Submitters have been patiently waiting for the results of the ENR California Best Projects 2013 judging, and I am now able to reveal most of the awards! I’m pleased to present this preview of the winners that will be profiled more in depth in the Dec. 2 issue of ENR California, and at the awards presentations in early December (more on that below).

This year we received well over 100 entries for projects located in California and Hawaii, so reviewing them was a massive task for the 11 California construction industry judges, who graciously donated hours of their time to read about each project. The judges really appreciated all the time and effort that submitters put in to their entry forms, and there were many outstanding projects this year. Unfortunately, we can only honor a fraction of the projects that are submitted each year, so if your project didn’t win this year, please be sure to submit next year!

The judging for our special safety award is still ongoing, so I will announce the winner at a later time. Also, our judges will select a Project of the Year – we’ll announce that winner in our Dec. 2nd issue.

This year, we are holding two separate banquets to make it more convenient for attendees who live throughout the state, so sure to mark your calendars to meet and congratulate all of the project teams. On Dec. 3, we will hold a breakfast awards ceremony at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, where project teams in the northern half of California, as well as winners from our separately juried ENR Northwest Best Projects competition, will be honored. To register, visit .

On Dec. 5, we’ll celebrate the winning teams for projects located in the southern half of California, at the Marriott Long Beach, during a breakfast banquet. To register, visit .

Also at the banquets, we will take the opportunity to honor the firms that were selected throughout the year as our Owner, Design Firm, Contractor and Specialty Contractor of the Year. Those were the San Francisco PUC, Arup, Swinerton and ACCO Engineered Systems. We’ll also recognize the Top 20 Under 40 winners that were published in the February 2013 issue of ENR California. Hope to see you there!


Best Project: New Tom Bradley International Terminal, located in Los Angeles. Submitted by: Walsh Austin Joint Venture

Award of Award of Merit: El Monte Transit Station, located in El Monte. Submitted by: RNL



Best Project: Stanford Bing Concert Hall, located in Stanford. Submitted by: Turner Construction Company

Award of Merit: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles "Next" Campaign, located in Los Angeles. Submitted by: MATT Construction



Best Project: Kaheawa Wind Project Phase II (KWPII), located in Maalaea. Submitted by: RMT Inc.

Award of Merit: Kawailoa Wind Farm, located in Haleiwa. Submitted by: RMT Inc.


Government/Public Building

Best Project: The Edson and Chappo Dining Facilities, located in Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Submitted by: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Award of Merit: Mead Valley Library, located in Perris. Submitted by: DLR Group

Award of Merit: New United States Courthouse, San Diego, located in San Diego. Submitted by: Hensel Phelps


Green Project

Best Project (Northern Calif.): The Exploratorium @ Pier 15, located in San Francisco. Submitted by: Nibbi Brothers General Contractors

Best (Southern Calif.): Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters, located in Agoura Hills. Submitted by: ZGF Architects LLP

Award of Merit: DeAnza College Media & Learning Center, located in Cupertino. Submitted by: Ratcliff


Health Care

Best Project: CHOC Children's Hospital Bill Holmes Tower, located in Orange. Submitted by: CHOC, McCarthy Building Companies, Jacobs, FKP

Award of Merit: Scripps Proton Treatment Center, located in San Diego. Submitted by: The Haskell Company


Higher Education/Research

Best Project: Continuing Education Mesa College Campus, located in San Diego. Submitted by: PCL Construction Services, Inc.

Award of Merit: Foothill College Physical Sciences and Engineering Center (PSEC), located in Los Altos Hills. Submitted by: Ratcliff

Award of Merit: Rady School of Management, located in San Diego. Submitted by: AECOM



Best Project (N. Calif.): Spanish Creek Bridge, located in Quincy. Submitted by: C.C. Myers, Inc.

Best Project (S. Calif.): The I-210 Gold Line Bridge, located in Arcadia. Submitted by: AECOM & Hill Intl. 

Award of Merit: Dumbarton Bridge Seismic Retrofit, located in Newark. Submitted by: Shimmick Construction Co., Inc.


Interiors/Tenant Improvement

Award of Merit: Intuit Cook Campus Center, located in Mountain View. Submitted by: SC Builders

Award of Merit: Celgene San Diego Tenant Improvement, located in San Diego. Submitted by: BNBuilders, Inc.


K-12 Education

Best Project: Sage Creek High School, located in Carlsbad. Submitted by: Balfour Beatty Construction


Landscape/Urban Development

Award of Merit: Yucaipa Historic Uptown Restoration, located in City of Yucaipa. Submitted by: City of Yucaipa



Award of Merit: Extron New Headquarters Office Building, located in Anaheim. Submitted by: C.W. Driver



Best Project: Hallidie Building Restoration, located in San Francisco. Submitted by: McGinnis Chen Associates, Inc.

Award of Merit: Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center and Theatre, located in Richmond. Submitted by: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

Award of Merit: Stanley Mosk Library & Courts Building, located in Sacramento. Submitted by: Vanir Construction Management, Inc.



Best Project: 8500 Burton Way, located in Los Angeles. Submitted by: Bernards

Award of Merit: LEGOLAND® HOTEL, located in Carlsbad. Submitted by: R.D. Olson Construction


Small Project (under $10 million)

Best Project: Riverside Renaissance - Municipal Auditorium Improvement, located in Riverside. Submitted by: Stronghold Engineering, Inc.

Award of Merit: Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building, located in Davis. Submitted by: Pankow Builders


Specialty Contracting

Best Project: Bing Concert Hall, located in Stanford. Submitted by: California Drywall

Merit: Jalama Road Slope and Storm Damage Repair, located in Santa Barbara. Submitted by: County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Works



Best Project: California Memorial Stadium, located in Berkeley. Submitted by: HNTB Architecture

Award of Merit: UCLA Pauley Pavilion Renovation and Expansion, located in Los Angeles. Submitted by: PCL Construction Services, Inc.



Best Project (N. Calif.): Folsom Dam - Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam (MIAD) Key-Block Construction Project, located in El Dorado Hills. Submitted by: Shimmick Construction Co., Inc.

Best Project (S. Calif.): Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation, located in Los Angeles. Submitted by: Bureau of Engineering, City of Los Angeles

Award of Merit: Anaheim Recycle Water Demonstration Project, located in Anaheim. Submitted by: MWH

Award of Merit: Crane Valley Dam, located in Bass Lake. Submitted by: Kiewit