In September, I announced the winners of ENR’s 9th annual Global Best Projects competition, in which our panel of industry judges identifies and honors the project teams behind outstanding design and construction efforts of the past year. From more than 30 winning projects, two have now been selected as finalists for Global Project of the Year. While all of the projects selected from the record number of entries are outstanding examples that show the risks, rewards and hurdles overcome when designing and building internationally, these two projects excel in almost all of the criteria that the projects were judged by: design and construction quality, innovations, safety performance, community benefit and overcoming challenges.

  • Bahr Al Baqar Water Reclamation Plant, located in East Port Said, Egypt. Submitted by Khatib & Alami and The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Co.). Also winner of Best Project in the Water/Wastewater category.
  • Tema Port Expansion Project - Phase One, located in Tema, Ghana. Submitted by AECOM and China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd. Also winner of Best Project in the Airport/Port category.

The winning Global Project of the Year, finalists and all of the selected category winners will be spotlighted in more detail in the Dec. 13 issue of ENR. All the winning projects will also be celebrated at a virtual event held on Dec. 9 – all are invited to see presentations on all the winners and meet and mingle with the teams. Best of all, the event is free to attend! Visit for more info. Hope to see you there!