perspectives on how to get ready for the year ahead in BOMA International’s upcoming webinar.

Power Alert

The State of California is asking for all businesses to help lower the energry usage.  The state is most vulnerable between the hours of 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and they are asking us to consider raising thermostats in our buildings to reduce AC and take other steps to reduce the amount of electricity being used during that period of time.  They asked if we could make extra efforts to run the AC cooler in the non-peak period so the building could remain cool when reduced draw on the grid is most needed.

Applying for a TOBY & Best Practices - Virtual Webinar

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 -- 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time 
Earning a TOBY Award is a tremendous accomplishment. It recognizes excellence in property management, helps foster teamwork and sets the property apart from competition. The application process and work it takes to win a TOBY are tough, but the rewards more than outweigh the challenges.

Don’t Sweat Your 2021 Budget with BOMA

In the midst of so much uncertainty, never has it been more important to be armed with accurate and actionable data when confronting the challenges of preparing your budget for next year.  While BOMA OEB doesn’t anticipate a dues increase for 2021, our budget won’t be complete until late October.  If you’re doing your budgeting now, budgeting a 3% increase would be a good placeholder.


The Governor has released a 32-page handbook to help employers “plan and prepare for reopening their business and to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.”  CBPA and other employer groups have been working closely with the Governor’s staff to advise on practical issues related to opening retail, office, and industrial space.

Know Before You Go: Guidelines for Building Visits

We asked our Principal members about the coronavirus-related safety rules they have for visitors of their buildings.
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