TOBY Awards

This award recognizes excellence in commercial building management on the local level.  The entry process begins in January; awards are presented at the June 13, 2019, Commercial Celebration Awards dinner.

What's TOBY All About?

Now in its 35th year, The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY®) Awards remains the most prestigious and comprehensive program of its kind in the commercial real estate industry!  The competition consists of three levels and begins at the BOMA local association level. The Awards recognize and reward excellence in office building management and the deadline for the local TOBY application submission is February 23, 2019 or late deadline of March 15, 2019.                                                       

How to Submit: Complete the 2019 Local TOBY AOBA Building Submission Entry Form by March 15, 2019

Please complete the above Local Building Submission Entry Form and send to ABENDZ@aoba-metro.org notifying of your local TOBY building submission. For more information on building categories please scroll down. 

Local, Regional and International TOBY 2019 Guidelines, Documents and Deadlines:

TOBY Guidelines for Entrants.  

2018 TOBY Local Preparation Timeline

2018 General Building Judging Sheet

2019 Sponsor opportunies packages will be available shortly.  Please contact ABendz@aoba-metro.org for more information and availability.

What's Involved in the Award Process and Timeline? The competition consists of three levels of judging.

Onsite building judging will be schedule will take place during May 2019.  Building category winners remain confidential until the AOBA-Metro's Commercial Awards held on June 13, 2019 at the Fairmont Hotel. 

The winning local entrants advances to the following year's  2020 regional level competition.  Regional electronic portfolios are submitted in final.  After judging, winners are notified prior to the awards presentation event.   These regional winners advance to the international level. International winners are recognized at  BOMA's 2019 International Conference & Expo, held in June each year.  

2019 TOBY Committee Members  

Kathryn Clement JBG Smith (2019 Chair)
Simon  Bustow Boston Properties
Katrina James Brookfield
Diane  Peters JLL
Glenn Hugo MRP Realty
Pam  Anderson Freddie Mac
Lynda  Ellis Capitol Concierge
Brad  Braun Transwestern
April  Mandell Akridge
Lesley  Morrison JBG Commercial 
Trisha Graefe Bernstein Management Corp.
Elena Paquette Brookfield  
Casie Cutlip Brookfield 


Which Aspects of a Building Are Evaluated?

Properties will be evaluated after submitting an application along with an entrance fee of $250.00 (per property address) prior to the on-site inspection in May 2019.   All facets of a building's operations are thoroughly evaluated during the on-site building inspection and on-line portfolio judging. The visiting judges, a select group of senior property management professionals, will consider the following areas for judging purposes:  Physical aspects include: Entrances/Main Lobby, elevators, multi-tenant corridors, restrooms, stairwells, typical tenant suite, roof, parking facilities (if owner/agent operated), landscape/grounds, refuse removal area and tenant amenities.

Other equally weighted aspects include areas as tenant relations programs, community involvement, emergency evacuation procedures, security issues, sustainability programs, preventive maintenance schedules, management policy and procedures manuals including accounting procedures and expense controls, staffing training; 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. 

Building category criteria: 

 Please select the above link for a historical, medical, suburban and office building comprised of the following square footage:  

Office Building Square Footage Categories. NOTE: All buildings with at least 50% office area are eligible.
· Under 100,000 Square Feet
· 100,000 – 249,999 Square Feet
· 250,000 – 499,999 Square Feet
· 500,000 – 1 Million Square Feet
· Over 1 Million Square Feet

All buildings with at least 50% office area where the building and and building management team preserve and enhance the internal and external environment through green and sustainable programs. 

Mixed-Use Buildings: All properties will have minimum of 10% Office in a planned integration of at least three components that are a mix of Retail, Entertainment, Residential, Hotel, Recreation or Other Functions. Each component will be at a minimum of 10% of the total property. The property can be one or more buildings managed by the same company. It is pedestrian-oriented and contains elements of a live-work-play environment. It maximizes space usage, has amenities and architectural features that tends to mitigate traffic and sprawl. 

Public Assembly Buildings: All buildings must be publicly accessible and support multiple uses. The multiple use character of these buildings may influence the building’s utility use, opening hours and tenant or occupant relations. These buildings may be part of a larger portfolio. This category includes: stand-alone arenas, amphitheaters, auditoriums, art galleries, churches, hotels, convention centers, exhibit halls, courthouses, stadiums, university building(s) and other buildings that are publicly accessible. This category allows for entry restrictions based on ticketed or multi-tenant/occupant areas.

All buildings, comprising a total project, to include any single building industrial properties, one to two stories in height, with more than 5% and less than 50% office area. Building(s) must have a loading dock, roll-up or sliding rear door(s) for loading, with no common lobby or corridors except for restroom vestibules and utility or fire equipment access.

All Building(s) must be at least 15 years old, have maintained a minimum of 50% occupancy (physical occupancy) during the renovation process for all building(s) and 3 or more projects must be completed in each building when submitting multiple buildings. If entry is a single building, a minimum of 5 projects are necessary. Renovation can encompass: (1) Rehabilitation (the restoration of a property to satisfactory condition without changing the plan, form, or style of a structure); (2) Modernization (taking corrective measures to bring a property into conformity with changes in style, whether exterior or interior. It requires replacing parts of the structure or mechanical equipment with modern replacements of the same kind but not including capital additions); and (3) Remodeling (changing the plan, form or style of a structure to correct functional or economic deficiencies). In order to be eligible, a minimum of five of the following work projects must be completed by January 2018 and the building must enter the TOBY program within 5 years following substantial completion of the last renovation projects to be eligible for this category.

A group of retail and other commercial establishments, either enclosed or open air, managed by one company. The entry must be managed as a single property, one to multiple levels in height with a minimum of 50 percent occupancy. The anchor ratio must be at least 25 percent and the property must contain at least one anchor retailer (Grocery, Fashion, Department Store, etc.). The entry may consist of neighborhood centers (30,000 – 150,000 sq. ft.), community centers (100,000 – 400,000 sq. ft.), power centers (250,000 – 600,000 sq. ft.), regional shopping centers (400,000 – 800,000 sq. ft.) or super regional shopping centers (800,000 plus sq. ft.). No minimum office area is required. 

The designated "Winner" attained a score of 75% or higher.  

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

View photos from the 2017 TOBY Award Celebration

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 

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