Excellence in Constructed Project


This annual award recognizes a water resource project with significant contribution to the dam community and/or to society  that met the challenges of the nation’s aging infrastructure in an era of limited financial resources and increasing environmental awareness. The award will honor the team of professionals responsible for the project.

The winner of the Excellence in  Constructed Project Award will be recognized during the USSD Annual Conference.

Selection Criteria

Nominations are invited from USSD Members. The team recognized for the project award may include design professionals, consultants, contractors and dam owners and may include individuals, companies, agencies or organizations.

The award will be given for new construction or remedial construction of a dam, levee or other water resource structure (dam removal will be considered remedial construction). Construction must have been substantially completed at the time of nomination submission.

Ranking of nominations will be based on the following criteria:

  • Best use of the resource for sustainable water resources management
  • Innovative design or construction techniques
  • Efficiency of design (cost, materials or time)
  • Overcoming significant challenges — technical, physical, management
  • Benefits resulting from the project construction

Nomination Procedure

Nomination Guidelines

  • Limit your nomination package (PDF format) to no more than five pages, including photos and figures.
  • Include Name and Location of Project.
  • List the individuals or organizations on the team to be recognized for the award.
    • For individuals, include the name(s), organization, address, phone and e-mail.
    • For organizations, include the name of the organization, the contact person at that organization and the address, phone and e-mail.
    • Indicate whether each individual or organization is an Owner, a Contractor or a Consultant (a plaque or similar token of recognition will be presented to a representative of the Owner, the Contractor and the Consultant).
  • Include brief physical description of the Project. Include plan and section views (required) and photos (if appropriate).
  • Include brief description of the problem or challenge (i.e., reason for the construction).
  • Include justification to support your nomination of this Project. Please address the criteria that apply.
  • Include name of nominator and contact information.

Submit the nomination package using the online form.

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS has been extended to March 5, 2022. Here is an example of a previous nomination: