Three outstanding projects have been shortlisted as finalists for Project of the Year in ENR’s Best of the Best Projects competition, the top honor in an exhaustive, year-long search for the cream of the crop in design and construction execution in the U.S.

Earlier this month, I detailed the 20 category winners in ENR's Best of the Best Projects competition, which rose to the top from more than 800 entries nationwide, as juried by panels of industry judges. From those 20, judges further short-listed a handful of projects in contention for the pinnacle award: Project of the Year.

ENR editors pored over the short-listed entries, considered additional sources, and selected the following three projects as finalists for the top award based on their impact to the community, improving construction industry practices, innovation, safety and workmanship. The finalists are (in alphabetical order): 

  • Clippership Wharf, located in East Boston, Mass. Originally submitted by Lendlease (US) Construction LMB Inc. to ENR New England
  • Omaha VA Ambulatory Care Center, located in Omaha, Neb. Originally submitted by McCarthy Building Cos. to ENR Midwest
  • Watershed, located in Seattle. Originally submitted by DCI Engineers to ENR Northwest

The finalists, and all the winning projects and judges, will be featured in more depth in the March 21 issue of ENR. Also in that issue, the Project of the Year will be revealed on the cover. 

Come celebrate the winners in New York City on March 31 and April 1. The project teams will first be honored as a group during ENR's Annual Award of Excellence Black-Tie Gala on March 31 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City, which also honors ENR’s Top 25 Newsmakers and the Award of Excellence winner. Then, each winning team will receive their award and have an opportunity to speak at the Best of the Best Projects breakfast ceremony on April 1. For more information, visit 

The 2022 Regional U.S. Best Projects competition will commence this spring. For more information, visit last year's entry page at   (Entry dates and eligibility will be updated once the call for entries goes live this spring.)