Judging The Competition

What to expect when your entry is being evaluated

STAGE 1: Expert Judging

Evaluation of Entries to Determine Finalists

The first round of judging for each project design will be conducted by a panel of five Expert Judges, each with pertinent experience and expertise, and selected from a regional pool of candidates that are nominated and approved by the Competition Committee.

The Expert Judges will be from multiple professionals including:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Construction
  • Planning
  • Hydrology

Finalists will be determined by the scoring of the Expert Judges. These scores will represent 80% of the finalists total score.

STAGE 2: Finalist Presentations

7 Minute Lightning Presentations to Jury Panel

In the second stage of the competition, finalists will present their entries, verbally and through use of Power Point, to a qualified local Jury Panel made up of interested and influential leaders in the Great Plains region from the development, civic and government community.

  • The public is invited to the Finals Event and Awards Program and the event will be highly publicized and promoted.
  • This event will bring together all contestants and other design, development and construction professionals, as well as, civic and governmental leaders from throughout the area.
  • Selected entries, in addition to the finalists’ submissions, will be displayed with team name and member identities in the public areas of the hall utilized for this program. Attendees will be encouraged to arrive early to allow ample time to view all entries.

Finalists must utilize a “Lightning Presentations Format” to present their submission to the Jury Panel. This format is designed to make each presentation short, exciting and to the point, and will allow for participation of a maximum number of semi-finalists.

  • Each finalist team will have up to 7 minutes to make their presentation.
  • Presentations will be stopped at exactly 7 minutes.

The scores of the Jury Panel will account for 20% of the Total Final Score for each finalist entry and will be combined with the Expert Judges scores from Stage One to determine the winners for each project design.

Tabulation of Jury Panel scores and total final scores to determine the winners will take place immediately after the finalists make their presentations.