Building on the successful 2018 TQI Awards Banquet, we are calling for nominations for the 2019 TQI Partnering, Diversity, and Community Connection Awards. This award program is part of the association’s plan to be a catalyst for creating a team approach to completing projects that will result in improved quality and cost-effectiveness.


Through TQI, APC has been working with PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission to create a partnering culture.  2018 will see the implementation of a new partnering specification that was collaboratively developed by industry and owner agencies. APC thanks PennDOT Deputy Secretary George McAuley and Turnpike CEO Mark Compton for their leadership in this regard.


The Partnering Awards were established to recognize award-winning projects that were successfully completed in a partnering atmosphere where Partnering had a significant role in the project’s success.


APC’s Values Statement recognizes the value of Diversity in our industry and APC’s Mission Statement includes facilitating the development of a diverse workforce and future industry leaders.  The Diversity Awards will recognize efforts in this area.


In describing the PennDOT Connects program, Secretary Leslie Richards noted that, “We know that transportation plays a huge role in community identities and economies, and we take our responsibility as stewards of the system very seriously.” The Community Connection awards will recognize the positive impact our work has on the quality of life for citizens of Pennsylvania.


These awards will be presented the Second Annual TQI Awards Banquet in connection with the annual APC Innovation Conference April 4-5, 2019 at the Penn Stater Inn and Conference Center in State College, PA



  •  The project/program must be transportation-related.
  • One application submittal per awards category.
  • One application per project/program.


  • Construction projects underway by June 1, 2018 preferably substantially complete or accepted for maintenance between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018;
  • Non-construction projects/programs established by June 1, 2018;
  • Purpose, intent, goals and/or objectives were substantially met;
  • Projects submitted for award in prior years are not eligible

Nomination Information

Community Connection & Enhancement

During the advocacy effort for Act 89, it was noted that citizens relate to safety, convenience and quality of life improvements in their community. The Community Connection and Enhancement Awards seek to recognize projects that had a positive impact on quality of life in communities.

Diversity & Inclusion

The APC Diversity Excellence awards honor private and public sector organizations that are champions in advancing diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion within their workforce, business processes and in the communities they serve.


The Partnering Awards recognize partnership teams that demonstrate a high – level of achievement through their practice of the Partnering principles and processes related to the transportation industry.

Award/ Judging Process


The TQI Award process is led by a committee of volunteers who role model excellence in the transportation industry. They oversee the award process, which includes establishing a high standard of Partnering performance and the categories of projects eligible to receive this distinguished award.

Submittal requirements are clearly outlined every year. Committee members have in-depth expertise in the transportation industry and recognized leadership in building partnerships. Judging criteria is established to support high levels of excellence over the life of the award.

The Judges’ Panel, made up of the Partnering Subcommittee, determines the award recipients. Members of the panel represent:

  • Government agencies
  • Contractors
  • Consultants

The award recipients are recognized each year at the annual TQI Partnering Awards Banquet, April 4, 2019 in conjunction with the APC Innovation Conference in State College, PA


  1. Review submittals for eligibility and guideline adherence
  2. Criteria compliance
  3. Select finalists for the award
  4. Verification/clarification of recipient information and results
  5. Final recommendation for award recipients
  6. Final decision made by February 1, 2019
  7. Award presentation at the annual TQI Partnering Awards Banquet, April 4, 2019 in conjunction with the APC Innovation Conference in State College, PA.




Questions regarding the TQI Awards can be directed to

2018 Winners



PA Turnpike Roadway & Bridge Reconstruction MP 44-48 in Allegheny Co.

  • PA Turnpike Commission
  • Trumbull Corporation
  • Hill International
  • McCormick Taylor

New Stanton Interchange (I-70)

  • PennDOT District 12-0
  • Joseph B. Fay Company i+iconUSA
  • McCormick Taylor

I-78 Reconstruction & Bridge Replacement in Berks County

  • PennDOT District 5-0
  • Trumbull Corporation
  • JBC Associates

PA Turnpike Repairs to the Delaware River BridgePA Turnpike Commission

  • PA Turnpike Commission
  • Michael Baker International
  • Cornell and Company, Inc.
  • PKF-Mark III, Inc.

New Baltimore Slide Remediation

  • PA Turnpike Commission
  • Independence Excavating, Inc.
  • Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, LLC

Northeast Extension Roadway Rehabilitation MP A101-A104

  • PA Turnpike Commission
  • Pikes Creek Site Contractors (H&K Group)
  • GAI Consultants, Inc.

Accelerated Bridge Construction MP A57.66

  • PA Turnpike Commission
  • Road-Con, Inc.
  • STV Incorporated
  • Larson Design Group

Accelerated Bridge Construction MP 20.47

  • PA Turnpike Commission
  • Brayman Construction Corp.
  • STV Incorporated



Crawford County Saegertown Roundabout Projects

  • PennDOT District 1-0 Office
  • Clearwater Construction, Inc.
  • J.C. Lee Construction and Supply, Inc.

Warner Blvd. Oak Hill Interchange Project

  • PennDOT District 2-0 Office
  • Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.

I-70 Diverging Diamond Interchange Project

  • PennDOT District 12-0 Office
  • Golden Triangle Construction Co., Inc.
  • Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Lackawanna Heritage Valley Powdermill Trail

  • PennDOT District 4-0 Office
  • New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company Co. Inc.
  • Arora and Associates, Inc.



DiscoverE National Girl Day /District 11-0 Student Open House

  • PennDOT District 11-0 Diversity Committee

Training & Recruiting Minorities & Females on
Washington County SR 70 Project

  • Gulisek Construction LLC.

Future Road Builders / Minority Focused Recruitment App

  • Constructors Association of Western PA
  • Federal Highway Administration PA Division Office
  • PennDOT Bureau of Equal Opportunity

PA Turnpike Commission CEO Internship Program

  • PA Turnpike Commission Office of Diversity and Inclusion