Projects were submitted for review. Judges made their determinations. And the result is an impressive list of 34 winning projects out of 116 entries in this year’s Best Projects contest.

For the first time, projects this year were also submitted from Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska to ENR California’s competition. Judges picked a top winner in each category, along with Award of Merit winners in many of the categories.

More information about each of these projects will be included in the Dec. 5 issue of ENR California. Also, these projects and the teams that built and designed them will be honored at the magazine’s annual Best Projects awards breakfast, scheduled for Monday, Dec. 12 at the Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF beginning at 8 a.m. For details and to register, go here.

Judges for this year’s Best Projects competition were Andrea Cohen Gehring, DLR Group WWCOT; Michael Gemmill, Nabih Youssef Associates; Dimitris Klapsis, Studio dnk; John Nunan, Unger Construction; John Saliba, FTR International; Melody Spradlin, Dome Construction; Peter Tuma, Taisei Construction; Ying Wang, Okapi Architects; and Ken Wenham, Roebbelen.

In addition to the 34 winning projects, judges picked one Region’s Best Project, which this year is the Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont. The project consists of the construction of a five-level, 162,000-sq-ft academic and administrative facility, which now serves as the western gateway to the campus. The overall project includes offices, classrooms, seminar rooms, an underground parking structure and outdoor courtyards. The project was submitted by the general contractor, Bernards; the lead designer was Rafael Vinoly Architects.

This year's 34 winning projects, and the groups that submitted them for the competition, are:

Best Civil Works/Infrastructure Project
Big Tujunga Dam Seismic Retrofit, submitted by Shimmick Construction

Best Cultural Project
USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center Replacement, submitted by Watts Constructors

Best Government/Public Building
State of California Central Utility Plant, submitted by Skanska USA Building

Best Green Building
Facebook Data Center, submitted by Facebook

Best Health Care Project
Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Hospital Campus Expansion, submitted by HMH Builders

Best Higher Education/Research Project
Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College, submitted by Bernards

Best Industrial Project
El Segundo Power Plant, submitted by LVI Facility Services

Best Interior Design/Tenant Improvement Project
Bechtel Conference Center at PPIC, submitted by Marcy Wong Donn Logan

Best K-12 Education Project
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, submitted by Hensel Phelps

Best Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development Project
Wilmington Waterfront Park, submitted by Sasaki Associates

Best Multifamily Residential Project
Primera Terra, submitted by KTGY Group

Best Office ProjectCalifornia ISO Iron Point Facility, submitted by Clark Construction

Best Renovation/Restoration Project
San Bernardino County Courthouse Renovation, submitted by Stronghold Engineering

Best Sports/Entertainment Project
Jeld-Wen Field, submitted by Turner Construction

Best Transportation Project
Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, submitted by T.Y. Lin International

Civil Works/Infrastructure
Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer, submitted by Brown + Caldwell

Vancouver Community Library, submitted by Howard S. Wright

Government/Public Building
South Correctional Entity (SCORE) Jail, submitted by Lydig Construction
William B. McLean Laboratory at Naval Air Weapons Station, submitted by Barnhart Balfour Beatty

Green Building
NASA Ames Research Center Sustainability Base, submitted by Swinerton Builders
UC Davis Winery, Brewery and Food Sciences Building, submitted by Flad Architecture

Health Care
John Muir Medical Center Patient Care Tower, submitted by Clark Construction
Cymbaluk Medical Tower at Providence Regional Medical Center, submitted by Mortenson Construction

Higher Education/Research
City College of San Francisco Multi-Use Building, submitted by Lend Lease
California State University, Northridge Valley Performing Arts Center, submitted by C.W. Driver
University of California, San Francisco Regeneration Medicine Building, submitted by DPR Construction

K-12 Education
South Region Elementary School No. 2, submitted by DLR Group WWCOT

Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development
Elephants of Asia Exhibit 2, submitted by Marina Landscape

Clif Bar Headquarters, submitted by ZGF Architecture 

Multifamily Residential
Armstrong Place, submitted by Nibbi Brothers

Downtown Los Angeles Women’s Center, submitted by W.E. O’Neil Construction

Specialty Contracting
Kaiser La Mesa Solar, submitted by Swinerton Builders

Robert I. Schroder Overcrossing, submitted by Robert A. Bothman
Long Beach Transit Mall, submitted by MIG