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  • April 27, 2020 11:43 AM | Andy Murray (Administrator)


    The COVID-19 pandemic spread quickly across the United States in February and March, forcing cities to impose stay-at home anGetting Back to Work-Preparing Buildings for Reentry - revised 4-28-20.pdfd shelter-in-place orders. Building operations had to adjust as non-essential personnel worked from home. We are now preparing for a phased re-entry of office buildings over the coming months.

    To provide guidance on building operations and workforce issues, BOMA International assembled a task group from across North America to help owners and managers plan for what is coming.

    This document provides guidance for preparing commercial buildings for the safe return of office tenants, building personnel, visitors, vendors, contractors, and others, and identifies other operational and safety procedures and protocols that should be implemented, updated, or enhanced as we prepare to live and work in a post-COVID-19 world.

    This is a framework for developing your individual property or portfolio plans. Information presented represents suggested best practices and procedures and identifies questions and issues you should consider.

    CLICK HERE to view the entire document

  • April 14, 2020 10:45 AM | Andy Murray (Administrator)

    Government Affairs Committee
    Debby Pyznarski, Chair

    In an effort to keep our members well informed, the Government Affairs Committee regularly reviews news feeds, State and Local legislative initiatives, and other relevant sources to keep you up-to-date on issues that could impact you and your organizations.

    1. “The first know COVID-19 wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Illinois. Named among the defendants is a landlord that owned and managed…”Click Here to read the entire article.



    2. The Treasury Department and IRS just sent out some helpful guidance on the CARES Act that could impact your Net Operating Carryback Losses. In summary, the decrease in tax attributable to the net operating carryback loss is applied against 5 unpaid amounts of tax. Any remainder of the decrease is credited or refunded within the 90-day period. Please consult with your CPA or tax attorney for details.



    3.  When members of the Government Affairs Committee and Board of Directors were on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC earlier this year, we were asking for a fix to a “typo” in the 2017 Tax Law which reverted Leasehold Depreciation, now known as QIP (Qualified Improvement Property), from 15 to 39 years. The CARES Act fixed our ask! This is a BIG WIN for Property Owners. See: https://www.bisnow.com/national/news/economy/cares-act-expands-greatly-deductions-for-ti-retailers-and-restaurants-103833?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser&utm_source=outbound_pub_116&utm_campaign=outbound_issue_37777&utm_content=outbound_link_7&utm_medium=email


  • March 30, 2020 10:39 AM | Andy Murray (Administrator)
    On March 26, BOMA/Suburban Chicago's President, Kim DeFily, and Executive Director, Michael Mulcrone, participated in BOMA Int’l’s webinar: COVID-19: Maintaining Building Operations and Preparing for Re-Occupancy. Below is the link to access the recorded webinar and highlights to share with your team/company.

    HOW TO ACCESS THE WEBINAR: To access this recording, go to this link https://learn.boma.org/products/covid-19-maintaining-building-operations-and-preparing-for-re-occupancy?force_login=1 and log in with your BOMA Int'l credential. If you don't have your credentials, just click on the "Forgot your Password" link. You can also find this product in your BOMA Int’l Dashboard after you've logged in.”

    HIGHLIGHTS FROM WEBINAR:

    Mitigation is undervalued and essential.


    RE re-occupancy:

    • Prepare for re-occupancy. It’s easier to leave a building than to return to it.
    • When do recover operations start? Now! Take decisive action.
    • Should be operationalizing your mitigation plan. Should be asking “what if” questions.
    • Anticipate shortages of supplies. Critical to engage with suppliers/vendors.
    • Hold tenant council meetings with owners, tenants, and vendors. Communications is critical for success.

    Legal issues:
    • Force majeure: Is COVID -19 a force majeure event? Every lease needs to be analyzed. Past court rulings and common law theories apply if issue is not covered in the lease.
    • · Insurance coverage: Know your business interruption, cancellation and civil authority clauses.
    • · Litigation: Claims and disputes are inevitable. Courts will be mired in litigation for years.
    • · Be proactive!
    Know your documents.

