ENR California is proud to announce the latest winners of the region’s Best Projects 2018 competition. Winners of the magazine’s Excellence in Safety Award, which is juried by a separate group of safety experts, have also been named.

Three panels of judges have completed weeks of scoring and discussion to determine the list of winners. The projects listed below will be profiled in the October 8 issue of ENR California, and at two awards presentations in October. On Oct. 9 awards for projects located in Northern California will be presented at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. On Oct. 11, Southern California awards will be presented at the Omni Hotel & Resorts Los Angeles. Visit www.enrbestprojectsawards.com for more info or to register.

Judges reviewed more than 100 projects located throughout California and Hawaii. Projects were evaluated on the ability of the project team to overcome challenges, contribution to the industry and community, safety and construction and design quality. Due to the large number of entries, 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!

Judges could select any combination of Best Project-level category winners and Award of Merit honorees. Because of the number of entries, we split the winners into Northern California and Southern California to indicate at which event they will receive their award.

Judges will also designate an overall Project of the Year from the Best Project-level winners listed below–we’ll announce that winner in our October issue and at the banquet.

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, as well as ENR California’s Legacy Award winners. Hope to see you there! 


Best Project, Northern Calif.: Transbay Transit Center-Bus Ramps. Submitted by AECOM.

Best Project, Southern Calif.: San Luis Obispo County Airport Terminal. Submitted by Q&D Construction.



Best Project, Southern Calif.: Rex's Roar at the San Diego Zoo. Submitted by Swinerton.

Best Project, Northern Calif.: The California Trail. Submitted by Overaa Construction.



Best Project, Northern Calif.: Oroville Dam Transmission Line Reroute. Submitted by Barnard Construction Company, Inc.


Government/Public Buildings

Best Project, Southern Calif.: San Diego Central Courthouse. Submitted by Rudolph and Sletten.

Best Project, Northern Calif.: Stockton Courthouse. Submitted by Turner Construction Co.

Award of Merit, Southern Calif.: Hey Rookie Pool. Submitted by City of Los Angeles Department of  Recreations and Parks.


Green Project

Best Project, Southern Calif.: Palomar College Maintenance and Operations. Submitted by Level 10 Construction.

Award of Merit, Southern Calif.: California State University, Northridge Sustainability Center. Submitted by Gilbane Building Co.


Health Care

Best Project, Southern Calif.: Fort Yuma Health Care Center. Submitted by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini.

Best Project, Southern Calif.: Kaiser Permanente Market Street Medical Office Building. Submitted by Taylor Design.

Award of Merit, Northern Calif.: Gourley VA Outpatient Clinic. Submitted by Nichols, Melburg & Rossetto Architects + Engineers.

Award of Merit, Northern Calif.: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Submitted by DPR Construction.


Higher Education-Research

Best Project, Southern Calif.: University of Southern California Village. Submitted by Harley Ellis Devereaux.

Best Project, Northern Calif.: Solano Community College Biotechnology and Science Building. Submitted by Rudolph and Sletten.

Award of Merit, Southern Calif.: Biola University. Submitted by C.W. Driver.



Best Project, Northern Calif.: Interstate 80-Yerba Buena Island Ramps. Submitted by WSP USA.

Award of Merit, Southern Calif.: State Route 76 East Segment. Submitted by Ames Construction, Inc.

Award of Merit, Northern Calif.: Holman Highway 68 Roundabout. Submitted by Harris & Associates.


Interiors/Tenant Improvement

Best Project, Northern Calif.: Uber Advanced Technology Research and Development Center. Submitted by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects.

Best Project, Southern Calif.: Cedars-Sinai, Playa Vista Office and Urgent Care. Submitted by ZGF Architects.

Award of Merit, Northern Calif.: Pinterest Tenant Improvement. Submitted by Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co.

Award of Merit, Southern Calif.: La Jolla Pharma Company TI Project. Submitted by Rudolph and Sletten, Inc.


K-12 Education

Best Project, Southern Calif.: San Dieguito Earl Warren Middle School. Submitted by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Best Project, Northern Calif.: Design Tech High School. Submitted by DES Architects + Engineers and XL Construction.


Landscape/Urban Development

Best Project, Southern Calif.: Long Beach Seaside Way Pedestrian Bridge. Submitted by SPF Architects.



Best Project, Northern Calif.: Ford Innovation and Research Center. Submitted by Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED).

Award of Merit, Northern Calif.: BioMarin Gene Therapy Manufacturing Facility. Submitted by CRB.



Best Project, Southern Calif.: Playa Jefferson Building E. Submitted by Gensler.

Best Project, Northern Calif.: Nvidia Headquarters. Submitted by Gensler.

Award of Merit, Southern Calif.: C3. Submitted by Gensler

Award of Merit, Southern Calif.: Annenberg PetSpace. Submitted by MATT Construction.



Best Project, Northern Calif.: Alcatraz Photography Studio. Submitted by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects.

Best Project, Southern Calif.: Hotel Californian. Submitted by MATT Construction.

Award of Merit, Southern Calif.: Westdrift Manhattan Beach. Submitted by Layton Construction.



Best Project, Southern Calif.: Wilshire Grand Center. Submitted by Turner Construction Company.

Best Project, Northern Calif.: Proper Hotel. Submitted by Cahill Contractors LLC.

Award of Merit, Southern Calif.: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Submitted by MATT Construction.

Award of Merit, Northern Calif.: Hotel Nia. Submitted by Webcor.


Small Project (under $10 million)

Best Project, Southern Calif.: Caltech’s Center for Autonomous Systems and Robotics Laboratory. Submitted by MATT Construction.


Specialty Contracting

Best Project, Northern Calif.: Transbay Block 8 - The Avery. Submitted by Webcor.

Best Project, Northern Calif.: Humboldt Bay Power Plant Decommissioning - Caisson Removal. Submitted by APTIM.



Best Project, Southern Calif.: Banc of California Stadium. Submitted by PCL Construction Services, Inc.

Award of Merit, Southern Calif.: University of California, Los Angeles, Wasserman Football Center. Submitted by ZGF Architects.



Best Project, Southern Calif.: Machado Lake Ecosystem Rehabilitation. Submitted by City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Engineering.

Best Project, Northern Calif.: Pentiencia Seismic Retrofit. Submitted by Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Award of Merit, Northern Calif.: Pacific Grove Water Recycling Facility. Submitted by Overaa Construction.