Washington, D.C. — Martin/Martin of Fort Collins, Colo., earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 52nd annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) for its role in the design of Canvas Stadium at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins.

After 50 years playing home football games at off-campus stadiums, Colorado State’s Rams are truly “home” again, thanks to the new 727,000-square-foot state-of-the-art sports facility. Features include an exterior seating bowl that can comfortably accommodate 40,000 spectators, private suites and club spaces, press facilities, and football training areas, as well as non-athletic amenities such as classrooms, alumni centers, and a student advising center.

Faced with site space constraints and complex design specifications within the active university campus, the project team developed a careful phasing strategy that minimized the need for space for construction materials and equipment. The completed site incorporates several sustainable features aimed at minimizing reliance on Colorado’s precious water and energy resources.

The project is among 196 engineering achievements from throughout the nation and the world being recognized by ACEC as the year’s finest examples of engineering excellence, and eligible for additional top national honors. Judging for the awards program—known industry-wide as the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry”– took place in February, conducted by a national 30-member panel of built environment leaders, along with experts from government, the media and academia. Award criteria focuses on uniqueness and originality, technical innovation, social and economic value, and generating excitement for the engineering profession.

Recognition of all award winners including top commendations — 20 Honor Awards, 16 Grand Awards and the prestigious “Grand Conceptor Award” for the year’s most outstanding overall engineering achievement — will take place at the annual EEA Dinner and Gala, a black-tie event to be held Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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