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September 2017

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September 28 // BOMA Seattle King County eNews


BOMA Members Are Stepping Up in a Big Way to Help Improve the Only Men's Shelter in Bellevue

For the past 13 years, BOMA member firms and individuals have contributed time, talent, labor and equipment resources to help support Ryther Child Center and the Downtown Emergency Services Center. In 2017, BOMA was seeking a new community outreach partner to adopt and help and we became aware of a big need at the only men’s shelter operating in Bellevue. 

About the Shelter
The shelter is located in Lincoln Center, a small City of Bellevue owned two-story, older office building, located just east of I-405 in downtown Bellevue. The shelter serves nearly 80 men each day and provides overnight shelter from the elements for up to 100 men from November to April. It is operated by Congregations for the Homeless (CFH), a non-profit organization supported by a wide cross section of churches from many faiths.The shelter uses about 4,000 SF of ground floor tenant space with no indoor restroom facilities (they use portable toilets) and in recent years, they have had a mobile truck onsite for showers and laundry, but they have lost use of these mobile facilities.    

The City of Bellevue is considering a vote to construct a new permanent and larger shelter in the Eastgate area but this will not come online for some years. Project renovation and TI improvements needed to serve these men were identified at about $450,000 – the bulk of the need being mechanical, electrical and plumbing service and fixtures. The challenge has been that the shelter needs to be renovated in time for the cold weather so the City had to go with a non-bid contract process authorized in law but carried a project cost limit of $350,000. This is where some really wonderful BOMA member firms stepped up and provided bids at significantly reduced pricing. 

What are Our BOMA members doing to help?
MacDonald Miller is doing the ducting, venting, HVAC and other mechanical work, SME Electrical is doing the electrical work for the project and American Mechanical is doing the considerable plumbing work to construct indoor bathrooms, showers, laundry, etc. All three firms submitted pricing that lowered project costs to just under $350,000. Additionally, McKinstry lead the way and provided at no charge project scoping, drawings, permitting and much more. BOMA has also contributed some community partner reserve funds to help purchase needed equipment but we are still raising funds to help the facility purchase and install a commercial laundry set so they can wash the bedding on site.  

How can you get involved?
Please consider contacting the BOMA office (206-622-8924) if your firm is able to help with a cash donation – look for more on this soon. BOMA’s October lunch meeting will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Bellevue on Monday October 23rd and the program will be about the Men’s Shelter, this project and recognizing our wonderful contributing members mentioned above and others who contribute cash to help us complete the equipment purchases. You can register for the October General Meeting here.


Attend a Special Meeting on October 13th - Seattle Waterfront Local Improvement District

Article contributed by Catherine Stanford, CA Stanford Consulting. 

The BOMA DSA Coalition will be meeting with the Seattle Office of the Waterfront (OTW) on Friday October 13th from 3:30PM-5:00PM. Location TBD.

BOMA has been actively engaged in the City’s plan to assess downtown property owners through a local Improvement district (LID) to pay for approximately $200 million of waterfront improvements. 

The OTW’s appraiser has completed the feasibility study and it can be accessed here. The estimated special benefits range is $300M to $420M. The proposed timeline for the formation of the LID is quickly approaching. In April of 2018, the Council will determine the legislative process which includes intent to form resolution.  

We encourage all downtown property owners and managers to attend. You will learn more about the project including specific timeline, value of assessments and plans for long term maintenance. 

Please contact Catherine Stanford at catherine@castanford.com, or 206-852-8228 for additional information.

//Awards & Recognition

Local TOBY Awards: Now Accepting Applications

BOMA Seattle King County invites you to enter the 2018 TOBY® contest and begin the process that could result in International recognition for your outstanding building and management team. Consider entering your building and perhaps we will be celebrating with you next June at the International Conference held in San Antonio, Texas! 

Submit Your Building Here

For more information and resources, please click here for the full article.

2017 Jack Dierdorff Scholarship Recipient: Sadie Mango, Transwestern

Sadie Mango, Assistant Property Manager at Transwestern is the recipient of the 2017 Jack Dierdorff Scholarship! Sadie submitted an impressive application which included a cover letter and two recommendations letters that showed that she is passionate, dedicated, focused, determined, ambitious and committed to creating a great experience for tenants and excelling in the property management community. 

Sadie is going to be a rockstar in this field and is already off to a great start to a promising career in commercial real estate! Congratulations, Sadie!

For more information about the Jack Dierdorff Scholarship or to apply for 2018, click here.

//Member Resources

City Light's 11th Annual Fall Preparedness Key Customer Forum

Article contributed by Seattle City Light

During this event, you'll hear from Larry Weis, General Manager about City Light’s Mission, Vision and Value. and learn about Seattle City Light’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and how the program will improve reliability and efficiency. Read the full article here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
7:30 to 8:00 AM (Sign in and Networking)
8:00-10:30 AM (Program)  

City Hall – Bertha Landes Room
601 5th Ave, Seattle, WA  98104
Coffee and refreshments will be provided 

To register for the free Forum, please e-mail Sheree Hall at sheree.hall@seattle.gov. Once you have registered, we will provide you with additional Forum information.    

For more information about the Forum, please call Soheila Ghassemikia, Key Customer Manager, with the Account Executive Office at (206) 684-3671 or email soheila.ghassemikia@seattle.gov.

Advertise with BOMA

Looking for more ways to reach BOMA Members and potential clients? We are now offering the opportunity to advertise on BOMA's website. Click here for more information.

//Upcoming Courses & Seminars

Fire Code and Safety Seminar Click here for info and registration
Tuesday, October 3, 8:30AM-12PM
BOMI Course - Design, Operation and Maintenance of Building Systems Part 2 Click here for info and registration
Thursdays, October 5, 12PM-5PM
Engineer Skills Hour - It's Too Hot/Cold in Here! Tools for Addressing Occupant Complaints Click here for info and registration
Wednesday, October 11, 12PM-5PM
Power Hour - Saving Lives with a Corporate Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program Click here for info and registration
Wednesday, October 18, 12PM-5PM
BEEP Training, Part II Click here for info and registration
Wednesday, October 25, 8AM-12PM
BOMI Course - Ethics is Good Business Click here for info and registration
Wednesday, November 1, 9AM-3PM
Armed Intruder/Active Shooter - Emergency Preparedness Seminar Click here for info and registration
Wednesday, November 8, 8:30AM-11:30AM

For a complete list of 2017 BOMA Education, click here.

//Upcoming Networking & Events

Mentor Kickoff Event 
Wednesday, October 4, 3:30AM-5:30PM
2017 Oktoberfest
Wednesday, October 11, 3PM-6PM
October General Meeting Click here for info and registration
Monday, October 23, 11:30AM-1:15PM
Save the Date: 2017 BOMA Holiday Party Registration to open soon
Tuesday, December 5

For a complete list of 2017 BOMA Events, click here.

//Questions About Anything You See Here?

Christine Miclat
Director of Marketing, Education and Communication
206-622-8924 X106

Cori Taniguchi
Director of Member Services
206-622-8924 X103

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