The April print issue of ENR California/Northwest will include a list of some of the largest new projects that broke ground between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022 in the five states that comprise the two regions. 

Our annual survey includes information from Dodge Data & Analytics, as well as surveys from individual firms. We also corroborate information with official records and other industry reports. These represent any type of construction, from pipelines, heavy-highway and infrastructure work to new building projects and renovations, with projects each valued at more than $100 million.

The projects can be located in California and Hawaii for the ENR California region and Alaska, Oregon and Washington for ENR Northwest region. 

According to Dodge Construction Network, commercial and multifamily building starts in the US as a whole rose 25% from 2021 to $308.4 billion. Yet in California, construction starts last year saw a 10% decline relative to 2022, reaching just $52 billion. Commercial building fell 15% in the state over that span while nonresidential building fell by 6% and residential building fell by 2%.

Yet there were bright spots on the West Coast. Seattle’s $6.8 billion was one of the nation’s top 10 markets for commercial and multifamily starts through the first half of 2022. Despite the downturn, a wide array of big-ticket projects launched construction on the West Coast in 2022. 

Below is a sampling of some of the projects meriting inclusion in this year’s Top Starts lists for ENR California and ENR Northwest. Please check out the April issue of ENR California/Northwest to learn more about these largest regional projects getting underway, with a look at construction costs and project teams.

ENR California 2023 Top Starts

  • Gaylord Pacific Resort Hotel and Convention Center – Chula Vista, Calif.
  • I-5 North County Enhancements Project – Santa Clarita, Calif.
  • Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Secondary Treatment Phase 1 - Honolulu
  • San José City College Career Education Complex – San Jose, Calif.
  • Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center – Riverside, Calif.

ENR Northwest 2023 Top Starts

  • ODOT US 97 & US 20 Bend North Corridor Design Build – Bend, Ore.
  • Runway 16/34 Extension &Taxiway Construction – Anchorage, Alaska
  • Omni South Lake Union office - Seattle
  • Willamette Water Supply System Water Treatment Plant – Sherwood, Ore.
  • Vantage WA13 Data Center Phase 1 – Quincy, Wash.