ACEC’s Annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition pays tribute to exemplary Member Firm Achievements from throughout the World

EEA entries are accepted into one of the 12 project categories: studies, research, and consulting engineering services; building/technology systems; structural systems; surveying and mapping technology; environmental; waste and storm water; water resources; transportation; special projects; energy; and industrial and manufacturing processes and facilities.

Projects that are winners at the state level EEA competitions are eligible for ACEC’s national EEA competition.

A distinguished panel of 25-30 judges representing industry, government, academia and media assembles for three days each year to critique and rank the submissions for engineering excellence. Projects from throughout the world are rated on the basis of uniqueness and/or innovative applications of new or existing techniques; future value to the engineering profession and enhanced public awareness/enthusiasm of the role of engineering; social, economic and sustainable development considerations; complexity; successful fulfillment of client/owner needs.

The panel then selects 36 top award winners – 16 Grand Awards and 20 Honor Awards. One Grand Conceptor Award winner will be chosen from the 16 Grand Awards as the overall best engineering project.

The winners are recognized at ACEC’s Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, which has become the engineering industry’s highest profile event. Last year’s elegant black-tie EEA Gala attracted more than 750 members and guests, national industry leaders, representatives of Congress and the Administration. It also provides Member Firms with national recognition and a platform to showcase their talent and expertise in a dramatic setting.

The 2020 EEA Gala – which will celebrate with pride and elegance the most outstanding achievements of the engineering profession – will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.


2020 EEA Call for Entries

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EEA Resources


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


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