5 Mentoring Tips for Growing Your Facility Career

5 Mentoring Tips for Growing Your Facility Career

If there’s one predictor of success in commercial real estate, it’s finding a mentor to show you the ropes. Learning from an established professional is a great way to develop as a manager and gain new skills.

This is especially critical if you’re a woman entering a traditionally male-dominated field like commercial real estate, according to a panel of women at the BOMA International annual conference – and later, when you’ve gained seniority in your field, it’s on you to nurture the next generation of property professionals.

“It’s important as women that we look for opportunities to mentor and give back,” said Brenna Walraven, BOMA Fellow and past BOMA Chair. “Mentoring is hard. It takes time. You’re a leader with a busy schedule and it’s hard to find time to sit down and say ‘Let’s walk through that,’ but it’s something we should all be thinking about.”

Read the full article by Janelle Penny for BUILDINGS.com.

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About BOMA International

BOMA is a federation of U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates. BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10.5 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.7 million jobs and contributes $234.9 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge. BOMA International is a primary source of information on building management and operations, development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics, technological developments and other industry trends.

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Why Smart-Building Wellness Programs Are Smart

Why Smart-Building Wellness Programs Are Smart

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“Walraven says we’re only at the beginning of a massive technological shift in the CRE history, and smart buildings and wellness are just beginning to catch on.”

Smart-building wellness programs are about employee and tenant comfort, which leads to increased productivity and more profitability for everyone, panelists on Realcomm’s Smart Building Wellness webinar told attendees Tuesday. The webinar demonstrated how technology plays a major role in healthy intelligent buildings and best practices for a wellness program.

CBRE National Real Green Research Challenge

CBRE National Real Green Research Challenge

The 2015 Green Building Adoption Index is CBRE’s annual comprehensive review of the growth of green research and building certifications in the 30 largest U.S. office markets.

Tracking the growth of both EPA ENERGY STAR® and USGBC LEED® certifications, this study is the first ever to accurately measure the rise of these important environmental recognitions in the commercial real estate market. The analysis develops both national and individual statistics with supporting narrative examinations of each market, allowing comparisons between marketplaces. Additionally, this year’s green research study examines building performance by various size categories, providing further analytical detail to this increasingly important market phenomena.

The project was accomplished by a research team from Maastricht University, supported by CBRE market research as well as EPA ENERGY STAR and USGBC LEED data.

Download the 2015 National Green Building Adoption Index at CBRE

The Geography of American Climate Confusion

The Geography of American Climate Confusion

Climate change may seem like a complicated issue, but it’s actually simple if you understand five key facts, according to Edward Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University.
They are: 1. It’s real. 2. It’s us. 3. Scientists agree. 4. It’s bad. And: 5. There’s hope.

Read more on this at CNN.com (link).

Flashback: USC Marshall LA Real Estate Panel

Flashback: Brenna Walraven participated as a panelist in the the USC Marshall School of Business’ September 23, 2008 MAA LA Real Estate Panel

The panel topic was  “Southern California Real Estate 2008: Inside the Credit Crunch”

Panelists included: Brenna S. Walraven, USC BA ’86, MBA ’93, immediate former Chair of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and Managing Director of National Property Management for USAA Real Estate Company; William J. McMorrow, BS ’69, MBA ’70, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kennedy Wilson, Inc.; Terry Hanna, So. California President of Shea Active Lifestyle Communities of Shea Homes; and Moderator: Michael Gottlieb, USC BA ’94, Editor, California Real Estate Journal

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Brenna serving on Better Building Alliance Commercial Real Estate Steering Committee

Brenna serving on Better Building Alliance Commercial Real Estate Steering Committee

BBA_logoBrenna Walraven has been selected to participate as a member of the DOE’s Better Building Alliance Commercial Real Estate Steering Committee.

Better Buildings creates tools, resources, and initiatives that help push the market towards greater adoption of energy efficiency and sustainability. Brenna will be an advocate for the Better Buildings platform to industry peers and help to recruit new members or review resources under development by the Better Buildings Solutions Teams.

The steering committee is the primary way that the Department of Energy and the Better Buildings program engage with industry experts to understand current market dynamics. Input from steering committee members is crucial for Better Buildings to plan and implement impactful programs that shape the direction of the Alliance.

(more about Brenna)