Dallas-based Balfour Beatty Construction won a Project of the Year for 2009 by the New Mexico Chapter of the American Subcontractors Association.

Balfour Beatty served as construction manager for the $280-million Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino. Criteria for the ASA-NM Project of the Year award included the impact of the project on community, innovative design and construction techniques, and the teamwork exemplified among general contractor, owner, subcontractors and architect/engineers. Seven other major New Mexico projects were nominated for the award

The size of the Buffalo Thunder project, which is a Hilton property, makes it the largest resort in New Mexico at 700,000 sq ft. The project used between 600 and 800 local laborers on the project.