Pursuing Excellence Drives Best Projects
The ENR Southwest Best Projects competition recognizes many of the region’s most outstanding construction and design achievements in the past year. In the nearly two decades since the Best Projects program was initiated, the industry has changed, but one constant is the drive for efficiency.
Winning projects were directed by teams with a passion for collaboration. In addition, a significant number of project teams this year cited using lean principles to get projects built faster, better and cheaper. Two prime examples were the Lucky Dragon Casino and UHS Spring Valley Hospital in Nevada.
The eight judges reviewed more than 70 projects that were completed between June 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. The panel included: Andrew Baird, project manager, Kimley-Horn; Pat Edwards, principal and regional manager, Burns & McDonnell; Kai Kaoni, assistant professor of practice at Northern Arizona University; Corey Newcome, division manager, Las Vegas Paving; Ann Schexnayder Blanchard, project manager, Graycor Construction Co.; John Take, senior vice president, Stantec; Craig Randock, design leader, DLR Group; and Bill Sabatini, lead design principal, D/P/S.
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 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 Barb Spitz, environmental health and safety manager, JB Henderson Construction. More than 30 projects were considered for this award based upon their OSHA incident rates, lost-time accidents, total work hours and the quality of the project’s safety programs.
- Project Of The Year And Best Cultural-Worship: The Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain
- Best Healthcare/Excellence in Safety: Yuma Regional Medical Center Emergency Department Expansion
- Excellence in Safety Merit: The Blake at Taos
- Best Airport/Transit: McCarran International Airport International Gates Expansion
- Airport/Transit Merit: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 3 Modernization Phase I
- Best Energy/Industrial: Newmont Long Canyon Mine
- Energy/Industrial Merit: APS Red Rock 58MWdc Solar Facility
- Best Government/Public Building: Patina Wellness Center
- Government/Public Building Merit: Washoe County Medical Examiners Office
- Health Care Merit: UHS Spring Valley Hospital Expansion
- Best Higher Education/Research: Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building
- Higher Education/Research Merit: Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine Equine and Bovine Center
- Best Highway/Bridge: BNSF Fort Sumner Double Track and Pecos River Bridge
- K-12 Education Merit: Bernalillo High School Renovation and Replacement
- Landscape/Urban Development Merit: Country Club Plaza
- Manufacturing Merit: HomeGoods Distribution Center
- Best Office/Retail/Mixed-Use: Grand Canyon University Offices
- Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Merit: Hubbard Radio Phoenix
- Best Renovation/Restoration: Monte Vista Office Renovation
- Renovation/Restoration Merit: Neighborhood Silos Adaptive Reuse Classroom Building
- Best Residential/Hospitality: Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino
- Best Small Project: Catwalk Trail Reconstruction Design-Build
- Small Project Merit: Barbara Antonsen Memorial Park
- Specialty Construction Merit: Ikea
- Best Sports/Entertainment: Odysea Aquarium
- Water/Environment: Hillside Mine Lower Tailings Pile