2023 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala
Tuesday, June 13th, 2023
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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The engineering industry’s top awards event for project excellence will once again present a dazzling live celebration at the upcoming Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) Dinner and Gala awards show, to be held Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Washington, D.C.

The black-tie Gala, being held as part of the 2023 ACEC Annual Convention, is the nation’s most prestigious celebration of engineering excellence.

This year’s Gala will honor 179 projects from throughout the nation and the world and reveal winner of the 2023 Grand Conceptor Award, which signifies the year’s top engineering achievement.

Winner of the 2023 Grand Conceptor Award will remain a secret until Gala night.

The original Gala Maestro—six-time Emmy Award winning author, comedian and TV Host, Ross Shafer, will once again host the EEA Gala. Shafer is a six-time Emmy Award-winning TV broadcaster and comedian who is credited with helping grow the Gala—now in its 56th year—into the industry’s most prestigious awards event. Legendary Talk Show Host Jay Leno still refers to Shafer as “the funniest man I know!”.

For more information on the upcoming Gala, contact Theresia Christanti, tchrist@acec.orgClick here for further information about the EEA Gala celebration.  Interested in Sponsoring the 2023 EEA Gala, please contact Erin Wander, ewander@acec.org.

2023 EEA Gala Tuxedo Rentals Available

Tuxedo Rentals for the upcoming ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, to be held Tuesday, June 13, at the Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C. will be available through M. Stein & Company.

Interested patrons can visit the M. Stein website or call (202) 659-1434 or (301) 703-9422 for rental information.

A classic tuxedo is $95 without shoes, and $100 with shoes. The price does include an insurance damage waiver cost.

To ensure a special ACEC rate and on-time hotel delivery, please mention that you are with the "ACEC Group"Tuxedo orders must be received by May 13, 2023, to receive the discounted price.  After the cut-off date, a classic tuxedo will be $145 without shoes, and $150 with shoes. 

Please remember to pick up before your rental before the event at the hotel concierge and drop-off your rental at the hotel concierge afterward.

2022 Grand Conceptor Award Winner
New York’s Moynihan Train Hall Renovation Project



Severud Associates Innovative Structural Design Propels Wins in Showcase of the World’s Best Engineering Efforts

More than five decades after demolition of the original Penn Station and almost 30 years after conception of a plan to augment it, the new Moynihan Train Hall now provides visitors with a breathtaking entrance and dignified sense of arrival to New York City.

More than 500 ACEC members and guests attended the 2022 black-tie Engineering Excellence Awards Gala” hosted by Emmy-award winning comedian Ross Shafer. The Gala was held May 24th in Washington D.C. as part of the 2022 ACEC Annual Convention.

With innovative structural design by Severud Associates, the 255,000-square-foot hall expands Penn Station across Eighth Avenue and into the landmarked James A. Farley building, the former main city Post Office.

The project features a 30,000-square-foot main boarding concourse, formerly the mail sorting room, and a 92-foot-high roof featuring dramatically arched skylights supported by original but previously hidden and innovatively reinforced latticed steel trusses.

Other Moynihan Train Hall enhancements include multiple new station entrances, an expanded West End Concourse, the intermodal Midblock Hall. It restores a grand entrance to New York City, greatly improves access and interconnectivity, and provides many amenities to improve visitors’ experience.


Brian Falconer addresses the Gala Crowd as his Severud collegeaus, Gala Host Ross Shafer and ACEC President/CEO and Chair Emeritus Robin Greenleaf watch.


Future EEA Deadlines:


  • Deadline Submissions: Friday, January 5th
  • The entrant’s company representative must be available by phone: Wednesday, January 17th
  • Judging Event: Friday thru Sunday, Feb. 16 – 18, 2024
  • EEA Gala at the Grand Hyatt: Tuesday, May 14, 2024


  • Deadline Submissions: Friday, January 3rd
  • The entrant’s company representative must be available by phone: Wednesday, January 15th
  • Judging Event: Friday thru Sunday, Feb. 21 – 23, 2025
  • EEA Gala at the Grand Hyatt: Tuesday, May 20, 2025


For All 2022 EEA Winners Click Here.

Additional Award(s) Order

Please click here to purchase a duplicate of your Engineering Excellence Grand, Honor or National Recognition award. The link will direct you to the ordering website. Please reach out to Carlotta Padgett at (812) 542-6539 if you have any questions.

Scan the barcode below to order your additional award(s

Order EEA Gala Photo(s)

Please click here to view EEA Gala Photos. Please reach out to Cable Risdon at (703) 256-4724 if you have any questions.

Red Carpet Video

Click here to view EEA Red Carpet Video. Please reach out to Jeff Urbanchuk if you should have any questions.


EEA Committee Chair Jeff Druckman Highlights
Awards’ Program Value to Industry

EEA Committee

Committee Roster
EEA Committee Purpose and Goals

EEA Judges

EEA Judges
Judges’ Resource Manual


EEA Resources



All submissions must be entered through your respective state Member Organization. Click here for EEA submission deadline for each state (Excel spreadsheet).



If you have any questions, please contact Theresia Christanti, 202-682-4312.


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