A Holocaust memorial, an airport runway, an orangutan habitat and a tied-arch bridge are among the enterprises that a panel of industry professionals awarded top honors for ENR Midwest's Best Projects competition, an annual program recognizing outstanding design and construction in a variety of categories.

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The Cube, an innovative glass structure in Skokie, Ill., received top honors in the small projects category.

Panelists evaluated dozens of entries on the basis of quality, innovation, safety, community impact and the ability of the project teams to overcome unique challenges. In all, projects were honored in 18 categories, ranging from health care and higher education to transportation, renovation and specialty contracting.

Panelists also evaluated entries solely on the basis of safety, awarding top honors to Waukesha County Health and Human Services Building in Waukesha, Wis.

All winning projects will compete against winners from other regions in ENR's national Best of the Best Projects 2014 competition. ENR Midwest is indebted to panelists who not only donated their time to review entries but also collaborated as a jury to select winning projects. Congratulations to this year's winners.


New Runway 10c-28C and Associated Taxiways, O'Hare Airport

Award of Merit, Target Field Station


Ohio Holocaust & Liberators Memorial


Schahfer Unit 14 FGD and Waste Water Treatment Plant Project

Government/Public Buildings & Excellene in Safety

Waukesha County Health and Human Services Building

Award of Merit: Ping Tom Memorial Park Field House

Green Project

Award of Merit: Berea College Deep Green Residence Hall

Health Care

Mercy Health – West Hospital

Award of Merit: Wheaton Franciscan Health Care Franklin Medical Office Building

Higher Education/Research

GE Aviation EPISCENTER at University of Dayton

Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Informational Commons


Hastings Bridge

Award of Merit: Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge

Interior Design/Tenant Improvements

Motorola Mobility Headquarters Relocation

Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch Restaurant & Museum

K-12 Education

MICDS STEM + C4C Building, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools – Earl Shapiro Hall, Chicago


Award of Merit: Easton-Bell Sports Inc.

Office/Retail/Mixed Use

The Z

Award of Merit: Global Center for Health Innovation and Cleveland Convention Center


William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor Outdoor Adventure Center

Award of Merit: Marquette Park Lakefront East


Hyatt Place Harper Court, Chicago

Small Projects

The Cube

Award of Merit: Union Station Grand Hall and Market

Specialty Contracting

Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center

Award of Merit: Adjustable Forms


University of Wisconsin Camp Randall Stadium Student Athlete Performance Center

Award of Merit: Lambeau Field North & South End Zone Stadium Improvements


Cat Islands Chain Reconstruction

Award of Merit: St Joseph Disinfection Facilities and Effluent Pump Station


ENR Midwest Best Projects Panelists

Shawn Anderton, vice president, Graycor

Donald Greenwell Jr., executive vice president, Walbridge

Dan Meckes, CEO, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc.

Paul Parry, principal, KJWW Engineering Consultants

David Peterson, senior vice president, ERMCO Inc.

Tim Tracey, principal, office director, SmithGroup/JJR

ENR Midwest Best Projects Safety Award Panelists

Jack Carlson, vice president, safety, Graycor

J.D. Kyle, director, health and safety, ERMCO Inc.