Call for Local TOBY Applications: Showcase Your Extraordinary Building & Team!

By: | July 09, 2018

2019 Local TOBY Awards: Call for Applications!
Applications Due September 27

Since 2010, ten BOMA/Chicago buildings have won the International Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award. Will your building take home this prestigious award in 2019?

To win the International TOBY award, you must first apply and win on the local and regional levels. If your team believes you have what it takes to rank among the best of the best in Chicago, the Midwest and internationally, don't hesitate. Apply for a TOBY! This is your chance to showcase your expertise and excellence in property management including operations, energy efficiency, tenant retention, emergency planning and community impact.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2019 local TOBY award competition. Please review the 2019 Entry Requirements (listed below), which outline the 16 different categories your building may enter. Applications must be submitted on the online portal and will be due by 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, September 27, 2018. If you have any TOBY questions, please contact Jaclynne Madden by calling 312-870-9608 or via email at [email protected].

Please email Jaclynne Madden by Friday, August 3 to confirm the:
(1) Building you plan to enter for the TOBY Award and
(2) Category the building will enter.

Please read through the following documents if you are interested in applying or will apply for a 2019 local TOBY award:

Inspections will be held between October 15 and November 16, 2018. You will be assigned your inspection date the first week of October, giving you at least two weekends to prepare.

TOBY Blogs & Tips from Previous Winners

For more information about the TOBY application process and advice from International winners, you can read the below Elevator Speech blog articles:

You can also learn more about winning the International competition by reading this Bisnow article about 100 North Riverside’s 2018 win for the 500,000 to 1 Million SF category.

TOBY Winners from 2010 to 2018

For a full list of local, regional and international winners from 2010 to 2018, please visit this webpage.


2019 TOBY Process Guidelines.pdf277.92 KB
2019 TOBY FAQs.pdf242.64 KB
2019 All Office Entry Requirements (Square Feet, Historical, Corporate Facility, Medical Office & Suburban).pdf1.16 MB
2019 Earth Entry Requirements.pdf1.25 MB
2019 Renovated Entry Requirements.pdf993.73 KB
2019 Mixed Used & Public Assembly Entry Requirements.pdf854.69 KB
2019 Retail Entry Requirements.pdf1.06 MB
2019 Industrial Entry Requirements.pdf887.23 KB
2019 All Categories TOBY Inspection Verification Form.pdf118.76 KB
2019 Earth TOBY Inspection Verification Form.pdf118.12 KB
2019 All Categories Building Inspection Form.pdf68.31 KB
2019 Earth Building Inspection Form.pdf63.46 KB
2019 Mixed Use Building Inspection Form.pdf73.88 KB
2019 Public Assembly Building Inspection Form.pdf67.81 KB
2019 Retail Building Inspection Form.pdf68.69 KB
2019 Industrial Building Inspection Form.pdf61.99 KB
2019 All Categories Judging Sheet.pdf97.65 KB
2019 Earth Judging Sheet.pdf101.08 KB