Regional Coordinator: Colleen Feller

Special Awards

2021-2022 Special Awards

Special Awards


Winning School and Team Name

1. Most Innovative City Setting - 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 equally innovative setting.

Most Innovative City Setting Award Questions



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.

Best Infrastructure System Award Questions

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - MN Section


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.

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


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

Safe Drinking Water Award Questions

MN Department of Health & American Water Works Association (AWWA) - MN Section


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 protection, and traffic management.

Best Transportation System Award Questions

SRF Consulting Group, Inc.


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

MN Society of Professional Engineers (MnSPE)  

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

Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) - Twin Cities Chapter 13


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.

Readiness for Natural and Manmade Disasters Award Questions

Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) - Mpls-St. Paul Post


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.

Most Effective Power Grid Award Questions



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.

National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)


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.

Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA-Upper Midwest Region)  

14. Outstanding Future City Project Plan - This award recognizes a team's outstanding understanding of Project Management concepts and application of Project Management knowledge. Teams should be able to explain how they followed the project cycle when designing their future city. They should be able to clearly communicate their activities in each stage of the project cycle, including how they created their project schedule, assigned responsibilities, and monitored and controlled their work. Finally, teams should be able to explain what they learned during their project by answering the kinds of questions that they ask themselves during their team reflection.

Outstanding Future City Project Plan Questions

Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF)  
15. Outstanding Use of Circular Economy Principles - Awarded to the design that best supports healthy and resilient populations, ecosystems, and economic sustainability by reducing and reusing wastes and byproducts in continuous and circular systems. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)  

16. Best Age-Friendly City - Awarded to the city that exemplifies a great place to grow up and grow old. Incorporates age-friendly planning and design throughout the city, such as walkable streets, housing, and transportation options accessible to people of all ages and abilities, and opportunities to participate in community life.

Best Age-Friendly City Award Questions

Minnesota AARP  
Special Awards Determined by Numerical Score




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

MN FCC Steering Committee


2. Outstanding City Model Slideshow - Awarded to the team with the highest-scoring city model slideshow.

City Engineers Association of Minnesota (CEAM)

3. Outstanding Video Presentation - Awarded to the team with the highest-scoring video presentation. CenterPoint Energy