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The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY)
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The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards are the most prestigious and comprehensive programs of their kind in the commercial real estate industry recognizing quality in buildings and rewarding excellence in building management.

During the competitions, all facets of a building's operations are thoroughly evaluated. Buildings are judged on everything from community involvement and site management to environmental and "green" policies and procedures.

There are three levels to the competition: Local, Regional and International. Buildings must complete and win at the local and then regional level to qualify for the International competition. TOBY International Awards are presented at the BOMA International Conference every June.


A total of $575.00 in entry fees will paid to BOMA International and to the BOMA Local for each submission entering the competition. The BOMA International fees will be collected during the online submission process. Fees are broken down as follows:


  • $200.00 to BOMA Seattle King County for awards, costs associated with judging at the local level and other related costs. This fee and application form only states your intent to enter. You must still add your building submission to the online portal.
  • A $50 data-submission fee to BOMA International will be collected for each building added to the online system. Buildings may be added regardless of whether they have won at the local level or not. Adding a building does not enter that building in the Regional or International competitions.
  • A $325 entry fee must be paid to BOMA International in order to submit a building for consideration in the regional and international competitions.

2021 Contest Schedule
August 2020
Call for Entries begins
August - October 2020
TOBY online submission portal opens
October 16, 2020
  • Online building submission due on TOBY website (https://toby.boma.org)
  • Official entry form and fee due to the BOMA office, entry cut-off date
October 26-30, 2020

Judging at the local level

Building inspections - part of the rating procedure

November 23, 2020
Local winners announced at November General Meeting
January 2021
Review of submissions meeting for Local Winners - Q&A - examples - limited coaching
January - March 2021
Continuing development of online portfolio
March 19, 2021
Regional Submission due date
March 31, 2021
EnergyStar data must be shared with BOMA International
April 1-9, 2021
Regional judging
April 16, 2021
All regional winners submitted to BOMA International for International Competition
April 26, 2021
Regional winners announced at April General Meeting (local)
May 3-21, 2021
International judging of Regional Winners
June 18, 2021
All TOBY Nominees announced by BOMA International
July 21, 2021
International Winners announced at BOMA International Convention in Boston, Massachusetts


Please note that local entry forms and fees are due by October. Please check the most recent Contest Schedule in the File Library below for specific dates.


Local Judging Process

Regional/International Judging Process



Fill out the online submission form here. 



For more information visit http://toby.boma.org or contact Christine Miclat.

TOBY Program Materials

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
TOBY Inspections - COVID-19 Impact PDF (259.93 KB)  more ] Administration 8/5/2020
How To Submit Your Building - TOBY Awards Portal PDF (839.52 KB)  more ] Administration 8/5/2020
Why You Should Enter Your Building PDF (4.62 MB)  more ] Administration 8/5/2020
2021 TOBY Contest Schedule PDF (94.46 KB) Administration 7/23/2020
2021_Entry_Requirements_EARTH.pdf PDF (691.25 KB) Administration 7/23/2020
2021_Entry_Requirements_All_Office__All_Other_.pdf PDF (791.41 KB) Administration 7/23/2020
2021_Entry_Requirements_Mixed-Use_and_Public_A.pdf PDF (686.76 KB) Administration 7/23/2020
2021_Entry_Requirements_RETAIL.pdf PDF (663.02 KB) Administration 7/23/2020
2021_Entry_Requirements_Renovated.pdf PDF (672.42 KB) Administration 7/23/2020
2021_Entry_Requirements_INDUSTRIAL.pdf PDF (582.96 KB) Administration 7/23/2020
2021 TOBY Building Inspection Forms XLSX (475.14 KB) Administration 7/23/2020
2021_TOBY_Inspection_Verification_Form.xls XLS (324 KB) Administration 7/23/2020
2021_TOBY_Inspection_Verification_Form_RETAIL.xls XLS (329.5 KB) Administration 7/23/2020
2021_TOBY_Inspection_Verification_Form_EARTH.xls XLS (328.5 KB) Administration 7/23/2020
TOBY Portal - Judging Instructions PDF (784.78 KB)  more ] Administration 8/13/2020

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