    Reach out to all affected parties and try to mitigate the damage.

    Seek help from professionals.

    Cleaning buildings:
    Re-opening Buildings
    • Ultimately it’s an owner/manager/tenant decision.
    • What is the risk? Be conscious of public relations implications, both positive and negative.
    • Mechanical systems need to be thoroughly checked.
    • Maximize outdoor air supply.

    Potable Water Issues

    • Need proactive maintenance.- Flushing and disinfecting is critical.
    • If buildings remain closed or underused in Summer, watch for high humidity and mold issues.
    • Building purges at night?
  • March 23, 2020 12:49 PM | Andy Murray (Administrator)

    Debby Pyznarski, the Chair of BOMA/Suburban Chicago’s Government Affairs Committee, obtained the below letter from the Department of Homeland Security regarding the many rumors and facts circulating around the country related to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Please review and share with your teams.

    FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control Website: https://www.fema.gov/Coronavirus-Rumor-Control

    The purpose of this FEMA page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, stay informed with our updated myth vs. facts related to the federal (COVID-19) response. 

    For more information on the coronavirus, please visit coronavirus.gov. You can also visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) response page for more updates on the federal response.

    Myth: There is a national lockdown and the entire country will be quarantined for two weeks.

    Fact: There is no national lockdown. As with all information online or shared via social media, it is important to verify the source of the information. You can find the latest information as well as links to additional resources at www.coronavirus.gov.

    Myth: FEMA has deployed military assets.

    Fact: No, FEMA does not have military assets. Like all emergencies, response is most successful when it is locally executed, state managed and federally supported. Each state’s governor is responsible for response activities in their state, to include establishing curfews, deploying the National Guard if needed and any other restrictions or safety measures they deem necessary for the health and welfare of their citizens.

    Myth: I need to stockpile as many groceries and supplies as I can.

    Fact: Please only buy what your family needs for a week. It is important to remember that many families may be unable to buy a supply of food and water for weeks in advance. Consumer demand has recently been exceptionally high – especially for grocery, household cleaning, and some healthcare products. Freight flows are not disrupted, but stores need time to restock.

    Myth: I heard that the government is sending $1,000 checks. How do I sign up?

    Fact: The U.S. Government is not mailing checks in response to COVID-19 at this time. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer. It’s important that you only trust information coming from official sources. The Federal Trade Commission recently provided more information about this scam and other common COVID-19 related scams on their website.

    Myth: Only those over 60 years of age and those with existing health problems are at risk from the Coronavirus.

    Fact: It is an unfortunate rumor that only people over 60 years of age are at risk of getting this disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), those at higher risk include older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions. However, symptoms can range from mild to severe with and may have different complications for each individual. The CDC has a list of COVID-19 symptoms you may experience. Please continue to follow the official information from the CDC.

    Thank you and stay safe.

    W. S. Brown

    Section Chief - Commercial Facilities

    Stakeholder Engagement Division

    Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

    Office: 703-603-5019 (O) | Cell: 202-860-6603 (C) | Email: william.brown@cisa.dhs.gov


  • March 22, 2020 7:34 AM | Andy Murray (Administrator)

    The below article was written and posted on the BOMA Chicago website on 3/20/20:

    Governor JB Pritzker announced on Friday, March 20th that he signed a statewide stay at home order, aiming to keep new cases of COVID-19 from rapidly increasing and ensure the state's health care system remains fully operational to treat patients in need of urgent care. 

    The order takes effect 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. In addition to the stay at home provisions, it also orders all local government units across the state to halt all evictions and bans gatherings of more than 10 people.

    All first responders, emergency management personnel, law enforcement personnel, health care workers and others working to support Essential Businesses and Essential Government Functions like grocery stores and pharmacies are exempt from this stay at home order.

    Additionally, building management and maintenance are categorized as Essential Infrastructure, meaning these individuals may leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessary to offer, provision, operate, maintain and repair Essential Infrastructure.

