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If 2020 weren’t challenging enough for the construction industry, the last two years have continued to present a gauntlet of higher material costs, other inflation pressures and labor shortages. Despite these challenges, this year’s ENR MidAtlantic’s Best Projects contest is full of project teams that were able to rise above it all.
Judges selected 29 projects from across the region—which includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia—for Best Project-level honors and awards of merit. Two separate panels of industry judges reviewed more than 60 projects.
This year’s judges for the main categories were Street Lee, president and chief executive of McKim & Creed Inc.; Stuart Meurer, president and chief executive of Windover Construction; Brian Neckermann, senior project manager at the Walsh Group; Robert Penny, national director of continuous improvement at Skanska; and Irena Savakova, vice president and global design principal at Leo A Daly.
The criteria used to evaluate projects and their teams included overcoming challenges, contribution to the industry and community, safety and construction and design quality. Judges selected any number of Best Project category winners and award of merit honorees. Projects had to have been completed between May 1, 2021, and May 31, 2022. Judges could not vote in categories that included projects in which they or their firms were involved.
For the second year, one project was honored with the Excellence in Sustainability award. This year’s sustainability judge—Nathan Turner, associate principal and partner at Margulies Perruzzi—scored projects based on overall sustainability strategy, choice of materials and energy savings. Major green designations such as LEED and WELL are preferable but not critical to win in the sustainability category. Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan is this year’s sustainability winner. This year’s safety judge—Abby Ferri, chief risk officer at Insurate—selected the Port Authority of Allegheny County–Rail Maintenance Center Restoration as the Excellence in Safety winner.
The winner of the MidAtlantic region’s overall Project of the Year is the Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. Keep reading to learn about all of this year’s winning projects.
- Best K-12 Education and Project of the Year: Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
- Best Health Care and Project of the Year Finalist: Allegheny Health Network New Wexford Hospital and Parking Garage
- Best Airport/Transit and Best Project Excellence in Safety: Port Authority of Allegheny County – Rail Maintenance Center Restoration
- Best Cultural/Worship: Glenstone Serra Four Rounds
- Best Government/Public Building: NASA Langley Research Center Measurement Systems Lab
- Award of Merit Government/Public Building: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Roof and Portico Restoration
- Award of Merit Government/Public Building: College Park City Hall
- Award of Merit Health Care: Adult Outpatient Pavilion
- Best Higher Education/Research: Penn State Innovation Hub
- Award of Merit Higher Education/Research: NIA Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias Temporary Research Facility
- Best Highway/Bridge: Delaware Memorial Bridge UHPC Pilot Project
- Award of Merit Highway/Bridge: Route 7 and Battlefield Parkway Interchange
- Best Interior/Tenant Improvement: B.Labs at Cira Centre
- Award of Merit K-12 Education and Award of Merit Excellence in Sustainability: John Lewis Elementary School
- Award of Medit Office/Retail/Mixed-Use: Reston Town Center Expansion
- Best Renovation/Restoration: Metro DC Headquarters
- Award of Merit Renovation/Restoration: Park + Ford
- Award of Merit Renovation/Restoration and Excellence in Sustainability: Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan
- Best Residential/Hospitality and Award of Merid Excellence in Safety: ONE501
- Award of mErit Residential/Hospitality: Archer Hotel Tysons Corner
- Award of Merit Small Project (Under $10 Million): Navy Federal Credit Union Lobby Renovation
- Best Specialty Construction: Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware - Infrastructure Upgrades Phase 1
- Award of Merit Specialty Construction: Netherlands Carillon Rehabilitation
- Best Sports/Entertainment: Arlen Specter U.S. Squash Center
- Award of Merit Sports/Entertainment: NOVA Aquatics
- Award of Merit Water/Enviornment and Award of Merit Excellence in Sustainability: Somerset Lake Dam Rehabilitation