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Special Awards

Future City Competition Special Awards for 2015

Here is a comprehensive list of all of the special awards being given out this year at the Northern California Future City Competition! 

Best Use of Aerospace Technology in a Future City

Sponsored by: Tech Museum

Teams should develop a clear statement of the use and benefits of aviation and/ or space technology in their projects. Projects can be on, in, or above the earth, in space or on other celestial bodies. Special consideration will be given to aviation and/or space technologies used in the displays.

 

Most Sustainable Food Production System

Sponsored by: Mercer Foods

Design that provides the best sustainable food production system while conserving soil, water, and energy.

 

Most Sustainable Food Production System

Sponsored by: ASABE

Design that provides the best sustainable food production system while conserving soil, water, and energy.

 

Best Use of Renewable Energy

Sponsored by: McGhie Consulting

Innovative and efficient use of renewable resources in energy systems.

 

Most Innovative Design of Infrastructure Systems

Sponsored by: IEEE-SCV

Design that accommodates the most innovative systems (e.g., transportation, water and wastewater) for a community.

 

Best Indoor Environment

Sponsored by: SCOE

Indoor environment that encompasses occupant comfort, productivity, energy efficiency, or air quality.

 

Most Sustainable Buildings

Sponsored by: Society of Women Engineers

In recognition of energy efficient buildings that minimize their impact on the outdoor environment and provide indoor environmental quality for building occupants.

 

Best Futuristic City

Sponsored by: Lorenzo Consulting

Use of futuristic engineering concepts in the city’s communications, energy, or transportation systems.

 

Best Use of Innovative Construction Materials and Techniques

Sponsored by: Amador-Lewis, Inc.

Best use of innovative construction materials, innovative construction techniques and overall construction of design.

 

Best Management of Water Resources

Sponsored by: Modesto Irrigation District

Best use of efficient design of water treatment and distribution for human consumption, agriculture, industry, recreation, and fire protection. Water resource management ensures responsible sewage collection and treatment for environmental protection and community aesthetics. Cities should incorporate innovative stormwater collection, treatment, reuse and/or discharge back into the environment.

 

Most Holistic Approach

Sponsored by: CH2MHILL

City that best incorporates sustainability and an integrated approach to managing resources and infrastructure systems.

 

Best Residential Zone

Sponsored by: BlueProx

Strategic placement of residential zones that allow maximum return for quality of life issues.

 

The City of the Future That Best Incorporates Cultural and Historical Resources

Sponsored by: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

The city whose design best incorporates historical and cultural sites, buildings, infrastructure, and customs.

 

Best Virtual City Design

Sponsored by: NorCal Future City

This award is given to the team with the highest overall score as judged by the NorCal Future City judges.

 

Best Communications System

Sponsored by: Best Communications System - Fred Pifer, PMP

Strategic placement of a communications system that is both efficient and accurate.

 

Excellence in Systems Integration

Sponsored by: CISCO

Demonstration of excellence in the design of integrated systems of people, material, information equipment, and energy.

 

Best Land Surveying Practices

Sponsored by: NCEES

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.

 

Best Essay Award

Sponsored by: NorCal Future City

This award is given to the team with the overall highest score as judged by the NorCal Essay Judges.

 

Best Model

Sponsored by: NorCal Future City

This award is given to the team with the overall highest score as judged by the NorCal Essay Judges.

 

People’s Choice Award

Sponsored by: NorCal Future City

This award is given to the team that is voted by their peers to have the best model. Voting is done by ballot during the Special Awards Judging.

 

Best Use of Nanotechnology

Sponsored by: Advanced ID Technologies

“Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale, at dimensions between approximately 1 and 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications.” The best use of nanotechnology could include: nanomaterials to improve any part of the city, such as stronger buildings; nanosensors to monitor bridges or air quality; nanoenergy applications such as green lighting, energyefficient cars, or nano-enabled solar or wind power; or nanotechnology for wastewater treatment and water purification. HINT: visit Nano 101 on our website: www.nano.gov/ nanotech-101

 

Protecting the Public’s Safety and Welfare through Competent and Ethical Engineering Practices

Sponsored by: Modesto Engineers Club

There exists a vital role professional engineers play in the lives and well-being of the public. Engineers protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare by engaging in competent practice and adhering to fundamental ethical values and principles. Teams need to explain in detail what it is about their city that ensures the health, safety, and welfare of its residents and what specifically will guarantee for

them an improved quality of life.

 

Accessible City Award

Sponsored by: Modesto Rotary 

Most accessible design for people with disabilities, the elderly, and others with mobility impairments. Design that accommodates the most innovative systems (e.g., transportation, public rights of way) for a community.

 

Best Future City Project Plan

Sponsored by: Project Management Institute - Silicon Valley Chapter

Teams should develop a clear statement of what needs to be accomplished on their project, including a list of deliverables. They should also have a project budget and schedule or timeline for the completion of their work. Special consideration will be given to teams that list potential unexpected events/situations they thought of that might present challenges for their project and what they did to prevent them.

 

Best Future City Project Management

Sponsored by: Project Management Institute - Sacramento Valley Chapter

The team that exemplifies best practices in project management. Project management is the process and activity of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals in scientific or daily problems.

 

Best Use of Fire Protection Engineering, Science & Technology

Sponsored by: Modesto Irrigation District

Fire protection engineers use science and technology to make our communities safe from fire. Fire protection engineering features may include structural fire resistance, detection and notification systems, suppression systems, egress systems, and smoke management systems. The fire protection engineer ensures that these features all work together to protect people, property, and the environment from fire.

 

Best Transportation System

Sponsored by: BART

Creative design of transportation system that allows both mobility and transport of goods and services.

 

Also being awarded: 

  • Honorable Mention
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  • Honorable Mention
  • Honorable Mention