BOMA of Greater Knoxville is proud to host an annual awards competition to recognize excellence in the commercial building management industry!  The Outstanding Building Of The Year (TOBY) competition is held in conjunction with BOMA International.  Applicants are evaluated in all areas of management, including tenant relations programs, community involvement, emergency preparedness, security standards, and continuing education for building personnel. 

Winners of the local Greater Knoxville competition are eligible to advance to compete at the Southern Regional TOBYs.  Winners at the Southern Region level may advance to the International competition and be recognized as a top team in our industry.


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 - The TOBY Awards are the commercial real estate industry's highest recognition honoring excellence in commercial building management and operations in specific categories of building size or type.

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.

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! 


The TOBY Awards have 16 unique categories available for properties to enter.  Each property may choose one of the following options:


- Corporate Facility
- Earth
- Historical Building
- Industrial Office Building
- Medical Office Building
- Mixed-Use (New Category!)
- Public Assembly (New Category!)
- Renovated Building
- Retail
- Suburban Office Park (Low-Rise)
- Suburban Office Park (Mid-Rise)
- 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


Local Greater Knoxville judges will score you on the following:

  • Building Description

  • Building Standards

  • Competition Photographs

  • Community Impact

  • Tenant Relations/Communications

  • Energy Conservation

  • Environmental,Regulatory,Sustainability, Waste

  • Emergency Preparedness/Life Safety

  • Training for Building Personnel

  • Overall Management Practices 


January 2019 -

Local Applications Open

October 2019 -

Local Applications Due

November 2019 -

Judging Period

December 2020 -

Local Award Winners Announced at our Holiday Luncheon

January 2020 -

Review with Local Winners, Q&A

March 2020 -

Regional Applications Due for Local Winners (First Week of March)

Regional Judging (2nd Half of March)

April 2020 -

Regional Winners Announced (1st Half of April)

International Judging (2nd Half of April)

May 2020 -

International Nominees posted on the TOBY Website


June 25th 2020 - 

International Winners announced at the BOMA International Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

The TOBY Mission: "Recognizing excellence in building management, operational efficiency, tenant retention, emergency planning and community impact."