2013 Othmar H. Ammann Awards- Nominations

Charles City Suspension Bridge spanning the Cedar River in Charles City, Iowa. Built in 1896, destroyed in the 2008 Floods, later replaced. Photo taken in December 2007

New Categories Introduced. Nominations being accepted between now and December 1st

Time sure is flying when you are having fun. Already 2013 is on its last two legs, with October being over with next week and thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas looming on our minds. We’re already wrapping up what was a rather interesting year as far as bridges are concerned, and with that, the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles will have its third annual Othmar H. Ammann Awards, scheduled to be given out in December.  Between now and December 1st at 12:00am  Central Standard Time, you will have a chance to nominate your favorite bridge photo, and/or bridges for the categories of  Best Photo, Best Kept Secret, Mystery Bridge and Bridge of the Year. This is in addition to the Lifetime Legacy Award given to the person who devoted his/her time and energy to saving historic bridges.

However, a new category has been introduced for the Ammann Awards, which is for Best Bridge Preservation Practice. This will be awarded to a group for their successful efforts in preserving a historic bridge for future purposes, be it for a bike trail, a monument or even for reuse on the highway.

As usual, nominations will be for bridges in the US as well as those on the international scale. However, when voting takes place in December, the Ammann Awards will be divided up into three strands, featuring US bridges, European and International Bridges and Overall. The voting scheme will also be changed for this year’s Awards, but that will be mentioned once the nominations close on December 1st.

Send your nominations to Jason Smith at the Chronicles using the following e-mail address: flensburg.bridgehunter.av@googlemail.com. You can also use the messenger on facebook or LinkedIn to submit your entries. Please note however that all photos must be submitted in JPEG.

Information on the Ammann Awards as well as the winners of the 2011 and 2012 Awards can be seen here, as well as on the header of the Chronicles’ front page.  Hope to see a lot of entries for this year’s Ammann Awards.  Happy Bridgehunting and Adieu. 🙂