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Regional Coordinator: Colleen Feller

colleen.feller@metroecsu.org
612-638-1511

2017 Special Awards

At the regional finals on January 21, 2017, representatives from the sponsoring companies/organizations will choose a team to receive their Special Award. Winning teams receive a plaque for their school. Each student on the team (including alternates) receives a gift bag with small prizes. Winning teams are announced and recognized either during lunch or in between the final presentations in the afternoon.

Special Award & Sponsor

Description

1) Best Infrastructure System American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Minnesota Section

Given to the city that encompasses efficient infrastructure design for the community's current and future needs. The infrastructure design encompasses areas of transportation (roads, transit, and bridges), water supply and treatment, and wastewater treatment. Judged by interview at Regional Finals

2) Engineering Excellence Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technology Societies (MFESTS)

Given to the team that best integrates use of many different engineering disciplines, uses creative and practical engineering solutions, and plans for future growth. Judged by interview at Regional Finals

3) Safe Drinking Water          Minnesota Department of Health and the American Water Works Association (AWWA)

A well-designed city must provide safe drinking water to its citizens by protecting groundwater and surface water sources. The city must provide adequate and safe water with water treatment plants, watermains, and storage tanks. This award will be given to the team that uses the most innovative methods to protect and provide safe drinking water. Judged by interview at Regional Finals

4) Best Transportation System      SRF Consulting

Goes to the city with a transportation system that best provides for: safe and efficient movement of people and goods, creative financing for transportation, various types of transportation (i.e. bikes, buses, cars, rail, etc.), water drainage for protection of roads, environmental protection, and traffic management. Judged by interview at Regional Finals

5) Most Practical Design     Minnesota Professional Engineers Foundation

This award is given to the team that best considered practical implementation and sustainable use in their Future City.

Judged by interview at Regional Finals

6) Best Industrial/Commercial Layout Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE)

Successful cities integrate the trade and manufacturing industries and facilities into their boundaries. These industries provide core jobs that fund the growth and development of cities. This award is given to the team that best integrates industrial and commercial aspects into the infrastructure of their city. Judged by interview at Regional Finals

7) Readiness for Natural and Manmade Disasters Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

Given to the team that has demonstrated the most thought put into addressing risks to its infrastructure and populous stemming from potential natural and man-made disasters. Judged by interview at Regional Finals

8) Best Rail Infrastructure

       HDR                                                 

 

Rail infrastructure is a key component to establishing and maintaining healthy cities. Rail infrastructure provides long-lasting improvements to both delivery of goods and transportation of passengers. A strong rail network can reduce emissions, congestion and encourage development. This award is given to the city that best utilizes freight and passenger rail in its infrastructure. Judged by interview at Regional Finals

 

9) Most Environmentally Friendly Power Source    EATON

 

Awarded to the team that designs an outstanding system to deliver power to a community in an environmentally-friendly way and communicates a strong understanding of the pros and cons of the chosen energy source. Judged by interview at Regional Finals

10) Best Land Surveying Practices Award

NCEES

 

This award recognizes the design that employs the best land surveying practices, taking into consideration the high standards used by surveyors to help protect the public's safety and welfare. Judged by interview at Regional Finals

11) Building Quality Communities  League of Minnesota Cities

Given to the team that demonstrates how a city government can improve the quality of life for its citizens. This may include the ways that city leaders include others in making decisions or the policies and services that make citizens' daily lives easier and more meaningful. Judged by interview at Regional Finals

12) Most Innovative City Setting Award    3M

Most cities are designed for the earth's surface, but a city may be developed in other environments to support human beings. The city winning this award may be built underwater, underground, on another planet, or in some equally innovative setting. Judged by interview at Regional Finals

13) Most Innovative Power System Emerson Process Management - Rosemount

Given to the team with the most innovative power system. Solution addresses critical requirements, including reliability (always on), disaster planning (back-up power), environmental impact, and cost effectiveness. Judged by intervew at Regional Finals

14) Best Virtual City                 3M                 

Given to the team that creates the best virtual city using the computer simulation game SimCity4 Deluxe ("best" is determined by the highest numerical score).

15) Best Essay      EATON        

Given to the team that writes the best essay and abstract ("best" is determined by the highest combined essay and abstract numerical scores).

16) Best City Model                        City Engineers Association of Minnesota

Given to the team that builds the best city model using new and recycled materials and staying within budget limits specified ("best" is determined by the highest numerical score).

17) Outstanding 1st Year Participant Minnesota Future City Steering Committee

Given to the highest scoring team from a school that is participating in the Future City Competition for the first time.

18) Students' Choice Award    Minnesota Future City Steering Committee

Given to the team selected by students (via ballot vote) at the regional finals.