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Entry Process





Entry Fee

The entry fee is $445 and must be paid online.


Entry must be submitted by a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) or Structural Engineer (S.E.). Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2021, or be sufficiently complete such that they clearly show the basic design of the structural system. Projects that have been submitted in previous years may be entered again. The submittals will be judged based on the quality of the structural design portion of the project. Within the context of this awards program, design refers to the overall concept of any structure or structural system within a project. New projects, renovations, rehabilitation, structural upgrades and adaptive reuse of buildings, special use structures, and bridges are eligible. Projects may be located anywhere in the world. Multiple entries from the same firm will be accepted.

Once the judging is complete, the winners of the top three projects in each category will be required to provide NCSEA with the following items. These will be used in future publications, announcements, and at the awards presentation.

The winners in each category will be required to provide the following items:

  • One poster (30”x 40”) for display at the 2021 NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit.
  • Credits that must be noted for all photographs.

The awards will be presented at the NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit at the Hilton Midtown in New York, NY.


Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards

Entry Requirements

Once you click the button below to start the submission process, you will be directed to an online form that will walk you through the entry process, from title to payment. You may start an application and come back to finish it later. To complete the submission, you will need:

  • A description of the entry outlining the significant aspects of the entry and their relationship to the relevant judging criteria.

    • 800-word maximum

  • A summary of the entry to be used in publications.

    • 100-word maximum

  • Photographs during construction and of the completed structure.

    • Minimum of four and not more than 12

    • Plans or sketches may be included (not more than two pages total)

Jury of Awards

The selection of award recipients will be made by a distinguished Jury of Awards. There will be a minimum of five jurors. All jurors shall be structural engineers licensed as P.E.’s or S.E.’s.

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity of structural design (20%)

  • Complexity of criteria or unique problems (20%)

  • Innovative application of new or existing materials or techniques (20%)

  • Ingenuity of design for efficient use of materials and labor (20%)

  • Constructability challenges and solutions (20%) 

The manner in which the above criteria apply to the entry should be described in the submitted documentation.