From a sacred Turkish mosque to a bustling urban boardwalk, a diverse group of projects earned recognition in this year’s ENR MidAtlantic Best Projects competition.
The cultural/worship category proved to be one of the most competitive fields this year with four projects earning awards, including the Turkish American Community Center. Another winner, the four-story George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum was carefully constructed between the historic Corcoran Hall and a 19th-century townhouse in Washington, D.C. For the Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, Md., the project team transformed two stories of underutilized exhibit space into a new 1,200-seat performance venue. A glass-walled addition to the Slover Library in Norfolk, Va., was mated with renovation of an historic 115-year-old building.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation landed this year’s Best Green Project award with its net-zero energy Brock Environmental Center in Hampton Roads. Targeting LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certification, the facility is designed to be one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in Virginia.
A six story, 423,000-sq-ft pediatric bed tower project at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Expansion in Wilmington, Del., pushed the limits of prefabrication. The building was designed on a six-degree curve, so MEP racks and bathroom pods needed to be engineered to precisely fit a curved corridor.
An independent jury of professionals in the design and construction fields honored projects in 17 categories with awards. Seventeen projects were awarded the high honor of Best Project in their respective categories. Three projects were also recognized with Excellence in Safety awards.
Projects were selected from entries submitted to ENR. Eligible projects were located in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia or the District of Columbia and had to be completed between June 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.