TOBY Awards

BOMA 360 CERTIFICATION + THE TOBY AWARDS

Now together in one streamlined application portal, the BOMA 360 Building Certification and the TOBY Awards are just what you need to take your building to the next level. 

Complete one or both!  


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What are the TOBY Awards?

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. During the competition, all facets of a building's operations are thoroughly evaluated. Buildings are judged on everything from community involvement, tenant relations and site management to environmental and "green" policies and procedures. The competition consists of three levels and begins at the BOMA local association level. Winning entries advance from there to the regional level and, finally, regional winners advance to the BOMA International level.

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LOCAL COMPETITION:  Typical schedule for the program is application are due by August 31st, judging takes place in September/October and winners are announced and celebrated in December at our Annual BOMA Columbus Awards Banquet and TOBY Gala. 

The local competition includes a short power point presentation, show & tell of a few documents, and an in-person building tour completed by a judging panel of your peers (typically comprised of 3 building managers and 2 vendor partners).  A judging score sheet is provided so you know exactly what to review and show your judges on the day of your building tour.  Judging takes about 4-hours to complete.

**Note:  Binders, write ups, and BOMA 360 Certifications are NOT required for the local competition in 2024...but will be required starting in 2025 per BOMA International.

TOBY Criteria

REGIONAL COMPETITION:  Winners of our local TOBY Columbus chapter competition have the option to take their building(s) to the next level in the competition and choose to compete Regionally. Columbus is located in the "North Central Region", which is comprised of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

To enter the regional competition, a very detailed overview of the building must be submitted electronically via BOMA International's website.  No in-person building tours are required.  This level of the competition is performed only via written documentation write ups, document submittals, and select photos outlined in your submittal package.  A BOMA 360 Certification is required to compete at the Regional & International levels.  Deadline to submit your regional application is typically the first week of March.  Regional winners are announced in April and go on to compete in the international competition.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:  The BOMA International TOBY Awards are given annually at the BOMA International summer conference in June.  This location changes every year.  Winners from the Regional competition are automatically bumped forward in the system.  No additional work required.  A new panel of International judges will review your submission and score you against others in your category.  

Buildings May Enter in the Following Categories:

  • 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
  • Renovated Building
  • Historical Building
  • Corporate Facility
  • Public Assembly (Government Buildings, Arenas and other public space)
  • Medical Office Building
  • Life Science Building (Labs)
  • Suburban Office Park - Low-Rise (1-5 stories) 
  • Suburban Office Park - Mid-Rise (6-10 stories)
  • Industrial Office Park
  • Enclosed Mall (Under 1 million SF)
  • Enclosed Mall (Over 1 million SF)
  • Open Air / Strip Mall
  • Mixed Use
  • Earth
  • Retail

To access a description of each category and for general guideline rules, please see https://recognition.boma.org/.

Eligibility Requirements:

Log into the online portal at https://recognition.boma.org/, refer to Requirements and Forms and select the TOBY Entry Requirements for the category in which you are interested in competing.  All buildings must have at least 50% of a building’s space used as office space with the exception of Industrial and Mixed-Use.  Buildings submitted in the Industrial category must have more than 5% and less than 50% office area as measured by the BOMA Standards.  Buildings submitted in the Mixed-Use category must have at least 10% office space.  The building must be occupied for at least one full year from the date of occupancy of the first tenant by June 15 of the TOBY competition year with a minimum of 12 months of building operations.


Important Dates & Deadlines:

LOCAL COMPETITION:

  • August 31 - Local TOBY Competition Application Due (online application form coming soon!)
  • September - Mandatory TOBY Judge Training 
  • September / October - Local TOBY Judging Building Tours Conducted
  • December - Local TOBY Winners Announced at our Annual BOMA Awards Banquet & TOBY Gala

REGIONAL / INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:

  • January 31 - Last day to submit your BOMA 360 Designation Program information into the online portal (required for Regional/International competition only)
  • 1st Week of March - TOBY Regional submittal due through the online BOMA International platform https://recognition.boma.org/
  • March 31 - Energy Star Data must be shared with BOMA International
  • April - Regional Winners Announced and are Automatically bumped forward to International Competition
  • May - International Judging underway
  • June - International Winners Announced at the Annual BOMA Summer Conference and TOBY Award Banquet dinner (location changes annually)

Costs to Participate:

TOBY Awards Competition:

  • Local100% FREE - no cost to participate!
  • Regional$450 USD in entry fees will be paid to BOMA International for each submission entering the TOBY regional competition + BOMA 360 fees (see below).  These fees will be collected once the entry has been completed and the “Submit” button has been pressed. 
  • International:  No additional fees are collected for the international competition.   

