Historic Downtown Fort Lauderdale Office Building Wins TOBY

Stiles‘ owned and managed office buildings, the historic Plaza at Las Olas and The AutoNation Building in downtown Fort Lauderdale, were honored with The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) awards from the Fort Lauderdale/Palm Beach Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).
Overall, Stiles received six distinguished TOBY awards for quality office and retail projects as well as its management personnel.
The TOBY Awards were held at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Nov. 7, 2014.

“With more than two million square feet added to our portfolio in 2014, Stiles is having a tremendous year with property management operations throughout Florida,” said Chris Rotolo, president of Stiles Property Management. “These awards underscore our high caliber team and commitment to hands-on property oversight, sustainability programs, responsive service and quality maintenance.”

Stiles corporate headquarters, Plaza at Las Olas, was the recipient of the TOBY award in the Corporate Facility category. Originally built as a two-story structure in the 1940’s, Plaza at Las Olas has been renovated four times over the last eight decades and has become a landmark on Las Olas Boulevard. With its most recent renovation, the property earned LEED certification while being transformed into a contemporary and functional office space boasting nine stories, clean lines, a crisp façade and Class A restaurant and retail on the ground floor.  The property is managed by Stiles property managers Alexandria Brown and Nicki Oneill.
Recipient of the Earth award, The AutoNation Building in downtown Fort Lauderdale was granted top honors for sustainability. The 17-story building is LEED-Gold certified and acknowledged for energy conservation, indoor air quality, green cleaning and tenant education. Managed by Stiles property manager Megan Purdue, the property is located at 200 Southwest 1st Avenue and comprises more than 187,000 square feet of office and 17,000 square feet of retail near Las Olas Riverfront.
In the retail property category, Stiles was honored with a TOBY for its managed shopping center Tower Shops located in Davie. The 368,831-square-foot property is owned by Federal Realty investment Trust and managed by Stiles property manager Danean Belloise.
Stiles is also proud that two of its key personnel, John Braun and Megan Purdue, were honored with the esteemed Engineer of the Year and Property Manager of the Year awards, respectively. Purdue was also presented with the distinguished Ron Macklin Scholarship award for the second consecutive year for her contributions to the industry.

“We are truly grateful to receive these esteemed recognitions and look forward to continuing to set the benchmark for quality and excellence in commercial building management,” said Rotolo.

The TOBY Awards are the most prestigious awards of their kind in the commercial real estate industry. The awards recognize superiority in office and industrial buildings and reward excellence in building management. During the review process, all facets of a building’s operations are thoroughly evaluated – from community involvement and site management to environmental and green policies and procedures.


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