The fourth annual Best of the Best Projects Awards recognize outstanding projects completed in 2011. The projects honored here were chosen from more than 730 entries received by regional juried competitions overseen by our regional editors. From the preliminary round, 119 contenders moved on to Engineering News-Record’s Best of the Best Projects 2011 Awards competition to be reviewed by the panel of 17 industry veterans from all across the U.S. and all walks of construction and design. The panel scored each project on criteria such as innovation, community contribution, teamwork, safety and design and construction excellence, and then discussed the top-scoring projects to arrive at the final winner in each of 18 categories ranging from green building to civil to sports/entertainment.


Tony Bartolomeo



Pennoni Associates

Bartolomeo has been with engineering design and consulting firm Pennoni Associates since 1986, and president & CEO since 2003. He is chair of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, a board member of the ACEC Design Professionals Coalition and a member of the ASCE’s Industry Leadership Council.


Anthony B. Bouchard


Executive vice president, Midwest region


With more than 25 years of experience in the consulting industry, Bouchard has been involved in many levels of the professional technical services business. He has worked on and led various projects at some of the largest wastewater treatment plant projects in the United States and overseas.


David Bowlin


Chief Operations Officer

Broaddus & Associates

Bowlin has spent nine years with Broaddus & Associates, one of ENR’s Top 50 Program Managers. He also serves on the board of Design-Build Institute of America Southwest Region, and was recently inducted into the U.S. General Service Administration’s National Registry of Peer Review Professionals.


Marjorie Brown


VP/NW managing principal

HDR Architecture

Brown is a registered architect in ten states. Her architectural design and management experience includes Central Washington Hospital, Wenatchee, Wash., and University of Oregon, Lewis Integrative Sciences Building, Eugene, Ore., in addition to international and domestic projects in healthcare, higher education, science + technology, hospitality, retail, courts and corporate environments, as well as innovative product design.  


Daniel Hogan


Director, Office of Construction Management

Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, U.S. Dept. of State

Hogan is a senior foreign service construction engineer, most recently serving as the director of the Office of Construction Management in the State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 1996, he had eleven years of professional experience, including the field supervision of high-rise construction in New York City and the management of rural infrastructure projects for the Peace Corps in the Solomon Islands.


Cyrus Izzo



Syska Hennessy Group Inc.

Izzo joined Syska Hennessy Group in 1993 from Ammann & Whitney Inc., and managed the formation of its Critical Facilities practice. He is a licensed professional engineer in six states, and vice president of the National 7x24 Exchange.  He also currently serves on the Boards of the ACEC Metro NYC Chapter and the New York Building Congress and is a member of the IEEE and CoreNet Global.


Stephan Kordt


Halcrow Yolles


Kordt, a licensed structural engineer with more than 18 years experience, manages the Las Vegas office of international engineer Halcrow Yolles. Some of his key projects include Crystals and Veer Towers at CityCenter, World Market Center, the Venetian Resort & Casino, and the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. 


Michael William Malloy


Principal engineer

First Americans LLC

A principal engineer with start-up First American Ltd., providing engineering services to pueblo and tribal governments, Malloy previously served as president/CEO of Gannett Fleming West Inc., culminating a 40-year career with the civil engineering firm. He is the American Council of Engineering Cos. of N.M.’s president-elect and has served on their board of directors since 2006.


Simin Naaseh



Forell/Elsesser Engineers

Naaseh has over 30 years experience as a structural engineer, and has been with Forell/Elsesser since 1983. Her notable positions include serving as project manager on the $100-million base isolation San Francisco City Hall Seismic Retrofit, a project for which she directed the efforts of a team of 11 consultants over the course of nine years. She is a Structural Engineers Association of Northern California Fellow.


Marianne O'Brien




With more than 28 years of experience as an architect and six years with SmithGroupJJR, O’Brien is a member of the AIA San Francisco Board of Directors and a principal of the firm’s San Francisco office. Her project management of her most recently completed project, the UCSF Regeneration Medicine Building, made her one of ENR’s top 25 Newsmakers of 2010.


Ned Pelger



Pelger Engineering & Construction                                               

Based in Lancaster County, Penn., Pelger managed design/build construction projects for 30 years, mostly factories, offices and apartment buildings. In the last five years, he developed to mentor young contractors moving up the ranks or out the door to start their own firms. Pelger also authored Joyful Living: Build Yourself a Great Life!


George Pontikes, Jr.



Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc.

Since the mid-1970s, Pontikes has progressed from project manager to president.
He co-founded contractor Satterfield & Pontikes in 1989. In 2002, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Real Estate & Construction, and in 2006 the AIA awarded one of his projects the most inspirational BIM pilot project. He currently serves on the board of the Houston Chapter of the AGC.


Tania Salgado


Design principal

RNL Design

Salgado is a licensed architect in both Colorado and New Mexico. In 2009, she received the AIA’s National Young Architect of the Year award and was named one of Colorado’s Design and Construction 20 under 40. She is past president of AIA Denver’s board and a frequent speaker, presenting at USGBC Colorado Spring Conference, Women in Design and the ULI Colorado Explorer Series.


Kirk Samuelson


Senior vice president, operations support


In his current position, Samuelson is responsible for Kiewit Engineering, Safety and Information Management, including development of KieCore, plus Kiewit’s corporate jet department, Midwest Aviation and its training facility, Kiewit University. He was the 1990 recipient of the company’s Peter Kiewit Award for Excellence in Management, for his work on the Quinnipiac River Bridge at New Haven, Conn. In 1992, he was assigned to the massive Hurricane Andrew cleanup and was asked to stay on and establish a new Florida area office.


John Schaufelberger



Dept. of Construction Management, University of Washington

Prior to joining the University of Washington faculty in 1994, Schaufelberger, a licensed professional engineer, served 30 years as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers. He managed major public works construction projects in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, as well as at many locations throughout the U.S.


Cliff Schwinger


Vice president

The Harman Group Inc.

Schwinger is a structural engineer with over 30 years of experience designing building structures. He is the quality assurance manager at The Harman Group, a consulting structural engineering firm located in King of Prussia, PA.


J.J. Suarez



CSA Group

Suarez founded CSA Group, a full services, project delivery firm, serving the transportation, utilities and general building sectors in 1995. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with Structural Dynamics Research Corp., and then served as president of Belcan Engineering,  where he established long-term programs with public and private sector organizations including General Electric, DuPont and General Motors.