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GPTQ Preconstruction Design Awards


Preconstruction Awards Schedule

  • May 31, 2024 – Call for Nominations
  • July 19th, 2024 – Nominations Due
  • Week of Aug. 19th– Announce Shortlist
  • 20th, 2024 – Additional Info Due
  • Week of Oct. 7th – Select Finalists
  • December 3, 2024 – Transportation Summit

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.  A firm can nominate a project for multiple categories, but that project will only be shortlisted for one category.

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, December 3, 2024


  1. Complete the short nomination form by July 19, 2024.
  2. Top three nominations in each category are selected and notified by the week of August 19, 2024; these project team(s) will be asked to submit additional project information (additional information will be due by September 20, 2024.)
  3. The Georgia Transportation Summit is December 3, 2024

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