ACEC/MN Engineering Excellence Awards

2019-20 Engineering Excellence Awards Guidelines

New this year to the Engineering Excellence Awards competition is an online submittal process. Entrants must submit all materials via ACEC National's website. Submitting materials through this site does not enter the project into the national competition. Please submit all text documents in MS Word. PDFs will not be accepted.

Final State Entry Requirements:

Click this link to be directed to the ACEC/MN awards entry page. Your login information is the email address you provide. Please remember this email address as you will be able to save the entry application at any time and revisit it as often as you like to upload and edit files until the final entry deadline on October 28, 2019.

*To create the official entry form, complete page one online at the hyperlink above and a PDF will be generated. Click on the PDF icon to view and download. To upload files, click the green button. There are detailed instructions for uploading all files. Edits can be made to all submitted files until completed and saved as final.

2019-20 Engineering Excellence Awards Guidelines
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2018-19 ACEC/MN Engineering Excellence Awards

ACEC/MN celebrated its 52nd Annual Engineering Excellence Awards at a gala on January 25, 2019. The event drew over 260 attendees to the Graduate Minneapolis. The evening began with Master of Ceremonies Alison Rempel Brown, CEO of Science Museum of Minnesota, welcoming members, clients, and guests to the event, followed by a brief address from current president Dan Larson, PE, CEO of American Engineering Testing, Inc. See below for an event photo gallery.

The Engineering Excellence Awards Program recognizes engineering achievements that exhibit the highest degree of merit and ingenuity. Entries were judged based on originality and innovation; future value to the engineering profession; social, economic and sustainable design considerations; complexity; and meeting the client’s needs.

The Grand Conceptor Award, which recognizes the highest scoring project by the judging panel, was awarded to Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. and Parsons Corporation for St. Anthony Parkway Bridge over BNSF Northtown Yard. The People’s Choice Award, presented to the firm that received the highest number of votes by banquet attendees, was awarded to LHB, Inc. for The Promenade of Wayzata.

In addition to the 8 Grand Awards, 16 engineering projects received Honor Awards. *See a complete list of award winners below. Contact Kristine Scott at or 952/593-5533 for project descriptions and photographs. Congratulations to all the winning firms!

Here are our 2018-19 Grand Award winners:
Firm and project:
AKF Group LLC – Westminster Presbyterian Church Historical Renovation & Expansion, Minneapolis, MN
Alliant Engineering, Inc. – TH 169 Nine Mile Creek Design-Build, Hopkins and Edina, MN
Barr Engineering Co. – Trunk Highway 210 Design-Build, Carlton, MN
LHB, Inc. – The Promenade of Wayzata, Wayzata, MN
Mattson Macdonald Young, Inc. – Minneapolis Armory Renovation, Minneapolis, MN
Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. – Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail, Edina, MN
Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. and Parsons Corporation – St. Anthony Parkway Bridge over BNSF Northtown Yard, Minneapolis, MN
Stantec – Zumbro River Restoration, Oronoco, MN

Here are our 2018-19 Honor Award winners:
Firm and project:

Barr Engineering Co. – Hall’s Island Design and Restoration
Bolton & Menk, Inc. – The Artery
Bolton & Menk, Inc. – CSAH 83 Improvements
Braun Intertec – UMN Combined Heat and Power Plant
Buildings Consulting Group, Inc. – Restoration of the Plummer Building at Mayo Clinic
Houston Engineering, Inc. – Grey Cloud Channel Restoration and Crossing
Michaud Cooley Erickson – University of Minnesota Bell Museum
Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. – Jackson Street Reconstruction
SRF Consulting Group, Inc. – Olmsted County CSAH 22 & CSAH 33 Reconstruction
TKDA – Godfrey Parkway Bridge Replacement
Widseth Smith Nolting & Assocs., Inc. - Interconnect Wastewater Project
WSB – Corridors of Commerce – Scope and Project Selection
WSB – The Afton Old Village Preservation
WSP USA –Rethinking I-94
WSP USA – TH 169 Nine Mile Creek Bridge Replacement

Thank you to the Circle of Excellence Sponsors:


Elite Sponsors: American Engineering Testing, Inc., BOULAY, CPAs & Advisors, Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc., The Coleman Law Firm, LLC, Heley Duncan & Melander, PLLP, HIWAY Federal Credit Union, Meagher & Geer, PLLP, Meyer Borgman Johnson, SRF Consulting Group, Inc.,Stantec, & TKDA

Platinum Sponsors: ACEC Life/Health Trust, DeWitt LLP, ISG, Kubes Law Office, PLLC, & Michaud Cooley Erickson

Gold Sponsors: BKBM Engineers, Inc., Cobb, Strecker, Dunphy & Zimmerman, Inc., Gallagher, LHB, Inc., Marriott Minneapolis West, Minnesota Builders Exchange, Oak Marsh Golf Course, Renaissance Minneapolis Bloomington Hotel, Sambatek, & Science Museum of Minnesota

Special Thanks
ARC Document Solutions, Signage
Maple Lane Media, Event Technology
The First Impressions Group, Printing

Below are photos taken at the January 26, 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet at Graduate Minneapolis.