Engineer of the Year Awards

Recognizing outstanding work by individuals who are critical to the successful operation of our commercial office buildings

Since 2014, the Commercial Engineer of the Year Award program has recognized the outstanding work of those behind our commercial office buildings' success - the engineers. Their work not only adds to the efficient operation but also impacts guest experience as the demand for expertise in building physics and systems for new and existing buildings constantly increases.

Nominate your building engineer today to recognize their achievements in making your building such a success.  The Engineer of the Year and the nominees will be recognized at the Commercial Awards Celebration, scheduled in November of each year.  

Upcoming Commercial Awards Celebration


You can nominate your engineer for the following categories:

  • Chief-Lead Engineer who meet the following qualifications:
    • Minimum 3 years of experience at a supervisory level

    • Works for a current AOBA-member firm

    • Serves as an on-site engineer (or may cover multiple buildings)

    • Does not work at the Executive / Regional engineer level

  • Building Engineer who meet the following qualifications:
    • Over 5 years of experience as a building engineer

    • Works for a current AOBA-member firm

  • Maintenance Tech or Maintenance Mechanic who meet the following qualifications:
    • 1-5 years of experience as an entry-level maintenance technician or maintenance mechanic

    • Works for a current AOBA-member firm

Nomination Process: 

  • Nominations will open in the second quarter of 2022 are due by September 2.  View the sample nomination form here. We recommend you save your answers in this word document before submitting the nomination online. 
  •  Judges review the online submissions
  • Building tours with the nominee + judges



2021

  • Chief Engineer of the Year: Chris Lewis with CBRE Group
  • Building Engineer of the Year: Craig Dabney with Monday Properties

2019

  • Building Engineer of the Year: Joey Sanchez, JBG SMITH
  • Chief/Lead Engineer of the Year: Brad Cleaveland, Transwestern

2018

  • Maintenance Tech: Charley Chavez, Boston Properties
  • Building Operating Engineer: Michael Morgan, Brookfield
  • Chief/Lead Engineer of the Year: Mike Keely, CBRE