In-Person 2022 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala
Set for May 24, 2022

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The engineering industry’s top awards event for project excellence will once again present a dazzling live celebration at the upcoming Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) Dinner and Gala awards show, to be held Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Washington, DC.

The black-tie Gala, being held as part of the 2022 ACEC Annual Convention, is the nation’s most prestigious celebration of engineering excellence.

This year’s Gala will honor 195 projects from across the nation and the world and will reveal the winner of the 2022 Grand Conceptor Award winner, which signifies the year’s top engineering achievement.

Winner of the 2022 Grand Conceptor Award will remain a secret until Gala night.

Ross Shafer, the noted international comedian and motivational speaker will once again serve as the Gala’s Master of Ceremonies. Shafer is a six-time Emmy Award winning TV broadcaster and comedian; has hosted talk and games shows on NBC, ABC, FOX, and USA network.

For more information on the upcoming Gala, contact Theresia Christanti, Stay tuned for more information on the EEA Gala, including registration and sponsorship opportunities.


2022 EEA Gala Tuxedo Rentals Available

Tuxedo Rentals for the upcoming ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, to be held Tuesday, May 24, at the Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C. will be available through M. Stein & Company.

Interested patrons can visit the M. Stein website at or call (202) 659-1434 or (301) 703-9422 for rental information.

A classic tuxedo is $95 without shoes, and $100 with shoes. The price does include an insurance damage waiver cost.

To ensure a special ACEC rate and on-time hotel delivery, please mention that you are with the "ACEC Group". Tuxedo orders must be received by April 27, 2022, to receive the discounted price.  After the cut-off date, a classic tuxedo will be $145 without shoes, and $150 with shoes. 

Please remember to pick up and drop -off your rental tuxedo at the hotel concierge afterward.


May 24, 2022 – EEA Dinner and Gala Awards Program in Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C.

Check Out Entire 2021 EEA Virtual Gala Broadcast


Redevelopment of Denver Water’s Operations Complex
Named the Year’s Most Outstanding Engineering Triumph

Denver’s IMEG Corp. Earns Top National Award in Showcase of World’s Best Engineering Efforts

Washington, DC - The Denver Water Operations Redevelopment project has won the 2021 “Grand Conceptor” Award signifying the year’s most outstanding engineering achievement at the 54th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala (EEA) —a national juried competition sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

The 2021 Gala, produced as an online broadcast hosted by noted comedian Ross Shafer, honored 173 of the engineering industry’s most stunning achievements in design from the United States and around the world.  The Gala was seen by an audience of more than 550 viewers. 

Designed by IMEG Corp., the Denver Water Operations Redevelopment complex is an eye-catching redevelopment of a 35-acre water operations plant. The project met several challenging goals including zero on-site carbon emissions, robust energy and water efficiency and water reuse, making the facility one of the most multi-facetted sustainable engineering projects in the nation.

The project yielded a 186,000 square foot LEED Platinum, net-zero energy administration building, a 7,400-sf LEED Gold wellness building, a 15,400-sf LEED Gold building renovation and a 155,000-sf parking structure on the site.

“The Denver Water Operations Redevelopment project is a breathtaking example of sustainable design that showcases how the engineering industry is constantly innovating to raise the bar on environmentally friendly design,” said ACEC President and CEO Linda Bauer Darr. “ACEC congratulates the professionals at IMEG Corp. and all of this year’s winners for demonstrating true engineering excellence.”

The project team at IMEG applied innovative resource management strategies such as radiant cooling sourced from cool mountain water, campus-wide heat recovery to reduce energy consumption, a massive rooftop solar panel array for onsite power generation, and a rainwater capture system, and an on-site wastewater treatment system that doubles as a main lobby decoration.

The project joins a prestigious list of previous Grand Conceptor Award winners including the Copperhill Watershed Restoration (Ducktown, Tennessee, 2020); Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement (Seattle, 2019); the Bayonne Bridge: Raising the Roadway Project (Bayonne, NJ/Staten Island, NY, 2018); and the SR 520 Floating Bridge Replacement (Seattle, 2017).


2021 Grand Conceptor Award Winner Video


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EEA Judges

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


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