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. September 25, 2019 | Awards Open for Entries
    2. October 25, 2019 | Full Entries Must Be Submitted by 5 p.m. and Payment Received by ACEC Georgia
    3. By November 19, 2019 | Judging Complete and Winner Notification
    4. January 3, 2020 | Entries Due for National Submissions (Only State Award Winners Qualify)
    5. March 14, 2020 | All-Winners Recognized During the 2020 Georgia Engineering Awards at The Whitley Atlanta Buckhead



    (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

    Entry Requirements

    Category Delineations

    Award Submittal FAQs

    Judging Criteria, Guideline Definitions and Additional Information

    2020 Georgia Engineering Awards

    All Engineering Excellence Award winners will be honored during the 2020 Georgia Engineering Awards, a black tie to be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at The Whitley Atlanta Buckhead. Make plans to attend this elegant celebration of your firm's achievement and the engineering industry as a whole!


    ACEC Georgia Engineering Excellence Award winners will receive:

    • Mention in a feature article in an issue of Engineering Georgia magazine
    • Recognition during the 2020 Georgia Engineering Awards
    • Option to display photographic project panel at the 2020 Georgia Engineering Awards (virtual project panel must be submitted to be part of the selection for People’s Choice Award). 
    • Professional photography of winning firm with the award during the 2020 Georgia Engineering Awards for firm use
    • Visibility to more than 500 peers and clients at the 2020 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
    • Grand Award Winner project photo framed and displayed for one year in ACEC Georgia’s office
    • Additional benefits to be named



    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 between November 1, 2017, and October 31, 2019. Construction of projects (Categories 2-10) must have been substantially completed and ready for use between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2019. The completed official entry form must be signed by both the entrant and the client/owner (senior executives/officials) confirming this fact. Company representative may be contacted by phone by judging panel. 


    Engineering projects may be entered in 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.





  • State Award Winners


    Arcadis U.S., Inc.
    Concord Road Covered Bridge Rehabilitation
    Category: Structural Systems


    Hofstadter and Associates, Inc.
    Forsyth-Monroe Interconnection
    Category: Small Projects


    NOVA Engineering & Environmental, LLC
    Larkin on Memorial
    Category: Environmental


    Parsons Corporation
    Northwest Corridor Express Lanes
    Category: Transportation


    Schnabel Engineering
    Lake Peachtree Spillway Replacement
    Category: Water Resources or Waste and Storm Water


    Uzun + Case, LLC
    University of Louisville Pedestrian Bridge
    Category: Special Projects


    SR 141 Traffic Study
    Category: Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services



  • Honor Award Winners


    Bennett & Pless
    The Fox Theatre Renovation


    Heath & Lineback Engineers, Inc.


    Lanier Technical College, Hall County Campus


    Sun Valley Drive Extension, Phase I


    Western Summit Constructors, Inc.
    RM Clayton WRC Headworks Improvements Design-Build


  • Merit Award Winners


    American Engineers, Inc.
    East Cherokee Drive at Gaddis Road Roundabout

    Prime Engineering, Inc.
    Ramp 6 Deicing Area Improvements

    SR 133 Widening