This October, five real estate and facilities professionals will be recognized during the 2nd Annual BOLD Awards that pay tribute to “Building Optimizers, Leaders, and Disruptors” who are making significant impacts on the built environment through the use of real estate technology. Four companies in the industry — Aquicore, Comfy, Enlighted, and View — have come together to host the awards, honoring changemakers who are making buildings smarter and more sustainable.
Nominations are now being accepted through September 7, 2016.
The BOLD Awards recognize members of the real estate and facilities industry in the following five categories, including the new People’s Choice Award. Applications are available for individuals who work in the management and operations of the built environment.
The Mentor: Recognizes a senior leader whose support of innovative ideas, technologies, and programs that positively impacted the efficiency and sustainability of their built environment.
The Innovator: Honors an individual who pioneered unique and creative programs or initiatives with the goal of increasing tenant engagement, satisfaction, and retention.
The Champion: Celebrates a leader who developed creative and innovative systems or processes of a specific cutting-edge technology, solution, or strategy to solve difficult commercial real estate challenges.
The Unsung Hero: Highlights an individual who is instrumental in accelerating the adoption of technology in buildings, but largely does so behind the scenes.
The People’s Choice Award: The public is invited to vote for their favorite nominee from all of the above categories.
Finalists will be announced September 28, 2016 and award winners will be celebrated on October 5, 2016 on the first night of the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Los Angeles.
The 2016 judges’ panel includes Jigar Shah, Co-Founder of Generate Capital, Founder of SunEdison and co-host of Energy Gang Podcast; Dr. Nils Kok, CEO, GRESB B.V.; Cliff Majersik, Executive Director at IMT; and Gautami Palanki, Director of LEED Dynamic Plaque.
Facility Executive magazine is the exclusive media partner for the 2016 BOLD Awards, and we spoke with Brendon O’Donovan, vice president of marketing for Aquicore, about this year’s awards as well as the inaugural recipients: “Our 2015 recipients have done an incredible job of creating meaningful change, scaling innovation, and bringing overlooked issues to the forefront,” said O’Donovan.
The 2015 winners included Sara Neff, vice president of sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation, who created and scaled Kilroy Realty’s sustainability initiatives and programs, making the firm a nationally recognized sustainability leader in only four years. Another recipient was Bill Updike, chief of the Green Building & Climate Branch for the Government of the District of Columbia. Updike was recognized for raising the bar of energy efficiency standards with three key programs: the DC Green Construction Code, the DC building energy benchmarking law, and green affordable housing programs. A full list of 2015 winners and finalists can be found here.
Submit a nomination for The BOLD Awards through September 7, 2016.