Topping Out is a DFW Metroplex annual networking event and awards program in the Architecture / Engineering / Construction (A/E/C) and allied fields that recognizes projects and people that have transformed the city. The 16th annual event will take place November 7, 2019 at The Statler in downtown Dallas. 

The mission of Topping Out is to celebrate outstanding built environments, while raising money for educational opportunities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area which foster the development of future leaders. The award program honors the project’s entire construction team by celebrating the building team’s ability to confront tough issues and work together toward a successful project completion, provides a unique networking opportunity with peers from all disciplines, and gives the opportunity to give back to education and the local A/E/C community with a tax-deductible contribution.

The event will feature a networking cocktail hour that will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Topping Out program at 6:45 p.m. A brief panel will be moderated during the awards program with the individuals that are being presented the Topping Out Visionary Award; which include the following:

  • Michael Bennett, Principal and CEO of Bennett Benner Partners

  • Jerry Merriman, President and Founder of Merriman Anderson/Architects

  • Dan Noble, President and CEO of HKS

  • Scott Ruch, CEO and Executive Managing Principal of Corgan

In addition to the Visionary Award, the Annual Networking and Awards Program recognizes the year’s top ten projects that positively impact the Dallas-Fort Worth community; M/WBE Community Impact Award winning project; and the A/E/C Favorite Award project as selected by peers at the event. New-build, additions, or renovation projects and projects within a 75-mile radius of either Dallas or Fort Worth that have a minimum of one team member with an office in the Dallas or Fort Worth locale and have not won a Topping Out Top 10 and Top Winning award in the past were eligible to be submitted.

Companies who sponsor Topping Out at the Presenting, Platinum, Gold or Silver Level will have a scholarship donated in their name to students enrolled in the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA). Sponsorship pricing ranges from $1,200 to $15,000, and individual tickets are available at $350. Proceeds from Topping Out benefit the UTA Alumni Association for educational programs and scholarships. The Architecture Chapter of the UTA Alumni Association continues its commitment to the growth of Topping Out by overseeing the committee, providing administrative support and managing the Topping Out brand. 

If you have any questions or need more information, please visit or call 214-750-9236. 


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