The Outstanding Building of the Year Awards - Call for Entries
The Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Baltimore is proud to announce the The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) 2014 Call for Entries. The competition awards excellence in building management by evaluating all facets of a building’s operations including, budget and fiscal responsibility, staff structure, energy management, building systems maintenance, life safety, environmental initiatives and overall exceptional service. Virtually any building of any size can compete in the TOBY program because the program’s main focus is how well a building is managed.
Once you have registered for the competition, the Property Manager will be contacted by the Committee to schedule a full site visit to the building. This inspection will include both public and non-public areas of the building such as the roof, mechanical rooms, electrical closets, maintenance areas, etc. The Q&A session will not occur at the property immediately after the walk through. The committee will schedule another date for management teams to be interviewed. Please have your management team available for the inspection and Q&A session. Also, please note that BOMA International has made it a requirement that your building be Energy Star benchmarked in order to enter in the Regional and National competition. Energy Star benchmarking will not be a requirement to enter your building in the local competition, but please be aware if you are not Energy Star benchmarked and your building wins in your category you will not be able to go forward to the Regional competition, so we highly recommend it. However, any building that enters the EARTH category will be required to be Energy Star benchmarked for the local competition.
At the conclusion of this inspection, the scoring sheets will be sealed and sent to BOMA headquarters where they will be tallied by KatzAbosch, an independent accounting firm, and the results will be sealed until the awards ceremony which will be held in October. In addition to the TOBY Award and the Award of Excellence for each category, there will be an award for Management Team of the Year – to recognize the management team whose point total is the highest overall.
All entrants are required to submit one to three digital photos in .jpg format of the building prior to the inspection.
The TOBY Committee is offering a training session to any interested entrants to review the scoring sheet and potential questions that are likely to be asked in the Q&A session.
To view the building categories, FAQ’s, Online Submission Form and the Printable Submission form for entry into the competition, please visit the TOBY events page.
We request that all entries submit the completed form to BOMA Baltimore on or before June 20, 2014. I am available to answer any questions you may have regarding the competition. Please feel free to contact me at (410) 280-0220 or via email at [email protected].
We look forward to an exciting competition this year. Good luck to you and your staff.