The judging for ENR California’s Best Projects 2014 has nearly wrapped up, and we can reveal all the winners except for the Safety Award of Excellence, which is juried by a separate group of safety experts.

The winners listed below are for projects located in Northern California and select Hawaii projects. A separate announcement will reveal the Southern California winners. All of these projects will be profiled in depth in the Dec issue of ENR California, and at two awards presentations in December – one in San Francisco on Dec. 2 and one in Long Beach on Dec. 4. (see below for more info).

This year the number of entries jumped by 40% from the previous year, so our judges had their hands full reviewing and discussing nearly 140 projects located throughout California and Hawaii. This year we had 12 judges from all walks of the industry who were split up into three groups and assigned categories that fit in within their areas of expertise. The judges were amazed at the number of 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!

Our judges will select a Project of the Year from the Best Projects listed below – we’ll announce that winner in our Dec. issue and at the banquet.

Due to the overwhelming participation from the construction community in the awards again this year, we are thrilled to host two banquets to honor the winners. Be sure to mark your calendars to meet and congratulate all of the project teams.. On Dec. 2, we will hold a breakfast awards ceremony at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel, where project teams in the northern half of California will be honored. For more information, visit

On Dec. 4, we’ll celebrate the winning teams for projects located in the southern half of California, at the Marriott Long Beach, during a breakfast banquet. For more information, visit

Also at the banquets, we will also 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. The winners this year were L.A. Metro, HOK, Webcor Builders and California Drywall. Hope to see you there!


Award of Merit: San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 3, Boarding Area E, located in South San Francisco. Submitted by: Gensler


Best Project: Carmel Mission Basilica Preservation, located in Carmel. Submitted by: Carmel Mission Foundation

Green Project

Best Project: DPR Construction Net Zero Energy Designed Office Renovation, located in San Francisco. Submitted by: DPR Construction

Award of Merit: The Zero Net Energy Center, located in San Leandro. Submitted by: IBEW Local 595 and NECA Northern California Chapter

Health Care

Best Project: Kaiser Permanente Oakland Hospital Replacement Hospital, located in Oakland. Submitted by: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Award of Merit: Kaiser San Leandro Medical Center, located in San Leandro. Submitted by: AECOM

Higher Education/Research

Award of Merit: NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center, located in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu. Submitted by: HOK


Best Project (tie): Golden Gate Bridge Phase 3A Seismic and Wind Retrofit, located in Sausalito. Submitted by: Shimmick Construction Co., Inc.

Best Project (tie): I-80 Truck Scales Inspection Facility & Highway Interchange, located in Fairfield. Submitted by: O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc.

Interiors/Tenant Improvement

Best Project: GitHub Headquarters, located in San Francisco. Submitted by: BNBuilders

Award of Merit: Mozilla Headquarters, located in Mountain View. Submitted by: BNBuilders

K-12 Education

Award of Merit: Bishop O'Dowd High School Center for Environmental Studies, located in Oakland. Submitted by: Charles Pankow Builders


Award of Merit: 50 United Nations Plaza Federal Building, located in San Francisco. Submitted by: Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co.


Award of Merit: 140 New Montgomery, located in San Francisco. Submitted by: Plant Construction Company, L.P.


Award of Merit: 38 Dolores, located in San Francisco. Submitted by: Webcor Builders

Specialty Contracting

Award of Merit: San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge - Shear Key Retrofit, located in San Francisco - Oakland. Submitted by: Schwager Davis, Inc.


Best Project (tie): Graton & Resort Casino, located in Rohnert Park. Submitted by: Tutor Perini Building Corp.

Best Project (tie): San Jose McEnery Convention Center Expansion and Renovation, located in San Jose. Submitted by: Hunt Construction Group


Award of Merit: Bair Island Restoration, located in San Mateo County. Submitted by: Moffatt & Nichol