For more information, please see https://recognition.boma.org/.


Why Pursue a TOBY Award?

Retain Tenants - The #1 reason to enter the TOBY contest! Tenants are price conscious and rent is a primary factor when leasing space, but plenty of other issues influence their choice.  How they feel about the property - quality and pride of place - counts for a lot.  Tenants enjoy being in a building that is recognized as "one of the best."  Just going for a TOBY means you're going for the gold - in more ways than one!

Property Recognition - Think your property could be the best in the industry?  Get recognized for it!  There are a variety of categories from which to choose to enter your property. 

Acknowledge Your Team - Pride of ownership and great performance should be recognized.  If the management team on a project is the best, then show it!  The process of entering builds teamwork and cooperation with service providers and employees who work every day to make a property stand out.

Team Building / Collaboration - The application process itself brings together your diverse property management team in pursuit of a common goal and offers a great opportunity for team building.  Because the competition touches upon every aspect of building management and operations, each member of the team becomes an important component and is an integral part to the success of the competition.

Accolades for Owners - Like everyone, owners and property management companies want to feel great about the business they are in.  Nothing feels greater than being awarded the best in the business! 

Other Benefits:

  • Prestige and recognition amongst industry peers
  • Esteem on your resume
  • Separates your building from others in your market
  • Staff’s heightened pride of ownership
  • Increased vendor relationships between Property Management staff and Vendors (Engineering, Janitorial, Security, Parking, Elevators, etc.)
  • Sets management companies apart from competition due to quality and timeliness of operating procedures
  • Compels staff to uphold higher standards
  • Assists leasing team in attracting new tenants
  • Recognition by existing tenants of the behind-the-scenes work they do not normally see
  • Provides ownership with bragging rights if contemplating a sale or refinance of the property
  • Paves the way for participation in other recognition opportunities, such as BOMA 360

Recognition You Will Receive:  

Buildings that achieve a TOBY Award will receive the following:

LOCAL COMPETITION:

  • Crystal Award to display in your building
  • Recognition at the Annual BOMA Columbus Awards Banquet & TOBY Gala dinner
  • Recognition on LinkedIn / Facebook announcements and posts, as well as publication on our BOMA Columbus website
  • Recognition by your peers in the industry and your colleagues at work
  • You may use the TOBY logo on your company’s or building’s Web site and on letterhead, business cards, and marketing and collateral materials.

REGIONAL / INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:

  • Opportunity to purchase customized signs and banners
  • BOMA press release announcing the achievement
  • Recognition on the BOMA International Web site
  • Recognition at the BOMA Annual Summer Conference, Winter Business Meeting and other events
  • You may use the TOBY logo on your company’s or building’s Web site and on letterhead, business cards, and marketing and collateral materials.
  • You will also receive a marketing tool kit with ideas and templates for announcing your building’s achievement to owners, tenants, and brokers, and for advertising your achievement in the industry and the community.

Next Steps for TOBY Regional & International Competition Entrants Only:

BOMA 360 Designation Program


 

Past TOBY Award Winners

2023/2024 RESULTS

  • 100,000 - 249,999 SF Category:  Town Center (Managed by: Newmark Knight Frank)
    • Regional winner and International finalist
  • Corporate Facility Category:  Vibe Westerville (Managed by:  Colliers)
    • Local winner

2022/2023 RESULTS

  • 100,000 - 249,999 SF Category:  Town Center (Managed by: Newmark Knight Frank)
    • Regional winner and International finalist
  • Renovated Category:  5250 Blazer Parkway / Quantum Health Headquarters (Managed by:  CBRE)
    • Regional finalist

2021/2022 RESULTS

  • 100,000 - 249,999 SF Category:  Town Center (Managed by: Newmark Knight Frank)
    • Regional winner and International finalist
  • Renovated Category:  4201 Easton Commons (Managed by:  CBRE)
    • Regional finalist
  • 250,000 - 499,999 SF Category:  65 East State Street (Managed by:  CBRE)
    • Regional finalist

2018/2019 RESULTS 

  • 100,000 - 249,999 SF Category:  Town Center (Managed by: Continental Realty)
    • Regional winner and International finalist

2016/2017 RESULTS

  • 100,000 - 249,999 SF Category:  Town Center (Managed by: Continental Realty)
    • Regional winner and International finalist

