At BOMA Toronto’s virtual 2020 Celebration of Excellence Awards, Colliers Real Estate Management Services (REMS)-managed Mississauga Executive Centre (MEC) and 150 Bloor Street West, and 55 St. Clair Avenue West were recognized for their excellence in building management, with MEC and 150 Bloor Street West receiving additional accolades for their environmental responsibility. These wins continue to position Colliers REMS as a leading property manager in constant pursuit of value-add solutions that deliver an elevated level of service for tenants, occupants, and clients.
Leaders in Building and Community Management Excellence
In its first year of consideration as an Office Complex over 1 million square feet, MEC achieved a Certificate of Excellence and was also successful in its BOMA BEST re-certification at the Platinum level. In the Office Building, 250,000 – 499,999 square feet category, 150 Bloor Street West was also recognized with a Certificate of Excellence and was re-certified through BOMA BEST® at the Platinum level. 55 St. Clair Avenue West received a Certificate of Excellence in recognition of the teams’ overall excellence in building management, operations, community management, and sustainability. “This win is the culmination of multiple years of dedicated work and demonstrates to the community that everyone involved in the building’s operations is committed to adopting forward-thinking techniques and technology to drive the best results for all stakeholders,” says Dion DiFebo, General Manager.
Due to their dual BOMA BEST® Platinum re-certification, MEC and 150 Bloor Street West were both eligible for the Earth Award in their respective categories, which recognizes industry excellence in environmental management. The award is only presented to the highest scoring BOMA BEST® certifications and MEC and 150 Bloor Street West each blew their competition out of the water.
Mississauga Executive Centre: Environmental Management Innovator
MEC’s Earth Award win was a result of multiple innovations in sustainability. Its waste diversion program resulted in an 85.3% diversion rate and a capture rate of 93%, outperforming several other office buildings of a similar size and occupancy. Carpool stalls, electric vehicle charging stations, and a unique CycleLoan program have allowed tenants more flexibility in the current climate to commute to work and travel during the day. A naturalization garden featuring native plants has activated the site’s outdoor space, acting as a wildlife habitat and a stormwater reduction measure. Ultimately, it was MEC 3’s heat recovery system and energy conservation programs resulting in 31% electricity reduction, 15% gas reduction, and 22% water reduction that contributed most significantly to their BOMA BEST® Innovative credits and cemented the team’s award win.
“These awards reflect the ongoing hard work and efforts of every member of the MEC team, including our ownership, service providers, and tenants alike. These awards attest to the team’s commitment to working alongside our clients in implementing best practices,” shares MEC’s General Manager, Angie Ieraci.
150 Bloor Street West: Leading Energy Consumption Reduction into the Future
150 Bloor Street West’s Earth Award win is a testament to the team’s efforts in minimizing the property’s energy footprint through effective building management practices and strategic capital investments.
In the last year, the team successfully reduced electricity consumption by 18.7% and established an annual energy reduction target of 4%, with the intent to continue this trend into the future. The team focused their attention on multiple projects in 2020 to further reduce their energy footprint to great results, including domestic cold-water pressure set-point modification seeing 43,000 kWh in estimated savings and removal of inlet vanes on air-conditioning systems seeing 31,000 kWh in estimated savings. In addition to energy saving projects, the team also took advantage of Peak Power’s predictive analytics to increase the outdoor air temperature at which the chiller operates, saving runtime of pumps, cooling towers, and chillers. Already looking forward, the team has plans to install a light meter on the Building Automation System (BAS) to control engagement temperature for the mechanical cooling of the building.
“We continue to be grateful for BOMA’s ongoing support throughout our process of seeking new levels of innovation. Our team is always focused on leading our site into the future and creating a better building experience for our occupants, while also improving our environmental footprint. There’s still so much more to come,” says Stephen Wall, General Manager.
Congratulations to all the teams on these outstanding achievements!