A zoo habitat, an arts center, an art museum and a pair of federal buildings are among the construction work that captured top honors in ENR Midwest's Best Projects competition, an annual program recognizing outstanding design and construction in a variety of categories.

Photo Courtesy of Tom Rossiter Photography
Crews working on Hilton Columbus Center Hotel, the Best Project winner in the residential/hospitality category, pre-assembled a bridge linking the facility to an adjacent convention center.

From scores of entries, a panel of industry professionals selected winning projects on the basis of quality, innovation, safety, contributions to the surrounding community and the ability of the project teams to overcome unique challenges. In all, projects were honored in categories ranging from airport/transit, health care and higher education to highways, interior design and offices.

Panelists also evaluated entries solely on the basis of safety, awarding top honors to the St. Louis Public Library and an award of merit to Wisconsin Energy Institute in Madison.

All the winning projects will compete against winners from other regions in ENR's national Best of the Best Projects 2013 competition.

ENR Midwest is indebted to panelists who not only donated their time to review submissions but also collaborated as a jury to select the winning projects. Congratulations to this year's winners.


Duluth International Airport New Passenger Terminal


Award of Merit: St. Louis Art Museum Expansion


REO Town Headquarters and Cogeneration Facility

Award of Merit: Marathon Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade

Government/Public Building

Birch Bayh Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse

Award of Merit: Engine Company 16

Green Building

John C. Kluczynski Federal Building

Health Care

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital

Award of Merit: Good Samaritan Regional Health Center

Higher Education/Research

University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts


Wacker Drive Viaduct and Congress Parkway Interchange Reconstruction

Interior Design/Tenant Improvement

Cafe Galileo's


Orchard Place Elementary School Additions and Renovations


De Pere Riverwalk and Wildlife Viewing Pier


Award of Merit, Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing Facility

Office/Mixed Use

BAE Systems Sterling Heights Facility


Award of Merit: Hilton Garden Inn


Hilton Columbus Convention Center Hotel

Award of Merit: The Moderne


St. Louis Central Library

Award of Merit Safety/Higher Education: Wisconsin Energy Institute

Small Project

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Cat Canyon

Specialty Contracting

Award of Merit:Methocel


University of Michigan Crisler Center Expansion

Award of Merit: La Bahn Arena


Sheboygan River AOC Great Lakes Legacy Act-Sediment Remediation


ENR Midwest Best Projects Panelists

Shawn Anderton, vice president, Graycor Industrial Constructors Inc.

Chuck Binkowski, vice president, industrial group, Barton Malow Co.

Greg Douglas, vice president, design services, Miron Construction Co.

Paul Parry, principal, KJWW Engineering Consultants

Tim Tracey, design principal, SmithGroupJJR

ENR Midwest Best Projects Safety Award Panelists

Jeff Emrick, director of safety and compliance, Ozinga

Brent Mayhew, assistant vice president, senior loss control consultant, The Lockton Cos.