ACEC/MN Engineering Excellence Awards

Sponsor the 2018-19 Engineering Excellence Awards!

Sponsoring the Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) is an excellent opportunity to promote your organization’s services and show support for ACEC/MN’s biggest event of the year.

As a sponsor, your firm will receive recognition and exposure in a variety of ways before, during, and after the event including:

  • Event program and signage
  • Framework Client newsletter
  • Parameters member newsletter
  • Assets, ACEC/MN’s Membership Directory distributed to members and several member client groups (nearly 3,000 engineers and purchasers of engineering services)
  • ACEC/MN website
  • Special recognition during the awards presentation

Click here for the sponsorship breakdown, which includes sponsorship levels and benefits. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this event, please complete the sponsorship breakdown form and return it to Kristine Scott by Monday, December 10, 2018.

Click here for banquet details at the Graduate Minneapolis on Friday, January 25, 2019.


2018-19 EEA Competition Guidelines
2018-19 Awards Checklist
Fillable Entry Form

Important dates to keep in mind:

  • State Informational Meeting: September 12, 2018 (12:00 – 1:30 pm – lunch provided)
  • Preliminary State Entries Due: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (electronic submittals via email only)
  • Final State Entries Due: Monday, October 22, 2018 (12:00 pm)
  • State Judging: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • Notice of State Grand/Honor Winners: Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Final National Entries Due to ACEC National in Washington, DC: Friday, January 4, 2019
  • State Awards Banquet: Friday, January 25, 2019
  • National Judging: February 6-10, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
  • National Awards Gala: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

2017-18 EEA

ACEC/MN celebrated its 51st Annual Engineering Excellence Awards at a gala on January 26, 2018. The event drew over 250 attendees to the Marriott Minneapolis Northwest in Brooklyn Center. The evening began with Master of Ceremonies Brad Hamilton of MnDOT welcoming members, clients and guests to the event, followed by a brief address from current president Tim Korby, PE of Donohue & Associates, 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, as well as The People’s Choice prize, awarded to the firm that received the highest number of votes by banquet attendees, was awarded to HDR & COWI for the St. Croix Crossing project. This is the first time the same firm has won both awards in the competition.

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.

Thank you to the following Sponsors:

Circle of Excellence
Alliant Engineering, Inc.
American Engineering Testing, Inc.
WSB & Associates, Inc.

Barr Engineering Co.
Boulay, CPAs & Advisors
Braun Intertec Corporation
Chartwell Financial Advisory, Inc.
DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C.
Heley Duncan & Melander
Hiway Federal Credit Union
Meagher & Geer, PLLP
Meyer Borgman Johnson
Purdue Awsumb & Baudler P.A.
SRF Consulting Group, Inc.

Michaud Cooley Erickson
Stonebrooke Engineering, Inc.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
BKBM Engineers, Inc.
Cobb, Strecker, Dunphy & Zimmerman, Inc.
Concrete Pavement Association
Marriott Minneapolis West
Minnesota Builders Exchange
Oak Marsh Golf Club
Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.
Steen Engineering

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

Here are our 2018 Grand Award winners:

Firm and project:
American Engineering Testing, Inc. & Ericksen Roed & Associates, Inc. – Downtown East, Minneapolis, MN
Donohue & Associates, Inc. – A Utility of the Future > Making St. Cloud GREATER, St. Cloud, MN
HDR & COWI – St. Croix Crossing, Oak Park Heights, MN and St. Joseph, WI
HGA Architects and Engineers – United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS
Kimley-Horn – Hennepin/Lyndale Avenue Reconstruction, Minneapolis, MN
Kimley-Horn – MSP Terminal 1-Lindbergh Landside Expansion, St. Paul, MN
SRF Consulting Group, Inc. – I-90 and US 61 Interchange, Dresbach, MN
WSB & Associates, Inc. – Highway 371 Four Lane Expansion, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, and Jenkins, MN

Here are our 2018 Honor Award winners:

Firm and project:
Alliant Engineering, Inc. – Central Park Commons, Eagan, MN
Bolton & Menk, Inc. – Hastings Riverfront Renaissance Improvements, Hastings, MN
Bolton & Menk, Inc. – Southeast Wadena Street and Utility Improvements, Wadena, MN
Bolton & Menk, Inc. – Trunk Highway 30 Utility Improvements, Pipestone, MN
Kimley-Horn – Levee Road and Riverfront Trail Project, Red Wing, MN
LHB, Inc. – Impacts of Office Plug Load Reduction Strategies, Various cities in MN
Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc. – Cedar Grove Transit Station, Eagan, MN
Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc. – Sperry Communication Tower, Eagan, MN
Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc. – St. Paul Downtown Airport Pavement Reconstruction, St. Paul, MN
Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc. – TH 61 and TH 97 Roundabouts, Forest Lake, MN
Stantec – Beaver Island Trail, Phase 3, St. Cloud, MN
Stantec – Cottage Grove Interim Water Treatment Facilities, Cottage Grove, MN
Stonebrooke Engineering, Inc.  – Point Douglas Trail, Hastings, MN
TKDA – TH 610 Competition Design-Build, Maple Grove, MN
Ulteig Engineers – Douglas Trail Substation, Rochester, MN
Wenck – City of Afton Wastewater Treatment Plant, Afton, MN

Below are photos taken at the January 26, 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet at Marriott Minneapolis Northwest.