Engineering Excellence Awards

2021 Engineering Excellence Awards

Call for Entries

The 2020 Grand Award Winner
Tighe & Bond-Great Hill Tunnel & Pipeline Restoration, New Haven, CT

ACEC-CT 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. Photos of entries will be displayed on the ACEC/CT web site (


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, 2018 and October 31, 2020. Studies must have been publicly disclosed by the client between November 1, 2018 and Octo­ber 31, 2020.

There is a $500 entry fee for ACEC/CT members entering the state competi­tion; entries from nonmember firms are charged a $900 entry fee. ACEC mem­bers who go on to the national compe­tition will pay $1,200, nonmembers will pay $3,600.

How to Enter 

Your entry must be submitted to ACEC/CT by November 2, 2020 via email, 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 email from the owner granting permission to enter the project in the ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Awards Competition.

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.

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Entrants are strongly encouraged to participate in a webinar briefing on submission requirements and how projects are judged to be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

An oral presentation of not more than fifteen minutes will be made to the judges’ panel by each participating firm on December 1, 2020.  Along with the oral presentation, firms may use a PowerPoint presentation, display boards, slides, videos or photos.  CT Award winners will be notified by e-mail on or before December 8, 2020.

The winning firms will be honored at the ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Awards on a date to be determined.

Winning firms will also be eli­gible to enter the ACEC National Competition and must submit their entry by January 8, 2021.

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%).

ACEC-CT Engineering Excellence Awards Timetable

  • Submit Entry form – by November 2, 2020
  • EEA Submitters Webinar – November 10, 2020
  • Oral Presentations – December 1, 2020
  • ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner – TBD

ACEC National Engineering Excellence Awards Timetable

  • Deadline to ACEC – January 8, 2021
  • ACEC National Judging – February 19-21, 2021
  • ACEC Awards Gala, Washington, DC – April 27, 2021

We recommend that participants begin selecting their entries as soon as possible.  Our Executive Directors, Tricia Dinneen Priebe or Lisa Winkler, will be happy to answer questions about submitting your firm’s entry.

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Additional Information from ACEC National:

ACEC National Call for Entries