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2019-20 Engineering Excellence Awards Announced!

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC/MN) celebrated its 53nd Annual Engineering Excellence Awards Program on January 24, where the 2020 Grand and Honor Awards were announced. Over 275 guests attended the event.
The competition 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 2020 Engineering Excellence Grand Award winners are:
Firm and project
AECOM – Smith Avenue Bridge (High Bridge) Redecking Project
Bolton & Menk, Inc. – Water Treatment Plant
Braun Intertec – Northern Stacks Brownfield Redevelopment
HDR – C Line Bus Rapid Transit
KLJ – TH 149 Transportation Improvements
Loucks, Braun Intertec, & Populous – Allianz Field
Michael Baker International – Winona Bridge Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. – Cypress Drive
Stantec – Old TH 14/Elm Avenue Reconstruction
TKDA – Pioneer Hall Expansion and Renovation, University of Minnesota
The 2020 Engineering Excellence Honor Award winners are:

Firm and project
Anderson Engineering, Inc. - Fargo National Cemetery
Bolton & Menk, Inc. - Cultural Center
Bolton & Menk, Inc. - Penn American Stormwater Storage
Gausman & Moore Associates, Inc. & LHB, Inc. - Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Productivity Pack (MEPPP)
HGA - Trailhead Building at Wirth Parkway
Houston Engineering, Inc. - Lake Park Bridge Replacement
Kimley-Horn - Centennial Lakes Pedestrian Bridge Replacement
Kimley-Horn - County Road 19 and Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park Improvements
Michaud Cooley Erickson - Land O'Lakes Headquarters Expansion & Renovation
Nelson-Rudie & Associates, Inc. - Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena
Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. - Duluth International Airport Runway 9/27 Reconstruction
Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. - Falls International Airport Terminal
Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. - Pinecone Road
Stonebrooke Engineering, Inc. - CSAH 7 (Division Street) Corridor Study and Design
Ulteig - Waterville Substation - Foundation Replacement Utilizing Helical Piles
WSB - Fallon Avenue Overpass
WSB - Trunk Highway 22 Victory Drive

The Grand Conceptor Award, which recognizes the highest scoring project by the judging panel, was awarded to Loucks, Braun Intertec, & Populous for Allianz Field. The People’s Choice Award, presented to the firm that received the highest number of votes by banquet attendees, was awarded to the same project and firms for Allianz Field.

Contact Kristine Scott at or 952/593-5533 for project descriptions and photographs. Congratulations to all the winning firms! Visit our website for an event photo gallery and to see the Grand Award winning projects, including the Grand Conceptor and People's Choice.