ENR Southeast’s annual competition to recognize the “best” construction and design efforts in the region has resulted in this 16th group of Best Projects award winners listed below.

This year, two separate, independent judging panels made up of industry representatives collectively reviewed and discussed 90 projects located throughout the Southeast region of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Puerto Rico. Projects were evaluated on the project team’s ability to overcome challenges, as well as the project’s construction and design quality, safety record; and contribution to the industry and community.

The main Best Projects judging process involves two steps. First, judges are given a roughly two-week period to review and score entries. Next, judges convene to discuss their reviews. Using the collective scores as a starting point for discussion, judges then come to unanimous consensus on all awards, ranging from the Best Project in category to the Award of Merit honorees. In short, ENR works to ensure that each “Best Project” honoree, no matter the award level, is truly deserving of this industry recognition.

Another task of the judging panels is to nominate entries for the overall Project of the Year award, with Best-in-category winners eligible for this honor. This year, the panels nominated a total of five projects for this honor, which is still to be determined via a second round of review. ENR Southeast will report further on these Project of the Year nominees soon.

The winners listed below will be profiled in depth in the November issue of ENR Southeast, and further celebrated at our annual Best Projects Awards Luncheon, to be held Nov. 15 in Orlando. As part of this event, ENR Southeast will also honor this year’s Southeast Owner of the Year, Design Firm of the Year, Contractor of the Year and Specialty Contractor of the Year, as well as the 2017 Legacy Award winners. We hope to see you there! For more information about ENR Southeast's Best Projects awards luncheon, visit our website to register.


Best Project: Faena Forum, Miami Beach Submitted by DeSimone Consulting Engineers


Best Project: Port Everglades Clean Energy Center, Fort Lauderdale Submitted by Zachry Group

Award of Merit: Miami LNG Plant, Hialeah, Fla. Submitted by Primoris Services Corporation

Health Care

Best Project: Grandview Medical Center, Birmingham, Ala. Submitted by Brasfield & Gorrie

Award of Merit: Cherokee Indian Hospital, Cherokee, N.C. Submitted by Robins & Morton

Award of Merit: Veteran Affairs Health Care Center, Charlotte Submitted by JE Dunn Construction

Award of Merit: Emory University Hospital Perioperative Expansion, Atlanta Submitted by Batson-Cook Company

Award of Merit: Hillsborough Campus, Hillsborough, N.C. Submitted by Skanska USA Building

Higher Education/Research

Best Project: University of Florida, J. Wayne Reitz Union Student Center Expansion and Renovation, Gainesville, Fla. Submitted by Skanska USA Building


Best Project: Tennessee Department of Transportation - Fast Fix 8, Nashville Submitted by Kiewit Infrastructure South Co.

Award of Merit: GIBA: North Swing Bridge Replacement, Gasparilla Island, Fla. Submitted by Hardesty & Hanover

Interior/Tenant Improvement

Best Project: Synchrony Financial Renovation, Charlotte Submitted by Choate Construction Company

Award of Merit: Fiserv, Alpharetta, Ga. Submitted by Choate Construction Company

K-12 Education

Best Project: Wayne County - Grantham Middle School & Spring Creek Middle School, Goldsboro, N.C. Submitted by Metcon, Inc.

Award of Merit: Rice Creek School, Port Wentworth, Ga. Submitted by Gilbane Building Company


Best Project: New Belgium East Coast Brewery, Asheville, N.C. Submitted by Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Award of Merit: Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence, Building 100, St. Augustine, Fla. Submitted by The Austin Company

Award of Merit: Purdue Pharma Manufacturing LP - Oral Solid Dosage Manufacturing Facility, Durham, N.C. Submitted by BE&K Building Group


Best Project: The Mall of San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico Submitted by dck worldwide

Award of Merit: Chick-Fil-A Corporate Campus, Atlanta Submitted by Choate Construction Company

Award of Merit: Lake Nona Town Center, Orlando Submitted by DPR Construction


Best Project: Central Carolina Technical College Advanced Manufacturing, Sumter, S.C. Submitted by Rodgers Builders, Inc.

Award of Merit: Georgia Institute of Technology - Glenn and Towers Residence Hall Renovation, Atlanta Submitted by New South Construction Company

Award of Merit: Marco Island Marriott Renovation, Marco Island, Fla. Submitted by PCL Construction Services, Inc.


Best Project: Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach, Fla. Submitted by Moss & Associates, LLC

Award of Merit: AER The Essential Element, St. Petersburg Submitted by DPR Construction

Small Project (under $10 million)

Best Project: PreSchool Partners, Birmingham, Ala. Submitted by Hoar Construction

Award of Merit: Center for Puppetry Art - Jim Henson Addition, Atlanta Submitted by New South Construction Company

Specialty Construction

Best Project: Cummins Technical Center - New Chilled Water Plant & Piping Distribution System, North Charleston, S.C. Submitted by Waldrop Mechanical Services


Best Project: Georgia Aquarium Sea Lion Exhibit, Atlanta Submitted by Brasfield & Gorrie, L.L.C.

Award of Merit: Jordan-Hare Stadium South End Zone Modifications, Auburn, Ala. Submitted by Brasfield & Gorrie, L.L.C.

Award of Merit: LakePoint Sporting Community Indoor Arena, Emerson, Ga. Submitted by Gilbane Building Company

Award of Merit: DAYTONA Rising Frontstretch Grandstand Replacement, Daytona Beach, Fla. Submitted by Barton Malow Company

Award of Merit: Bristol Motor Speedway ColossusTV, Bristol, Tenn. Submitted by Raker Rhodes Engineering


Best Project: City of Miami Beach Pump Stations and West Avenue Neighborhood Improvements, Miami Beach Submitted by Bergeron Land Development, Inc.

Award of Merit: Forest Trails Wastewater Treatment Plant Replacement, Isle of Palms, S.C. Submitted by Ruby-Collins, Inc.

Award of Merit: City of Tarpon Springs RO Facility and Supply Systems, Tarpon Springs, Fla. Submitted by Wharton-Smith

Award of Merit: Bay County Alternate Water Supply, Panama City, Fla. Submitted by Mott MacDonald

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