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One America Plaza a Tower Among Skyscrapers

“Developing a sense of community among tenants and keeping on top of maintenance were crucial to One America Plaza winning an award for excellence at the San Diego Building Owners and Managers Association awards luncheon.

Marie A. Giere, property manager for the building, attributed those kinds of details to winning the award Oct. 12 at the BOMA awards luncheon at the Hilton San Diego Resort. Giere and Linda Burnham are the management team for the New York-based Shimizu Development Inc., which owns the building.

The company is a subsidiary of Shimizu Development Inc. of Tokyo, the world’s fourth-largest construction company, which has owned the 570,000-square-foot building through various partnerships since it was built in the early 1990s.

The 34-story skyscraper won in the 500,000- to 1 million-square-foot building class.

“There’s a real pride of ownership here by the employees responsible for each area,” Giere said. “We keep the building in perfect shape for the tenants, try to deal fairly with everybody, and we’re very proud of that.”

The building has a full-service concierge on site five days a week, and board and conference rooms available for all tenants, she said. The tower features a San Diego Trolley station, museum building, restaurants, retail shops and outdoor plazas.

“There’s a real sense of community here. A lot of it has to do with our immediate response to tenant needs and consideration of their businesses and the way they want to appear,” Giere said. “We follow up. We double check. We do all those little things that aren’t listed as amenities.”

Giere and Burnham are assisted by Debbie Petrini, an administrative assistant, and several maintenance and janitorial employees. The building managers’ plans for the future include partnering with major tenants on charitable work.

Satisfying Tenants


For Glen Welch, property manager for San Diego Enterprise Plaza at 2810-2820 Camino del Rio S., maintaining a high level of tenant satisfaction was also crucial to winning a BOMA award for the building he manages.

“We try very hard to maintain a high level of tenant satisfaction through excellent service and building amenities,” Welch said. “We also have superior cleaning services subcontracted by Nico & Associates of San Diego.”

A $1.2 million modernization also helped to win the award too, Welch said.

“It looks a lot better than other buildings of that size as a result,” he said.

The building, which was built in 1983, has 76,300 square feet of space and is owned by San Diego Enterprise Plaza LLC. It’s under Interstate 805 at Interstate 8 and features a glass curtain wall design with solar, cool-reflective glazing on the windows. Landscaping includes nearly 50 pear trees, he said. There’s also a fountain and outdoor sitting area.

Among the winners in the building competition was Wells Fargo Plaza in the 250,000- to 499,000-square-foot category. It’s a 24-story, 465,000-square-foot Welton Beckett Associates design that opened in 1984. The building is owned by the Prime Property Fund and managed by a team led by Joseph P. Murphy, general manager of Jones Lang LaSalle’s local office.

The building has a red granite exterior, subterranean parking, fire- and life-safety systems and 24-hour security with card key access. Tenants have access to two, third-floor conference rooms, a jewelry store, gourmet delicatessen with outdoor patio, express mail room and car detailing service.

The ScrippsHealth Carmel Valley Medical Office Building at 12395 El Camino Real took top honors in the medical office building category. It’s a two-story, 61,994-square-foot project designed by Brown, Gimber, Rodriguez, Park and is one of several buildings managed by Barbara Lorenz, corporate director, and Pam Garcia, building manager.

Also winning a building excellence award was Miramar Activity Park, at 9115 Activity Road, owned by American Realty Advisors and managed by Tracie Hager of Burnham Real Estate Services.

The judging for the contest consisted of an on-site inspection of each building by a team of judges, who also interviewed the management staff of each building. The judges were licensed professionals with property management expertise, said Kim Merrill, a BOMA spokesman.”

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