35 Best Projects Showcase Midwest Design, Construction Innovation
Each year, ENR Midwest recognizes great projects that move design and construction forward in the 11-state region with the annual Best Projects awards.
There were 97 entries in this year’s competition and culling that list down to 35 Best Projects and award of merit winners was no easy task. ENR Midwest thanks our independent panel of judges for their hard work in judging one of the strongest fields of projects we’ve ever seen. The judges were: Danielle Dy Buncio, president and CEO of ViaTechnik; Laura Young, CEO of Griskelis Young Harrell; Michael Sturino, president and CEO at the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association; Steve Zimmerman, associate principal at Wiss Janney Elstner Associates; Lynda Leigh, project manager at Turner Construction; Jeff Emrick, director of safety and compliance at Ozinga; and Sam Mishelow, chief strategy officer at Meyer Najem Construction. They generously donated their time and expertise in judging a diverse group of entrants that ranged from major highway work to skyscrapers, water projects and innovative landscaping.
Our safety judges, Emrick and Mishelow, faced a particularly tough task in comparing safety projects across a wide swath of project types. Any judges whose companies made awards submissions were recused from judging the categories in which those submissions appeared.
While the 97 projects entered came up short of last year’s all-time record of 106 entries, the quality of the projects submitted made scoring them difficult. Many projects were separated by only the narrowest of margins in our judging criteria. Most importantly, all of these projects show how designers and construction professionals are using new techniques and technology to move the industry forward. The projects described in the following pages include an innovative medical center that treats surgery and treatment differently than any other; an iconic baseball stadium restored to its original splendor with some nods to modernity; a hangar that will allow better service at one of the nation’s busiest airports; and an urban streetcar that’s bringing public transit back to its roots while still using smart switching technology.
Winners also include a highway that was delivered 17 years earlier than initially planned thanks to an alternative delivery method and a unified project team; a manufacturing plant that takes the waste out of pork production; a water infrastructure fix that saved a city’s water supply; two restorations of historic train stations that relied on inventive construction techniques; and a pedestrian bridge that thanks to a great design and construction delivery was able to span geographic obstacles previously thought insurmountable.
- Project of the Year: Innovative Design Bridges Lake Shore Drive and Connects Chicago's South Side to the Lakefront
- Let's Go to The Hop! Milwaukee's Streetcar is Transit Best Project
- American Airlines' O'Hare Hangar Gives it Flight Flexibility
- State, Federal Agencies, Non-Profits Come Together to Bring Gateway Arch Museum to St. Louis
- National Veterans Memorial and Museum's Iconic Design Challenges Construction Team
- Burns & McDonnell Delivers Upper Peninsula Plants Despite Weather, Remoteness
- Excellence In Safety: Iowa Energy Plant Catalytic Reduction Has Stellar Record
- Chicago Union Station's Great Hall Restored to Original Splendor
- Lake County Courthouse Receives Upgrades, New Circulation System
- Oswego, Ill., Police Headquarters Has Standout Sustainability Strategy
- First of its Kind Surgery Floor Makes Froedtert Health Care Best Project
- Construction Manager Turner Delivers More Equipment for BE Smith Family Center
- RDG Design Delivers New Capabilities for Creighton University School of Dentistry
- Renovation of Tate Science and Teaching Lab Brings Together University of Minnesota Departments
- UC Gardner Creates First-of-its-Kind Facility for Treating Neurological Disorders
- P3 Structure Delivers Southern Ohio Highway 17 Years Earlier Than Initially Planned
- Kentucky 152 Bridge Replacement is Both a Bridge and Safety Standout
- McDonalds' Big Move to Chicago is Two Projects in One
- Team Converts Former Hospital Building Into State-of-the-Art School
- Sophisticated Liberal Arts Program Built Into Illinois K-12 School
- Iowa Pork Processing Plant Uses Captured Methane as Fuel
- Library/Housing Project Relies on Tech Tools
- InSinkerator's Wisconsin Office Enables Research and Design
- Wrigley Field's Restoration Took Commitment to Engineering, Construction Solutions
- Endangered Union Terminal in Cincinnati Restored, Upgraded
- Shinola is Detroit's Reconstruction Wonder Hotel
- Pepper and Northshore Choose IPD for Medical Office Project
- Chicago Architecture Center Completed in Tight Timeline
- $52-Million Bagnell Dam Stabilization is a Safety Success
- Fiserv Forum Team Delivers Overtime Win for Milwaukee
- Redesigned Hy-Vee Arena Brings More Sports Options to Kansas City
- Ohio River Interceptor Repair Saves Dowtown Louisville's Sewer System