Reston, Va.--The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is seeking nominations for the 2006 Charles Pankow Award for Innovation. The award was established by ASCE's Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF) in 1996 to celebrate innovative collaboration in the design and construction industry and to complement existing industry awards.

All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m., January 5, 2006. Applications are available online at Please notify Kay Hathaway at of your intent to submit an application by December 20, 2005. The Pankow Award recognizes the contributions of organizations involved in a collaborative effort that demonstrates innovative approaches to design, materials use or construction research and development that transferred into practice and resulted into increased productivity and performance in the industry. Applications should describe the full implementation cycle from research to development in the field.

All U.S. and international public, private, academic or government organizations are eligible to apply. In addition to demonstrating that collaboration was involved during any part of the cycle from development to application, the entry must also illustrate an innovative application, as well as document its impact on overall construction industry performance.

The 2006 Charles Pankow Award for Innovation will be presented at ASCE's Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Awards Gala on Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

Named for industry visionary Charles J. Pankow, the award recognizes organizations working collaboratively to bring innovative civil engineering ideas into practice. As a leader in the design and construction industry for almost 50 years, Charles Pankow was instrumental in launching CERF, serving as one of its first board members and as chairman of its New Century Partnership.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 139,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit

Source: ASCE, December 1, 2005