After much analysis and debate, a panel of industry veterans has selected the winners of ENR’s 7th 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. But this competition stands apart with the distinct rule that at least one firm involved in the project must be working outside of its home country. None of the entries could participate if they had any construction-related fatalities, and construction had to be complete between January 2018 and April 2019.

With a record number of entries to contend with, the judges picked the largest and most diverse field of winners to date, with 32 projects located in 20 different countries around the globe. These outstanding examples show the risks, rewards and hurdles overcome when designing and building internationally.

Judges included Geno Armstrong, partner, KPMG; Krista Becker, principal, ZGF; Erleen Hatfield, managing partner, Hatfield Group; Jon Magnusson, senior principal, Magnusson Klemencic Associates; David White, executive program director, IDRIS, Jacobs; Hans Van Winkle, president of Van Winkle Consulting; and Peter Zuk, chief programs officer, special programs, Metrolinx. Any judge with a conflict of interest in any particular category was assigned to a different category. The panel 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 32 of the selected projects will be spotlighted in more detail in the Sept. 30 issue of ENR. In addition, that special issue will name which one of the Global Best Project-level winners will earn the title of 2019 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 for more info about the dinner. Hope to see you there!


Global Best Project: Tocumen International Airport Expansion Program, located in Panama City, Panama. Submitted by Odebrecht Engineering and Construction (OEC)

Award of Merit: Tangier MedPort, located in Tangier, Morocco. Submitted by Hill International



Award of Merit: Maputo Bridge and Link Roads Project, located in Maputo, Mozambique. Submitted by China Road and Bridge Corp.

Award of Merit: Pickering GO Station Pedestrian Bridge, located in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. Submitted by Metrolinx

Award of Merit: WSDOT Alaskan Way Tunnel Design Build, SR 99 Deep Bored Tunnel, located in Seattle, Wash. Submitted by HNTB Corp.



Global Best Project: Museum at the Gateway Arch, located in St. Louis, Missouri. Submitted by IMEG Corp.

Award of Merit: The Statue of Unity, located in Kevadia, India. Submitted by Larsen & Toubro Ltd. and Turner International



Global Best Project: Muskrat Falls North and South Dams, located in Muskrat Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Submitted by Barnard Construction Co. Inc.



Award of Merit: Dow Innovation Center, located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Submitted by R.G. Vanderweil Engineers LLP


Government Building

Global Best Project: New U.S. Embassy Compound, located in Harare, Zimbabwe. Submitted by BL Harbert International

Award of Merit: New U.S. Consulate Compound, located in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Submitted by BL Harbert International


Health Care

Global Best Project: Ankara Bilkent City Hospital Project, located in Ankara, Turkey. Submitted by CCN Altyapi Yatirimlari ve İnşaat A.S.



Global Best Project: BMS Large Scale Cell Culture (LSCC) Manufacturing Facility, located in Dublin, Ireland. Submitted by Jacobs Engineering

Award of Merit: Lupin Ltd., India, Oral Solid Dosage & Injectable Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility, located in Nagpur, India. Submitted by IPS -Integrated Project Services LLC



Global Best Project: The Rolex Building, located in Dallas, Texas. Submitted by Harwood International



Global Best Project: Corpus Christi Liquefaction Train 1, located in Corpus Christi, Texas. Submitted by Bechtel

Award of Merit: Fort Hills Oil Sands Mine, located in Calgary, Canada. Submitted by Suncor Energy Inc.

Award of Merit: Johan Sverdrup Living Quarters Topside EPC, located in Leirvik, Norway. Submitted by KBR Inc.



Global Best Project: Doha Metro Red Line South Elevated & At Grade, located in Doha, Qatar. Submitted by FCC Construcción

Award of Merit: Folloline Project, located in Oslo, Norway. Submitted by Keller



Global Best Project: Repair, Reconstruction and Seismic Strengthening of UNESCO-site Palace, Gaddi Baithak, located in Kathmandu, Nepal. Submitted by Miyamoto International

Award of Merit: West Block Rehabilitation, located in Ottawa, Canada. Submitted by PCL Construction



Global Best Project: citizenM New York Bowery Hotel, located in New York City. Submitted by The Rinaldi Group and DeSimone Consulting Engineers

Award of Merit: Saadiyat Rotana Hotel & Resort Complex, located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Submitted by Khatib & Alami


Retail/Mixed-Use Development

Global Best Project: Kashirskaya Plaza, located in Moscow, Russian Federation. Submitted by ENKA İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş.

Award of Merit: Southern Marina Mixed Development, located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Submitted by Shanxi Construction Investment Group Co. Ltd.



Global Best Project: Thies-Touba Toll Expressway Project, located in Thies-Touba, Senegal. Submitted by China Road and Bridge Corp.



Global Best Project: Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Submitted by AECOM

Award of Merit: Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, located in Madrid, Spain. Submitted by FCC Construcción



Global Best Project: DSSIP Main Trunk Sewer MTS-01 Project, located in Doha, Qatar. Submitted by Ashghal

Award of Merit: Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project, located in Surkhet District, Nepal. Submitted by China Railway Group Ltd.

Award of Merit: Wusong Wastewater Plant Upgrade - Botanical Garden, located in Wusong, China. Submitted by Organica Water