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ENR MidAtlantic Best Projects judges have again been treated to outstanding regional project submissions. After reviewing more than 70 total entries, two panels of industry judges—plus separate safety and sustainability judges—honored 34 projects. Located in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, projects were evaluated on a team’s ability to overcome challenges, contribution to the construction industry, innovation and best practices, community impact, safety and construction and design quality. Projects also had to have been completed between May 1, 2022, and May 31, 2023. Judges could not vote in categories that included projects in which they or their firms were involved.
This year’s judges for the main categories were Stuart Meurer, president and chief executive at Windover Construction; Brian Neckermann, senior project manager at the Walsh Group; Robert Penny, national director of continuous improvement at Skanska; Irena Savakova, vice president and global design principal at Leo A Daly; and David Wissmann, vice president, construction management and inspection services at Development Facilitators Inc.
This year’s sustainability judge—Josh Rollins, a marketing director and sustainability expert at Suffolk Construction—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. The Erie Insurance Thomas B. Hagan Building in Erie, Pa., is the Excellence in Sustainability award winner.
This year’s safety judge—Bob McCall, director of safety, Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania—selected the UVA Inn at Darden – The Forum Hotel in Charlottesville, Va., as the Excellence in Safety winner. The project also won a Best Project in the residential/hospitality category and was named a Project of the Year Finalist.
ENR MidAtlantic’s overall Project of the Year was Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
- Project of the Year and Best Health Care: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
- Project of the Year Finalist and Best Highway/Bridge: Fern Hollow Bridge Emergency Replacement Project
- Project of the Year Finalist, Best Residential/Hospitality and Excellence in Safety: UVA Inn at Darden -The Forum Hotel
- Best Airport/Transit: WMATA Station Platform Rehabilitation Contract 4
- Award of Merit Airport/Transit: Maryland Transit Administration MARC Riverside Heavy Maintenance Building
- Award of Merit Airport/Transit: Yellow Line Tunnel and Bridge Rehabilitation
- Best Project Cultural/Worship: Frances M. Maguire Art Museum at Saint Joseph's University
- Best Project Energy/Industrial: Key Crossing Reliability Initiative
- Award of Merit Energy/Industrial: Service Center Metals
- Best Project Government/Public Buildings: D.C. Dept. of General Services Headquarters
- Award of Merit Government/Public Building: National Foreign Affairs Training Center Building B
- Award of Merit Health Care: Penn State Health - Lancaster Medical Center
- Award of Merit Highway/Bridge: Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge
- Best Project Higher Education/Research: The Assembly
- Award of Merit Higher Education/Research: Drexel University Health Sciences Building
- Best Project Interior/Tenant Improvement: WilmerHale
- Best Project K-12 Education: KIPP DC Legacy College Preparatory Public Charter School and Ferebee Hope Recreation Center
- Best Project Landscape/Urban Development: Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park
- Best Project Manufacturing: PDC Machines Manufacturing Facility
- Best Project Office/Retail/Mixed-Use: Metropolitan Park, Phase 6,7 & 8
- Award of Merit Office/Retail/Mixed-Use: The Atlantis
- Award of Merit Office/Retail/Mixed-Use: One uCity Square
- Best Project Renovation/Restoration: Federal Building Renovation and Expansion
- Award of Merit Renovation/Restoration: Old City Hall Renovation
- Award of Merit Renovation/Restoration: Smithsonian Institution Zoological Park Bird House Renewal Project
- Award of Merit Residential/Hospitality: Arthaus
- Award of Merit Residential/Hospitality: Sunrise Senior Living Vienna
- Best Project Small Project: Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Behavioral Health Unit
- Award of Merit Small Project: Nemours Estate New Collection Storage Facility
- Best Project Specialty Construction: Martin Marietta Texas Quarry Highwall Stabilization
- Best Project Sports/Entertainment: CFG Bank Arena
- Award of Merit Sports/Entertainment: Hampton Virginia Aquaplex
- Best Project Water/Environment: Fort Smallwood Park Shoreline Stabilization
- Best Project, Excellence I Sustainability: Erie Insurance Thomas B. Hagen Building