2015/2016 RESULTS

  • 100,000 - 249,999 SF Category:  Town Center (Managed by: Continental Realty)
    • Regional winner and International finalist

2014/2015 RESULTS

  • 1 Million SF Category:  One Nationwide Plaza (Managed by: Nationwide Corporate Real Estate)
    • Regional winner and International finalist
  • 100,000 - 249,999 SF Category:  Town Center (Managed by: Continental Realty)
    • Regional winner and International finalist

2013/2014 RESULTS

  • Corporate Facility Category:  One & Three Nationwide Plazas (Managed by: Nationwide Corporate Real Estate)
    • Regional winner and International finalist

2012/2013 RESULTS

  • Corporate Facility Category:  One & Three Nationwide Plazas (Managed by: Nationwide Corporate Real Estate)
    • Regional winner and International finalist

BOMA 360

BOMA 360 CERTIFICATION + THE TOBY AWARDS

Now together in one streamlined application portal, the BOMA 360 Building Certification Program and the TOBY Awards are just what you need to take your building to the next level. 

Complete one or both!  


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What is BOMA 360?

The BOMA 360 Performance Program sets the standard worldwide for operational best practices in the commercial real estate industry. For building owners and managers who want to help their properties stand out from the crowd, there is no clearer mark of excellence than achieving the BOMA 360 building certification.

BOMA 360 is a commercial real estate designation developed by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International that recognizes all-around excellence in building operations and management.

The program benchmarks building performance in six (6) key areas:

  1. Building operations and management
  2. Life safety, security, and risk management
  3. Training and education
  4. Energy
  5. Environmental and sustainability
  6. Tenant relations and community involvement

Since the program’s inception in 2009, more than 2,900 BOMA 360 designations have been awarded.

Earning the prestigious BOMA 360 label demonstrates that a building is outperforming the competition across all areas of operations and management.  Designees report the program helped them achieve operational efficiencies as well as higher levels of tenant satisfaction.

As the BOMA 360 program continues to expand around the globe, more and more properties are reaping the substantial benefits and significant return on investment that the designation offers, an unmistakable edge in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
 
This universal recognition program serves as the industry standard for innovative best practices for properties that excel in building management by first applying for a BOMA 360 Designation. The program helps shape high performance buildings by:
 
  • Providing an opportunity to educate property management professionals
  • Reinforce team building and increase team morale
  • Increased asset value
  • Increased tenant retention
  • Lower vacancy rates
  • Higher tenant satisfaction
  • Optimized operational performance 
  • Third party validation of performance
  • Achieving "above and beyond" best practices in building operations
 
After receiving a BOMA 360 Designation, it only makes sense to showcase your buildings accomplishments by applying for a TOBY Award too!
 

Monthly Submittal Deadline

  • Applications may be submitted at anytime throughout the month - all year long (reviewed monthly)
  • All submittals for the month will be sent to the BOMA 360 Advisory Board to review
  • The Advisory Board has 45 days from the last day of the previous month to review and approve your submittal
  • Once approved, you will receive an emailed letter of recognition confirming your building has officially been certified
 

BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION

 

How long does it take to complete the BOMA 360 application?

Most applicants complete the BOMA 360 application in a few hours or days if the required documentation is well organized in advance; however, it may take several days or weeks to gather the documentation needed to start the application process if a building doesn’t have centralized documentation in place. 

Best advice: plan ahead, organize your documents, then chip-away a little at a time to complete the application with little stress.  Organize all your documents ahead of time, saving them to your computer in files split out by the 6 section categories.  

NOTE:  Once you begin working in the portal, you only have 90-days to complete your submittal before the system times out, so make sure you are prepared ahead of time before you start. 

Does the BOMA 360 designation require renewal?

Yes, buildings must re-apply every 3 years to maintain the designation and pay renewal fees in effect at that time.  Renewal applications may be started approximately 7 months prior to expiration.  We encourage all applicants to save copies of their work on their internal servers for use on future renewals. 

For more information, visit https://recognition.boma.org/ or e-mail boma360@boma.org


Costs to Participate:

BOMA 360 Designation Program:

  • Office Buildings:       $995 - Members  $1500 – Non-Members
  • Industrial Buildings:  $995 - Members  $1500 – Non-Members

** Fees paid every 3 years.  Renewal required.

For more information, please see https://recognition.boma.org/.


Why Pursue A BOMA 360 Building Designation?

