Engineering News-Record has announced the 21 winning projects for its inaugural Global Best Projects contest, with a trio of Miami projects earning honors. This is notable since only five projects from the United States were recognized with awards.
Indeed, ENR's first-ever "global" Best Projects contest displayed a true international flavor with a few well-known—and more lesser-known—projects from around the globe winning the favor of our independent panel of judges. Major cities represented in the roll call included London, Beijing, Johannesburg, Vancouver, as well as New York, New Orleans and, as mentioned above, Miami. Ireland, Russia, Hungary, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, the United Arab Emirates and Liberia were among the other locales playing home to Global Best Projects winners.
Among the more notable projects recognized as Global Best Projects winners: The Shard, in London, and China Central Television Headquarters in Beijing. Readers can check out the full roster here.
ENR created this newest addition to its series of Best Projects contests in an effort to recognize the challenges, risks and rewards that international design and construction teams—meaning teams composed of companies from a mix of countries—face while working together in foreign lands.
The three Miami projects were all related to Miami International Airport. The MIA North Terminal Development program took top honors in the Airports/Ports category. And the AirportLink MetroRail Extension-Orange Line project, which connects to MIA, earned a merit award in the rail category. The MIA Mover project—previously the winner of ENR's inaugural safety award for its Best of the Best contest—also won an award of merit in the rail category.
Readers can learn more about all 21 of these Global Best Projects in ENR's June 3 issue. Also, ENR editors will recognize the teams that built these 21 projects—including one that will be named as Project of the Year—during the ENR 2013 Global Construction Summit on June 6-7, 2013 in New York, New York.