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OPAL Awards Gala

  • OPAL Awards Gala

    March 13, 2020
    Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
    Washington, DC

    Register Today!

  • Nominations & Gala Information

    Jane Moran Alspach
    Phone: (800) 548-ASCE (2723)  ext. 6382 or +1 (703) 295-6382


    Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
    400 New Jersey Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    OPAL Gala Registration Now Open!

    Please join us by registering for the 2020 OPAL Awards Gala where we will honor remarkable projects and individuals. The Dress Code for the Evening is Black-Tie Optional.

    Purchase your Gala tickets

    Individual Ticket Prices:

    • $295 if purchased by February 12, 2020
    • $350 if purchased February 13-March 12, 2020

    Book Your Hotel by February 18, 2020

    • $299.00 per night

    Book your Hotel Group Rate

    Reserved Table Prices (10 seats):

    • $2,500 if purchased by February 12, 2020
    • $3,200 if purchased February 13-28, 2020

    Purchase your reserved table


    6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Reception
    7:00 - 9:45 p.m. | Dinner & Awards Ceremony
    9:45 - 11:00 p.m. | Afterglow Reception


    Valet Parking

    • 0‒2 hours: $33
    • 2‒10 hours: $46
    • 10‒24 hours: $62


    Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - DCA
    Approximately 5 miles from venue.


    Union Station, Washington, DC
    Approximately 0.6 mile from venue.

    DC Metro Station

    Red Line, Union Station
    Approximately 0.4 mile from venue.

  • 2020 Honorees

    OCEA Honor Awards

    These ten projects were selected for excellence. On March 13, 2020, two runners-up and the OCEA winner will be chosen from among the Honor Awards.

    • Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, Seattle, WA
    • Bayonne Bridge: Replacement of Main Span Roadway and Approach Structures, Bayonne, NJ – Staten Island, NY
    • Marc Basnight Bridge, Outer Banks, NC
    • Olmsted Locks and Dam, Olmsted, IL
    • Queensferry Crossing, Edinburgh & Fife, Scotland
    • Salesforce Tower, San Francisco, CA
    • Spillways, Oroville Emergency Recovery, Oroville, CA
    • The Big Lift - Macdonald Bridge Superstructure Replacement, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    • West Vancouver Freight Access, Vancouver, WA
    • Zoo Interchange Core and Adjacent Arterials, Milwaukee, WI


    These five civil engineers were selected for excellence in the areas of Construction, Design, Education, Government and Management.

    • Ted E. Craddock, P.E., M.ASCE
    • Ronald M. Noble, P.E., L.S., D.CE, D.PE, D.WRE, Dist.M.ASCE
    • Raymond J. Krizek, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Hon.M.ASCE, NAE
    • James Starace, P.E., M.ASCE
    • Sergio A. Pecori, P.E., F.ASCE

    Charles Pankow Award for Innovation

    The 2020 award is presented to the first commercially available brick-laying robot for on-site masonry construction.

    • SAM100 Construction Robotics, Victor, NY

    Henry L. Michel Award for Innovation in Research

    This annually presented award recognizes professionals for their research in the design and construction industry.

    • Kent S. Sorenson, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.
  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    To reserve your sponsorship preference, or for more information, please contact:
    Sean Scully
    Phone: (703) 295-6154

    OPAL Sponsorship Prospectus & Commitment Form (PDF)

    OPAL Ambassadors

    • Patrick J. Natale, P.E., Dist.M.ASCE
    • Anthony S. Bartolomeo, P.E., M.ASCE
    • Glenn R. Bell, C.Eng, P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE
    • Dr. Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., NAE, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE
    • Jon D. Magnusson, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE
    • Gunalan N. Kancheepuram, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE
    • Thomas W. Smith III, ENV.SP., CAE, F.ASCE
    • Terry Neimeyer, P.E., BCEE, M.ASCE, FACEC
  • Past Winners

    These individuals crafted engineering wonders that have contributed to the creation of thriving businesses and the local economies of the communities they serve. Lifetime recipients represent a model of achievement to which future generations of engineers aspire to match or exceed.

    View 2019 OPAL winners

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