City Public Improvement Awards


2018 City Public Improvement Awards

Have your project recognized! Apply today for the annual ACEC of Kansas Public Improvement Awards (PIA)!

This will be the 57th year the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas (ACEC of Kansas) has sponsored these competitions.

ACEC of Kansas presents Public Improvement Awards every year in several population categories for both Kansas cities and counties. Created in 1962, these Public Improvement Awards DO NOT recognize engineering projects for their engineering excellence. Judges rate the entries based on their benefit to the citizens of the community.

Public Improvement Awards offer both cities and counties an excellent opportunity to gain well-deserved recognition for their public improvement projects. City entries that win PIAs receive engraved plaques at the Kansas Association of City/County Managers Conference, while winning county entries are awarded plaques at the Kansas Association of Counties Annual Meeting Luncheon. In addition winning entries also receive public relations benefits by entering this program.

In keeping with our mission to promote the use of Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) in selection of professional design services, entries must have been procured using a pure QBS system.  Any requirement to submit costs or hours (actual or estimated) prior to final selection will render a project ineligible.  A copy of the original project request for qualifications must be submitted with the application.  If hired directly under a sole source relationship, please indicate this in lieu of the copy of the request for qualifications.

Deadline for submission of City PIAs is September 1, 2018.  First place awards will be presented to a city with less than 5,000 population, a city with 5,000 to 19,999 population, a city with 20,000 to 49,999 population, and a city with 50,000 and over population.

The winners will be announced at the Kansas Association of City/County Managers Conference on October 6-8, 2018 in Overland Park.

Remember, this is not an engineering excellence award. Of most importance to the judges is how the project benefits citizens of the community.

If you have any questions please contact Rachel Nincehelser(785-357-1824) or email We look forward to your project entry!


2018 City Public Improvement Award

City PIA Application Form