    According to Chicago Department of Buildings Commissioner Judith Frydland at the Department of Buildings, construction is specifically exempted from the Executive order, however, workers must comply with precautions set forth on the local, state and national level.

    The governor's action today formalizes his calls this week for Illinoisans to stay home as much as possible, aside from meeting their basic needs. In that regard, the stay at home order permits a range of activities that will allow Illinoisans to get their necessities while maintaining social distance from others, which include but are not limited to:

    Essential Activities:

    • For health and safety: seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication or visiting a health care professional
    • For necessary supplies and services: obtaining groceries and food, household consumer products, supplies they need to work from home, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences
    • For outdoor activity: walking, hiking, running or biking - including going to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas, except for playgrounds
    • For certain types of work: Providing essential products and services at Essential Businesses or Operations or otherwise carrying out activities specifically permitted in the order, including Minimum Basic Operations
    • To take care of others: Caring for or transporting a family member, friend or pet in another household

    Essential Government Functions:

    All services provided by state and local governments needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public

    • This Executive Order does not apply to the United States government

    Essential Businesses and Operations:

    • Healthcare and Public Health Operations: Working at or obtaining services from hospitals; clinics; dental offices; pharmacies; public health entities; healthcare manufacturers and suppliers; blood banks; medical cannabis facilities; reproductive health care providers; eye care centers; home healthcare services providers; mental health and substance use providers; ancillary healthcare services — including veterinary care and excluding fitness and exercise gyms, spas, salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, and similar facilities
    • Human Services Operations: any provider funded by DHS, DCFS or Medicaid; long-term care facilities; home-based and residential settings for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with disabilities or mental illness; transitional facilities; field offices for food, cash assistance, medical coverage, child care, vocational services or rehabilitation services; developmental centers; adoption agencies; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services and other necessities of life for needy individuals — excluding day care centers, day care homes, group day care homes and day care centers licensed as specified in Section 12(s) of the order
    • Essential Infrastructure: Working in food production, distribution and sale; construction; building management and maintenance; airport operations; operation and maintenance of utilities, including water, sewer, and gas; electrical; distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; ports; cybersecurity operations; flood control; solid waste and recycling collection and removal; and internet, video, and telecommunications systems
    • Stores that sell groceries and medicine
    • Food, beverage and cannabis production and agriculture
    • Organizations that provide charitable and social services
    • Media
    • Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
    • Financial institutions
    • Hardware and supply stores
    • Critical trades, including plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers that maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations
    • Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services
    • Educational institutions, for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions
    • Laundry services
    • Restaurants for consumption off-premises
    • Supplies to work from home
    • Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations
    • Transportation, for purposes of Essential Travel
    • Home-based care and services
    • Residential facilities and shelters
    • Professional services
    • Day care centers for employees exempted by this Executive Order
    • Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
    • Critical labor union functions
    • Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services
    • Funeral services

    All non-essential business and operations must cease, aside from Minimum Basic Operations. Business can continue with employees working from home. Minimum Basic Operations includes the minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of inventory, preserve plant and equipment condition, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits and facilitate employees working remotely.

    The order also closes licensed child care centers and all childcare homes serving more than six children. The Pritzker administration is working to expand the availability of child care for essential workers, while protecting the health of the children and child care teachers and home providers. A new Emergency Child Care Center license is being created with more flexibility but much smaller group sizes to ensure social distancing for children in care.

    Only essential travel is permitted at this time and must be done in accordance with social distancing requirements. That includes travel related to: 

    • Performing Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses and Operations or Minimum Basic Operations
    • Caring for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities or other vulnerable persons
    • Receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services from an educational institution
    • Returning to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction
    • Following the direction of law enforcement or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement
    • Returning to a place of residence outside the State for non-residents


  • March 16, 2020 11:43 AM | Michael Mulcrone (Administrator)

    C A N C E L L E D

    Due To Ongoing Concerns For

    Our Members and Guests Safety

    March Members Lunch: CRE and Artificial Intelligence

    • March 19, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • The Estate by Gene & Georgetti's

    Brought to you by the Program Committee

    The commercial real estate (CRE) industry has been  historically known to be a domain where intelligence is passed down from person to person. While that has worked well so far, there seems to be something bigger and brighter beckoning on its horizon that will combine human intelligence and technology-based systems like artificial intelligence (AI).

