As ENR Southwest’s Best Projects Competition nears its second decade of recognizing the most notable construction projects and bringing them to the attention of the construction community at large, this year’s winners are almost universally led by teams that reported doing their job faster and with less overall waste than was expected.
Whether teams use all or part of lean concepts—or just seek their own paths to speed, quality and efficiency—several of this year’s winners delivered their projects before scheduled delivery and under budget. And they impressed this year’s judges.
The six judges reviewed more than 80 projects that were completed between June 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. The panel included: Andrew Baird, project manager of Aztec Engineering; Arnold Canales, principal with ARC Consulting; Mark Harberts, architect, senior project engineer and BIM coordinator, Flintco Constructive Solutions; Kai Kaoni, assistant professor of practice at Northern Arizona University; Glen Maxwell, vice president of preconstruction with The Penta Building Group; and Kenneth Zarembski, principal/managing director at Walter P Moore Engineers.
The judges rated the projects based on five criteria: overcoming challenges and teamwork; safety; innovation and contribution to the community; construction quality and craftsmanship; and the function and/or aesthetic quality of the design.
Projects that experienced a construction-related fatality were automatically disqualified.
Judges then conferred to choose a category winner and one or more awards of merit. They also selected one overall Project of the Year.
If a judge was employed by, or did any work on the projects being considered, that judge was assigned to a different category.
Also highlighted on the following pages are the results of the Excellence in Safety award. The competition was adjudicated by Jon Wickizer, director of corporate safety, Brahma Group, and Arnold Canales.
More than 30 projects were considered based upon their OSHA incident rates, lost-time accidents, total man-hours and the quality of the project’s safety programs.
Project of the Year and Excellence in Safety
Project of the Year: Small Project Makes Big Impact - Los Alamos Nature Center
Award Of Merit: Small Project Under $10 Million - Honor Health
Winners By Category Grouped Alphabetically
Best Project Airport/Transit: Expansion And Modernization Of The Mariposa Land Port Of Entry