By going beyond owner-mandated minimum standards and using digital tools to enhance safety measures and outcomes, the team building the $157-million Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building in Miramar, Fla., made sure to sweat the project’s numerous, complicated details. Named for two FBI special agents killed during a 1986 shoot-out in Miami, the complex, four-building facility—located on a 20-acre site near the Everglades—totals 383,000 sq ft and includes executive, private and team offices, conference space, a fitness center, computer-training facilities and an armory.
Tasked to build a complex medical center that combines three different hospitals and an office building in a tight downtown space amid fast-changing regulation, technology and workforce trends, the University of California, San Francisco and its construction team “identified early the need to deliver this project differently,” says its project submission.
The Westar Energy constructed-wetland treatment system in northeast Kansas uses a novel, two-tiered approach to remove environmentally sensitive metals and selenium in wastewater effluent from a coal plant before they can harm natural vegetation and wildlife.
The best light show in the U.S. isn’t in Las Vegas or Times Square; it’s about 67 miles east of the intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street in the Long Island hamlet of Upton, N.Y., at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Despite being hemmed in on all sides by a tight downtown Atlanta site, contractors leading construction of the 94,000-sq-ft, three-story College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-Fil-A Fan Experience executed their plan to finish 24 days ahead of schedule—with zero OSHA recordable incidents.
Bell Helicopter’s newest world-class aerospace assembly facility was built on a 14.5-acre site at Lafayette Regional Airport using a design-assist strategy that enabled the project team to bring the facility quickly on line to meet growing back orders for the Bell’s newest commercial helicopter, the 505 Jet Ranger X.
The winning projects on the following pages reflect the culmination of a nearly year-long effort put forth by dozens of industry judges and the ENR editorial team to identify and highlight the pinnacle of design and construction achievement among U.S. projects completed between June 2014 and June 2015.
The adaptive-reuse 100 Van Ness project transformed an outdated 29-story office building into a modern apartment community offering 418 units and many indoor and outdoor amenities in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood.