Kia Motors America’s U.S. Corporate Campus Awarded "The Outstanding Building of the Year" by the Building Owners and Managers Association, Orange County Chapter


Amenities, Tenant Relations Program and
Community Involvement Recognized

IRVINE, Calif., November 30, 2009 Celebrating yet another prestigious architectural accolade, Kia Motors America’s (KMA) Corporate Headquarters and state-of-the-art Kia Design Center America (KDCA) have been presented with “The Outstanding Building of the Year” (TOBY) award for corporate facility from the Orange County chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). KMA headquarters also was recently recognized on the 2009 International Architecture Awards List, presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd.

The TOBY award is the most prestigious and most comprehensive program of its kind in commercial real estate. It is the only national competition that awards excellence in building management. BOMA evaluates buildings based on its amenities package, tenant relations program, community involvement, emergency evacuation procedures and overall exceptional services. The competition consists of three levels starting with the BOMA local association level, with winning entries advancing to the regional level and, finally, regional winners advancing to the international level. The International TOBY Awards will be presented at the BOMA International Conference in Long Beach, Calif., June 27-29, 2010. For more information visit the OC BOMA site:

“Kia Motors’ Corporate Headquarters and Design Center buildings symbolize the bridging of Eastern and Western cultures,” said John Yoon, vice president of human resources/administration and general counsel, KMA. “This is an honor that not only embodies KMA’s commitment to the U.S. market through leading vehicle and architectural design but also its partnerships and involvement with the local community in Irvine and greater Orange County.”

The 21.7 acre KMA corporate campus a $130-million investment was designed by Skidmore, Owings Merrill LLP. The 239,000-square-foot modern glass and steel main structure features a 36,000-square-foot reflecting pool visible to drivers on Interstate 5. KMA was one of the first companies in Irvine to voluntarily install an eco-friendly bioswale system in its parking lot to remove silt and pollution from surface water runoff. The landscaping features drought-resistant plants, and reclaimed water is used for landscaping irrigation and toilets. Lighting design is by SOM Architecture/Interiors, and Patrick B. Quigley Associates (PBQA). The property is managed by RiverRock Real Estate Group, Inc.

About Kia Motors America

Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 650 dealers throughout the United States. For 2008, KMA recorded its 14th consecutive year of increased U.S. market share and more recently achieved its best quarter of sales ever in 2009. Kia Motors subscribes to a philosophy of building high value, high quality, safe and dynamic vehicles. Kia Motors prides itself on producing vehicles that are exciting and enabling and evoke the Kia tagline “The Power to Surprise.”

Kia Motors America is the “Official Automotive Partner of the NBA.” Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available at its Web site For media information, including photography, visit

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