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Silver Anniversary Engineering Excellence Awards Will Be March 8

Silver Anniversary Engineering Excellence Awards Will Be March 8

Engineers, business and civic leaders, and state, city and county officials from across Tennessee will gather in Franklin on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, to celebrate 25 years of engineering excellence with the annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) gala sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee (ACEC of Tennessee).

Among the twenty-three nominees are high-profile projects such as Ascend Amphitheatre and Bass Pro Shop at the Pyramid in Memphis, as well as important infrastructure improvements such as Pigeon Forge Wastewater Treatment Plant and INRO White River Railroad Bridge Replacement. The Grand Iris Award will be awarded to the best overall project, while Grand Awards will be presented to projects in each individual category.


A distinguished panel of eight judges will choose most of the winners; a peer-chosen People’s Choice Award will also be presented to the crowd favorite on awards night.


“These projects highlight some of the most innovative solutions developed by our members to solve engineering challenges across Tennessee and beyond the state’s borders,” said Brian Hall, PE, AECOM and 2016 EEA Chair. “By recognizing the ‘best of Tennessee,’ the Engineering Excellence Awards help reinforce the contributions made by engineers that affect the welfare of every Tennessean.”


Scott Turnbow, general manager of engineering in generation construction with Tennessee Valley Authority, is the evening’s guest speaker. Turnbow has more than 22 years of experience in leadership roles throughout TVA. He has also served as an independent consultant and motivational speaker with the Zig Ziglar corporation, and is currently working on a Doctorate in Philosophy in Leadership.


The 25th Anniversary Engineering Excellence Awards gala is Tuesday, March 8, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs (700 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin). It begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m., and the award announcements and presentations at 8:00 p.m. Sponsorships for the event are available. To participate as a sponsor or to purchase tickets, visit or contact Judy Logue at 615-242-2486 or


About ACEC of Tennessee: Founded in 1968, ACEC of Tennessee is a statewide organization, which represents more than 100 Tennessee engineering firms. ACEC of Tennessee has chapters in Nashville, East Tennessee, Southeast Tennessee and Memphis. The organization works to advance the business environment of the engineering industry.