The economy may have some contractors and design firms searching harder than ever for new work, but construction and design excellence is still in abundant supply in the Mid-Atlantic region, judging by the winners of Mid-Atlantic Construction’s “Best Of 2010” project excellence competition.

Best Of 2010 Awards
Photo: Nic Lehoux, courtesy Bing Thom Architects

The winner of the top award for best overall project was indicative of the quality recognized by this year’s judges. The Arena Stage Renovation and Expansion project, which has garnered significant press coverage for the impact it could have not only on Washington, D.C., but on architect Bing Thom of Canada as well. Now, here, Mid-Atlantic Construction also recognizes the contractor that built this demanding project, Clark Construction Group of Bethesda, Md.

In all, this year’s judges recognized 29 projects with awards, based upon approximately 100 entries from the region that includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

The aim of the awards program is to honor those projects that best achieve the established goals of the project team; overcome significant challenges; adopt innovative approaches; and exhibit exceptional teamwork.

This year’s judges included the following: Patrick Burns, vice president with Mortenson Construction’s Federal Contracting Group in Dulles, Va.; Walter Ennaco, acting director of the Smithsonian Institute’s Office of Planning and Project Management in Washington, D.C.; Steve Floyd, senior manager for business development with BE&K Building Group in Vienna, Va.; Eric Liebmann, director of design with WDG Architecture in Washington, D.C.; Chuck McCarthy of W.M. Jordan Co. of Newport News, Va.; and Richard F. Sliwoski, director of the Dept. of General Services for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Mid-Atlantic Construction is proud to honor the 29 projects that represent the very best in one of the nation’s top construction markets. Click on the links to the left to see them.