Regional Coordinator: Colleen Feller

Special Awards

2020 -2021 Special Awards

Judging will take place via live virtual interviews.  More information, including updated award descriptions and criteria, to come.

Special Award


Winning School and Team Name

1. Most Innovative Lunar Location - Awarded to the lunar city with the most innovative location: near the moon, on the moon, in the moon, dark side, light side, crater edge, near polar cap, near crater shadow, etc.



2. Best Infrastructure System - Awarded to the city that encompasses 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.



3. Engineering Excellence - Awarded to the city that best integrates use of many different engineering disciplines, uses creative and practical engineering solutions, and plans for future growth.



4. Safe Drinking Water - Awarded to the city that uses the most innovative methods to protect and provide safe drinking water.

MN Dept. of Health / AWWA


5. Best Transportation System - Awarded 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 protections, and traffic management.

SRF Consulting Group


6. Most Practical Design - Awarded to the city that best considers practical implementation and sustainable use in their future city.

Engineering Alliance Foundation (formerly MnSPE Foundation)  

7. Best Industrial/Commercial Layout - Awarded to the city that best integrates industrial and commercial aspects into the infrastructure of their city.



8. Most Innovative Power System - Awarded to the city with an innovative power system that addresses critical requirements, including reliability, disaster planning, environmental impact, and cost effectiveness.



9. Readiness for Natural and Manmade Disasters - Given to the team that has demonstrated the most thought into addressing risks to its infrastructure and populous stemming from potential natural and man-made disasters.



10. Best Rail Infrastructure - Awarded to the city that best utilizes freight and passenger rail in its infrastructure.



11. Most Effective Power Grid  - Awarded to the city whose power grid effectively and resiliently delivers power from one or more energy sources to the community. The award is for both the method of power generation and delivery.



12. Best Land Surveying Practices Award - 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.


13. Most Innovative Constructability - Most city populations are not fans of construction and delays. Getting the best design and system integrations are only great if they can also be done in a timely and cost-effective fashion. Awarded to the city design with the best constructability that identifies and removes obstacles to ensure timely construction, prevents errors, and reduces cost overrun. DBIA-UMR  
Special Awards Determined by Numerical Score or Ballot




1. Best Essay - Awarded to the team with the highest-scoring research essay.



2. Best City Model - Awarded to the team with the highest-scoring physical city model.



3. Outstanding 1st Year Participant - Awarded to the highest-scoring team from a school that is participating in Future City for the first year.

MN FCC Committee


4. People's Choice Award - Awarded to the team that wins the most votes for favorite city model.

MN FCC Committee