TOBY Awards

The Office Building of the Year (TOBY) Award is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive programs of its kind in the commercial real estate industry. The objective of the TOBY awards is to recognize excellence in building management, operational efficiency, tenant retention, emergency planning and community impact.

The competition begins with the local BOMA Columbus awards. A simple application is required and there is no fee.  Entries are due for the 2017 competition by June 30th.  Judging will take place in September and winners will be announced in December at the award banquet and gala on Dec. 8th. 

Local Columbus winners go on to compete in the North Central Region (Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky) TOBY Awards.  To enter the Regional Awards program, a very detailed overview of the building must be submitted electronically. Access to complete the electronic submission will be provided to the buildings that win the local BOMA Columbus TOBY Award. Deadline to submit your application will be in Februrary 2017.  Exact date is not known at this time please check back for updates.  Regional winners go on to compete in the international competition. The international TOBY Awards will be presented at the BOMA International Conference in Nashville June 2017.

Buildings may enter in the following 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
  • Renovated Building
  • Historical Building
  • Corporate Facility
  • Public Assembly
  • Medical Office Building
  • Suburban Office Park - Mid- Rise (1-5 stories)
  • Suburban Office Park - Mid- Rise (6-10 stories)
  • Industrial Office Park
  • Earth
  • Retail


To access a description of each category and for general rules, please see the  Local Toby Application for 2016/2017 . Registration for the 2016 - 2017 TOBY Awards are open now.  Deadline to enter the local competition is June 30, 2016 Please contact the BOMA Columbus office at or 614.221.2849 ext. 3186. 

2015/2016 Results

Again this year Town Center won on the local level and the regional level.  Property Manger Megan Revoldt will be present at the BOMA International competition to be held in DC June 28th.  Congratulations to Megan, her team and Continental Realty on a second regional win and hopefully this year an International win too!    

2014/2015 Results

In June 2015 BOMA Columbus had two winners from our region go on to compete in the BOMA International competition.  They were Nationwide Corporate Realty in the over 1 million sq. ft. category and Town Center in the 100,000 to 249,000 sq, ft, category.  Although BOMA Columbus did not come home with a win this year we are quite honored to have two buildings in this prestigious competition. 

We congratulate Holly Lo, Property Manager of Nationwide and Megan Revoldt, Property Manager of Town Center for all their efforts to get to this level of competition.  They have assembled very skilled management teams and can be very proud of their buildings.  This is Holly's third time to be on the International stage and Megan's first. 

Please view photos from the BOMA International TOBY Awards event in the Photo Gallery section of this site.