2020 Engineer of the Year Awards

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


AOBA regrets that due to the COVID-19 crisis, our 2020 Commercial Awards Celebration is canceled. We look forward to resuming this exciting industry recognition program in 2021.

We encourage you to review the submission information below in preparation for the 2021 awards.

Veterans of our industry realize that our pace is fast, our business is competitive, and our expansion is bottom line driven, however without our talent force, our work would be impossible. It is with that sentiment in mind, AOBA remains one of the few organizations in the region, to offer an exclusive opportunity to honor our region's highly skilled commercial property engineers.

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 efficient operation, but it also impacts guest experience as the demand for expertise in building physics and systems for new and existing buildings constantly increases.

Simply put, skilled commercial engineers deserve recognition for the increased utilization of their capacity. Nominate your building enginner today to recognize their acheivements in making your building such a success.  The Engineer of the Year and the nominees will be recognized at the 2020 Commercial Awards Celebration, scheduled for November 5th.  

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 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 18th.  View the sample nomination form here. We recommend you save your answers in this word document before submitting the nomination online. 
  • Judging will occur throughout the month of October and includes a walk thru and site tour 
  • Nomination fee of $150 must be paid in full prior to the September 18th deadline

Nomination deadline is September 18th!

Nominate your Engineer!

2020 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.

Please contact Peggy Jeffers at (202) 296-3390 ext 765 with any questions regarding these awards.