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2021 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 2021 Commercial Awards Celebration, scheduled for November 2021.  

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: 

  • All nominations are due by September 30th.  View the sample nomination form here. We recommend you save your answers in this word document before submitting the nomination online. 
  • October 1 - 15: Judges review the online submissions
  • October 16 - 31: Building tours with the nominee

The nomination deadline is September 30th!

Nominate your Engineer!



2021 Engineer Awards Committee:  

Bill Atkinson (Chair) Regional Engineer Boston Properties
Brad Cleaveland Chief Engineer Transwestern
Dave Greenspun Chief Engineer Blake Real Estate, Inc.
James Parrotte Chief Engineer JBG SMITH
Bob Pimentel JBG SMITH
Jennifer Rappe EastBanc, Inc.
Ted Ross Owner TRC Engineering
Steve Stover Regional Chief Engineer Brookfield

2019 Engineer Award

Chief Engineer of the Year: Brad Cleaveland, Transwestern

Building Engineer of the Year: Joey Sanchez, JBG Smith 



2018 Engineer Award

Chief/Lead Engineer:  2018 Winner - James Parrotte, JBG SMITH

Chief/Lead Engineer:  Honorable Mention - David Greenspun, Blake Real Estate, Inc.

2017 Engineer Awards 

Chief/Lead Engineer:  2017 Winner - Mike Keely, CBRE 

Building Operating Engineer: 2017 Winner - Michael Morgan, Brookfield

Maintenance Technician/Maintenance Mechanic - 2017 Winner: Charley Chavez, Boston Properties

2016 Engineer Awards 

Commercial Chief/ Lead Engineer of the Year Award: Luis Miranda, Vornado/Charles E. Smith 

Commercial Building Engineer/Maintenance Technician Award:  Dwayne Walker, S.C. Herman & Associates 

2015 Engineer Awards

2015 Commercial Chief/ Lead Engineer of the Year Award : Bob Pimentel, Chief Engineer, Vornado/Charles E. Smith;
2015 Commercial Operating Engineer Award: Rene Munoz, Building Engineer, Akridge 


Watch this brief video to learn more about this award and our previous nominees, shown at the 2014 TOBY Awards.