Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB–USA) has been tapped to receive the 2010 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology. The award, given annually by the National Building Museum, recognizes EWB–USA’s efforts to build much-needed sustainable infrastructure—for clean water, energy, healthcare, and other basic needs—in remote and developing regions. The Boulder, Colo.-based nonprofit humanitarian organization partners engineering students and professionals with local communities in more than 45 countries.
Arthur Gensler, who served on the prize jury, said in a statement, “Programs like Engineers Without Borders-USA provide the technical knowledge and working solutions to enable people to help themselves. This organization gives locals hope and talented engineering professionals the opportunity to share their knowledge with countries that can so greatly benefit from their efforts.”
The Turner Prize, created in 2002 and endowed by the Turner Construction Co., recognizes innovation and exceptional leadership in construction technology. This includes construction techniques, innovations and practices, construction and project management, and engineering design.
EWB–USA will accept the $25,000 cash award in September at the National Building Museum. Previous Turner Prize winners include architect I.M. Pei (2003), the U.S. Green Building Council (2005), and Gehry Partners and Gehry Technologies (2007).