Now that the judging has just about wrapped up for ENR Southwest’s Best Projects awards, I can announce the specific categories and awards for each project.

First, a correction: In my previous blog in which I listed the winning projects in alphabetical order, I inadvertently left off Pearson Auditorium Historic Renovation, which I can now reveal is the Best Renovation/Restoration Project.
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Pearson Auditorium Historic Renovation, submitted by Van H. Gilbert Architects

As I mentioned last time, we received 138 entries, so just a small percentage of the excellent projects our industry judges spent weeks reviewing could be selected. Also, since the competition is now regional (rather than separate winners in each state of Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico), that makes it even more competitive. Of course, that makes winning even more sweet, for the lucky ones below. And remember, it’s never too early to start planning which projects to submit next year!

A big thank you to our panel of judges this year, who took a huge chunk of time out of their busy schedules to offer their expertise to the competition. Note that judges did not review any projects in categories that their own firm had an entry in.

  • Linnea Brudenell LEED AP BD+C, AIA, Owner/Consultant, Architectural Energy Performance
  • Mike Cherwin, Vice President, M.J. Dean Construction, Inc.
  • Dick,Crowley, Vice President Marketing, Kitchell
  • Ryan,Ferguson LEED AP BD+C, DPR Construction
  • JF Finn III AIA LEED AP, Principal/Managing Director, Gensler
  • Kristen Howard, Business Development, Rider Levett Bucknall
  • Ron Izzo AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal, RNL Design
  • Betsy Lynch, Architect/Senior Associate, Gould Evans
  • Lee O'Connell, Project Director, McCarthy Building Cos.
  • Craig Randock AIA, LEED AP, Design Studio Leader and AIA Arizona President-elect, HDR Architecture
  • Hap Richardson, President, Richardson & Richardson Construction
  • Paul Schoeffler, Preconstruction Manager, Brycon Construction
  • Curtis Slife AIA, NCARB, CFM, President/Owner, FM Solutions
There is still one secret we are keeping – which project will be ENR Southwest’s Project of the Year? You’ll have to come to the awards luncheon in Phoenix on Nov. 27 to find out. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. at the Renaissance Downtown Phoenix Hotel. Visit to register or for more information.

Civil Works/Infrastructure

Best Project: Val Vista Water Treatment Plant GAC Implementation project, Mesa, Ariz. – Submitted by Sundt Construction, Inc.

Award of Merit: Hawthorne Utilties System Rehabilitation Project, Hawthorne, Nev. – Submitted by Q&D Construction, Inc.

Best Project: Dine' College Library, Shiprock, N.M. – Submitted by DLR Group

Award of Merit: St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, Albuquerque, N.M. – Submitted by Mullen Heller Architecture P.C.

Government/Public Buildings
Best Project: Maricopa Downtown South Court Tower, Phoenix, Ariz. – Submitted by Gilbane Building Company

Award of Merit: Tucson Police Department Forensic Laboratory, Tucson, Ariz. – Submitted by D.L. Withers Construction

Award of Merit: Navajo Transportation Complex, Tse Bonito, N.M. – Submitted by Gerald A. Martin, Ltd.

Green Project
Best Project: Okland Construction Office Building, Tempe, Ariz. – Submitted by Weddle Gilmore Architects

Award of Merit: ASU Lot 59 PowerParasol, Tempe, Ariz. – Submitted by hardison/downey construction, inc.

Health Care
Best Project: University of Arizona Medical Center, South Campus, Behavioral Health Pavilion and Crisis Response Center, Tucson, Ariz. – Submitted by Team - Cannon Design, DPR Construction

Award of Merit: Rust Medical Center, Rio Rancho, N.M. – Submitted by McCarthy Building Companies NM, Inc.

Higher Education/Research
Best Project: GateWay Community College Integrated Education Building, Phoenix, Ariz. – Submitted by SmithGroupJJR

Award of Merit: Arizona State University Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 4, Tempe, Ariz. – Submitted by Sundt Construction, Inc.

Best Project: US Micro Corporation, Las Vegas, Nev. – Submitted by Panattoni Construction, Inc.

Award of Merit: RioGlass Solar Manufacturing Plant, Surprise, Ariz. – Submitted by Howard S. Wright - A Balfour Beatty Company

Interior Design/Tenant Improvement
Best Project: Dream Rooms, Phoenix, Ariz. – Submitted by Desert Star Construction

Award of Merit: Fender Musical Instruments Corp., Scottsdale, Ariz. – Submitted by Layton Construction Co., Inc.

K-12 Education
Best Project: Del Norte High School- Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque, N.M. – Submitted by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

Award of Merit: Madison Traditional Academy, Phoenix, Ariz. – Submitted by Orcutt | Winslow

Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development
Best Project: George "Doc" Cavalliere Park (Troon North Park), Scottsdale, Ariz. – Submitted by Markham Contracting Co., Inc.

Best Project: DPR Construction Phoenix Regional Office, Phoenix, Ariz. – Submitted by DPR Construction   and   SmithGroupJJR

Award of Merit: Mack Energy Corporate Office, Artesia, N.M. – Submitted by Jaynes Companies

Best Project: Pearson Auditorium Historic Renovation, Roswell, N.M. – Submitted by Van H. Gilbert Architect PC

Award of Merit: New Mexico School for the Deaf Dillon Hall Historic Renovation, Santa Fe, N.M. – Submitted by Studio Southwest Architects

Best Project: Ãrbol de la Vida Residence Hall, Tucson, Ariz. – Submitted by NAC Architecture

Award of Merit: Devine Legacy on Central, Phoenix, Ariz. – Submitted by Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Retail/Mixed-Use Developments
Best Project: Harmon Corner Retail Center - Core and Shell, Las Vegas, Nev. – Submitted by The PENTA Building Group

Best Project: PHX Sky Train - Stage 1 Fixed Facilities, Phoenix, Ariz. – Submitted by Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Award of Merit: APS Cotton Center Solar Station, Gila Bend, Ariz. – Submitted by McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Small Project (under $10 million)
Best Project: Helen Drake Senior Center, Phoenix, Ariz. – Submitted by Brignall Construction Company

Award of Merit: Educare Arizona Early Learning Center and Health Clinic, Phoenix, Ariz. – Submitted by Sundt Construction, Inc.

Specialty Contracting
Best Project: Molten Salt Test Loop Project, Albuquerque, N.M. – Submitted by JB Henderson Construction Company Inc.

Award of Merit: Mohave Generating Station, Laughlin, Nev. – Submitted by NCM

Best Project: Grand Canyon University Arena, Phoenix, Ariz. – Submitted by ARCHITEKTON

Award of Merit: The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center Phoenix South Mountain, Phoenix, Ariz. – Submitted by Haydon Building Corp.

Best Project: PHX Sky Train - Stage 1 Fixed Facilities, Phoenix, Ariz. – Submitted by Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Award of Merit: State Route 101L High-Occupancy Vehicle Lanes Design-Build, Phoenix, Ariz. – Submitted by Kiewit/Sundt Joint Venture

Award of Merit: Tempe Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge, Tempe, Ariz. – Submitted by T.Y. Lin International

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