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June 17, 2021

IMEG Corp.’s Denver Water Operations Redevelopment Wins 2021 EEA Grand Conceptor Award

IMEG Corp.'s Denver Water Operations Redevelopment Wins 2021 EEA Grand Conceptor Award

The Denver Water Operations Complex Redevelopment, designed by IMEG Corp., won the Grand Conceptor Award for the year’s most outstanding engineering achievement at the 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on June 17.

The redevelopment of the 35-acre water operations plant is a powerful example of integrated energy efficiency and water resource management, including radiant cooling sourced from mountain water, campus-wide heat recovery to reduce energy consumption, a massive rooftop solar panel array for onsite power generation, a rainwater capture system, and an on-site wastewater treatment system that doubles as a main lobby decoration.

“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 54th Annual EEA Gala, which was held virtually, honored 173 engineering achievements from throughout the world.

Other top 2021 Engineering Excellence Award Winners are:


  • Lakefront Trail Pedestrian Bridge, Chicago; HNTB
  • The Heights, Arlington, VA; Silman 
  • Bank of America Tower, Houston, TX; Walter P Moore
  • I-40 Business Reconstruction, Winston-Salem, NC; HDR Engineering of the Carolinas
  • Cements Hardened by Carbonation, Piscataway, NJ; Braun Intertec   
  • Santa Monica City Hall East, Santa Monica, CA; KPFF
  • Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV; HNTB
  • New Shredder Site, Becker, MN; Short Elliott Hendrickson  
  • Organic Waste into Liquid Gold, Muscatine, IA; Stanley Consultants
  • Marine Studies Initiative Building—Newport, OR; GRI and KPFF 
  • Able Pump Station, Dallas, TX; HDR 
  • Chase Center, San Francisco, CA; Magnusson Klemencic Associates   
  • Zeiss Regional Headquarters, Lyon Township, MI; SmithGroup
  • Hemphill Lamar Connector, Fort Worth, TX; TranSystems      
  • Canarsie Tunnel Rehab, New York, NY; WSP USA 


  • NJ Transit Microgrid Central Facility, Town of Kearny, NJ; BEM Systems
  • Grand Canyon National Park Airport Drainage, Tusayan, AZ; Dibble
  • Wind Turbine Foundation Evaluation, Desert Sky, TX; Terracon Consultants
  • USTA Louis Armstrong Stadium, New York, NY; WSP USA 
  • Rejuvenating the Pulaski Skyway, Kearny, NJ; Arora and Associates
  • Rowan Deep Tunnel Pump Station, Louisville, KY; HDR
  • Patapsco WWTP Nutrient Removal Facility, Baltimore, MD; Rummel Klepper & Kahl
  • Patapsco Interceptor Relocation and Bloede Dam Removal, Catonsville, MD; Inter-Fluve, KCI, Hazen & Sawyer and Kiewit Corp.
  • Lomitas Negras Phase II, Rio Rancho, NM; Smith Engineering
  • Water Siphon Replacement, New York, NY; WSP/LiRo (A Joint Venture)
  • Carolina Bays Parkway Phase III, Myrtle Beach, SC; Civil Engineering Consulting Services
  • I-29 Improvements in Sioux City, Sioux City, IA; HDR and HR Green
  • Yeager Airport Runway 5, Charleston, WV; Schnabel Engineering
  • I-5 HOV Improvements, Santa Ana, CA; T.Y. Lin International      
  • Reconstruction of I-84, Westbury, CT; WSP USA
  • West Riverside Energy Center, Beloit WI; HDR    
  • World Trade Center Downtown Restoration, New York, NY; WSP USA
  • Forrest Hills Community Slope, Swannanoa, NC; ECS Southeast
  • Pages Mill Pond Dam Fishway, Branford, CT; Nathan L. Jacobson & Associates    
  • Arkansas Lithium Plant, El Dorado, AR; Hunt, Guillot & Associates


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June 17, 2021



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