JASON F. MCLENNAN
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 Anderson
Chief Rigging Engineer
Lifting specialist developed the construction industry’s first curriculum for rigging engineers that is accredited for continuing education and attracting students.
Construction businessman brokered a complex concessionaire deal and pulled together a global team to construct one of the world’s most difficult highway tunnels.
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 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. Barr
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.
Washington State Dept. of Transportation
Project director successfully coordinated construction of a $4.56-billion bridge megaproject in Seattle.
Donald M. Biernacki
Senior Vice President
Chicago-based developer crafted an impressive deal to complete a skyscraper that stood unfinished for four years after a crippling economic recession.
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.
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.
Chief Technology Officer
Duan developed data-transmission tools that enable more precise positioning of construction work on the jobsite than GPS and other technologies.
Matthew 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. 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.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Harris is captaining the successful construction of Kentucky’s largest-ever design-build project with an effective leadership style.
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.
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.
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. 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. Poeppel
Designed tricky foundation that can take gravity loads of 860,000 tonnes for a 1-km-plus-tall supertower in Saudi Arabia.
P. Michael Reininger
Despite opposition, Reininger won approval for Florida’s passenger rail underway in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
Richards managed body recovery and clearing of a massive March 2014 landslide that swamped Route 53 in Snohomish County, Wash.
Rigging contractor in Brazil vastly improved its safety culture by implementing a real-time telematics monitoring program.
Michels Tunneling, a division of Michels Corp.
Experienced project manager brought successful outcomes to an unprecedented tunneling job under the San Francisco Bay.
Director of Sustainable Concrete Technology
Tselebidis is finding ways to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint as well as improve its behavior.
Ronald W. Wackrow
Executive Vice President
Wackrow leads the team keeping the $20-billion, 26-acre Hudson Yards mini-city on schedule and on budget.