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Engineering Excellence Awards

ACEC Virginia Presents

2021 Engineering Excellence Awards V4

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia proudly presents the 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards and Gala, recognizing engineering firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value.

The 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards will be an exciting virtual experience due to COVID-19.  Socially distant yet still engaged, this digital presentation of the EEA will bring the awards celebration to your home or office.

The EEA Celebration will be a 60-minute digital presentation featuring the best in Engineering! The projects submitted this year were exceptional as always, and we look forward to highlighting them on February 4.  We will also award two Legislators of the Year, and our Rising Star of the Year will be presented to a young professional in the Engineering industry.

Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:00pm 

Masters of Ceremonies: 

Michael A. Matthews - The Structures Group, Williamsburg

Michael W. Matthews - Froehling & Robertson, Inc., Richmond

Support the 2021 EEA as an Event Sponsor!  

Review sponsorship opportunities HERE

SOLD Sponsorships:

  • Champagne Flute Sponsor - Froehling & Robertson
  • Bamboo Coaster Sponsor - Draper Aden Associates
  • Grand Award Presenting Sponsor - Dewberry
  • Video Break Sponsor - Moffatt & Nichol
  • Door Prize Sponsor (Ring Door Bell) - Networking Technologies + Support
  • Custom Cookie Sponsor - ECS Mid-Atlantic
  • Cocktail Napkin Sponsor - AMT Engineering
  • Champagne Favor Sponsor - Ames & Gough
  • Cocktail Napkin Sponsor - McGriff Insurance

ACEC Virginia firms have entered and won some of the most innovative projects for the EEA Gala, and we cannot wait to see the projects entered for 2021.

EEA entries are accepted into one of 9 project categories: studies, research, and consulting engineering services; building/technology systems; structural systems; surveying and mapping technology; environmental; waste and stormwater; water resources; transportation; surveying, mapping, small projects; energy; and industrial and manufacturing processes and facilities. A distinguished panel of judges is assembled to critique and rank the submissions for engineering excellence. Projects from throughout the state are rated based on uniqueness and innovative applications; future value to the engineering profession; perception by the public; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owner’s needs schedule and budget.

“We’re consistently surprised by the ingenuity displayed in the projects of firms throughout the Commonwealth. These projects make a noticeable difference in our communities,” said Nancy Israel, Executive Director of ACEC Virginia. “The judges noted that Innovation stole the show, explaining how entering firms demonstrated the use of innovations and current technology in ever-changing ways.”

Presenting the 2021 EEA Finalists

Award categories will be presented on February 4



Logans Lane and Wards Ferry Road Improvements

Project Lead: Kamran Khalilian, PE



Newport News, VA -Riverside Regional Medical Center Wound Care, CVIR and Simulation Laboratory

Project Lead: Jeff Bew


AMT Engineering

Brooke Road Safety Improvements

Project Lead: Jeff McKay, PE


AMT Engineering

Huntington Avenue Bridge

Project Lead: Stephen Stewart, PE, CCM, CFM, LEED AP, DBIA



Elmont Water Storage Tank and Booster Pump Station

Project Lead: Dan Villhauer



I-95/Route 630 Interchange Reconstruction and Widening

Project Lead: Steven Kuntz, PE, DBIA


Draper Aden/CHA Consulting

Championship Caliber Results: Henrico County High Schools Athletic Improvements

Project Lead: Justin Cornwell



INOVA Loudoun Hospital

Project Lead: Jason Beshore



Thomasson Barn Road

Project Lead: Jeff Cronin, PE


M.C. Dean

The National Museum of the United States Army

Project Lead: Michael Keatley


Schnabel Engineering

Yeager Airport Runway 5 Safety Area

Project Lead: Allen Cadden



JMU East Campus Land Bridge

Project Lead: John Stronach, PE

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