The management team at Transwestern was recognized by the Building Owners and Managers Association’s New Jersey chapter for its work at 300 Kimball Drive in Parsippany. — Courtesy: Transwestern
By Joshua Burd
A management team led by Transwestern has earned the highest honor from the New Jersey chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association, thanks to its work at a well-known Parsippany office building.
The building, 300 Kimball Drive, was recognized with this year’s Grand TOBY award, an acronym for The Outstanding Building of the Year, according to a news release from Transwestern. The firm, which provides leasing and management services for the 400,147-square-foot property, received the award recently during a banquet at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
The association’s TOBY awards recognize excellence in building management, operational efficiency, tenant retention, emergency planning and community impact across numerous categories, the news release said. The Grand TOBY is given to the winning property that scores highest overall across all criteria.
The management team consisting of Vice President Erika Toscani, Senior Property Manager Monique Hughes, Assistant Property Manager Eva Karcz and Engineers Ted Masters and Harold Whetham, while Partner James Postell and Managing Director Matthew McDonough lead leasing services for the property.
“Being recognized by our peers with the Grand TOBY award is a testament to the dedication of our property management team, which has created an incredibly unique and enjoyable tenant experience at 300 Kimball,” said Postell, the firm’s market leader in the state. “The New Jersey office market remains competitive, so it is important to have an exceptional team that continues to ensure 300 Kimball is one of most sought-after properties in the state.
The award comes four years after Transwestern, which is a tenant at 300 Kimball, completed a capital improvement program that included redesigns of the building’s 4,900-square-foot lobby, 8,600-square-foot bistro and 3,000-square-foot fitness center. The project also called for improvements that improved the building’s performance and sustainability.
To create a sense of community within the building, the management team hosts regular tenant council meetings and engagement activities, such as barbecues and local charity events, the news release said. Transwestern has received other awards from the Building Owners and Managers Association, including the 2014 Heart Award for its community initiatives and a 2015 TOBY in recognition of the upgrades at 300 Kimball.