I am delighted to present ENR’s Best of the Best Projects winners for 2015, the culmination of a 10-month effort put forth by dozens of industry judges and the ENR editorial team to identify the pinnacle of design and construction achievement in the entire U.S. among projects completed between June 2014 and June 2015.
The competition began last March with a call for entries to the construction industry, which resulted in nearly 750 project teams submitting their best work to the regional Best Projects competitions. In each of the 10 regions, the editors assembled panels of judges to select the regional winners in 20 categories.
Once the regional winners were chosen, the top winners in each category from each region moved up to the national competition. A brand new set of judges from across the country and from all walks of the industry examined each project in an effort to distinguish the best from the best in terms of teamwork, safety, overcoming challenges, innovation and quality.
The projects and judges will be featured in more depth in the March 14, 2016 issue of ENR. Also in that issue, the editors of ENR will select one project from the Best of the Best Projects winners as the Editors’ Choice, which won’t be revealed until the issue date. Until then, on behalf of the staff of ENR and all the judges, congratulations to all the winners!
Come celebrate the winners at the Best of the Best Projects Awards Banquet in New York City. The project teams will be honored at the Award of Excellence gala dinner at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square on April 7, and award plaques will be presented to the project teams at a breakfast ceremony on April 8. For more information, visit
Note: if you have an outstanding project located anywhere in the world, be sure to submit it to ENR’s next competition – Global Best Projects, which will begin accepting entries in a few weeks. At least one project team member firm must be based outside of the country where the project site is located. Check enr.com in the coming weeks for more info.
- Best of the Best Airport/Transit Project
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Terminal A Phase II Renovation and Improvement, located in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Submitted by Balfour Beatty Construction to ENR Texas & Louisiana.
- Best of the Best Cultural/Worship Project
- The Whitney Museum of American Art, located in New York, NY. Submitted by Turner Construction Co. to ENR New York.
- Best of the Best Energy/Industrial Project
Stanford Energy System Innovation, located in Stanford, Calif. Submitted by ACCO Engineered Systems to ENR California.
- Best of the Best Excellence in Safety Award
Columbia Energy Center Air Quality Control Retrofit, located in Pardeeville, Wis. Submitted by Black & Veatch to ENR Midwest.
- Best of the Best Government/Public Building Project
Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building, located in Miramar, FL. Submitted by Hensel Phelps/Jacobs to ENR Southeast.
- Best of the Best Green Project
Brock Environmental Center, located in Virginia Beach, VA. Submitted by Hourigan Construction to ENR Mid-Atlantic.
- Best of the Best Health Care Project
UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, located in San Francisco. Submitted by DPR Construction to ENR California.
- Best of the Best Higher Education/Research Project
National Syncrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), located in Upton, NY. Submitted by HDR to ENR New York.
- Best of the Best Highway/Bridge Project
North Tarrant Express (NTE) Segments 1 & 2W, located in North Texas near Fort Worth. Submitted by Ferrovial Agroman US Corp. to ENR Texas & Louisiana.
- Best of the Best Interior/Tenant Improvement Project
Atlanta Tech Village, located in Atlanta. Submitted by Choate Construction Co. to ENR Southeast.
- Best of the Best K-12 Education Project
Lake Mills Elementary School (LMES), located in Lake Mills, Wis. Submitted by Miron Construction Co. Inc. to ENR Midwest.
- Best of the Best Landscape/Urban Development Project
Hoover Mason Trestle, located in Bethlehem, Penn. Submitted by Boyle Construction to ENR Mid-Atlantic.
- Best of the Best Manufacturing Project
Bell Helicopter Aircraft Assembly Facility, located in Layfayette, La. Submitted by BE&K Building Group to ENR Texas & Louisiana.
- Best of the Best Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Project
One World Trade Center, located in New York, NY. Submitted by Tishman Construction, an AECOM Co., to ENR New York.
- Best of the Best Renovation/Restoration Project
Albuquerque Convention Center, located in Albuquerque, N.M. Submitted by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini to ENR Southwest.
- Best of the Best Residential/Hospitality Project
100 Van Ness, located in San Francisco. Submitted by Plant Construction Co. L.P. to ENR California.
- Best of the Best Small Project (under $10 million)
Emergency Roof Stabilization, Tustin Hangar 1, located in Tustin, Calif. Submitted by Michael Baker International to ENR California.
- Best of the Best Specialty Construction Project
IP Casino Dry Dock, located in Biloxi, Miss. Submitted by Thompson Engineering to ENR Texas & Louisiana.
- Best of the Best Sports/Entertainment Project
College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, located in Atlanta. Submitted by Brasfield & Gorrie LLC to ENR Southeast.
- Best of the Best Water/Environment Project
Westar Energy Constructed Wetland Treatment System, located in St. Marys, Kansas. Submitted by Burns & McDonnell to ENR Mountain States.