Is Your Building a TOBY Contender?
Each year, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) presents The Outstanding Building of the Year Awards (TOBY®) to recognize exceptional quality in office building operations and management locally, regionally and internationally. The TOBY® Awards are the most prestigious and comprehensive in the commercial real estate industry.
The only competition to honor outstanding commercial buildings for excellence in building management and operational efficiency, The TOBY® Awards thoroughly evaluate all facets of a building’s operations, including community involvement, site management, environmental and “green” policies and procedures, tenant retention, emergency planning, cleanliness, safety and visual appeal.
Susan Hammer, vice-president and general manager with JLL for AMA Plaza in Chicago, calls winning a TOBY the ultimate achievement in property management. “The competition breeds excellence, and management teams should look for unique and innovative ways to differentiate the building they manage,” says Hammer. Hammer is also the co-vice chair of the BOMA International Awards Committee.
How can your cleaning company help you win a TOBY?
A well-managed and well-maintained building is more than likely to be TOBY ready at any given time. To prep for the judging, however, detailed cleaning, paint touch ups, energy and green cleaning audits are a good idea. Look at your building like a TOBY judge would. And read the guidelines carefully, so you have a clear understanding of the competition’s judging criteria.
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