ENR has announced the winners of its first annual Best Projects Safety Award in the Mid-Atlantic region. Safety has always been a key criteria in ENR's Best Projects awards, making up 20% of the score for every project that is judged. Due to popular demand, we decided to showcase excellence in safety practices by highlighting projects that went above and beyond in safety.

The Best Safety Project winner is 815 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC, submitted by Forrester Construction Company. The building overlooks the White House and Farragut Park. Forrester was challenged to develop a plan to demolish the existing facade and install a new curtainwall system on the building while the building was occupied by office tenants and retails spaces. The owner, DRI Development Services, mandated that to minimize the impact on the tenants, only 20-ft-wide vertical bays from floors 2 through 12 could be worked on at a given time. Additionally, no work activity could take place that would disrupt the current retail tenants, which included a health-care facility, high-end restaurant and hair salon. The project did not have any OSHA recordable incidents or lost time during the 533,227 man-hours logged.

As Award of Merit was also given to Hotel John Marshall in Richmond, Va., submitted by Choate Construction Company.

You can read more about these projects and their safety performance in the special editon of ENR Mid-Atlantic in December. Awards will also be presented during an awards banquet in Baltimore on Dec. 11. Visit www.bestprojects2012.com for info and registration.