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Project Awards information

Thank you for your interest in submitting a project to the 2024 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 2021
  • Construction must be substantially complete before January 2024
  • 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 four criteria:  ​ 

  1. Technicality - Overcoming technical challenges throughout the life of the project and a design making it stand out in a unique way structurally
  2. Innovation - New and unique ways of addressing constraints and challenges throughout the project going beyond the standards of the building code
  3. Sustainability - Commitment to sustainability through efficient use of materials and labor, resilience, circular economy principles, and/or embodied carbon reduction
  4. Collaboration - Design and construction team collaboration for the successful completion of the project where design aspects were critically influenced by the community
  • 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.

Important Dates:

  • Intent to Enter Form is open -- July 10th, 2023
  • Deadline to submit Intent to Enter -- August 11th, 2023
  • Deadline to submit Project Submission -- September 22nd, 2023
  • Award Finalists will be notified by TBD
  • Awards Gala -- February 17th, 2024


  • 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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