TOBY INFORMATION 


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.

Established by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards were developed in 1985 to honor and recognize the quality in office building operations and award excellence in office building management. During the competition, all facets of a building's operations are thoroughly evaluated. Buildings are judged on everything from community involvement and site management to environmental policies and procedures.

The Bay Area TOBY Awards bring together members of BOMA San Francisco and BOMA Oakland/East Bay to celebrate our great properties here in Northern California. After a win at the local level, buildings move on to the Pacific Southwest Region to compete against other buildings for the honor of competing at the International level.

TOBY FAQ: Click here for details

TOBY Requirements: Click here for details

Need a Coaching Session?  Sometimes, the best way to work through the process is to talk to someone who can offer guidance and answer questions.  BOMA Oakland/East Bay and BOMA SF have these resources available.  For San Francisco properties, please contact Cortney Shadel at cortneys@bmcsf.com and for BOMA Oakland/East Bay properties, please contact Kelly Lynch, KLynch@omprop.com.

Registration for TOBY Competition 
This year's competition is being managed by BOMA Oakland/East Bay

Step 1:  TOBY Competition Registration Survey coming soon!

Step 2:  You will be invoiced for the $425 Registration Fee upon receipt of completed survey.

Step 3:  2020 TOBY Competition Portal opens 9/8/2020 and closes 12/18/20.

Please direct competition registration questions to Noelle Blanchard, Member Services Manager with BOMA Oakland/East Bay at noelle@bomaoeb.org for assistance.  Please direct competition questions to Cortney Shadel at cortneys@bmcsf.com.

Pricing: $425 per property

TOBY Workshops: Please join the BOMA Bay Area Awards Committee for an in-depth look into entering The Outstanding Building of the Year Awards (TOBY) competition. BOMA Oakland/East Bay is holding a complimentary workshop on September 8, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

From this TOBY 101 Workshop you will learn to: 

  • Register your building into the TOBY’s 
  • Pick the best category that works for your building or project
  • Gather all the information you need to submit for the competition and plan your building tour
  • Who to contact about your TOBY questions and other available resources
  • Benefits of TOBY competition for you and your ownership

Click here to register.

Recently BOMA International held a workshop titled 2021 TOBY Season: TOBY in a Changing World/Applying for a TOBY & Best Practices where they provided advice, tips and best practices on how to take home a TOBY in 2021.  The Awards Committee has made several changes to the 2021 TOBY guidelines (amid COVID-19) to make navigating TOBY easier and safer. This webinar discussed current changes along with how to write a winning TOBY application. Click here to watch the webinar.  In response to all questions posted during webinar, please see attached Q&A sheet as a reference.

CATEGORIES

Under 100,000 Square Feet
100,000–249,000 Square Feet
250,000–499,000 Square Feet
500,000–1 Million Square Feet
Over 1 Million Square Feet
Suburban Office Park: Low Rise (1-5 stories)
Suburban Office Park: Mid-Rise (6-10 stories)
Corporate Facility
Earth Building
Historical Building
Industrial Office Building
Medical Office Building
Renovated Building
Retail
Mixed-Use (New)
Public Assembly (New)


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