The Outstanding Building of the Year Awards recognize the best of the best in the Washington DC Metropolitan region. The TOBY Awards are presented at AOBA's Commercial Awards Celebration.
2021 COMMERCIAL AWARDS CANCELLATION NOTICE:
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 2022.
Looking forward to next year, we encourage you to review the submission process and timeline below. There are screenshots of the portal that can be reviewed in preparation for the 2021 awards.
The TOBY Committee is currently revitalizing the TOBY Awards. All applicants should plan to submit for the 2021 TOBY Awards beginning in May 2021 via the online portal found at toby.boma.org.
The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY®) Awards is the most prestigious and comprehensive program of its kind in the commercial real estate industry recognizing quality in commercial buildings and rewarding excellence in building management. During the competition, all facets of a building's operations are thoroughly evaluated. Buildings are judged on everything from community involvement, tenant relations, and site management to environmental and "green" policies and procedures.
The competition consists of three levels and begins at the local AOBA level. Winning entries advance to the regional level and, finally, regional winners advance to the international level. AOBA has had two international winners. We hope to bring the international TOBY back to DC in 2021.
2012 International Winner
1625 Eye Street
2012 International Winner
1625 Eye Street
2016 International Winner:
700 Sixth Street
2016 International Winner:
700 Sixth Street
Please note that this may be subject to change.
May 21st 2020: TOBY Seminar in DC, potentially with watch parties in Maryland and Virginia. TOBY portal at toby.boma.org opens. Begin your submission!!
September 18, 2020: Deadline to submit for TOBY Awards
October 2020: Online judging (Sept. 19 - Oct. 4) and site tours (Oct. 5 - 19)
November 2020: Commercial Awards Celebration
End of January 2021: Local winner updates application and submits for TOBY regional competition
No changes can be made to the online submission after the Regional Submission deadline
April 2021: BOMA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference and regional TOBY Awards
June 2021: BOMA Conference and international TOBY Awards
TOBY Award Categories
Review the 2020 TOBY packets for entry here.
Under 100,000 sq ft
100,000 to 249,999 sq ft
250,000 to 499,999 sq ft
500,000 to 1 million sq ft
Over 1 million sq ft
Industrial Office Building
MOB (Medical Office Building)
Suburban Office Park Low Rise (1-5 stories)
Suburban Office Park Mid-Rise (6-10 stories)
Earth – environmentally friendly buildings
Public Assembly (airports, hotels, stadiums, convention centers, museums…)
TOBY Nomination Process
- Read the current cycle's Call For Entries Requirement Packet to learn more about your building's eligibility for each category. Once you have decided that you are eligible and would like to enter the upcoming TOBY Awards competition, please start developing your submission based on the packets.
- Register your building and begin building content for your building submission, based on the information found in the Call For Entries booklet. You may begin entering your data into the online portal, which can be found at http://toby.boma.org in July 2020. You can save as you go, and work on your submission multiple times. You will need to pay $50 to use of the portal. This is paid online to BOMA International directly. Learn more about registering your building through this PDF created by BOMA International.
- When you are satisfied with your entry and you are ready to submit, click on the "submit" button in the portal. Please note: once you hit the "submit" button, your entry is final and you will not be able to go back and make updates. Note: Once local competition concludes at the Commercial Awards Celebration, your application will be released by BOMA International for your review and updating should you move onto the Regional TOBY Competition.
- Please let AOBA know that you have submitted your entry and you will be charged a $250 entry fee by AOBA to enter your building into the competition.
After you have submitted your building information online and paid the entry fee for the competition, judges will begin reviewing your entry online. AOBA judging groups are also required to tour your buildings. In order to prepare for your building tour, please take a look at the Building Inspection Form that TOBY Judges will be using to evaluate your property.
TOBY Award winners are kept a secret until the night of the Awards Celebration.
