ENR Southeast recently announced the 26 winners of its 2012 'Best Projects' competition, our annual program recognizing the region's best achievements in construction and design.

That earlier announcement included a list of the winning projects in alphabetical order, along with each project's location and the name of the firm that submitted it to our contest. Now we are providing a more detailed announcement of winners, this time by listing the "best" project in each category, along with those also recognized by this year's judges with an "Award of Merit." (Editor's Note: Our independent panel of judges determined whether to recognize multiple projects within a category. If they chose to recognize more than just the "Best Project," they did so with an "Award of Merit.")

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This year's judges recognized the General Funding Office Building project in Miami, submitted by Coastal Construction Co., as the "Best Office Project." (Photo by New York Focus/courtesy Coastal Construction Co.)

All of these will be further highlighted in the November issue of ENR Southeast. And, of course, these projects will be recognized at our annual Best Projects Awards Luncheon, to be held Nov. 15 in Orlando. For more about this event, including registration information, click here.

Now, here are this year's winners, listed by category, along with the name of the submitting firm. Congrats to all!

Best Civil Works/Infrastructure Project

Yellow River Water Reclamation Facility Improvements Project, Lilburn, Ga. — Submitted by CH2M Hill

Award of Merit:
Blue Ridge Dam Penstock Rehabilitation, Blue Ridge, Ga. — Submitted by Garney Cos., 

Best Cultural/Worship Project
LEGOLAND Florida, Winter Haven, Fla. — Submitted by PCL Construction Services

Best Government/Public Building Project
General Services Administration, New Federal Building and Courthouse, Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Submitted by KBR Building Group

Best Green Project
Georgia Institute of Technology Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory, Atlanta — Submitted by Gilbane Building Co.

Best Health Care Project
Duke Medicine/Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, N.C. — Submitted by KBR Building Group

Best Higher Education/Research Project
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Chemical and Material Sciences Building, Oak Ridge, Tenn. – Submitted by McCarthy Building Cos.

Award of Merit:
Medicago USA Vaccine Research Production Facility and Greenhouse, Durham, N.C. – Submitted by KBR Building Group

Award of Merit:
University of North Florida Science and Humanities Building, Jacksonville, Fla. – Submitted by Ajax Building Corp.

Best Industrial/Manufacturing Project
The Boeing Company, 787 Building Program, North Charleston, S.C. – Submitted by KBR Building Group

Award of Merit:
Project Forward, Kennesaw, Ga. – Submitted by DPR Construction

Best K-12 Education Project
Lynch Replacement Elementary School, St. Petersburg, Fla. – Submitted by Ajax Building Corp.

Best Landscaping/Hardscape Project
Cumberland Park, Nashville, Tenn. – Submitted by Barge Cauthen & Associates

Best Office Project
General Funding Office Building, Miami – Submitted by Coastal Construction Co.

Award of Merit:
Think Tank, Savannah, Ga. – Submitted by CSCP Consult Design

Best Renovation/Restoration Project
Freedom Tower Restoration, Miami – Submitted by Kaufman-Lynn Construction

Award of Merit:
Atlanta Humane Society, Mansell Campus Renovation, Alpharetta, Ga. – Submitted by Bacon Group

Best Residential/Hospitality Project
Casa Verde, Redington Shores, Fla. – Submitted by The Artec Group

Award of Merit:
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort and Residences, Miami Beach, Fla. – Submitted by Coastal Construction Co.

Award of Merit:
Sustainable Fellwood Phase III, Savannah, Ga. – Submitted by Catamount Constructors

Best Retail/Mixed-Use Development Project
Estiatorio Milos, Miami Beach, Fla. – Submitted by Plaza Construction

Award of Merit:
Marlins Park Parking, Miami – Submitted by Suffolk Construction Co.

Best Small Project
Fort Benning Gateway, Columbus, Ga. – Submitted by Batson-Cook Construction

Award of Merit:
Jacksonville Humane Society, Community Animal Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla. – Submitted by Elkins Constructors

Best Sports/Entertainment Project
Marlins Park, Miami – Submitted by Hunt/Moss Joint Venture

Best Transportation Project
MIA Mover APM System, Miami – Submitted by Parsons-Odebrecht Joint Venture