Juan Jose Arenas, on the 19th November 2009, received the honour award from the Spanish Institution of Civil Engineer (Cantabria delegation) in recognition to his long career in the world of architecture and engineering. Thus, he has become the first engineer to receive this award in Cantabria.

The event was attended, among others, by Cantabria's Government President, Miguel Angel Revilla; the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Edelmiro Rua; Dean of the Cantabrian demarcation, Pedro Sánchez; Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cantabria, Fernando Cañizal and Santander's Mayor, Iñigo de la Serna.

Arenas' speech gave special emphasis to his beginnings as a student, analysing the profound change that the Civil Engineer profession has experienced. In his years at Retiro's Park College, works were mainly developed by the Administration and there was no Consulting Engineering World. Since that time, he embarked and still today continues developing this world with national and international recognition.