Project Leadership Awards

COAA Project Leadership AwardCOAA Project Leadership Awards

The COAA Project Leadership Award is an annual awards program that recognizes Owners’ excellence in project delivery. The program promotes leadership, professionalism, and exceptional management by Owners involved in the design and construction process.

The Award is given to the Owner who achieves excellence by demonstrating exceptional leadership and project management skills, including vision, integrity, team-building, communication, fairness, problem resolution, decision-making, and collaboration.


The Project Leadership Award is open to both public and private Owners. Owners do not have to be a member of COAA to submit an entry.

The program is open to all types of construction projects,... healthcare facilities, government buildings, manufacturing plants, educational/research facilities, etc. Renovation and new construction projects, large or small, are eligible for the award. Project size and cost will not be contributing or deciding factors.


Projects nominated for the Project Leadership Award must have been substantially completed (available for occupancy) between the period of January 1, 2023, and the nomination deadline of August 30, 2024. Nominated projects will be reviewed by the Awards Committee, which will select projects demonstrating excellence in the following areas:

  • Overall Project Management
  • Overall Project Success
  • Scheduling
  • Cost Management
  • Quality Management
  • Project Complexity
  • Conservation and Sustainability
  • The embodiment of The COAA Way

Winning categories include the Gold Award (highest award) and The COAA Way Award for project teams that best exemplify the principles of The COAA Way.  Silver Awards and Special Awards may be awarded depending on the quality/nature of the entries.  The Awards Selection Team reserves the right to select more than one winner. 

Award Schedule

Winners will be notified by October 11, 2024, and the awards ceremony will occur during the COAA Connect 2024 conference in November 2024, in Atlanta, GA. 

For additional information, please contact Lucie Castro, COAA Headquarters at 800-994-2622.

Proposal Instructions

  1. Develop narratives describing the project using the Nomination Form (sections I through VII). Proposals must contain all the information requested, be legible, and be presented in a professional manner. Incomplete forms will not be considered for the award.
  2. Obtain (3) letters of recommendation as outlined in section VIII of the Nomination Form.
  3. Complete and sign the Affirmation and Release at the end of the Nomination Form.
  4. Assemble a PDF package that includes the following components:
    • Project narratives
    • Letters of Recommendation
    • Signed Affirmation and Release
  1. Email the PDF package to Lucie Castro ( with the subject line 2023 COAA Project Leadership Awards.
  2. Provide low-resolution and high-resolution (300 dpi or higher) project photographs, preferably in JPG format, on a CD/DVD or flash drive and mail this, along with a check payable to COAA for $350 (members) or $600 (non-members) to:

2022 COAA Project Leadership Awards Committee
5000 Austell Powder Springs Rd. Suite 206
Austell, GA 30106

  Pay Online 

  1. Emailed PDF proposal and mailed digital photographs are due by close of business on August 30, 2024.


NOTE:  Proposals and photographs will not be returned to the applicant and may be used by COAA.

Previous Award Winners

Congratulations to the COAA Project Leadership Award winners listed below. These Owners demonstrated leadership, professionalism, and management excellence in their project delivery.

Award Level Owner Name Project Name
Gold Michigan State University MSU STEM Teaching & Learning Facility
The COAA Way General Services Administration The Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. United States Courthouse
Award Level Owner Name Project Name
Gold The University of Texas  Anna Hiss Gymnasium Renovation
Silver MD Anderson Cancer Center Smithville Relocation
The COAA Way Nemours Children's Health Milford Clinic - Delaware
Award Level Owner Name Project Name
Gold Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Phipps - Exhibit Staging Center
Silver Michigan State University Edward J. Minskoff Pavillion at the Broad College of Business
The COAA Way University of Maryland, Baltimore County UMBC - Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building
Award Project Name Owner
Gold Penn State East Halls Phase 1 The Pennsylvania University

Award Project Name Owner
Gold University of Central Florida - Research 1 University of Central Florida
Gold Spartan Stadium End Zone Addition Michigan State University
Award Project Name Owner
Gold Health Learning Building at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School The University of Texas at Austin
Silver Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center Cleveland Clinic
Special National Museum of African American History Smithsonian Institution

Award Project Name Owner
Gold Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton New Satelite Hospital Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Silver Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Expansion City of San Antonio
Silver Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building Ohio State University
Special One World Trade Center Port Authority of NY & NJ

Award Project Name Owner
Gold Health and Human Development Building Pennsylvania State University
Silver Homer Stryker M.D School of Medicine Western Michigan University

Award Project Name Owner
Gold Delta/JFK International Airport Terminal 4 Redevelopment Program Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Silver Bothell Discovery Hall Project University of Washington

Award Project Name Owner
Gold Methodist OIive Branch Hospital Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Silver Odegaard Undergraduate Library Renovation University of Washington

Award Project Name Owner
Gold Pavilion for Women Texas Children's Hospital
Gold University of Texas at Arlington College Park Center University of Texas System
Silver Berks Campus Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building The Pennsylvania State University
Silver Wake Forest Biotech Place Wexford Science & Technology, LLC
Special Orange Line Light Rail Expansion Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Award Project Name Owner
Gold North Terminal Development Program Miami Dade Aviation Department
Gold Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Research Project Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and The University of Wisconsin
Silver Data Hall Center Project University of Texas Southwestern

Award Project Name Owner
Gold Middle Tennessee Medical Center - Replacement Hospital Middle Tennessee Medical Center
Silver Tuscarora High School Loudoun County Public Schools
Silver Emerging Pathogens Institute University of Florida

Award Project Name Owner
Gold Careers Building Renovation Project Anne Arundel Community College
Silver Engineering Lab Building Expansion University of Texas, Arlington
Silver Kaiser Downey Medical Center Kaiser Foundation Hospital
Special Edward R. Roybal Learning Center Los Angeles Unified School District

Award Project Name Owner
Gold Bed Tower Expansion Florida Hospital East Orlando
Silver Central Business District Level Boarding Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Silver Legacy Children's Medical Center of Dallas
Special Submarine Escape Training School Department of the Navy

Award Project Name Owner
Gold Rio Vista Recreational Center City of Peoria
Silver Proton Therapy Institute University of Florida
Silver West Forsyth High School Forsyth County Board of Education
Special BrainSUITE MD Anderson Cancer Center

Award Project Name Owner
Gold Orange County - Corrections Booking & Release Center Orange County, FL
Gold Lowry & Peggy Mays Ambulatory Clinical Building MD Anderson Cancer Center
Special University of Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium State of Wisconsin
Special Sophia Street Parking Deck City of Fredericksburg

Award Project Name Owner
Gold 2005 Canada Summer Games Support Facilities University of Regina
Gold Trinity Church in the City of Boston
Restoration, Renovation and Expansion Program
Trinity Church in the City of Boston
Special Indianapolis Public Schools
Renovating and Building New Schools
Indianapolis Public Schools

Award Project Name Owner
Gold Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Institute University of Florida
Gold Museum for the Little White House Historic Site Georgia State Financing & Investment Institute
Special Wedge 2-5 Renovation The Pentagon

Award Project Name Owner
Gold Chemistry Building Renovation University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Special Pavilion and Multigenerational Center at Liberty Pointe City of Henderson

Award Project Name Owner
Gold Artie L. Henry Middle School Leander Independent School District
Special Recreation Services Facility University of Central Florida
Award Project Name Owner
Gold Norcross High School Project Gwinnett County Public Schools