 BOMA 360 recipients report that the designation has been a key factor in:

  • Attracting and competing for tenants
  • Achieving operational savings and efficiencies
  • Establishing new operation or management policies or procedures
  • Gaining recognition from owners, tenants and the community
  • Achieving "above and beyond" best practices for building operations

Independent studies conducted by Kingsley Associates reports that BOMA 360 buildings earn higher scores in nearly all tenant satisfaction categories. Furthermore, a study conducted by CoStar reports that BOMA 360 buildings have higher tenant retention rates and command higher rental rates than similar buildings without the designation.

Recognition You Will Receive:  

Buildings that achieve the BOMA 360 designation will receive the following:

  • A Plaque to display in the building
  • Opportunity to purchase customized signs and banners
  • BOMA press release announcing the achievement
  • Listing in a BOMA 360 directory on BOMA’s Web site
  • Recognition at the BOMA annual conference, Winter Business Meeting and other events
  • Opportunity to provide case studies for inclusion in BOMA publications
  • You may use the BOMA 360 logo on your company’s or building’s Web site and on letterhead, business cards, and marketing and collateral materials
  • You will also receive a marketing tool kit with ideas and templates for announcing your building’s achievement to owners, tenants, and brokers, and for advertising your achievement in the industry and the community

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BOMA 360 Results

Current BOMA 360 Certified Buildings in Columbus

Congratulations on obtaining this prestigious designation!

  • One Nationwide Plaza - Nationwide Insurance (Managed by:  Nationwide Corporate Real Estate)
  • Three Nationwide Plaza - Nationwide Insurance (Managed by:  Nationwide Corporate Real Estate)
  • Town Center - 140 East Town Street (Managed by:  Newmark)

 

 

 

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BOMA BEST - Sustainability Certification

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BOMA BEST is Open in the US Market!

 

Looking for a more affordable alternative sustainability certification to achieve instead of LEED?  Look no further!

Created in 2005 by BOMA Canada, BOMA BEST is a series of high-performance building certification programs with a proven impact on the built environment. Through an agreement finalized this year, BOMA BEST is now available for buildings of all classes and sizes in the United States. This is your chance to be one of the first adopters in the US marketplace. The application portal is now live here!

With two tracks for building certification, and a third on the way next year, BOMA BEST has something for everyone. Starting your journey in BOMA BEST Sustainable, Smart, or Healthy (coming 2024 or 2025) is a fantastic way to differentiate your building from the competition and prove value to both tenants and investors. 


Driving Market Transformation

BOMA BEST is a series of programs which are both certifications and building management tools. They encourage smart and sustainable solutions for existing buildings, promoting health, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and low-carbon performance. Its certification represents a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and is driving change. 

BOMA BEST Sustainable is a certification program and a building management tool that provides a road map on:

  • How to decarbonize
  • Reduce water and waste
  • Retrofit for accessibility and equity
  • Navigate climate risk

Based on a point system under these section topics:

  • Energy and Carbon (34 questions)
  • Water (11 questions)
  • Indoor Air Quality and Hazards (20 questions)
  • Accessibility and Wellness (16 questions)
  • Custodial and Waste (18 questions)
  • Resilience and Site (11 questions)

Every building that undertakes the BOMA BEST Building Certification Program must undergo an on-site verification conducted by a BOMA BEST Verification Professional to ensure the validity of information entered online, as well as evaluate on-site knowledge and implementation of management practices.

On-site verification must occur before the official final score and certification can be awarded. Note that all Baseline Practices must be met, regardless of the official final score, for a building to achieve certification.

Verification and subsequent certification are coordinated and managed by BOMA.


Certification Levels you can achieve:

  • Baseline
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
** Note:  BOMA BEST "Healthy" certification category - coming soon

The Benefits of being a BOMA BEST Building:

Why BOMA Best

Costs to Participate:

BOMA BEST Sustainability Certification Program:

  • Cost Range:  $6,750 - $32,180 - Per building
  • Depending on asset type and size of building

** Fees paid every 5 years.  Renewal / Re-certification required.

For more information, please see https://recognition.boma.org/.

 

Build Excellence Awards

Not ready to enter the TOBY Awards or secure a building designation? This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your hard work throughout the year. Nominations are open to any spaces managed by a BOMA Columbus Property Manager. One Nomination per form. Please use link to submit as many nominations as needed. 

SUBMIT NOMINATION

 

Building Excellence Awards

Chapter Awards

Recognize and award individuals and companies with outstanding achievements throughout the year. These are individuals and companies who are active participants in BOMA Columbus and their communities. Nominate yourself or someone else. One nomination on each submission. Please submit as many nominations as you would like. 

SUBMIT NOMINATION

 

Chapter Awards