The Building Owners and Managers Association of Suburban Chicago (BOMA/Suburban Chicago) is known for developing educational programing to meet the current needs of their member and the industry. In keeping with their Mission — to serve real estate professionals working in the commercial real estate industry through effective leadership, advocacy, education, professional development — they created a one-of-a-kind half-day workshop, Industrial 101, designed to delineate the key differences between managing industrial properties and office properties, as well as provide a basic outline for industrial management. After the initial session in 2012, the workshop was re-developed into a three-part offering, adding Industrial 102 and now Industrial 103.
The first offering of Industrial 103 will be presented on October 21 in Downers Grove. Topics are “New trends” and “Major capital projects,” including facades, electrical/lighting upgrades, HVAC, roofing, and parking lots. The event is open to both BOMA/Suburban Chicago members and nonmembers involved in industrial properties (no non-member vendors).
Another resource for industrial property managers, which is an outgrowth of the initial Industrial 101 workshop, is the Industrial Specific Interest Group (SIG), providing quarterly programs with networking, also open to both members and nonmembers involved in industrial property management. Topics addressed at past sessions include the polar vortex and industrial property restoration. Topics planned for 2015 are IEPAs new regulations covering vapor intrusion, intermodal transportation, a tour of Home Run Inn’s industrial facility, and risk management. The next SIG meeting will be held on November 11 and feature a discussion on “Managing Associations.”