ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Awards Call for Entries & Application Available!

Engineering Excellence Awards

offer firms an oppor­tunity to earn national recognition
and showcase their talent  and expertise

Benefits of Participation

The public relations and marketing value
of participation in these competi­tions is
considerable. Individual press releases are
issued for each winner and national winners
receive consider­able media attention nationwide.|
Dis­play boards of all entries at the state level will
be displayed at the ACEC/CT office and at ACEC/CT
meetings. Pho­tos of entries will be displayed on the
ACEC/CT web site (

Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge,
2017 ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Grand Award


The competition is open to any firm or individual engaged in the practice of consulting engineering in Connecticut, whether or not the firm or individual is an ACEC/CT member. Eligible projects (a) must have been built in Connecti­cut, or (b) the majority of the design work must have been performed in Connecticut, although the project may have been built anywhere.

Constructed projects must have been substantially completed and ready for use between November 1, 2015 and October 31, 2017. Studies must have been publicly disclosed by the client between November 1, 2015 and Octo­ber 31, 2017.

There is a $400 entry fee for ACEC/CT members entering the state competi­tion; entries from nonmember firms are charged a $800 entry fee.

ACEC mem­bers who go on to the national compe­tition will pay $1,100, nonmembers will pay $3,500.

How to Enter 

Your entry must be submitted to ACEC/CT by November 1, 2017 via email, FTP or Dropbox. Do not submit hard copies.
Note: the panel and notebook requirements detailed in the national ACEC ap­plication are not required for the ACEC/CT
competition. Entries must include the following:

  1.    A completed ACEC/CT Entry Form.
  2.    The ACEC/CT entry fee.
  3.    A two-page written synopsis in MS Word describing the project,
    your firm’s role, the role of other con­sultants participating in the project,
    your firm’s contribution to the project and how your firm’s contribution
    meets the judging criteria.
  4.    At least three pictures or graphics of the project in electronic format
    such as a TIFF or JPEG. (Embedded photos in Word or PDF documents
    are not acceptable.)Each participating firm must submit an endorsement/release letter
    or emailfrom the owner granting permission to enter the project in the ACEC/CT
    Engineering Excellence AwardsCom­petition.

Each participating firm must submit a Microsoft Excel file listing the key participants in the
project. Key partici­pants include owners, design team, contractors, construction managers,
and major subcontractors. Information for each key participant should include:
organization name, contact person, mailing address, email and phone number.

2016 Engineering Excellence Awards Projects

Entrants are strongly encouraged to participate in a webinar briefing on sub­mission requiremets and how projects are judged to be held at 4:30 PM, Mon­day, November 13, 2016.

An oral presentation of not more than fifteen minutes will be made to the judges’ panel by each participating firm on December 5, 2016. Along with the oral presentation, firms may use a PowerPoint presentation, display boards, slides, videos or photos.

The winning firms will be honored at the ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner
Monday, January 22 , 2018 at the Aqua Turf Club.





Winning firms will also be eli­gible to enter the ACEC National Competition, must be submitted by January 5, 2018.

How Projects are Judged

Projects will be judged by the follow­ing factors: Meeting or exceeding the client’s needs (40%),
Social, economic or sustainable design considerations (25%), Originality (25%) and Complex­ity (10%).


  • Submit Entry form – November 1, 2017
  • EEA Submitters Webinar – November 13, 2017
  • Oral Presentations – December 5, 2017
  • Deadline to ACEC – January 5, 2018
  • ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner – January, 2018
  • ACEC Judging – February 10-12, 2018
  • ACEC Awards Gala, Washington, DC – April, 2018

We recommend that participants begin selecting their entries as soon as possible.
For questions, contact ACEC/CT Executive Director, Bob Gonyeau

Click a Link to Access…

2018_ACEC-CT EEA Call for Entries with Application

National ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards Webpage

ACEC/CT Government Affairs Update

ACEC/CT Government Affairs Update

June 30, 2015

The Connecticut General Assembly met in a special session yesterday to pass bills that were left on the table when the regular session ended on June 6. When businesses in the state threatened to leave Connecticut, Governor Malloy proposed lowering some of the taxes that were raised on businesses during the closing hours of the regular session.

The General Assembly passed legislation authorizing $5.9 billion in capital projects for the next two years that include clean water, school construction, and other public works projects. They also adopted a transportation bonding package worth $795 million over the next two years and $2 billion over the three years beyond that. But that represents a reduction of $16.3 million to help pay for the tax break for businesses.

However, the General Assembly did not adopt the “lockbox” for the Special Transportation Fund (STF) requested by Governor Malloy. The Governor had proposed a constitutional amendment protecting the fund from raids by the General Assembly for deficits in the general fund. The Governor also wanted to protect the fund by requiring a mandatory pledge to transportation bondholders. Not only did legislators fail to protect STF, they also began raiding it for other purposes. They took $500,000 out of the STF for DEEP boating regulations and enforcement and more than $4.5 million for the Department of Social Services for a Transportation for Employment Independence Program.

The General Assembly created a new Connecticut Port Authority independent of the Department of Transportation.

Engineers did well during this session of the General Assembly. We were successful in having a statute of limitations bill passed and successfully opposed the imposition of the state sales tax on engineering and other professional services.