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Project Awards information

Thank you for your interest in submitting a project to the 2023 Awards Gala!  Submitting a project is easy - click here to go back to the instructions.  Please reach out to the Awards Committee ( with any questions.

Project Categories:

New Construction over $100M

New Construction $40M - $100M

New Construction under $40M

Renovation over $75M

Renovation $25M - $75M

Renovation under $25M

Specialized (non-building) Structure

Specialized (non-building) Element


    Project Requirements:

  • Construction must have been completed after January 2020
  • Construction must be substantially complete before January 2023
  • Projects may be located nationally or internationally
  • At least 80% of the structural design work must have been completed by the firm's office in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia
  • Projects must be designed per the International Building Code (IBC)
  • Limit of one entry per category per firm

Judging Criteria:

Projects will be judged on their overall structural engineering achievement based on the following five criteria:  ​ 

  1. Creativity of structural design 
  2. Technical innovations and their influence on design 
  3. Ingenuity of design for efficient use of material and labor 
  4. How the design solved unusual problems 
  5. Quality of execution   
  • Specialized Structures and Specialized Elements:

  • In the past the project category of Specialized (non-building) Structures included both structures and elements of a project. This year, those will be divided up into two different categories.

    Specialized Structures will now be defined as non-building structures that are supported on their own and are contained within their own project. Examples of Specialized Structures include but are not limited to: pavilions, pedestrian bridges, aqueducts and locks, and sculptures.

    Specialized Elements are defined as elements of a larger building project that demonstrate unique structural capabilities. Examples of Specialized Elements include but are not limited to: monumental staircases, balconies, transfer girders, and structural strengthening.


The Pro-bono category is new this year and is to recognize firms that have given back to the community. Projects submitted in the Pro-Bono Category can also be submitted to other categories.

Important Dates:

  • Intent to Enter Form is open -- August 1st, 2022
  • Deadline to submit Intent to Enter -- September 2nd, 2022
  • Deadline to submit Project Submission -- October 21st, 2022
  • Award Finalists will be notified by TBD
  • Awards Gala -- February 25th, 2023


  • Each Project Submission costs $200 for member firms and $400 for non-member firms
  • Tickets to the event may be purchased individually or through Sponsorship

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