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 Southern California and select Hawaii projects. A separate announcement will reveal the Northern 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!


Best Project: The Green Build Expansion at San Diego International Airport, located in San Diego. Submitted by: San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and Turner/PCL/Flatiron, a Joint Venture (TPFJV)

Award of Merit: Bob Hope Airport Regional Intermodal Transportation Center, located in Burbank. Submitted by: STV


Best Project: The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, aka The Wallis, located in Beverly Hills. Submitted by: MATT Construction Corp.

Award of Merit: San Diego New Central Library, located in San Diego. Submitted by: Turner Construction Company

Award of Merit: The Arboretum at Christ Cathedral, located in Garden Grove. Submitted by: Cannon Building


Best Project: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, located in Ivanpah Dry Lake. Submitted by: Bechtel Power Corporation

Government/Public Building

Best Project: Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse, located in Long Beach. Submitted by: Clark Construction Group

Award of Merit: San Bernardino Justice Center, located in San Bernardino. Submitted by: Rudolph and Sletten, Inc.

Green Project

Best Project: Orange County Great Park - South Lawn Project, located in Irvine. Submitted by: URS Corporation

Award of Merit: J. Craig Venter Institute Genome Lab Project, located in La Jolla. Submitted by: J. Craig Venter Institute, University of California, San Diego, ZGF Architects, LLP, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Health Care

Best Project: Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, located in Oceanside. Submitted by: Clark/McCarthy, A Joint Venture

Award of Merit: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, located in Los Angeles. Submitted by: HOK

Higher Education/Research

Best Project: Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Mariposa Hall, located in Los Angeles. Submitted by: Harley Ellis Devereaux

Interiors/Tenant Improvement

Award of Merit: The Westfield TBIT (Tom Bradley International Terminal) Concessions Modifications, located in Los Angeles. Submitted by: PCL Construction Services, Inc.

K-12 Education

Best Project: e3 Civic High, located in San Diego. Submitted by: LPA, Inc.

Award of Merit: Enrique S. Camarena Elementary School, located in Chula Vista. Submitted by: Balfour Beatty Construction

Landscape/Urban Development

Best Project: County of San Diego- Admin Center Waterfront Park and Parking Structure, located in San Diego. Submitted by: County of San Diego, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., International Parking Design, Inc, SGPA Architects, Schmidt Design Group, Inc.

Award of Merit: LA Waterfront Downtown Harbor Landside and Rail Improvements, located in San Pedro. Submitted by: Port of Los Angeles


Best Project: Yakult USA Manufacturing Plant, located in Fountain Valley. Submitted by: Kajima Building & Design Group, Inc.


Best Project: East Valley Water District (EVWD) Headquarters Facility, located in Highland. Submitted by: Balfour Beatty Construction

Award of Merit: La Jolla Commons Tower II, located in La Jolla. Submitted by: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company


Best Project (tie): Atascadero City Hall, located in Atascadero. Submitted by: Bernards

Best Project (tie): Wilshire Boulevard Temple, located in Los Angeles. Submitted by: MATT Construction Corp.

Award of Merit: Hollyhock House Barnsdall Park Phase III, located in Los Angeles. Submitted by: City of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works - Bureau of Engineering


Best Project: Wilshire La Brea, located in Los Angeles. Submitted by: Bernards

Award of Merit: Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach, Bldg. 1E Phase II, located in Koloa, Kauai. Submitted by: Layton Construction Co., Inc.

Small Project (under $10 million)

Best Project: Caltech KISS Tolman-Bacher Compound, located in Pasadena. Submitted by: Driver SPG

Award of Merit: Kanan Road T2 and T3 Tunnel Lining, located in Malibu. Submitted by: Shimmick Construction Co., Inc.

Specialty Contracting

Award of Merit: Westfield Century City Design-Build Parking Structure, located in Century City. Submitted by: Largo Concrete, Inc.


Award of Merit: Rose Bowl Stadium Improvements & Renovations, located in Pasadena. Submitted by: Bernards Barton Malow


Best Project: Robert B. Diemer Oxidation Retrofit Project, located in Yorba Linda. Submitted by: Shimmick Construction Co., Inc.