    Such blended AI-based systems could help steer the CRE industry towards a future of unimaginable growth and success. But what are some of the advantages and challenges of artificial intelligence that property professionals should be prepared for?

    Find out at the March Members Lunch: CRE and Artificial Intelligence, where Vince Zuppa, Director and Vice President of Property Management at Prologis will discuss how artificial intelligence is interacting with and impacting the commercial real estate industry. 

    Some key areas that Vince will cover are: 

    * What is artificial intelligence (AI) in the realm of CRE?
    * How is AI currently being used in commercial real estate?
    * How is AI affecting our workforce and their current skill set?
    * Can AI reduce costs and improve operations?
    * Is AI an industry disruptor? 


  • March 13, 2020 4:21 PM | Michael Mulcrone (Administrator)

    Board of Directors and the

    Emergency Preparedness Committee

    Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update

    March 13, 2020

    It is important to educate your building occupants, guests, and staff with relevant, trustworthy sources of information during these uncertain times. To that end, BOMA International and BOMA/Suburban Chicago offer the following resources for your consideration:

    In Addition

    as of March 13, 2020

    BOMA/Georgia, in partnership with the

    Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology,

    hosted a very informative 60-minute webinar for

    commercial real estate professionals.


    "We are pleased to share with you the recording of yesterday's webinar, as well as some additional resources and information that can assist you as you navigate the current COVID-19 outbreak.

    "The growing health concern caused by the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe has captured the attention of governments, health organizations, and every-day citizens. In this national webinar produced by BOMA Georgia, conducted in partnership with the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Krystle Johnson with Emory Healthcare shared with attendees the key facts they need to know about COVID-19, the threat it poses, infectious control basics, and more.

    "Toward the end of the webinar, she also answered several questions of importance to operation and management of buildings. Additionally, the webinar explores what role property and facility managers can play in preventing the spread of infectious disease within buildings."

    To watch the webinar: https://leader.creinsightjournal.com/coronavirus-covid-19-webinar-boma-georgia-apic-of-greater-atlanta/


    Additional Resources from BOMA Georgia

    BOMA Georgia Foundation COVID-19 and

    Infectious Disease Control Resource Guide 

    Ongoing Development of Resources for Disease Prevention

    CDC COVID-19 Website 

    CDC COVID-19 Environmental Cleaning and

    Disinfection Recommendations 


    Northern Illinois University

    OSHA #7210: Pandemic Influenza and Workplace Preparedness

    See: https://www.niu.edu/nsec/course-schedules/osha-courses/osha-7210.shtml for more information.


    Allied Universal

    As of March 13, the number of coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 1,700. During this time of unrest, it is imperative that your organization is armed with the knowledge to make critical business decisions and ensure better risk management outcomes.

    Attend our FREE one-hour webinar for expert insight from Senior Advisor William Besse and VP of Consulting Services Brian Dusza.

    Main Topics of Discussion

    Tips for coping during a crisis

    Business continuity recommendations

    Considerations and preparations to

    keep your employees safe and protect your finances

    To register: http://pages.aus.com/032020-Coronavirus-Preparedness-RACS-Webinar-Registration.html


    Michael P. Mulcrone, Executive Director

    BOMA/Suburban Chicago


  • March 12, 2020 9:03 AM | Michael Mulcrone (Administrator)

    Board of Directors and the

    Emergency Preparedness Committee

    Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update

    March 12, 2020

    It is important to continue to prepare your employees, building occupants, and staff for a more widespread outbreak. BOMA’s Guide, COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist, and BOMA Canada’s Pandemic Guide provide foundational knowledge to better understand the contagion and how to best prepare and react in a commercial building setting (BOMA International).

    Based on the e-mails, committee meetings, and conference calls I have participated in over the past several days, one thing stands out – get your information from a responsible source! There is a lot of misleading and downright inaccurate information floating around the internet.  

