For each of the past 14 years, SEA-MW has held the Excellence in Structural Engineering (ESE) Awards Gala to recognize outstanding achievements by structural engineering firms and individuals based in the Washington DC region. This premier event is attended by many of the nearly 70 member firms as well as many others in the local Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry.
Beginning in 2021, SEA-MW is excited to take the Awards Gala in a new direction. In lieu of a traditional gala and formal dinner event, we are hosting a public art exhibition to feature the outstanding project submissions we receive each year. This exhibition will allow us to showcase our work to the local community, AEC network, students, and anyone else interested in learning more about our work as structural engineers. By making an event that's free to the public over the course of a full week, we are able to reach a wider audience, even during a pandemic.
The Awards Exhibition
SEA-MW is partnering with the American Institute of Architects DC (AIA-DC) to host the Awards Exhibition at the District Architecture Center (421 7th Street NW, Washington DC). The event will be held during the week of May 16-22, 2021 with a concluding Awards Reception hosted on the evening of May 22, 2021. For the exhibition, professionally created displays will be set up for each of the project finalists, the featured sponsors, and the SEA-MW organization. The exhibit may be visited by attendees throughout the course of the week to allow for proper social distancing. Admission to the exhibit is free of charge, and all who are interested are encouraged to visit.
Prior to the Exhibition, local structural engineering firms will submit projects, which will be evaluated and graded by an independent, out-of-network panel of judges. Each project category will award two winners - a Merit Award and an Outstanding Achievement Award. Both Merit and Outstanding Achievement Award winners will have their projects displayed throughout the exhibition, and the winners will be announced at the concluding Awards Reception. Click here to learn more about project award submissions.
Our event also recognizes a few outstanding individuals who have contributed immensely to our community. These individual award winners will be nominated by a colleague, and awards will be voted upon by the SEA-MW Board of Directors. Winners will be announced at the Awards Reception. Click here to learn more and to nominate an individual for award.
Companies interested in supporting the Awards Exhibition are encouraged to sponsor the event. Click here to learn more about sponsorship benefits and costs.
Following the week of the Awards Exhibition, an Awards Reception will be held during the evening of May 22, 2021. The reception is expected to feature a bar with passed hors d'oeuvres and announcements of the project and individual award winners.
Given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the size and specifics of the Awards Reception will be unknown until closer to the event. Tickets will likely be limited to the featured sponsors, but live streaming service may be available. Please check back to this site for more information closer to the event.