ENR New York’s 2015 Best Projects competition features an array of work. United by superior craftsmanship, each project is remarkable in its own way. Twenty-one awards were given in 18 categories, with three projects winning awards of merit. The 18 Best Projects recipients were considered for the Project of the Year title, which ultimately went to Fulton Center.

The Fulton Center, which was also recognized as the Best Project in the airport/transit category and as an award of merit winner in the safety category, was chosen for the top honor due to the project team’s ability to create a beautiful and efficient building while taking into account the safety of both workers and pedestrians.

A panel of judges chose the winners of each award, taking into account a project’s ability to overcome challenges; safety; innovation and contribution to the community or industry; construction quality and craftsmanship; and function and aesthetic quality of design.

This year’s judges included Joe Hogan, vice president of building services, Associated General Contractors; Milo Riverso, president and CEO, STV; Guy Geier, managing partner, FXFOWLE Architects LLP; Nat Oppenheimer, executive vice president, Silman; and Kevin Turner, vice president, safety, health and environmental, AECOM. Safety Award winners were judged by Mark Lenz, vice president and director of health and safety, Arcadis, and Thomas Poole, former safety director and senior estimator at Albany-based Sano-Rubin Construction Co. Any judge whose company had worked on any particular submission recused himself from judging that project.

Eligible projects were located in New York and New Jersey.