More than 700 members, guests, and dignitaries — an all-time record — attended the 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, on April 25 in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the program’s the 50th anniversary.

Known industry wide as the “Academy Awards” of the engineering industry, the 2017 Gala showcased 162 projects from across the country and around the world.

A nationwide panel of more than 30 judges representing a wide spectrum of built environment disciplines selected 36 projects for top awards — including 16 finalists for the 2017 Grand Conceptor Award, honoring the year’s top engineering achievement. Comedian and actor Kevin Nealon hosted the 50th Anniversary Gala, and an all-time record of more than 700 members, guests and dignitaries attended.

Winner of the 2017 Grand Conceptor Award was the new SR 520 Floating Bridge in Seattle, designed by HDR. This dynamic new 1.5-mile span is the world’s longest and largest floating bridge. The superstructure is supported by 21 of the heaviest, widest and deepest longitudinal pontoons ever built, each weighing nearly 11,000 tons.

Further stabilized by 54 supplemental pontoons and cables and anchors, the bridge can resist winds of up to 98 miles per hour and 6.3-foot wave heights or the equivalent of a 100-year storm. The new bridge provides six travel lanes for vehicular traffic, a dedicated transit and high-occupancy vehicle lane in each direction, as well as a 14-foot-wide shared-use pathway for cyclists and pedestrians; it will support the future addition of multimodal transportation options.

HDR’s Larry Kyle addresses 2017 EEA Gala attendees after his firm’s project, the new SR 520 Floating Bridge, was named the year’s most outstanding engineering achievement.

See below for important submission information for the 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards, or contact Daisy Nappier, at


Deadline for all Submissions Materials – January 5, 2018



All submissions must be entered through your respective state Member Organization. Click here for Member Organization contact list. Click here for EEA submission deadline for each state (Excel spreadsheet).

If you have questions or need more information, contact Daisy Nappier at or at 202-347-7474.

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