Excellence in Underground


NUCA's Excellence in Underground competition recognizes challenging, innovative, or unique projects completed with excellent results. 

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ALL EIU AWARDS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2024 AT 11:59PM EST.


What you will need to provide when submitting your application:

• A brief overview of the project including challenges and any construction methods, innovative ideas, or technologies used to complete the project.
• List any subcontractors and equipment, material, or service providers and how or why they were important to the success of the job.
• Benefits of the project to the client and community.
• A minimum of two photographs - maximum of five. All photographs should be reviewed by safety personnel to ensure that there are no safety hazards. Photos with with hazards or OSHA violations will not be displayed. Photos should be no larger than 300mb.

Contractors may enter construction projects in the following 10 categories:

Communications Electrical Power
Gas Distribution Oil and Gas Pipelines
Shale Gas Play Water or Treatment Plants
Water Distribution Sanitary Sewer Collection
Trenchless Technologies Excavation/Site Development

Please note: Contractors may enter the same project in more than one category or more than one project in the same category or different jobs in more than one category, but a single project may only be selected as a finalist in one category.


Associate members are not eligible to submit an application. However, if an associate member, e.g. heavy equipment company, trench protection company, or material or service provider, was instrumental in helping to resolve a problem, or helped to ensure the successful completion of the job, the company and its contribution should be included in the application.

The overall winner will be featured in the Utility Contractor magazine and the category finalists will be featured in the NUCA Business Journal.
A press release, announcing the winner and information about the winning project, will be sent to local/regional newspapers, utility/project owners, as well as local city councils, and if requested state, and federal legislators in their districts of their choice. The release will also be sent to the local chapter for distribution where they think appropriate or where the contractor requests.


Questions on submitting an application for this award can be directed to NUCA's Chris Barrett by email or phone #703.358.9300.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2022 FINALISTS!

Water Distribution Category

Montana Construction
New Albany, IN
Project: Pohatcong Valley Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site, OU-2

Cleary Construction
Tompkinsville, TN
Project: Highway 20 Water Main Improvements - County Line to Indian Springs

Trenchless Technology
Midwest Mole,
Greenfield, IN
Project: Rudd Ave Large Diameter Sewer Rehabilitation Project

Iowa Trenchless
Panora, IA
Project: Closes Creek Storm Sewer Improvements

Gas Distribution
Cleary Construction
Tompkinsville, KY
Project: MTNG 12” Steel Piping- Rock Island to Crossville Phase 2

Team Construction LLC
Nashville, TN
Project: Centerline 8-inch Steel Main

Excavation/Site Development
Cleary Construction
Tompkinsville, KY
Project: Portland Municipal Airport Runway Reconstruction 

Sanitary Sewer Collection
Cleary Construction
Tompkinsville, KY
Project: Beaver Creek Interceptor Improvement Project Contract 2