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From Scenario Planning to Developing Office Prototypes
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the BOMA network has mobilized to create, source and disseminate guidance tailored to the commercial real estate industry; to work with member companies and partner organizations to find solutions; and to lobby the U.S. Congress for needed legislation. Last week, BOMA International sent a letter to congressional leadership to communicate some of the pressing coronavirus issues that the industry is facing. BOMA outlined the critical role of property professionals in helping communities get back to work and urged lawmakers to consider measures that ensure both the physical safety of commercial real estate employees and the financial security of our essential industry.
BOMA continues to play a leading role in these discussions and is set to release an official guidance document dedicated to the topic of building re-occupancy. BOMA International and BOMA local associations will continue to advocate on behalf of the industry at every stage of this pandemic.
U.S. Congress Expected to Pass Additional Relief Bill
Today, the U.S. Congress is poised to pass a bill that includes additional emergency funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the most talked-about small business provision from the CARES Act. Intended to prop up struggling small businesses during the pandemic shutdown, the PPP ran out of funds shortly after the program came online. While this program was just one of a number of loan programs, its ability to convert into a grant if used towards payroll, rent and utilities made it a favorite among struggling businesses. The stimulus funding bill, totaling more than $484 billion, will allocate $380 billion to the PPP and other small business programs, $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for COVID-19 testing. Congressional leaders have signaled that additional measures still will be needed and another round of stimulus funding might take place in early May when Congress reconvenes..
Recovery Readiness Resources
After months of building tenants and their employees working in the isolation of their own homes, commercial real estate professionals are gearing up for their occupants’ eventual return by exploring operational strategies that might promote health and safety throughout the transition. Among these strategies is Cushman & Wakefield’s 6 Feet Office prototype, which envisions an office where social distancing guidelines continue to be enforced. The conceptual idea was discussed during the firm’s recovery readiness webinar Tuesday morning, which accompanied the release of a How-To Guide for tenants and building owners preparing to reopen workplaces as stay-at-home restrictions are lifted. The guide focuses on essential areas that include reducing touch points, controlling access and communicating effectively.
Reopening the World's Workplaces
Also shedding light on the topic of re-occupancy is a CBRE briefing titled Reopening the World’s Workplaces . CBRE states that based on experience supporting clients in Asia, reopening commercial establishments is “not straightforward” and “forethought is critical as important activities must be approached in fundamentally new ways.” For instance, businesses and building personnel must prepare for a more discerning occupant base that requires clear, ongoing communication.
Anticipating Tenant Needs
What will tenants want in a post-COVID-19 world? A growing body of research by JLL suggests that the modern tenant’s wish list might include these four things: Space design that offers greater dedication, privacy and separation from others; flexible work schedules and locations; hyper-focus on health and safety; and opportunities to collaborate and to concentrate. JLL notes that some of these trends were already emerging prior to the coronavirus outbreak, but owners and managers can expect that they will gain momentum in this new environment.
New BOMA Tool: Track Coronavirus State Legislation
U.S. state and local governments have been at the center of the COVID-19 emergency, and BOMA local associations have been hard at work ensuring that policies both slow the spread of the virus and also allow essential services to continue. Most government actions have taken place through executive orders, but a next wave of policy activity will be coming soon as many state legislatures are still in session. Some of this activity may significantly inform commercial real estate operations, especially as governments across the U.S consider plans for reopening businesses. To assist members with tracking any COVID-related state legislation, BOMA International has prepared a live report that details all current bills introduced at the state level that directly relate to the pandemic.
Something to Celebrate: 2020 Class of BOMA Fellows
BOMA International is excited to announce the 2020 class of BOMA Fellows! The honorees are individuals who have displayed exemplary and sustained contributions to the industry, their profession, the community and BOMA at all levels and have continually answered the call to leadership and service throughout their careers. Congratulations to: Sandrena Robinson, BOMA Fellow, LEED Green Associate; Keri KJ Taylor, BOMA Fellow; Missy A. Quinn, BOMA Fellow, LEED Green Associate, RPA; and Luci Smith, BOMA Fellow, FMA, RPA. Read more about this year’s class and the mission of the BOMA Fellows program.
BOMA: A New Standard for Today's Industrial Sector

