Engineering Excellence Awards

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Engineering Excellence Awards

The ACEC Colorado Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) program annually recognizes consulting engineering firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement and value.  For 50 years, Colorado firms have entered their most innovative projects and studies into this competition. The ACEC Colorado EEA program generally follows entry guidelines established for the ACEC National EEA program.

Congratulations to these ACEC Colorado 2017 Engineering Excellence Award recipients, who were recognized in a ceremony on Nov. 7, 2016, in Denver. Projects by Colorado engineering firms are rated by a panel of industry professionals who judge each project on the criteria of uniqueness and innovative applications; future value to the engineering profession; perception by the public; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owner’s needs, including schedule and budget. (Projects denoted with asterisks will advance to the national ACEC competition, which will be held April 25, 2017, in Washington, D.C.).

Visit the ACEC Colorado Channel on YouTube now to view videos of this year’s award-winning projects. Click here to read the full news release about these projects. Click here for photos of the Nov. 7, 2016, EEA event. Click here to download a printable card with all of the winners’ names.

Grand Conceptor Award
Hydrothermal Processing Pilot System (Merrick & Company)*

Excellence Award
Williams Monaco BNR Upgrades Project (Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.)*
Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility (Dewberry)*
US 36 Boulder Turnpike Express Lanes Project (HDR Engineering, Inc.)*
HARBORCENTER (Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers)*
Antarctica In HD — Master Planning At The Bottom Of The Earth (Merrick & Company)*

Honor Award
SFCSD New Headworks & Dewatering Facilities (Farnsworth Group, Inc.)*
PAR 1088  —  South Platte Interceptor Project (HDR Engineering, Inc.)*
T-Mobile Arena | A New Venue And NHL Team For Las Vegas (ME Engineers)*
Peaks To Plains Trail: Clear Creek Canyon Segment Muller Engineering Company, Inc.)*
EJMT Fixed Fire Suppression System (Parsons Transportation Group, Inc.)*

Merit Award
Public Infrastructure TOD — 38th And Blake Street (AECOM)
21st Street And Wynkoop Street Urban Design Plan (AECOM)
I-70 Twin Tunnels Widening Project (Atkins)
Dodd Water Treatment Facility Upgrades (Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.)
2015 Pump Station Improvements  (Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.)
Lyons Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements (FEI Engineers, Inc.)
US 6 Design-Build (Felsburg Holt & Ullevig)
the ART, a hotel   (Martino & Luth, Inc.)
the ART, a hotel   (MDP Engineering Group)

Outstanding Graphics Award
Peaks To Plains Trail: Clear Creek Canyon Segment  (Muller Engineering Company, Inc.)

(* indicates project eligible to progress to ACEC National competition)


  • Jan.6, 2017 Deadline to Submit to ACEC National Competition (as referred from ACEC Colorado competition)
  • Jan. 17, 2017 Firm Representative Required Available by Phone for ACEC National Interview
  • Feb. 10-12, 2017 ACEC National Judging (Washington, D.C.)
  • April 25, 2017 ACEC National EEA Awards Gala (Washington, D.C.)


Just for entering the ACEC Colorado EEA competition, your firm receives:

  • Recognition for the project and your firm as award recipients
  • Plaques for you and your client
  • Professionally produced, web-ready video about the project
  • Guaranteed media coverage in trade publications
  • Coverage in ACEC Colorado publications and social media
  • Other benefits (click here to read one firm’s perspective on return from winning the ACEC Colorado 2016 Grand Conceptor Award)