These 20 awards come as the result of a nearly yearlong effort by ENR editors and about 100 members of the construction industry who judged project submissions at various stages of the contest. The projects represent the pinnacle of design and construction achievement in their respective categories from across the U.S. among those completed between May 2019 and May 2020. The contest began last March with a call for entries. Despite logistical and staffing challenges posed by COVID-19, the industry resoundingly responded with nearly 900 project teams submitting their work. In each of ENR’s 10 regions, editors assembled a panel of judges to select winners in 20 categories, listed on the opposite page, which moved up to the national competition—around 200 projects in total. A new group of judges (below) examined each project in an effort to determine the best of the best in terms of teamwork, safety, overcoming challenges, innovation and quality. Three projects were shortlisted as Project of the Year nominees, and Seattle’s logistically complex Space Needle renovation received top honors. Celebrate the winners on April 9. For more information, visit


Renovation/Restoration and Project of the Year
Project of the Year, Best Renovation/Restoration: The Century Project for the Space Needle

Project of the Year Finalist, Best Sports/Entertainment: Chase Center Development

Green Project
Project of the Year Finalist, Best Green Project: Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

Best Cultural Worship: United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum

Small Project (Under $10 Million)
Best Small Project (Under $10 Million): Coast Boulevard Sea Cave Emergency Stabilization

Best Energy/Industrial: MEGlobal BOOKRAMEG Project

Best Highway/Bridge: Crosstown Parkway Extension Design-Build Project

Best Residential/Hospitality: 53 West 53

K-12 Education
Best K-12 Education: Historica Alameda High School

Excellence in Safety
Excellence in Safety: CAESARS FORUM

Government/Public Building
Best Government/Public Building: Long Beach Civic Center

Health Care
Best Heath Care: Mission North Tower

Higher Education/Research
Best Higher Education/Research: University of Arizona Health Science Innovation Building

Interior Tenant Improvement
Best Interior/Tenant Improvement: Starbucks Reserve Roastery Chicago

Best Airport/Transit: Sacramento International Airport Runway 16R-34L Pavement Rehabilitation

Landscape/Urban Development
Best Landscape/Urban Development: Spokane Riverfront Park U.S. Pavilion

Best Manufacturing: Blue Origin Engine Facility

Best Office/Retail/Mixed-Use: 111 East Grand

Specialty Construction
Best Specialty Construction: Nordstrom Facade Restoration

Best Water/Environment: City Park Golf Course Redesign



Stephen T. Ayers
The Ayers Group LLC
President and the 11th Architect of the Capitol

Wayne Crew
National Academy of Construction
General Secretary

Bart Eberwein
Hoffman Corp.
Executive Vice President (Retired)

Steve Halverson
The Haskell Co.

Randell “Randy” Iwasaki
Amazon Web Services
Leader, State and Local Transportation

Diane Jacobs
Holly Street Studio

Greg Kelly

Tim Milam
Partner, Managing Director

Blake Peck

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

Timothy Psomas
P2S Engineering and DKS Associates
Board Member

Matt Schlageter
Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers
Principal and Director, Civil Engineering


Excellence In Safety Judges

Carl Heinlein
American Contractors Insurance Group
Senior Safety Consultant

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