BOMA's Floor Measurement Standards: Trusted and Used Worldwide

Just Released: BOMA's New Industrial Standard
In the fast-moving industrial real estate sector, you want a floor measurement standard that keeps up with the times. Now more than ever, industrial property professionals need BOMA International’s brand new Industrial Standard.
This timely resource includes:
  • A unified methodology;
  • Single Occupant and Multi-Occupant scenarios on one chart;
  • Inter-Building Areas fully implemented;
  • Capped Load Factor applied to individual occupants;
  • An easy-to-follow, step-by-step layout written in simplified language with helpful hints and detailed instructions;
  • Compatibility with the International Property Measurement Standard for Industrial Buildings;
  • And more!
BOMA 2019 for Industrial Buildings: Standard Method of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z65.2-2019)  also includes clarifications addressing frequently asked questions from the previous 2012 version of the Industrial Standard to help ensure the most accurate measurement and application.
Want to learn more about the BOMA Standards?
BOMA International offers eLearning courses, classroom instruction and on-demand webinars, including our webinar series about the 2017 Office Standard. Learn more .
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Upcoming Events
Re-Entry: Important Tips from Your Building Service Providers
As some stay-at-home orders start to be lifted, property professionals must ensure their commercial buildings are ready for returning occupants. Your building’s re-entry plan needs to take into consideration how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected buildings systems and changed tenant expectations.
Join leading industry experts from seven of BOMA International’s Cornerstone Partners as they share their insights into what you need to know to ensure your occupants’ transition back into the workplace is seamless. The webinar will cover security concerns; communications technologies; ventilation systems; cleaning and sanitizing practices; purchasing and supply chain concerns; managing foot traffic and people moving; and more.
Wednesday, April 29, 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern
Location: Anywhere with internet access!
Price: Free
Join us to:
  • Learn more about tips for re-entry from the commercial real estate industry's leading building product and service providers;
  • Get answers to the latest frequently asked questions about commercial building re-entry; and
  • Gain insight into what companies are doing to help protect you, your staff, your tenants and your building visitors.

Due to overwhelming demand for this upcoming webinar, registrations for live attendance have now been closed. However, the on-demand version of this webinar will be available to view Thursday, April 30th. Please check back then to register for an on-demand viewing.
Upcoming Events
USGBC Virtual Technical Workshop: A Roadmap to Holistic Building Decarbonization - April 30

As part of our continued education offerings for 2020 we had planned a series of workshops on LEED, Arc, Resilience, Social equity, Health and wellness and other sustainability topics. Out of an abundance of caution the USGBC has cancelled all in-person events for the remainder of 2020. While we cannot assemble in person, we wanted you to continue using our education offerings virtually. 
Please join USGBC and our co-hosts WSP, as Joshua Radoff - Senior Vice President, Built Ecology - WSP and LEED Fellow, helps de-mystify carbon - its relationship to energy, LEED and getting to Net Zero and Net Zero Carbon. 
Workshop title: A Roadmap to Holistic Building Decarbonization
Date: April 30, 2020 (Thursday)
Time: 1 pm to 2 :30 pm
GBCI Credit: 1.0 CE hours
Please register for the workshop here
Please note that the workshop has been spread over a longer period of time to accommodate for breaks to allow attendees to cater to their work from home needs. Please forward this to your friends and colleagues who may be interested.
We look forward to seeing you on screen April 30!  Please contact me at , 919-599-1071 or my colleague Tracie Hall, 315-729-9067, with any questions.
Thanks and regards
Gautam Tarafdar
Regional Executive
Market Transformation & Development – Mid-Atlantic and New England
U.S. Green Building Council
2101 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20037
D: (202) 595-3990 | Cell: (919) 599-1071
Upcoming Events

NYSERDA is hosting a webinar on May 20 th  from 1 pm – 4:30 pm on  ‘Exploring Workforce Development Needs and Resources for a Decarbonized Built Environment’
This event will stimulate in-depth discussions on workforce development and will help the Roadmap team understand and prioritize key workforce needs and solutions for decarbonizing and electrifying New York State’s building stock. More information to follow in a formal invitation to be sent out in the coming weeks.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Pooja Chawda at or Kaitlin Moody at .  
We look forward to working with you on this exciting initiative and hope you can join us for this event.    
NYSERDA’s Carbon Neutral Buildings Team
Service Spotlight - Thank you BOMA Georgia for the following resources!
I hope the week is wrapping up well for everyone. I’d also like to share a new round of resources produced by BOMA Georgia that you may find helpful. Please feel free to share any or all of the resources with your members.
Building on our recent series of remote work videos and webinar, we have produced an article on Engaging Your Virtual Team: Best Practices from Experienced Virtual Leaders .
BOMA Georgia has also released a webinar recording on the topic of Managing the Tenant/Customer Experience During COVID-19 . This webinar takes a holistic look at maintaining and enhancing the tenant, customer, and employee experience in dealing with COVID-19. It also briefly examines considerations for reducing operating expenses and preparing for increased building utilization.
The BOMA Georgia foundation has released a new, free paper titled Operational Savings: A Guide to Maximizing Opportunities During a Time of Low Building Utilization . Even though some jurisdictions are easing shelter-in-place requirements, for many properties, building utilization is expected to remain below typical utilization rates for some time. The workbook-style guide is designed to assist building management and operations teams in exploring tactics and strategies to decrease operating expenses; more easily complete needed maintenance and projects; and/or prepare for a return to more normal building utilization. The ideas included are designed to provoke thought and conversation among property management and building operations teams.
Responding to the sustained, increased number of people working at home, we have also released a three-part video series on maintaining good physical and mental health during remote work. The video series includes exercising at home , remote work and incorporating exercise into the day , and considerations for maintaining good mental health .
Finally, I wanted to share an idea we implemented to thank BOMA Georgia’s overall sponsors. We asked each sponsor and member of the Executive Committee to send us a short video clip of what they are grateful for during this time. The video helped to visually connect our sponsors to our members and was an engaging way to reflect on the many things we are grateful for. You can view the video here .
I hope these resources are helpful for you and your members.
Stay well,
Gabriel Eckert, FASAE, CAE
BOMA Georgia Chief Executive Officer 
We hope you are Healthy & Safe!
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