ENR’s 51st annual Award of Excellence winner grew up in an ecologically devastated mining town in northern Ontario, undergoing an environmental rebirth. Watching the landscape turn from gray to green inspired him to heal the planet through architecture. At age 32, he launched the Living Building Challenge. To receive full Living Building certification, teams must achieve strict performance goals in seven categories: place, water, energy, health and happiness, materials, beauty and equity. Undaunted by skeptics who thought the challenge was too difficult, this winner and his team pushed on, and there are now 330 LBC-registered projects worldwide.

J. Keith AndersonJ. Keith Anderson
Chief Rigging Engineer
Bechtel Corp.

Lifting specialist developed the construction industry’s first curriculum for rigging engineers that is accredited for continuing education and attracting students.

BaŞar ArioĞluBaşar Arıoğlu
Yapi Merkezi

Construction businessman brokered a complex concessionaire deal and pulled together a global team to construct one of the world’s most difficult highway tunnels.

Maria Ayerdi-KaplanMaria Ayerdi-Kaplan
Executive Director
Transbay Joint Powers Authority

Public servant took on a challenging Bay Area megaproject and went above and beyond expectations to ensure creative financing methods and minority participation.

Robert R. Bailey IIIRobert R. Bailey III
Mid-American Elevator Co.

Inventor combined existing industrial technology and new ideas to create a unique elevator system for high-rise buildings that brings cars up to each apartment.

Randall L. BarrRandall L. Barr
Operations Manager    
Hensel Phelps

Barr oversaw the complex, $299-million San Ysidro Land Port of Entry project, which he describes as a once-in-a-career challenge due to tricky logistics.

Dave BecherDave Becher
Engineering Manager    
Washington State Dept. of Transportation

Project director successfully coordinated construction of a $4.56-billion bridge megaproject in Seattle.

Donald M. BiernackiDonald M. Biernacki
Senior Vice President    
Related Midwest

Chicago-based developer crafted an impressive deal to complete a skyscraper that stood unfinished for four years after a crippling economic recession.

Dan BlocherDan Blocher
Executive Director of Capital Projects

By anticipating problems, the leader of an innovative team that created the first new bridge in Portland, Ore., since 1973 kept the project moving without friction.

Sesh CommuriSesh Commuri
Technical Director
University of Nevada, Reno

Scientist applied machine-learning principles to infrastructure construction to help deliver better pavements, which Volvo is now offering on compaction machines.

Chunjie DuanChunjie Duan
Chief Technology Officer             
Redpoint Positioning

Duan developed data-transmission tools that enable more precise positioning of construction work on the jobsite than GPS and other technologies.

Matthew C. FarmerMatthew C. Farmer
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Engineer designed the intricate repair of the century-old National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., after a rare earthquake.

Christy A. HallChristy A. Hall
South Carolina Dept. of Transportation

Dedicated civil servant managed quick response to devastating flood and subsequent infrastructure damage in South Carolina.

Robert G. Harris Jr.Robert G. Harris Jr.
Construction Manager  
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Harris is captaining the successful construction of Kentucky’s largest-ever design-build project with an effective leadership style.

Markus JetterMarkus Jetter
Head, Product Development     
ThyssenKrupp Elevator Innovation GmbH

He leads the team that is proving out ropeless lifts, considered the most significant change in vertical travel in more than 150 years.

Graeme JonesGraeme Jones
Managing Director
C-Probe Systems Ltd.

Materials scientist is giving new life to old buildings with a geopolymer mortar that carries an electrical current through the existing steel frame.

Peter MacLagganPeter MacLaggan
Vice President  
Poseidon Water

MacLaggan showed tenacity and patience in pushing for and seeing through the successful construction of the first large-scale seawater desalination plant, in California.

Mark H. McCallumMark H. McCallum
National Association of Surety Bond Producers

McCallum worked to end pervasive individual construction surety fraud by reforming bond asset rules in all contracting.

Alan R. PoeppelAlan R. Poeppel
Senior Principal

Designed tricky foundation that can take gravity loads of 860,000 tonnes for a 1-km-plus-tall supertower in Saudi Arabia.

P. Michael ReiningerP. Michael Reininger

Despite opposition, Reininger won approval for Florida’s passenger rail underway in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

Brent RichardsBrent Richards

Richards managed body recovery and clearing of a massive March 2014 landslide that swamped Route 53 in Snohomish County, Wash.

David RodriguesDavid Rodrigues
Makro Engenharia

Rigging contractor in Brazil vastly improved its safety culture by implementing a real-time telematics monitoring program.

Jim StevensJim Stevens
Vice President
Michels Tunneling, a division of Michels Corp.

Experienced project manager brought successful outcomes to an unprecedented tunneling job under the San Francisco Bay.

Andreas TselebidisAndreas Tselebidis 
Director of Sustainable Concrete Technology
BASF Corp.

Tselebidis is finding ways to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint as well as improve its behavior.

Ronald W. WackrowRonald W. Wackrow
Executive Vice President             
Related Cos.

Wackrow leads the team keeping the $20-billion, 26-acre Hudson Yards mini-city on schedule and on budget.