ENR’s gathering to recognize the Best of the Best Projects winning teams is postponed to Aug. 4-5 due to the COVID-19 health emergency. They are set to join the ENR Top 25 Newsmakers to be recognized and celebrate excellence!

This package of stories on ENR.com and in print shares with readers today the 20 projects that have emerged on top from a field of more than 900 entrants after a competitive, two-stage elimination. Those recognized include an artful bridge that connects an underprivileged community in Chicago to the lakefront, a hospital that was built in extreme resilience to stay active especially in emergencies, a fire station that saves energy while firefighters save lives and teams that worked collaboratively to overcome all kinds of challenges.

Projects must convince judges in each of 10 regions that they excel. To be chosen Best of the Best, the 10 regional winners in each category competed before a new panel of industry expert judges. For more information, visit www.enrawardofexcellence.com.


Project of the Year, Best Landscape, Urban Development
41st Street Pedestrian Bridge Over Lake Shore Drive

Project of the Year Finalist, Best Green Project

Project of the Year Finalist, Government/Public Building
Salt Lake City Fire Station No 14

Best Airport/Transit
M-Line (The Hop)

Best Cultural/Worship
Museum at the Gateway Arch

Best Energy/Industrial
Denny Substation

Excellence in Safety
Lackawanna Energy Center

Best Health Care
The Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion

Best Higher Education/Research
Vanderbilt University E. Bronson Ingram College

Best Highway/Bridge
Sarah Mildred Long Bridge Replacement

Best Interior/Tenant Improvement
Agri-Industrial Tech Campus Renovation

Best K-12 Education
Greenwich Country Day Middle School

Best Manufacturing
BioLegend | Campus Expansion

Best Office/Retail/Mixed-Use
First Tech Federal Credit Union Oregon Corporate Office

Best Renovation/Restoration
St. Stephen Church Historical Renovation

Best Residential/Hospitality
One Thousand Museum

Best Small Project Under $10M
Victory Pointe Park

Best Specialty Construction
Ameren Missouri Bagnell Dam Stabilization Project

Best Sports/Entertainment
City of Aurora Central Recreation Center

Best Water/Environment
Haiwee Power Plant Penstock Replacement Project


Wayne Crew
National Academy of Construction
General Secretary

Keith Douglas
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
Executive Vice President

Robbie Ferris
SfL+a Architects
President and CEO

Anna Franz
Anna Franz Architect

John Kane
Founding Partner and Design Principal

Arthur R. Kozinski
Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co.
Senior Vice President

Joan MacDonald
JMM Strategic Solutions

Tim Milam
FX Collaborative
Partner, Managing Director

Sam Mishelow
Meyer Najem Construction LLC
Chief Strategy Officer

Jennifer Pinck
Anser Advisory
Strategic Advisor and Founder of Pinck & Co.

Jackie Vinkler
John A. Martin & Associates

Carol Wedge
Shepley Bulfinch
Principal and CEO

Seth Wolfe
Principal, Buildings Practice Leader

Steven Zimmerman
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
Associate Principal and Unit Manager

Excellence in Safety Judges

Carl Heinlein
American Contractors Insurance Group
Senior Safety Consultant

Rick Zellen
Zurich North America
Assistant Vice President, Principal Risk Engineer