Awards of Excellence

The purpose of the Annual FPA Awards Competition is to recognize outstanding parking-related projects with the hopes of continuing to promote an appreciation of excellence in parking design, equipment, operation, and construction among the industry and the general public.

2018 Awards of Excellence Call for Entries

Annual Awards of Excellence Rules Regulations


Projects submitted must have been completed between June 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018. Only projects located in the State of Florida are eligible for the competition. You are invited to submit nominations in the following categories:

  • Parking Structure – Design
  • Parking Structure – Architecture
  • Parking Structure- Renovation
  • Parking System – Innovation

Criteria (please address as much of the following as possible and include any other additional information that will be helpful for evaluation)

Category I : Parking Structure – Design Functional Design:

Description of the layout, column spacing, parking and driving slopes, efficiency, entry/exit configuration, floor level identifiers, pedestrian flow, mixed-use components, wayfinding signage, etc.

Operational System: Description of the revenue control system, security design features, maintenance programs, customer programs offered, lighting technologies, etc.

User Amenities: Description of common areas, way-finding programs, staff amenities, security programs, etc.

Sustainability: Describe sustainable characteristics for construction system, design features, operational and maintenance benefits, energy reduction, etc.

Costs: Construction costs per space (not including soft costs or cost for land, design, demolition or utility relocation).

2017 AWARD OF MERIT: Collegetown Phase 2 Parking Garage, Walker Consultants.
2017 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Sawgrass Mills Colonnade Parking Garage, Timothy Haas

Category II : Parking Structure – Architecture Exterior Facade:

Describe exterior facade including design basis, compatibility with surrounding neighborhood, character or style, materials used, selected colors and textures, scale and massing.

Landscaping: Where applicable, describe how the surrounding areas were landscaped and the design basis. Include description of items such as pedestrian oriented features and public artwork.

Garage Identification: Describe different provisions for vehicular and pedestrian wayfinding, including main entry points and graphic design. Include description of floor themed signage and their design basis.

2017 AWARD OF MERIT: Collegetown Phase 2 Parking Garage, Walker Consultants.
2017 AWARD OF MERIT: FDOT Multi-Modal Transportation Facility, The Collage Companies
2017 AWARD OF MERIT: Pompano Beach Pier Parking Garage, Kaufman Lynn Construction

2017 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Sawgrass Mills Colonnade Parking Garage, Timothy Haas

Category III – Parking Structure – Renovation Planning / Phasing / Construction Administration:

Include project planning schedules and why, environmental controls, any communication efforts, phasing, CA, design issues addressed, quality control including warranties, etc.

Assessment: Describe assessment techniques such as visual, non-destructive evaluation, exploratory investigation, materials sampling and testing, etc.

Operations: Description of original problem, efficiency improvements, entry / exit configuration enhancements, vehicular or pedestrian flow improvements, architectural improvements, internal lighting upgrades, graphics upgrades, ADA concerns, etc.

Methods: Restoration techniques / design, contractor’s implementation of the design including but not limited to: traffic control, work area protection, logistics for demolition / shoring / debris removal, deliveries, etc,, complex structural repairs, corrosion control, water proofing, etc.

Costs: Costs for the project and any differences in budget versus bid, versus actual costs and why.

2017 AWARD OF MERIT: UCF Garage D Restoration, Kimley Horn and Associates
2017 AWARD OF MERIT: TARGET-Three Store Restoration, Walker Consultants

2017 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Southwest Florida International Airport Garage Restoration, Kimley Horn and Associates.

Category IV – Innovation Program Description:

A parking program that has increased efficiency or productivity, solved a problem, or provided some other benefit to the end user.

Benefits / Outcome: Describe the success of the program and how the results were measured.

Innovation / Creativity: Explain the elements of the creativity used to establish the program and why your organization feels the end result was a success.

Common Approach: Describe how this program can or cannot be used in other capacities in the parking industry or any other applications or industries.


Members of the FPA Awards Committee and FPA Board Members will serve as judges for all categories. Projects will be judged based on outstanding conception, originality / aesthetics and application in design, operation, management, and construction.

First round judging will take place in late fall 2018. Finalists may be notified with requests for additional material to be judged during the final round.

All submissions must be received no later than October 26, 2018. Incomplete submissions will not be considered or returned.

Please send one (1) CD or USB of the submission to:

Attention.: Chip Chism

11000 University Parkway, Building 91

Pensacola, Florida 32514

Phone: 850-473-7711

Cell: 850-377-3407

Announcement of Awards

Grand Prize Winners and Finalists will be honored at the FPA Annual Conference. Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit and Honorable Mentions will be selected for each category. In an effort to promote the program and the industry, the FPA will provide press releases we well as a posting on the FPA website. Additionally, a professional photographer will attend and photos will be provided to all winners and finalists

Awards Ceremony

During the annual ceremony, each finalist will be recognized. The Awards Committee will create a presentation based on project photographs submitted. Owners and parking related designers, vendors, suppliers, and contractors will be recognized during the project narrative

Click HERE to view the 2016 Awards Presentation

Form of Submission

Entries recommended for consideration should be submitted on the Awards Competition pre-qualification Form (see Call for Entries document) with suitable photographs and descriptive data. Please note that photographs, details, or sketches demonstrating the unique use of parking innovations in design, operation, equipment, and construction will be taken into account by the judges. The submitted material must indicate the award category, as well as the outstanding features that merit judging.

FPA is offering electronic entries to make it easier and less costly to enter the competition.

Award Sponsorships

If you wish to sponsor this competition, please contact a member of the Awards Committee or visit the sponsorship page Silver Level Sponsorships. Sponsors will be formally recognized at the ceremony, and will be highlighted during the awards presentation.

Award Committee

Chip Chism

Jerry Rivera-Perez