An independent jury selected 36 winners of ENR’s 2012 'Best Projects' competition in the Mid-Atlantic region, our annual program recognizing the region's best achievements in design and construction.

The winners were recognized for excellence in 16 categories, including Civil Works/Infrastructure, Cultural/Worship, Government/Public Building, Green, Health Care, Higher Education/Research, Industrial/Manufacturing, Interiors, K-12, Office, Renovation/Restoration, Residential/Hospitality, Retail/Mixed-Use, Small Project, Specialty Contracting, Sports/Entertainment and Transportation.

The projects will be honored in a special Mid-Atlantic edition of ENR in December and during an awards ceremony Dec. 11, 2012, in Baltimore, Md. In addition to honoring the firms who submitted the projects, all key team members will be recognized for their efforts. Visit for info and registration.

The jury focused on those projects that overcame significant challenges; adopted innovative approaches; executed exceptional design and craftsmanship; and maintained safe sites. Jurors were allowed to award one Project of the Year per category and multiple Awards of Merit. The jurors, who represent architects, engineers and general contractors, are all active members of the local building community. They abstained from voting on any projects with which they are affiliated or have a conflict of interest.

All category winners advance to the national judging of ENR’s Best Projects competition. National award winners will be announced later this year and featured in a future edition of ENR.

As part of this year’s program, ENR has announced its first annual Best Project Safety Awards in the Mid-Atlantic region. Safety has always been among the criteria considered in ENR's Best Projects awards, making up 20% of the score for every project that is judged. Due to popular demand, we decided to showcase excellence in safety practices by highlighting projects that went above and beyond in safety. 

In addition to the category winners, an overall Best Project in the Mid-Atlantic region was also selected and will be announced at the awards ceremony in Baltimore and in the December special edition of ENR magazine.

Below are this year's category winners. Congrats to the winning teams!

Best Civil Works/Infrastructure Project

Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant Addition No. 7, Savage, Md. — Submitted by Howard County Bureau of Utilities

Award of Merit:

Interstate 476 (Blue Route) Roadway Rehabilitation (SR 0476, Section RDC), Montgomery County, Pa. — Submitted by Hill International, Inc.

Award of Merit:

Abingdon Water Treatment Plant Expansion, Abingdon, Md. — Submitted by Hazen and Sawyer, P.C.

Best Cultural/Worship Project

The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia — Submitted by Structure Tone


Best Government/Public Building Project

NOAA Center for Weather & Climate Prediction, Riverdale Park, Md. — Submitted by HOK

Award of Merit:

William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, Washington — Submitted by Coakley & Williams Construction, Inc.


Best Green Project

Award of Merit:

Center for Built Environment & Infrastructure Studies, Baltimore — Submitted by Barton Malow


Best Health Care Project

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Fort Belvoir, Va. — Submitted by Gilbane Building Company

Award of Merit:

The Johns Hopkins Hospital New Clinical Building, Baltimore – Submitted by Clark Construction Group

Award of Merit:

Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center, East Stroudsburg, Pa. – Submitted by EwingCole

Award of Merit:

Bayhealth Medical Center - Kent Campus Expansion, Dover, Del. – Submitted by EwingCole


Best Higher Education/Research Project

Curtis Institute of Music - Lenfest Hall, Philadelphia – Submitted by INTECH Construction, Inc.

Award of Merit:

EVMS Education Research Building, Norfolk, Va. – Submitted by W. M. Jordan Company

Award of Merit:

Virginia Tech Ambler Johnston Hall Renovation, Blacksburg, Va. – Submitted by Barton Malow Company


Best Industrial/Manufacturing Project

Premcor Refining Group Propane Frozen Earth Storage Decommissioning, Delaware City, Del. – Submitted by Hayward Baker Inc.

Award of Merit:

Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, Virginia City, Va. – Submitted by The Shaw Group Inc.


Best Interior Design/Tenant Improvement Project

City Club of Washington, Washington – Submitted by Turner Construction Company

Award of Merit:

Snagajob Corporate Headquarters, Richmond, Va. – Submitted by Baskervill


Best K-12 Education Project

James M. Bennett High School, Salisbury, Md. – Submitted by Becker Morgan Group, Inc.

Award of Merit:

Howard D. Woodson High School, Washington – Submitted by HESS Construction + Engineering Services


Best Office Project

Army Test Evaluation Command Headquarters, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. – Submitted by Foulger-Pratt Contracting, LLC


Best Renovation/Restoration Project

Hotel John Marshall, Richmond, Va. – Submitted by Choate Construction Company

Award of Merit:

Ford's Theatre Center for Education & Leadership, Washington – Submitted by James G. Davis Construction (DAVIS)


Best Residential/Hospitality Project

Northwest Housing VIIIA, George Mason University, Fairfax , Va. – Submitted by Balfour Beatty Construction


Best Retail/Mixed-Use Development Project

The Hamilton, Washington – Submitted by Forrester Construction Company


Best Small Project

Kinzua Sky Walk, Mount Jewett, Pa. – Submitted by Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.

Award of Merit:

Interstate 81 Pavement Recycling Project, Staunton, Va. – Submitted by AMT


Best Specialty Contracting Project

US Naval Academy Hubbard Hall Restoration and Modernization, Annapolis, Md. – Submitted by Forrester Construction Company

Award of Merit:

Johns Hopkins - Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center at Johns Hopkins and Sheikh Zayad bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cardiovascular and Critical Care Adult Tower, Baltimore – Submitted by Harmon, Inc.


Award of Merit:

U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters - Cast-in-Place Concrete, Washington – Submitted by Clark Construction Group


Best Sports/Entertainment Project

Sipprelle Field House, Middletown, Del. – Submitted by Voith & Mactavish Architects, LLP


Best Transportation Project

Intercounty Connector, Contract B, Baltimore – Submitted by Parsons


Award of Merit:

Intercounty Connector, Contract C, Baltimore – Submitted by Clark Construction Group


Award of Merit:

Indian River Inlet Bridge, Rehoboth Beach, Del. – Submitted by AECOM Technology Corporation


Best Safety Project

815 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC – Submitted by Forrester Construction Company


Award of Merit:

Hotel John Marshall, Richmond, Va. – Submitted by Choate Construction Company