TOBY Awards

This award recognizes excellence in commercial building management on the local level.  Entry process begins in January; awards are presented at the Commercial Awards Celebration dinner in June.



250,000 – 499,999 Square Foot Building

Fairview Park, managed by CBRE, Inc.

One Metro Center, managed by Lincoln Property Company

Wisconsin Place, managed by Boston Properties

Rose Salla and her team at Wisconsin Place, Boston Properties

What's TOBY All About?

Now in its 33rd year, the Outstanding Building of the Year "TOBY" Award is the most prestigious and comprehensive program of its kind in the commercial real estate industry! It recognizes and rewards excellence in the office building management. Scroll down for 2018 information!

How Does the Award Process Work?

The competition consists of three levels of judging. Local BOMA Associations hold the first level of the competition. Winning entrants then advance to the regional level, and finally, regional winners advance to the international level. International winners are recognized at BOMA International's Every Building Conference & Expo in June each year.   Have questions about the award process? Please contact Pam Oeler at 202.296.3390 or email Pam at

What Aspects of a Building Are Evaluated?

All facets of a building's operations are thouroughly evaluated during the on-site building inspection and on-line portfolio judging. These include such areas as tenant relations programs, community involvement, emergency evacuation procedures, sustainability programs, preventive maintenance schedules, security issues, policy and procedures manuals and continuing education for building personnel. 

What Types of Documents Are Submitted for Review?

Floor plans and photographs complete the regional portfolio, fulfilling an in-depth review of each TOBY entry. Each entry showcases outstanding property teams throughout the Washington area.

Scroll Down to Watch a New TOBY Awards Video! -  It's at the bottom of this page and worth a watch!

Click here for sponsor information:     2018 TOBY Sponsor Reservation Form        2018 Sponsor Benefits List 

Click here for TOBY Seminar Flyer:                   2018 TOBY Seminar Flyer    

TOBY Documents

2018 TOBY Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Capitol Concierge


TOBY Awards 2018 Silver Sponsors

Floral Sponsor

Blake Real Estate, Inc.

Seminar Sponsor


Bronze Sponsors


The CBMC Group

Classic Concierge, Inc.

Derick Associates, Inc.

Healthy Buildings


Total Quality Building Services

Patron Sponsors

Boston Properties

Flynn Architectural Finishes, Inc.

MRP Realty

Stuart Dean Company, Inc.

Congratulations 2016 TOBY Regional Winners and Grand Overall Regional!

Suburban Office Park - Low Rise Category
Atlantic Corporate Park, managed by First Potomac Realty Trust LP

100,000 - 249,999 Square Foot Building Category
1750 H Street, managed by First Potomac Realty Trust LP

2017 TOBY Awards Recap

The 2017 TOBY Awards Celebration event was held on June 15 at the Fairmont Washington. More than 300 members were treated to a networking cocktail reception, dinner and presentation of the 2017 TOBY Awards, Commercial Engineer Awards, and K.E.E.P. Awards.  Please see 2017 TOBY Sponsors listed below.

Photo credit: Mary Godier / Mary Elizabeth Creative

View photos from the 2017 TOBY Award Celebration.

The following are 2017 local winners listed by award category:           

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

Over 1 Million Square Feet
GRAND LOCAL TOBY Winner: U.S. Department of Transportation, managed by The JBG Companies

Renovated Building
Silverline Center, managed by Washington REIT

 Historical Building
1101 17  Street, managed by Vornado/ Charles E. Smith

A Look Back at the 2016 TOBY Awards

AOBA congratulates the distinguished winners of the 32th Annual TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Awards. The winning management teams were honored on at a June 8th industry dinner at the Fairmont Washington, DC.  Nearly 300 commercial property management professionals attended the event.

The evening also featured the presentation of the 2016 Commercial Chief/Lead Engineer of the Year Award to Luis Miranda, Vornado/Charles E. Smith, and the 2016 Commercial Building Engineer/Maintenance Technician Award to Dwayne Walker, S.C. Herman & Associates.

In a first-ever addition to the TOBY program, the K.E.E.P. Awards were launched. Developed by AOBA’s Emergency Preparedness Committee, this new award program is designed to recognize “Knowledge and Excellence in Emergency Preparedness.”  2016 K.E.E.P. Award recipients are: 1200 K Street - managed by Brookfield
1875 Connecticut Avenue - managed by Vornado/Charles E. Smith; and 1101 17th Street - managed by Vornado/Charles E. Smith.

SPECIAL KUDOS: Congrats to Akridge's expert team from 700 Sixth St for winning a 2016 TOBY International Award, presented at the BOMA 2016 Conference in June of 2016. 

Watch our TOBY Video (produced in 2017) to Learn More!