Judging Criteria

Projects submitted to the Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards are judged by members of the architecture and engineering community. Each submission will receive five ratings (1-10) – four criteria scores as well as an overall impression score. The four criteria areas are determined by the category (artistic, industrial, etc.) in which the submission is judged.

The judging criteria is as follows:

Artistic Complexity of Design Community Impact/Visibility Final Appearance Zinc Integral to Aesthetics
Bridge & Highway Corrosion Control over Design Life Harshness of Environment Impact to HDG Market Ingenuity
Building & Architecture Complexity of Design Final Appearance Sustainability Zinc Integral to Aesthetics
Civic Contribution Community Impact/Visibility Creativity Galvanizer Involvement Project Enhancement
Duplex Systems Complexity of Design Corrosion Control over Design Life Final Appearance Project Enhancement
Electrical, Utility, & Communication Corrosion Control over Design Life Cost Effectiveness Impact to HDG Market Ingenuity
Food & Agriculture Cost Effectiveness Harshness of Environment Impact to HDG Market Ingenuity
Industrial Complexity of Design Corrosion Control over Design Life Cost Effectiveness Harshness of Environment
International Community Impact/Visibility Corrosion Control over Design Life Impact to HDG Market Project Enhancement
Lifetime Achievement Community Impact/Visibility Corrosion Control over Design Life Harshness of Environment Project Enhancement
Original Equipment Manufacturing Galvanizer Involvement Impact to HDG Market Ingenuity Project Enhancement
Recreation & Entertainment Corrosion Control over Design Life Creativity Impact to HDG Market Zinc Integral to Aesthetics
Transportation Community Impact/Visibility Cost Effectiveness Impact to HDG Market Sustainability
Water & Marine Corrosion Control over Design Life Cost Effectiveness Harshness of Environment Ingenuity

The other categories follow unique judging criteria and rules, and will be judged as follows:

  • Most Distinguished – honors the best project of the year. All submissions are considered and the award is bestowed upon the project that scored well in all judging criteria and overall was the most outstanding, innovative, and appealing while providing potential to leverage more tonnage and impact the North American galvanized steel market. 
  • People’s Choice – honors the most popular project of the year, based on “votes” on the public project gallery site.

Criteria Definitions

Judges are provided the following detailed definition of all criteria above to assist in their ratings:

Complexity of Design intricacy of connections/elements and/or difficulty in handling or challenges for successful galvanizing
Corrosion Control over Design Life difficulty or inconvenience of maintaining structure was key in decision to galvanize
Cost Effectiveness initial cost savings, construction schedule savings, savings during use, life-cycle cost savings, and/or indirect cost savings
Creativity unique use of galvanizing and/or intriguing design elements or function
Final Appearance compliment to the environment and overall appeal of the project
Galvanizer Involvement critical in converting the project to HDG, helped with the design process, proactive stance
Harshness of Environment corrosivity to the environment and galvanized steel’s performance over other systems in decision process
Impact to HDG Market new use for galvanizing, visible project and/or innovative use that creates potential for market growth
Ingenuity innovation in design/application and/or use of galvanizing
Project Enhancement value added, competitive edge, enhanced effectiveness of project/product because of galvanizing
Sustainability greenness of galvanizing was key to use and/or added to overall sustainability of project
Zinc Integral to Aesthetics visible zinc finish that adds to the overall beauty/appeal or is key design element of the project