A panel of industry veterans has finalized the difficult task of selecting the winners of ENR’s 6th annual Global Best Projects competition. Like ENR’s successful regional and national U.S. competitions, Global Best Projects identifies and honors the project teams behind outstanding design and construction efforts of the past year. For this competition, at least one firm involved in the project must be working outside of its home country, the project could not have any construction-related fatalities and construction had to be complete between January 1 2017 and April 30, 2018.

The judges picked a diverse set of 22 projects hailing from 14 different countries and every continent but Antarctica. These outstanding examples show the risks, rewards and hurdles overcome when 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 had discretion to designate top selections as Global Best Project winners in a variety of categories, and pick Award of Merit honorees as warranted. All 22 of the selected projects will be spotlighted in more detail in the Oct. 1 issue of ENR, along with the judges. In addition, the Oct. 1 issue will name which of the Global Best Project-level winners earned the title of 2018 Global Project of the Year!

Come celebrate these global construction achievements and mingle with the teams behind the projects at the awards gala dinner on Oct. 2 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. Visit www.globalbestprojects.com for more info about the dinner. Hope to see you there!


Global Best Project: Turkmenbashi International Seaport Project, located in Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan. Submitted by GAP İNŞAAT A.Ş.

Award of Merit: Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Macao Boundary Crossing Facilities, located in Macao, China. Submitted by China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd


Global Best Project: Island & Tunnel Project of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, located in Zhuhai City, China. Submitted by China Communications Construction Co. Ltd.

Award of Merit: São Paulo's Metro Line 5, located in São Paulo, Brazil. Submitted by Odebrecht

Award of Merit: Mersey Bridge, located in Liverpool, U.K.. Submitted by FCC Construcción


Global Best Project: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Submitted by Saudi Aramco

Award of Merit: Middle East Airlines (MEA) Training and Conferences Center, located in Beirut, Lebanon. Submitted by Khatib & Alami


Award of Merit: Regulatory Closure of Puerto Rico Dump, located in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Submitted by GHD Inc.

Government Building

Global Best Project: New London Embassy, located in London. Submitted by BL Harbert International LLC

Health Care

Global Best Project: Sidra Medicine, located in Doha, Qatar. Submitted by ASTAD


Global Best Project: Salesforce Tower, located in San Francisco. Submitted by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects


Global Best Project: SCPX - South Caucasus Pipeline Expansion Project, located in Akhaltsikhe, Vale, Georgia. Submitted by Bechtel International Inc. - ENKA İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş. Joint Venture

Award of Merit: BASF Automotive Coatings Plant, located in Caojing, China. Submitted by Fluor


Global Best Project: Sydney Metro Northwest - Skytrain, located in Sydney, Australia. Submitted by Salini-Impregilo S.p.A.

Award of Merit: Mombasa to Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway Project in Kenya, located between Mombasa and Nairobi, Kenya. Submitted by China Road and Bridge Corp.


Global Best Project: Al Habtoor City, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Submitted by Khatib & Alami

Award of Merit: 520 West 28th Street, located in New York City. Submitted by AKF Group and DeSimone Consulting Engineers

Retail/Mixed-Use Development

Global Best Project: ABC Verdun Mall, located in Beirut, Lebanon. Submitted by Khatib & Alami


Global Best Project: Lusail Expressway, located in Doha, Qatar. Submitted by KBR Government Services

Specialty Construction

Global Best Project: One Thousand Museum, located in Miami. Submitted by DeSimone Consulting Engineers

Award of Merit: CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge, located in Toronto, Canada. Submitted by PCL Construction


Award of Merit: Stadium and Sports Facilities for 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu, located in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Submitted by China Civil Engineering Construction Corp.


Award of Merit: Anacostia River Tunnel, located in Washington, D.C. Submitted by Salini-Impregilo S.p.A.