2020 TOBY Committee
Please complete this form to get involved in the TOBY Committee!
|Pam||Anderson||Facilities & General Services Manager||Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.|
|Simon||Bustow||Property Manager||Boston Properties|
|Kathryn||Clement (Chair)||Senior Vice President||JBG SMITH|
|Casie||Cutlip||Assistant Property Manager||Brookfield|
|Colleen||Dolby||Director, Property Management||Brookfield|
|Lynda||Ellis||President & CEO||Capitol Concierge, Inc.|
|April||Falchek||Senior Property Manager||Akridge|
|Allison||Fredericks||Director||Cushman & Wakefield|
|Trisha||Graefe||Assistant Property Manager||Bernstein Management Corporation|
|Glenn||Hugo||Regional Manager, Maryland and Philadelphia||MRP Real Estate Services Group, LLC|
|Jennifer||Laforest||Associate Director||Cushman & Wakefield|
|Lesley||Morrison||Portfolio Manager||JBG SMITH|
|Elena||Paquette||Assistant Property Manager||Brookfield|
TOBY: What's In It For Me?
It feels great to win! Going up on stage with your team in front
The Grand local winning team gets a prize in addition to their building trophy! This is for the building that has the highest score among all categories.
It is an opportunity to distinguish yourself among your peers within your organization and in the industry. A TOBY award is
Gets you out of your office and reminds you about how rewarding and exciting commercial management can be.
Your team bonds through the process, leading to working more efficiently and effectively together.
Gain an in-depth understanding of your building. Teams can incorporate comments from the judges to help improve the
Different team members can gain an understanding of different skill sets, e.g. the engineers can see what PMs are thinking about day to day.
Regional process: written description of building systems becomes a reference point for a variety of uses.
For properties that are not BOMA 360 certified, TOBY-award winning buildings have an opportunity to receive the certification
Enhances leasing/marketing of the property. Tenants want to be in a building that is well-managed and feel like they are getting value for their operating expense pro rata share.
It effectively becomes an audit of your property’s management services. Judged by a
The TOBY process is an opportunity to give
Teams can incorporate comments from the judges to help improve the building and operations.
Regional process: written description of
Enhances your marketing package for third-party management and building owner transitions. It is an opportunity to distinguish your company among others.
Teams can incorporate comments from
Competition and recognition can be contagious – other teams will be motivated to achieve the award and standards rise throughout your company’s portfolio.
It effectively becomes an audit of your company’s management services and an opportunity to find improvements.
Congratulations to the previous TOBY Winners!
2018 Washington Metro Local TOBY Award Recipients
Fairview Park, managed by CBRE, Inc.
One Metro Center, managed by Lincoln Property Company
(100,000 – 249,999 Sq Ft Building) 1800 K Street, NW, managed by Transwestern - Local Winner
(250,000 – 499,999 Sq Ft Building Category) *Wisconsin Place, managed by Boston Properties - Grand Local Winner
2017 Washington Metro Local TOBY Award Recipients
100,000 – 249,999 Square Foot Building: Center for Strategic & International Studies, managed by CBRE
250,000 – 499,999 Square Foot Building: Crystal Gateway North, managed by Vornado/Charles E. Smith
GRAND LOCAL REGIONAL TOBY Winner: Over 1 Million Square Feet - U.S. Department of Transportation - managed by JBG SMITH
Renovated Building: Silverline Center, managed by Washington REIT
Historical Building: 1101 17th Street, managed by JBG SMITH
2016 Washington Metro Local Award Category Winners:
Grand Local Winner: Suburban Office Park, Low-Rise: Atlantic Corporate Park – managed by First Potomac Realty Trust, LP
(100,000 – 249,999 Sq Ft Building) 1750 H Street – managed by First Potomac Realty Trust, LP
(250,000 – 499,999 Sq FT Building) 800 17th Street – managed by JLL
Renovated Building: Bethesda Crossing – managed by MRP Realty
Watch the TOBY video to learn more. For TOBY application information, p