Nearly 100 entries were submitted from across the Southern U.S. for ENR Texas & Louisiana’s 2016 Best Projects competition. The winners represent a wide array of construction projects from contractors, design firms and project stakeholders in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. The projects were completed between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.
Judges evaluated a number of factors to pick the winners, including collaboration and teamwork, project challenges and solutions, and safety records. Innovative design or construction solutions, contribution to the construction industry and the community, plus design quality and construction craftsmanship were also considered. Entries were not accepted for projects with a construction-related death.
An independent panel of judges selected 34 Best Projects and award of merit winners across 18 categories, described in detail in the following pages. The 17 Best Projects winners will now advance to the national level to be considered for ENR’s Best of the Best awards.
To avoid conflicts of interest, if a judge worked for a firm directly involved in a submitted project, that panelist did not participate in the scoring for that category.
This year’s judges included Catherine Bezman, senior director, communications and marketing, Associated General Contractors of America, Houston Chapter; Dana Birkes, vice president, chief marketing officer, Clifford Power Systems Inc.; Meloni McDaniel, president and CEO, TEXO; Steve Penson, vice president, Austin Commercial; and Tom Sofranko, professor and associate dean, Louisiana State University School of Architecture/College of Art + Design.
Judges also selected a Project of the Year for the region. There were two finalists: LBJ Express (Best Project in the highway/bridge category and award of merit for excellence in safety) and the William P. Hobby International FIS Expansion (Best Project in the airport/transit category).
Meanwhile, two safety experts pored over the more than 50 entries for this year’s Excellence in Safety Award, ultimately selecting one winner and four awards of merit. Key factors included lost-time and recordable incident rates versus total man-hours worked as well as execution and quality of jobsite-specific safety and health programs. The judges were Todd Holtz, vice president of safety, TEXO, and Steve Trickel, vice president, safety, health, environmental, Zachry Industrial Inc.
Teams from each of the winning projects will be honored at an awards luncheon in Houston on Oct. 19.
- 2016 Project of the Year: International Expansion Builds Service at Hobby
- Airports/Transit: Award of Merit: Austin Bergstrom International Airport Rental Car Facility
- Airports/Transit: Award of Merit: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Terminal East Infill Project
- Cultural/Worship: Best Project, Excellence in Safety: Award of Merit: Alley Theatre
- Cultural/Worship: Award of Merit: Our Lady Of Good Counsel
- Energy/Industrial: Best Project: Elk Station 2 & 3
- Excellence in Safety: Best Project: Baybrook Mall Expansion
- Excellence in Safety: Award of Merit: Chalmette High School Renovation & Additions
- Excellence in Safety: Award of Merit: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. High School
- Government/Public Buildings: Best Project: Tom Vandergriff Civil Courts Building
- Green Project: Best Project: Center for Excellence for Energy Technology
- Health Care: Best Project: Faith Community Hospital
- Higher Education/Research: Best Project: The University of Texas at Tyler - College of Pharmacy
- Higher Education/Research: Award of Merit: Texas Christian University Mary Couts Burnett Library Renovation and Addition
- Higher Education/Research: Award of Merit: Champions Hall, University of Arkansas
- Highways/Bridges: Best Project, Excellence in Safety: Award of Merit: LBJ Express
- Highways/Bridges: Award of Merit: I-210: Cove Lane Interchange and Improvements
- Interior Design/Tenant Improvement: Best Project: Noble Energy Center 2
- Interior Design/Tenant Improvement: Award of Merit: Success Partners
- Interior Design/Tenant Improvement: Award of Merit: TBG Landscape Architects
- K-12 Education: Best Project: Lee Magnet High School
- Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development: Best Project: The Houston Zoo Gorilla Exhibit
- Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Development: Best Project: Riata Vista Business Park
- Renovation/Restoration: Best Project: The Gin at the Hutto Co-Op District
- Renovation/Restoration: Award of Merit: Lusher Charter School
- Renovation/Restoration: Award of Merit: McDonogh 42 Elementary Charter School
- Residential/Hospitality: Best Project: Community First! Village
- Residential/Hospitality: Award of Merit: Warehouse District Renovation
- Small Project: Best Project: The Khabele Elementary School Expansion
- Small Project: Award of Merit: Dallas Baptist University Jim and Sally Nation Hall
- Small Project: Award of Merit: Green Trees Early Childhood Village at Isidore Newman
- Small Project: Award of Merit: Moody Bridge, University of Texas
- Small Project: Award of Merit: Wilsonart Wilson Center
- Specialty Contracting: Best Project: Dallas Love Field Modernization Program
- Sports/Entertainment: Best Project: University of Houston Guy V. Lewis Basketball Development Center
- Sports/Entertainment: Award of Merit: UL Athletics Tier 1
- Water/Environment: Best Project: Hamby Water Reclamation Facility and Indirect Reuse Project
- Water/Environment: Award of Merit: Rock Creek NWWC/Outfall SA-6