Engineering Excellence Awards


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    The Engineering Excellence Awards are an annual design competition provided by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC Georgia). The Engineering Excellence Awards recognize engineering achievements demonstrating the highest degree of merit and ingenuity. Entries are rated on the basis of uniqueness and originality; future value to the engineering profession; social, economic and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owner’s needs. The Awards offer all competition entrants a valuable opportunity to be recognized by showcasing their talent, their expertise and their profession.


    Key Dates & Deadlines

    1. October 5, 2021 | Awards Open for Entries
    2. November 12, 2021 | Full Entries Must Be Submitted by 5 p.m. and Payment Received by ACEC Georgia
    3. By December 9, 2021 | Judging Complete and Winner Notification
    4. January 7, 2022 | Entries Due for National Submissions (Only State Award Winners Qualify)
    5. Spring 2022 | All-Winners Recognized During the 2022 GEORGIA ENGINEERING AWARDS on March 19, 2022 at Cobb Galleria 5:00 - 9:00 PM



    (1) Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services

    (2) Building/Technology Systems

    (3) Structural Systems

    (4) Environmental

    (5) Water Resources or Waste and Storm Water

    (6) Transportation

    (7) Energy

    (8) Industrial and Manufacturing Processes and Facilities

    (9) Small Projects

    (10) Special Projects


    Reference Documents

    Call for Entries Information Packet

    National Call for Entries Brochure

    National Call for Entries -Entry Changes

    Entry Requirements

    Category Delineations

    Award Submittal FAQs

    Judging Criteria, Guideline Definitions and Additional Information



    This black-tie awards event is a celebration of exceptional engineers, engineering projects and the achievements of the industry as a whole. Winners of ACEC Georgia's Engineering Excellence Awards and GSPE's Engineer of the Year Awards are honored, among others.


    ACEC Georgia Engineering Excellence Award winners will receive:

    • Winning projects will be featured in Engineering Georgia magazine
    • Engraved Crystal Award for all State, Honor and Merit Award Winners
    • State Award Winners are eligible to compete for ACEC National Engineering Excellence Awards 
    • State Award Winners will be recognized during the 2022 Georgia Engineering Awards 
    • All Award winners will receive two complimentary tickets to the 2022 Georgia Engineering Awards, taking place in the Spring of 2022. ACEC Georgia will invite the owner/client of the award-winning project to attend this event as well 
    • Professional photoshoot of winning firms with their award during a specified time and location of ACEC Georgia's choosing. Photographs will be available for firm use
    • Visibility to clients and engineering professionals at the 2022 Georgia Engineering Awards 
    • Project and firm name recognition in a press release distributed to media and trade publications statewide
    • Project and firm recognition in ACEC Georgia communications, including social media and website
    • Dedicated social media posts for all Engineering Excellence State and Honor Award recipients
    • Grand Award Winner project photo framed and displayed for one year in ACEC Georgia’s office



    Any firm maintaining a Georgia office and engaged in the private practice of consulting engineering is eligible to enter. Projects executed anywhere in the world are eligible; however, the firm’s Georgia office must have had a leadership role in the project (designed in Georgia) to be eligible.


    Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services (Category 1), or survey and mapping projects (included in Category 10) must have been publicly disclosed by the client Nov. 1, 2018 and Oct. 31, 2021. Construction of projects (Categories 2-10) must have been substantially completed and ready for use between  Nov. 1, 2018 and Oct. 31, 2021. The completed official entry form must be signed by both the entrant and the client/owner (senior executives/officials) confirming this fact. The company representative may be contacted by phone by the judging panel. 


    Engineering projects may be entered into one of ten categories. A project may be entered only once in any category. However, after a project entered in Category 1 has been constructed, it may be entered in a different category in the eligible year.


    ACEC Georgia guidelines are used for Georgia submissions only. If a submittal receives a State Award, the firm can choose to submit for a national award. If submitting for a national award, please follow the guidelines outlined by ACEC National, as they differ from Georgia.



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