The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY)

Each year the TOBY Awards Program recognizes properties that exemplify superior building quality and management practices. The highlight of the year is the naming of The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards. Winners are selected from participants at the local, regional, and international levels.

The TOBY Awards Program is recognized as the most prestigious and comprehensive program in the commercial real estate industry. Participants are judged on the effectiveness of their overall management in 11 categories, including community impact, tenant relations, energy management, emergency preparedness, and training for personnel. Detailed property inspections, floor plans, building standards, and photographs complete the entry portfolio and allow the judges to thoroughly examine all facets of the property and management.


 You are ready to apply for TOBY if you...

  • have an Emergency Preparedness Manual
  • have Energy StarĀ® certification
  • offer tenant events in your building
  • hold blood drives or other charitable drives on your property
  • have a building automation system in place

Many people think applying for the TOBY is too tedious, but the reality is, you're already doing what is required to win. If you start compiling your documentation early, you will already be ahead of the competition. So, get started today!

Documents to help you prepare for your submission:

There are three Levels of Competition:

Level 1) The competition begins at the BOMA local level (BOMA/Suburban Chicago). Buildings may now submit their Entry Intent Form to BOMA/Suburban Chicago, which indicates your interest in competing. The local winners will be announced annually in the fall.

Level 2) Local BOMA/Suburban Chicago winning entries advance to the regional level - North Central Region TOBY Awards. 

Level 3) When (and if) a building wins at the regional level, that winner advances to the international level. International TOBY Awards winners will be announced at BOMA International’s Annual Conference in June.

Why Enter the TOBY Awards Competition?

  • Being recognized for your efforts is rewarding and can make you and your team feel appreciated
  • Recognition is the best motivation to achieve and maintain excellence
  • The TOBY designation makes your building stand out from the competition
  • Applying for TOBY promotes and encourage team building

Questions? Call the BOMA/Suburban Chicago office at (847) 995-0970.


The North Central Region of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International announced the Regional level winners of The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award competition in early April. BOMA/Suburban Chicago is proud to announce that two of their member buildings have won the Regional TOBY Award.  

Windy Point II has been named the 2017 Regional TOBY Award winner for the 250,000-499,999 Square Feet Category. Windy Point II, located in Schaumburg, IL, is managed and owned by Piedmont Office Realty Trust.

Arboretum Lakes has been named the 2017 Regional TOBY Award winner for the Suburban Office Park, Mid-Rise Category. Arboretum Lakes, located in Lisle, IL, is managed and owned by Millbrook Properties.

There were 16 properties that competed in 12 TOBY categories this year from BOMA/Chicago, BOMA/Columbus, BOMA/Indianapolis, BOMA/Metro Detroit, and BOMA/Suburban Chicago.

Regional winners will now proceed to the International competition where winners will be announced live on June 27 at the TOBY reception and banquet at the BOMA International 2017 Conference and EXPO in Nashville, TN.

“Winning the TOBY award not only sets a building apart from others, but it is a true testament to the commitment, hard work, and dedication of the property management teams to be the best of the best in all aspects of their building. Each winner has shown a desire to contribute to the overall success of their owners, clients, and communities and we wish them the best of luck as they proceed to the International competition.” - Debby Pyznarski, President of BOMA North Central Region and Senior General Manager at Lincoln Property Company.

2017 Regional TOBY
Award Winners

In the 250,000-499,999 Square Feet
, the winner is:

Windy Point II in Schaumburg
Managed by Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Windy Point II Management Team

In the Suburban Office Park – Mid-Rise

Category,the winner is:

Arboretum Lakes in Lisle
Managed by Millbrook Properties

Arboretum Lakes Management Team

BOMA/Suburban Chicago
1515 E. Woodfield Rd, Suite 110
Schaumburg IL 60173

Phone: (847) 995-0970
Fax: (847) 995-0971


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