    Here are some good, reliable sources you can trust:







    In Addition

    • BOMA/Suburban Chicago member Atomatic Mechanical Services shared this news release:  

    Atomatic Mechanical Services

    Indoor Air Quality Enhancements

    Over the past few months the hot topic for the world is the coronavirus and indoor air quality. From this heightened interest, many building owners and property managers have been asking what can be done to improve the air quality in their offices and business environments. To help address this, we are providing this summarized outline. 

    While there is currently nothing specific being called out as able to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, there are a variety of things that can be done to improve the indoor air quality of any environment. From the recent reiteration of ASHRAE 62.2.2019’s “Position Document on Airborne Infectious Diseases,” we have developed the following summary.


    Four Key Ventilation Areas to Enhance Air Quality

    # 1 – Dilution of Pollutants through an Increase in Fresh Air

    This recommendation speaks to the current “fresh air %” provided to the space from the building’s ventilation equipment, and suggestions of what can be done to increase it for the sake of internal air quality.

    # 2 – Decrease of Pollutants through Better Filtration of Recirculated Air

    The quality and capability of your HVAC filters is something that can be improved by adopting a more frequent filter change policy and looking into your current filters “MERV” rating for potential improvement.

    # 3 – Lessening of Susceptibility through Control of Humidity Range

    The quality of air is influenced by the % of relative humidity in the space. The ideal range of humidity for a controlled environment is 30% to 50%. Too dry and mucous membranes in the nose and throat dry out, making us more susceptible to colds and respiratory illness. Too moist of an environment is conducive to mold spores, dust mites, and pollen which also promote respiratory issues, allergies, and asthma.  

    # 4 – Decrease of Pollutants through Improvement of Air through UV/Ionization

    If airborne microbial bacteria, virus, and mold are of major concern, there are several levels of ultraviolet light solutions that can be applied to better the air quality of your ventilation. The levels are:

    • “Coil mount UV Lighting” - Evaporator coil and condensate pan irradiation *
    • “Duct/Airstream mount UV Lighting” – Air irradiation through UV *
    • “Photo Catalytic Oxidation” – Air irradiation through UV & natural chemistry *
    • “Bipolar Ionization” – Air purification through distribution of negative Ionized molecules *

    Please note: Each of these recommendations have application pros and cons which need to be considered as you select the best course of action for your needs.


    Michael P. Mulcrone, Executive Director


  • February 03, 2020 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    BOMA/Suburban Chicago is proud to celebrate 50 years of commercial real estate excellence and invites you to 2020 EXPO!

    This year's EXPO theme, to celebrate our 50th year, is -- Then and Now. With an expanded EXPO floor, 98 exhibitors will feature even more products and services. Attend the 2020 EXPO to find out how their business changed in the last 50 years, and how it will evolve in the next 50.

    Here’s what’s new this year:

    • Two breakout sessions on exciting and relevant topics
    • Entry card and first cash prize drawing for NEW guests
    • Entry card and $500 cash drawing for ALL guests

    Don’t wait. Sign up TODAY! Pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, February 12 and registration deadline is Friday, February 14.

    Visit our 2020 EXPO page for more information.


  • January 27, 2020 3:10 PM | Anonymous

    Following the recent Novel Coronavirus outbreak in China, with cases now spreading to different parts of the world, BOMA Canada shared the attached Pandemic Guide, originally prepared in 2003 after the SARS outbreak. Updated in 2018, this guide was created to help property owners and managers prepare and plan for pandemics.

    BOMA International is also working on a response and hopes to publish something in the near future. In the meantime, we hope this guide helps in planning and preparing for the health, safety and security of your building employees, tenants, members, vendors, and guests. 

    Kim DeFily, RPA
    President

    Michael Mulcrone
    Executive Director  

    RESOURCES:
    CDC Situation Summary: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Wuhan, China
    NIH officials discuss novel coronavirus that recently emerged in China
    WHO Situation Report: Novel Coronavirus(2019-nCoV)

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