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GPTQ Preconstruction Design Awards


2023 Finalist:

1.) Innovative Solution to a Design Problem / Best Use of New Products

Heath & Lineback (BCC Engineering, LLC d/b/a Heath & Lineback)
West Nancy Creek Drive Emergency Bridge Replacement

Long Engineering, LLC (an Atlas Company)
CR38/Shallowford Bridge RD at Toccoa River South of Morganton, Fannin County

Sardis Road Connector with Turbo Roundabout


2.) Planning and Design of an Alternative Mode Transportation Facility

Aviation Infrastructure Solutions
Runway 9L End Around Taxiway aka Taxiway Whiskey

GDOT District One
SR 17 Pedestrian Improvements Helen, White Count

Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Firefly Trail Bridge Over Trail Creek


3.) NEPA, Environmental Protection, Preservation, Restoration and/or Enhancement

Adrian Collaborative
Rome-Cartersville Development Corridor

United Consulting
Atlanta Beltline РSouthside Trail; Segment 1

Arcadis, Inc.
State Route 119 at the Ogeechee River and Ogeechee Overflow, Bulloch and Effingham Counties


4.) Context Sensitive Planning and Design Including Public Participation Plan

I-285 and I-20 West Interchange Reconstruction

SR 8/US 278 From SR280 to CS 6701/Stiff Street - Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway Traffic Calming Project

Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Firefly Trail Bridge Over Trail Creek


5.) Bridge/Structural Design

CHA Consulting, Inc., Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Thomas & Hutton, United Consulting
Rogers Bridge

Parsons Transportation Group, Inc.
SR 10 @ Sweetwater Creek

Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Firefly Trail Bridge Over Trail Creek


6.) Traffic Safety and/or Intersection Design

Columbia Engineering and Services, Inc.
SR 53 Elliptical Roundabout

District One
SR 11 @ Old Swimming Pool Rd, Jackson County

SR 8/US 278 From SR280 to CS 6701/Stiff Street - Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway Traffic Calming Project


7.) Highway Design - Large Project (Greater than or equal to $20 million)

GDOT Office of Roadway Design - Fletcher Miller/Tyler Whaley
S.R. 316 @ S.R. 53 Interchange

VHB/Thomas & Hutton
Jimmy DeLoach Parkway Extension and Interchange

Moffatt & Nichol
Brampton Road Connector from SR 21/SR 25 to SR 21 Spur


8.) Highway Design - Small Project (Less than $20 million)

KCI Technologies, Inc.
SR 22/US 80/JR Allen Parkway at Bradley Park Drive

Parsons Transportation Group, Inc.
SR 4 @ North Fork Spirit Creek

District One
SR 60 Bus @ Oak Grove Rd, Lumpkin County


9.) Design-Build

Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, PLLC
I-85 Widening Phase II

Heath & Lineback (BCC Engineering, LLC d/b/a Heath & Lineback)
SR 135 over Altamaha River Bridge Replacement - Design-Build

Michael Baker International
Cheshire Bridge Road Bridge over South Fork Peachtree Creek


10.) Right of Way Acquisition

Gresham Smith
MARTA Summerhill/Capital Avenue BRT ROW

Jacobs Engineering
Jones Bridge Right of Way Acquisition

Keck & Wood
City of Villa Rica Bypass

Transportation projects in Georgia are to be nominated by the Owner and are awarded to the primary engineer for the project. A project should demonstrate transportation planning and design expertise, as well as a commitment to GPTQ's goals, which include: working cooperatively to deliver the transportation program efficiently with a focus on quality; recognizing and showcasing quality achievement by the partnership and its members; and improving long-term performance and durability of Georgia's transportation system. Design projects should have a 'let' date not older than five years. Projects that have previously won a GPTQ Preconstruction Design Award are ineligible.

The Awards
Awards are given to the best projects nominated in each category. These categories have been selected as those that best embody the on-going evolution of innovation and quality in serving the transportation needs of Georgia. Each award will be presented to the engineer/engineering firm most responsible for the accomplishment of the category. The entire design team and/or agencies named in the nominations will be recognized. Additional awards can be obtained upon request to ACEC Georgia with payment for the award cost.

Grand Award
The judges will select one project entry for recognition as the Grand Award Winner.


  1. All winners will be presented with an award.
  2. All winning projects will be featured in an issue of Engineering Georgia magazine.
  3. All winning projects will be recognized through ACEC Georgia communications, including email, social media, and website.
  4. All winners will be presented with an award at the Georgia Transportation Summit, November 30, 2023


  1. Complete the short nomination form by July 14, 2023.
  2. Top three nominations in each category are selected and notified by the week of August 14, 2023; these project team(s) will be asked to submit additional project information (additional information will be due by September 11, 2023.)
  3. The Georgia Transportation Summit is November 30, 2023

The judging will be based on total engineering excellence in the criteria established for each category of entry. In addition, each entry will be judged for excellence based on the general criteria listed below:

General Criteria:

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Sustainability
  • Constructability
  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Environmental Protection

Categories of Entry

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

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