Building Engines Announces Winners of Fifth Annual Property Hero Awards

Winners, Nominees Recognized as Commercial Real Estate’s Champions for Tireless Pandemic Response


Building Engines, the leading provider of modern building operations software for commercial real estate (CRE), announced the winners of its 5th annual Property Hero Awards, recognizing CRE property management and maintenance professionals who stand out among their peers by going above and beyond, delivering on the promise of an outstanding tenant experience. Selected from a pool of nearly 90 finalists across two categories, Teresa Carlisle of Highwoods Properties, Inc. and Robert Washington from Encore Commercial, LLC were voted as this year’s winners by the greater community of CRE professionals and tenants in the Management Hero and Maintenance Hero categories, respectively.

For this year’s awards, Building Engines asked property management teams to nominate peers who have surpassed expectations while managing the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the CRE industry. While many people now work from the safety of their homes, buildings’ essential workers and property management teams don’t have that luxury. Without missing a beat, they have been working tirelessly to maintain buildings for re-occupancy.

“The pandemic has presented us all with challenge after challenge, but property management teams have continued to rise to the occasion to help us return to safe workplaces,” said Tim Curran, Building Engines CEO. “Without the unwavering dedication of our essential Property Heroes, the CRE industry would be struggling to maintain and reopen buildings successfully. Now—more than ever —presents the opportunity to recognize these champions of the industry.”

This year’s nominees in the Management Hero category show great passion, professionalism and progressive thinking in day-to-day operations management, spearheading new ways to improve operational efficiency and tenant satisfaction. They have shown commitment and leadership to combatting the new challenges COVID-19 has created for management teams.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Carlisle has been working all hours of the day, night and weekends to assure that Highwoods’ customers, employees and buildings are safe and running as efficiently as possible.

In the Maintenance Hero category, nominated individuals consistently exceed expectations, embodying passion, professionalism and progressive thinking in handling day-to-day building operations tasks, while delivering fast and efficient service. They have shown commitment to keeping properties running efficiently by tackling new challenges the global pandemic has created.

Likewise, Washington, a true professional, was recognized as a joy to work with at Encore. He has not tried to cut corners and is always looking out for the ownership’s interest in each asset, even if it means getting up at 4 a.m. to complete an equipment maintenance check.

By communicating with tenants clearly and proactively, embracing improvements while ensuring preventative maintenance is top-notch and managing vendors and service providers, these Property Heroes, like many owners and operators, have been instrumental in keeping buildings open for essential workers, while preparing for re-occupancy of the larger workforce.

About Building Engines

Building Engines improves net operating income across the world’s most successful Commercial Real Estate portfolios. Our customers increase their revenue, deliver the best occupant experience, and reduce their operating costs using our innovative building operations software platform.  Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Boston, with offices in New York City and Scottsdale, Building Engines is developing, acquiring and partnering to address long-standing problems in building operations. Today, more than 850 customers—including Beacon Capital Partners, Cushman & Wakefield and SL Green—rely on Building Engines to manage critical operational needs across more than 2.5 billion square feet and 26,000 properties worldwide. To learn more, please visit

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