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Welcome to the ENR Global Best Projects Awards program! We are seeking entries for a new annual awards program, which is dedicated to honoring the best global construction projects and the companies that designed and built them throughout the entire world. The awards focus on the challenges, risks and rewards of designing and constructing in foreign lands - whether you are a Canadian company building in Africa, or a Japan-based firm building in the U.S.

Entries will compete in 20 specialized categories, ranging from airports to education. An independent jury of industry leaders in design and construction will judge the projects using five criteria through a global perspective, including safety, innovation and teamwork. The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony coinciding with the ENR 2013 Global Construction Summit on June 6-7, 2013 in New York, New York and will be featured in the pages of ENR.

Entries may be submitted by any of the firms working on the project, but the most successful entries are joint entries incorporating input from multiple key team members, such as the design firm, contractor and owner. Remember, to be eligible, at least one project team member firm must be headquartered in a country other than the one where the project is located.



  1. The project can be built anywhere in the world.
  2. The project must be completed between June 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2012.
  3. At least one project team member firm must have been from a country other than the one in which the project is located.
  4. A project with a construction-related fatality, regardless of contractor or trade, is not eligible.
  5. You can submit as many projects as you want, but you can't submit the same single project into multiple categories.


Eligible projects are reviewed by a panel of judges, which will award projects based on the following criteria:
  1. Overcoming Global Challenges & International Teamwork
    What challenges, locally and globally, were faced during design or construction, and how successfully were they overcome? How diverse was the construction team and how well did the international firms work together to accomplish the project goals?
  2. Safety
    How well did the project team go above and beyond the local and international industry safety requirements on the submitted project? What training/safety programs were implemented to prevent injuries and assure a safe jobsite? Include measurable safety results.
  3. Innovation & Contribution to the Industry/Community
    In what ways did this project innovate or help elevate industry standards locally or internationally? Were there any unusual construction techniques, design elements, materials or new technology used that benefited the project and the client? In what other ways did the project benefit the local or global community?
  4. Construction Quality & Craftsmanship
    How did the construction team show excellence in quality and craftsmanship? How well did the contractor and subs exceed expectations and achieve extraordinary results? Was the project on time and on budget, and were there any extenuating factors that made this accomplishment more impressive?
  5. Function & Aesthetic Quality of the Design
    Does the design—whether architectural or engineering—fulfill the project's function? Does the project fit within the context of its local surroundings and its intended use?


  1. Airports/Ports (air terminals, runways, shipping)
  2. Bridges & Tunnels
  3. Cultural (theaters, museums, libraries, churches, synagogues, mosques)
  4. Education/Research (university/college, primary schools, dormitories, laboratories)
  5. Environmental (environmental remediation, drainage, flood control, utilities)
  6. Government Buildings (military bases, courthouses, judicial centers, law enforcement, state/federal buildings)
  7. Green Projects (certified/seeking certification/registration with a third-party certification entity or equivalent)
  8. Health Care (hospitals, nursing and other assisted-living facilities)
  9. Manufacturing (warehouses, manufacturing plants)
  10. Military (military bases, command headquarters, barracks)
  11. Office
  12. Power/Industrial (power plants, transmission lines, refineries, renewables)
  13. Rail (railroads, light rail, switching yards, rail terminals)
  14. Renovation/Restoration
  15. Residential/Hospitality (hotels, apartment buildings, high-rise residential. Excludes single-family residences)
  16. Retail/Mixed-Use Developments
  17. Roads/Highways (highways, streets, pedestrian bridges)
  18. Specialty Contracting (mechanical, electrical, steel, masonry, concrete, roofing projects)
  19. Sports/Entertainment (stadiums, arenas, recreation or aquatic centers)
  20. Water/Wastewater (treatment plants, water infrastructure, dams)


Submit a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 8 representative photographs in high-resolution digital images (a minimum of 300 dpi at 4" x 6" or larger is preferred) plus one optional supplementary item such as a floor plan or testimonial letter. Photos must not include any text or framing. Please provide the photographer's name for each of the photographs. Applicants should ensure they have permission to copy and send photos to McGraw-Hill Construction for use without limitations. Any liability for copyright violations shall be borne solely by the applicant.


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