It’s my pleasure to announce the winners of ENR’s 4th annual Global Best Projects competition. The contest joins ENR’s successful regional and national U.S. competitions in identifying and honoring the project teams behind outstanding design and construction efforts of the past year.

Industry veterans selected 23 projects hailing from 15 different countries and five continents as outstanding examples of the risks and rewards - and the hurdles overcome - of designing and building internationally.

The judges looked at projects in many markets and examined safety performance, innovations, challenges, and design and construction quality - with a special emphasis on the diversity of global project teams and their collaboration. They also considered how the project benefits the local community and/or the construction industry.

The panel selected Global Best Project winners in a variety of categories. They also had the option of choosing Award of Merit honorees.

All of the winning projects – and judges – will be spotlighted in more detail in the Sept. 19 issue of ENR.

Come celebrate all of the awarded projects on Oct. 11 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City, which follows the ENR Global Construction Summit. Visit for more info.  Hope to see you there!



Global Best Project: Hong Kong International Airport Midfield Concourse, located in Hong Kong. Submitted by Mott MacDonald Arup JV 

Award of Merit: Nacala International Airport, located in Nacala, Mozambique. Submitted by Odebrecht Engineering & Construction International

Award of Merit: Otay-Tijuana Cross Border Xpress, located in San Diego, Calif. and Tijuana, Mexico. Submitted by Stantec Architecture Inc.


Global Best Project: Eurasia Tunnel, located in Istanbul, Turkey. Submitted by Eurasia Tunnel (Avrasya Tuneli Isletme Insaat ve Yatırım A.S.)


Global Best Project: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, located in Athens, Greece. Submitted by Joint Venture Salini Impregilo S.p.A. - TERNA S.A.


Award of Merit: American University of Central Asia, located in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Submitted by AKF Group, LLC

Green Project

Global Best Project: Stanford Energy Systems Innovations at Stanford University, located in Palo Alto, Calif., U.S. Submitted by Affiliated Engineers Inc.

Health Care

Global Best Project: Humber River Hospital, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Submitted by PCL Construction


Global Best Project: Kerry Global Technology & Innovation Centre, located in Naas, Ireland. Submitted by Gilbane Building Co.


Global Best Project: Ministry of Defense Complex, located in Kabul, Afghanistan. Submitted by Gilbane Federal


Global Best Project: SOCAR Tower, located in Baku, Azerbaijan. Submitted by Thornton Tomasetti

Award of Merit: Torre BBVA Bancomer, located in Mexico City Mexico. Submitted by Turner International LLC


Global Best Project: Curtis Island LNG Program, located in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. Submitted by Bechtel

Award of Merit: Etileno XXI, located in Nanchital, Veracruz, Mexico. Submitted by Odebrecht Engineering and Construction International – Industrial Engineering


Global Best Project: Birmingham Gateway Project (BGP), located in Birmingham, U.K. Submitted by Atkins


Award of Merit: The Nile Ritz Carlton Rehabilitation, located in Cairo, Egypt. Submitted by Hill International Inc.


Award of Merit: 399 Fremont, located in San Francisco, U.S. Submitted by Swinerton Builders

Retail/Mixed-Use Development

Global Best Project: Shanghai Tower, located in Shanghai, China. Submitted by Thornton Tomasetti


Global Best Project: LBJ Express, located in Dallas, Texas, U.S. Submitted by FERROVIAL AGROMAN

Specialty Construction

Global Best Project: Retrofitting of Michelangelo's La Pietà Rondanini, located in Milan, Italy. Submitted by Miyamoto International


Award of Merit: Toronto Pan Am Aquatics Centre, Field House and Canadian Sports Institute Ontario, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Submitted by PCL Construction


Global Best Project: Thames Water Lee Tunnel, located in the London Borough of Newham, U.K. Submitted by CH2M HILL

Award of Merit: Emergency & Carryover Storage Project (E&CSP), located in San Diego, Calif., U.S. Submitted by MWH Global, now part of Stantec