||A Message from Equity Office Properties Trust
The Nation's Largest Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)
Equity Ofﬁce Properties Trust (NYSE:EOP) is the nation's largest REIT and publicly held owner of ofﬁce properties. With a total capitalization of approximately $25 billion, Equity Ofﬁce owns and manages 124.4 million square feet of primarily Class A ofﬁce space in 721 buildings in 30 major metropolitan areas across the country. From this unique national platform, EOP offers a wide range of solutions to customers with local, regional or national ofﬁce space needs. The company has enjoyed superior access to low-cost capital, acquisition opportunities, real-time market information, and top management talent in the the industry.
Equity Ofﬁce's origin dates back to 1976 when an integrated real estate management and acquisition organization was founded by Sam Zell, chairman of Equity Ofﬁce. The company's portfolio was consolidated and taken public in July 1997. Since its Initial Public Offering (IPO), Equity Ofﬁce has nearly quadrupled in size, growing from 32.2 million square feet to 124 million square feet through strategic acquisitions including the Beacon Properties, Inc. merger in December 1997; the Cornerstone Properties, Inc. merger in June 2000; and the Spieker Properties, Inc. merger in July 2001.