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Homelessness, as we know, is a huge challenge for Austin. This is one reason why BOMA Austin supports the work of the Mobile Loaves and Fishes project in East Austin known as Community First! Village. Come be inspired to do your part in solving this crisis one person at a time! Come and hear what BOMA's Charity of choice is up to. Our speaker will be Donna Emery, Director of Development, Mobile Loaves & Fishes.
Luncheon: BG Talent, Fleet Maintenance of Texas, Glumac and Mooring USA
Join us on June 13 for our quarterly Dutch Lunch for easy going networking with other Emerging Professionals.
Terry Black's Barbecue
1003 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
Please note: For this event exclusively, we ask that only those who have worked in the industry for five years or less attend this lunch. We, of course, welcome everyone at our Seminars and other events.
RSVP's are greatly appreciated for obtaining seating.
Two Tours for the price of one! The Sustainability Committee has planned two tours to show the two ends of the spectrum on how buildings are becoming more and more sustainable with regards to building systems. First, they will take you on a tour of the newest building in Austin, then on a tour of a long-time icon which has been through a complete retrofit.
Save the dates: June 28 and September 13
First up —
4 pm – 6 pm
500 West 2nd Street
CBRE Management Team
The Sustainability Committee invites you to see first-hand what new technology is being used to help buildings be more environmentally sustainable and operationally efficient, while lowering cost related to the same for tenants and owners. With all the new product being delivered to downtown Austin, we are very thankful that CBRE granted our request to tour 500 West 2nd Street and see trends in new construction and technology. Since we do not all manage a brand-new property like 500 W 2nd Street, we wanted to show that incredible results can be gained by more seasoned buildings through effective management and the commitment of savvy ownership.
Sponsors: Professional Janitorial Service and PriebeSecruity Services, Inc.
Please join us and give your tenants an opportunity to give back to the community. As you know Community First Village! is a BOMA selected charity and their mission to fight homelessness is not just good for the community but also good for our properties that deal with the challenges daily. Here is what they are asking for:
You will receive an email that contains a flyer for you to customize and details about what to do when the drive is over.
Click here to fill out the contact and information form for First Drive.
- Ziploc bags with about 20 Tide pods in each
- Cooling towels
- Nonperishable canned vegetables (please make sure there's still a year
before the expiration date)
- HEB gift cards of varying amounts $10, $15, $20
Despite their own differences in opinion on development and the fever-pitch rhetoric surrounding CodeNEXT at City Hall, members of the Planning Commission generally have a positive outlook on the controversial overhaul of the Land Development Code.
"I'm not going to say I'm happy with it, but it's much better than (the draft) we got from staff," said Commissioner Greg Anderson, who is perhaps the commission’s staunchest advocate for density and reduced zoning restrictions.
Community Impact Newspaper
Financial services firm Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. celebrated the completion of another phase of growth at its new North Austin campus.
The 50-acre campus is located at 2309 Gracy Farms Lane, Austin, just across the MetroRail tracks from the IBM Broadmoor Campus. The latest expansion features 469,000 square feet of office space in two five-story buildings with an amenities center and parking garage.
This summer, construction will begin on a third office building and second parking structure.
Austin Energy is in the market for a new headquarters capable of housing employees currently scattered across the city.
The city's electric utility is reviewing proposals recently solicited — with help from commercial real estate firm CBRE — from developers for a building of about 300,000 square feet. For comparison, that is about half the square footage of downtown Austin's Frost Bank Tower.
Commercial Property Executive
A new 709,000-square-foot trophy office property with 10,600 square feet of retail space is in the works in Austin, Texas, courtesy of developers Trammell Crow Co. and Principal Real Estate Investors. The 36-story tower at 200 W. Sixth St. will stand out above the rest, as it will be both the tallest and largest office building to grace the city's downtown skyline. The joint venture will kick off construction of straight away. DPR is aboard as general contractor and is scheduled to complete construction of the building in 2021.
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We've written about what we call the "parks, cafes and a riverwalk" model of sustainability, which focuses on providing new green spaces, mainly for high-income people. This vision of shiny residential towers and waterfront parks has become a widely shared conception of what green cities should look like. But it can drive up real estate prices and displace low- and middle-income residents.
By Lucy Wallwork
Woe the fate of the poor urban designer. Forced to wander the streets of our cities, painfully alive to all of the errors of our design history, the sort of things that most of us walk past with barely a glance. In this series of articles, we will be looking at a few of the things we have been getting badly wrong when designing our cities, and that we are now scrambling to rectify. That will mean throwing light on a series of often unglamorous details and the role they play in our environment.
It was the 9 p.m. check-in at a homeless village called Right 2 Dream Too in Portland, Oregon. The code of conduct was read aloud. Then the roll call began: one by one, people showed ID and stepped through the chain link fence, towards portable toilets, bedrolls, warmth, sleep and safety.
Most people don't associate this kind of order and security with homelessness. Indeed, homelessness and criminality are often conflated. But a Guardian investigation in two U.S. cities where such highly organized homeless villages are common, Seattle and Portland, found that their presence was not generally accompanied by a rise in crime in their neighborhoods. In fact, crime was likelier to go down.
In order to keep your employees clipping along, you need to get to the root of their lack of engagement. According to a report by Gallup, 51 percent of employees are not engaged at work. So, how can you flip the switch for workers that have checked out?
Allowing your staff to openly communicate when they are unhappy or have a concern about a manager can go a long way in promoting workplace engagement. Your employees will feel like they are being empowered and have some control over their workplace situation. How you handle these grievances can also make the difference in whether your team is satisfied with their work environment, and it can make them more productive in the long run.
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