Engineering News-Record has announced the winners of its fourth annual “Best of the Best Projects” Awards for 2011, a national competition that recognizes design and construction excellence based on regional winners of ENR’s seven regional publications’ Best Projects of 2011 Awards.

“One of the judges called me personally to tell me how impressed he was with the entries,” said Janice L. Tuchman, ENR editor-in-chief. “I was delighted to tell him that I agree completely. We are proud to showcase such fine work.”

Out of 119 regional Best Projects winners,, an independent jury of design and construction professionals selected 18 winners in categories ranging from green building to transportation. Projects were judged on safety, innovation, contribution to the industry/community, aesthetic and functional quality of design and construction craftsmanship.

The winners’ list includes two Mountain States regional projects: Utah’s Montage Deer Valley Resort and Boulder’s Casey Middle School.

Montage Deer Valley is a new LEED-Silver luxury resort constructed on 16 acres at the Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah. It combines deluxe guestrooms and suites with private residences ranging from one to four bedrooms that feature fireplaces and expansive views of the majestic Wasatch Range.

The resort also includes a gourmet gastro-pub with bowling lanes, billiards, darts and nostalgic arcade games; a 35,000-sq-ft alpine-inspired spa, outdoor pool and whirlpools; an outdoor terrace with fire pits; retail shops; and 17,000 sq ft of event space for executive meetings and special events.

Designed in a mountain Craftsman Style, the lodge's four wings of residential and hotel space are arranged in a butterfly pattern around a central core along the sloping hillside.

Casey Middle School is one of the most sustainable new schools in Colorado. The 107,000-sq-ft facility features geothermal and solar power, a zero-waste cafeteria, ample use of recycled materials and a salvaged partial façade from the original school, which gives the new building character and a connection to its historical roots.

The $26.5-million, LEED-Platinum-designed school includes 34 classrooms, athletics facilities, central commons area, library, auditorium, cafeteria, roof garden and photovoltaic panels that provide a shelter for bicycle racks.
About 90% of the school’s heating and cooling is provided by geothermal, ground-source heat pumps.

One project from the list below will be selected as the Editors’ Choice award winner as the single project that stood out to the editors of ENR as an outstanding achievement of 2011.

All of the project winners will be profiled in the Feb. 13 issue of Engineering News-Record.

ENR’s Best of the Best 2011 Award Winners

•    Best Civil Works/Infrastructure - Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Floodwall, New Orleans, La.; submitted to ENR Texas & Louisiana by Traylor-Massman-Weeks LLC