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  • The 2019 Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality (GPTQ) Preconstruction Design Awards Are Now Closed for Entries


    The top three finalists in each of the nine categories will be contacted to provide additional information for the final judging. All winners will be announced and honored by GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry during the 2019 Georgia Transportation Summit on November 12 at the Classic Center in Athens, Ga. To learn more about attending this program - the largest transportation event in Georgia - please click here


    If you have any questions about these Awards, please contact Lisa Exley at Lisa.Exley@acecga.org. 


  • Categories of Entry
    Nominations may be for portions, aspects, or stages of a project worthy of recognition.

    1. Innovative Solution to a Design Problem/Best Use of New Products
    This award recognizes innovation and emphasizes new design solutions to engineering problems with broad prospects for future application. Such innovation may include the use of new products or functioning components.
    Criteria for judging:

    • Innovative Approach to Design
    • Problem solving methodology
    • Teamwork/Communications
    • Innovative use of methods or materials
    • Quality
    • Customer satisfaction
    • Sustainability
    • Cost effectiveness
    • Constructability
    • Minimal negative effect on the environment/aesthetics
    • Completeness and accuracy of plans

    2. Planning and Design of an Alternative Mode Transportation Facility
    This award recognizes the importance of providing for transit, pedestrians, bicyclists and other forms of mobility for people and freight. Nominations should be made for designs and/or studies that provide for maximum efficiency, enhanced linkage and flexible multi¬use of transportation systems.
    Criteria for judging:

    • Security and Safety
    • Design Features
    • Innovation in Use/Reuse of Materials or Methods
    • Connectivity/Integration with Other Modes
    • Aesthetics
    • Maintainability and Durability

    3. NEPA, Environmental Protection, Preservation, Restoration and/or Enhancement 
    Recognizes the value of protecting natural and historic resources and/or aesthetics as elements of Georgia's quality of life. Should demonstrate solutions to transportation needs that embrace these concerns. Nominations should be made for constructed project components. Landscaping, archeological remediation and general enhancement designs are examples for consideration under this category.
    Criteria for judging:

    • New Application of Existing Techniques/Originality/Innovation
    • Value to Advancing the Georgia Quality Initiative
    • Social/Environmental Considerations
    • Complexity
    • Meeting and Exceeding Owners/Clients Needs

    4. Context Sensitive Planning and Design Including Public Participation Plan
    This award recognizes the important role the planning process plays in determining the best overall solution. Nomination should be made for processes which not only achieved meaningful public involvement via innovative techniques, but which developed context sensitive transportation solutions.
    Criteria for judging:

    • Successfully Encouraged Public Participation
    • Facilitated Cooperative Input from Reviewing Agencies
    • Evidenced Coordinated Planning with Local Interests
    • Developed Solutions to Avoid and Minimize Impacts

    5. Bridge/Structural Design
    This award recognizes structures that economically meet the requirements of the site, are aesthetically pleasing and are appropriate for the surrounding environment. Consideration is also given to structures that present innovative and economic solutions to unique design challenges specific to the site or structure. The constructability of the solution is an important consideration for award.
    Criteria for judging:

    • Economic/Innovative Approach to Design and Construction Challenges
    • Constructability
    • Innovative Use of Methods or Materials
    • Environment/Aesthetics

    6. Traffic Safety and/or Intersection Design
    This award recognizes projects that improve existing roads and intersections to enhance safety for the motoring public and/or pedestrians.
    Criteria for judging:

    • Successfully Reduced Accidents and Improved Safety
    • Utilized Cost Effective Techniques
    • Effectively maintained Traffic and Local Access During Construction
    • Developed Solutions to Avoid and Minimize Impacts

    7. Highway Design - Urban
    This award recognizes large projects in densely developed areas that may include a combination of roadway and structural work to fit within an urban environment while handling large volumes of traffic. Projects in this category include those ascribed to an urban area and/or urban characteristic in the functional classification. 
    Criteria for judging:

    • Encouraged Public Participation
    • Facilitated cooperative Input from Reviewing Agencies
    • Successfully Integrated into the Surrounding Land Uses
    • Developed Solutions to Avoid and Minimize Impacts

    8. Highway Design - Rural
    This award recognizes projects in rural parts of the state that were sensitive to manmade and natural resources that occur along their routes and/or played a major role in assisting local communities in achieving their economic development objectives. Projects in this category include those ascribed to a rural area and/or rural characteristic in the functional classification. 
    Criteria for judging:

    • Successfully Encouraged Public Participation
    • Facilitated Economic Development
    • Evidenced Coordinated Planning with Local Interests
    • Developed Solutions to Avoid and Minimize Impacts

    9. Design-Build
    This award recognizes the important contributions of the design build process to improve cost effectiveness, to shorten the design construction time frame and to improve innovation of design during construction.  The nomination should be the final design team.
    Criteria for judging:

    • Successfully Reduce Cost of Design and Construction
    • Successfully Reduce the Time for Design and Construction
    • Innovative Use of Design with Construction
    • Significant Reduction in Negative Impacts to the Public During Construction

    Congratulations to all the Winners of the 2018 GPTQ Preconstruction Design Awards!


    Parsons Transportation Group received the Grand Prize Award for its work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project. The completed Northwest Corridor represents the first GDOT project to be procured as a design-build-finance project, and its successful delivery makes it the largest transportation project in the state's history. This massive project, which involved nearly 30 miles of roadway, including three intersecting interstate highways and 39 bridges, required countless innovations, accommodations and considerations. During the course of the project, the Parsons team worked to develop numerous solutions to address impacts to the traveling public and environmentally sensitive wetlands, as well as mitigate any potentially negative effects to duration and cost of construction.


    Winners were also recognized across nine different categories:


    • Atkins, Member of the SNC-Lavalin Group - Statewide Mainline Weight-in-Motion
      Category 1 Winner: Innovative Solutions to a Design Problem/Best Use of New Products


    • Moffatt & Nichol - Appalachian Regional Port
      Category 2 Winner: Planning and Design of an Alternative Mode Transportation Facility


    • HNTB - Memorandum of Understanding - Defining the Area of Potential Effect for MMIP
      Category 3 Winner: NEPA, Environmental Protection, Preservation, Restoration and/or Enhancement


    • Aracadis, U.S., Inc. - Concord Road Covered Bridge Rehabilitation
      Category 4 Winner: Context Sensitive Planning and Design including Public Participation Plan


    • Michael Baker International - Islands Expressway Bridge Replacement
      Category 5 Winner: Bridge and/or Structural Design


    • Arcadis, U.S., Inc. - South Barrett Reliever Roundabout
      Category 6 Winner: Traffic Safety and/or Intersection Design


    • Heath & Lineback Engineers, Inc. - Interstate North Parkway and Interstate North Circle Roadway and Pedestrian Improvements
      Category 7 Winner: Highway Design - Urban


    • AECOM Technical Services, Inc. - State Route 10/Gordon Highway Widening and Improvements
      Category 8 Winner: Highway Design - Rural


    • Michael Baker International - Courtland Street Bridge Replacement
      Category 9 Winner: Design-Build


    The GPTQ Preconstruction Design Awards will open again for nominations in Spring 2019.