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Innovating Through Immense Challenges: Celebrating the 2020 AEC Excellence Awards Winners

Now more than ever, innovation and excellence are the lifeblood of the construction industry. Even in a year of unprecedented uncertainty, we’re still seeing construction professionals rise to the challenge of delivering imaginative and inspiring projects across the globe. The AEC Excellence Awards honors these professionals each year, and we’re excited to announce the 2020 winners!

Explore these world-changing projects!

What Are the AEC Excellence Awards?

Now in its ninth year, the AEC Excellence Awards program honors the most innovative architecture, engineering, and construction projects around the world. Talent is at the heart of these awards, as the competition recognizes both the projects and people shaping the industry’s future. Presented in partnership with Informed Infrastructure and the Society for Marketing Professional Services, the annual awards highlight teams’ innovative solutions that bring groundbreaking projects to life and inspire other professionals to test the limits of what’s possible in the construction industry.

Announcing the AEC Excellence Awards 2020 Winners

This year’s AEC Excellence Awards winners have shown a truly remarkable dedication to innovation. From a field of 216 entries spanning 35 countries, an independent panel of judges created a shortlist of incredible projects. The winners were selected across three categories: infrastructure design, building design, and construction. The list includes small, medium, and large-sized projects with budgets ranging from less than $1 million to more than $4 billion, highlighting the fact that industry-transforming work is happening at every scale and in every part of the world.

We’re also excited to announce the winner of this year’s Innovator of the Year award, which honors AEC practitioners reimagining the design and construction practice through the use of technology. The 2020 Innovator of the Year, Wajdi Mereb, leads digital transformation at Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (Dubai RTA), using BIM to plan and design massive projects including a 15-km-long extension of the Dubai Metro to the Expo 2020 site.

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And now: on to the winners! Here are the projects and teams taking on the challenge of reimagination during extraordinary times.

Infrastructure Design

Infrastructure Design – Small Project (less than $100 Million)

Winning project: Chandrawal Water Supply Project – 477 MLD Advanced Water Treatment Plant

RWS & UWWM-EDRC, WWW SBG, WET-IC, L&T Construction, India

This 477 MLD plant utilizes modern technologies including ozonation and granular activated carbon dual media filters.


Infrastructure Design – Medium Project ($100 Million – $500 Million)

Winning project: Route E39, The Coastal Highway

Norconsult, Norway

This $490-million-dollar transportation project includes the largest balanced concrete cantilever bridge in the world.


Infrastructure Design – Large Project (over $500 Million)

Winning project: City Rail Link

Link Alliance, New Zealand

This rail project allows twice as many people to live within 30 minutes of Auckland’s Central Business District.

Building Design

Building Design – Small Project (Less than $20 Million)

Winning project: Vigentina 9

Lombardini22 S.p.A, Italy

This project is a refurbishment of an existing building in a dense urban area in the city center of Milan, Italy.


Building Design – Medium Project ($20 Million – $200 Million)

Winning project: WILD

Katrina Urbanik AS, Norway

The core of this ambitious development is three living units on a floating island, with farms and green public spaces.


Building Design – Large Project (over $200 Million)

Winning project: South Beach Psychiatric Center New In-patient Building

STV – Architectural Resources, United States

This new 221,000-square-foot, 262-bed behavioral health facility was rapidly adapted for emergency COVID-19 support.

Construction

Construction – Small Project (Less than $100 million)

Winning project: Kallang Polyclinic and Long Term Care Facility

Tiong Seng Contractors Pte Ltd, Singapore

A hybrid healthcare development, this complex includes a wide range of clinical centers and a long-term care facility.


Construction – Medium Project ($100 Million – $500 Million)

Winning project: Multinational Data Center, Malmo

John Sisk & Son, Sweden

Supported by complex underground infrastructure, this large-scale data center project is built for future expansion.


Construction – Large Project (Over $500 Million)

Winning project: Chengdu Phoenix Mountain Sports Park

China Construction Eighth Engineering Division Corp. Ltd, China

This modern sports complex is a new landmark, occupying 43.67 hectares with 2 stadiums, landscape and buildings.

Innovator of the Year

Wajdi Mereb, BIM Manager, RTA, United Arab Emirates

Wajdi Mereb, leads digital transformation at Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (Dubai RTA), using BIM to plan and design massive projects including a 15-km-long extension of the Dubai Metro to the Expo 2020 site.

Continuing to Celebrate Innovation in Construction

At Autodesk, we make recognizing industry-shaping work in architecture, engineering, and construction a top priority. This year has left us with no shortage of projects and professionals to honor that have embodied innovation and excellence, and since 2020 is not over yet, there are still a number of opportunities to recognize outstanding leaders in construction. In late November, we’ll be announcing who made the list for 40 Under 40: Construction Champions of 2020. Our 40 Under 40 program honors young innovators in the construction industry, both established and up-and-coming talent. To learn more about the people making a big impact in architecture, engineering, and construction across the globe this year, subscribe to our blog for updates.

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