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The 2011 Best of the Best Projects

The projects featured on the following pages were selected from over 700 entries as outstanding achievements in construction within the U.S. for 2011. Independent industry judges chose winners in 18 categories based on design and construction excellence, teamwork, safety and contribution to the community. In addition, ENR's editorial staff chose one special project as the Editors' Choice to represent the pinnacle of design and construction excellence.




A panel of 17 industry judges from across the U.S. and all walks of construction and design expertise reviewed 119 projects, scoring each on criteria such as innovation, community contribution, teamwork, safety and design and construction excellence. The panel then met to argue the merits of each project and determine the final 18 winning projects. Click here to view all judges.

The 2011 Best Project Winners by Category

Green Building—Editors’ Choice

Facebook Data Center
Oregon data center uses evaporative cooling and higher operating temperatures to reduce energy use. Click here to view winner.

Civil Works/Infrastructure

Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Floodwall
The $330-million floodwall is a key aspect of New Orleans' new Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier. Click here to view winner.


DiMenna Center for Classical Music
DiMenna Center transformed the lower half of a concrete off-Broadway theater into a new 20,000-sq-ft rehearsal and recording facility. Click here to view winner.

Government/Public Building

Chandler City Hall
New city hall responds to desert climate with sustainable design and kinetic sunshades. Click here to view winner.

Health Care

Helen DeVos Childrens Hospital
Spaces within the 11-story, $286-million facility are rooted in sustainable design principles. Click here to view winner.

Higher Education/Research

Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College
The project met the challenge of transforming a striking design into a workable, sustainable reality. Click here to view winner.


Merck VBF
Merck challenged its Jacobs-led contractor team to deliver this $315-million facility faster than any structure of its type had ever been built. Click here to view winner.

Interior Design/Tenant Improvement

BP Bright Lights
A collaborative team completed this LEED-Platinum building ahead of schedule and 11% under budget. Click here to view winner.

K-12 Education

Casey Middle School
Boulder's new Casey Middle School is seeking LEED-Platinum status, the first in the state to do so. Click here to view winner.

Landscape/Urban Development

Wilmington Waterfront Park
This 30-acre park was built as a buffer between a residential community and an active port. Click here to view winner.

Multifamily Residential/Hospitality

Montage Deer Valley
The luxury Montage Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, was built on a steep slope over old mine shafts. Click here to view winner.


United States Institute of Peace
Located in a high-profile, public location, the three-story Institute of Peace office building was a complex logistical challenge. Click here to view winner.


Jackson Barracks Historical Renovation
The Jackson Barracks once again houses Louisiana National Guard members thanks to this $7.3-million renovation. Click here to view winner.

Retail/Mixed-Use Developments

Square 54
Featuring three office and residential towers, this mixed-use project takes up an entire city block. Click here to view winner.

Small Project (under $10 million)

St. Mary's Catholic Church Expansion and Upgrade
The historic look of this church was preserved by cutting the building in half and inserting new construction in the middle. Click here to view winner.

Specialty Contracting

MCFM Solar Thermal Installations
Solar thermal systems were added to existing gas heating systems at two Phoenix jails. Click here to view winner.


Jeld Wen Field
Turner Construction used a phased approach to completing its $30-million expansion of Portland's Jeld-Wen Field. Click here to view winner.


Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge
The 354-ft-long Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge in San Diego accomplishes its simple function in high style. Click here to view winner.

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