For the 18th time, ENR Southeast is proud to announce the latest winners of its annual Best Projects awards competition. This year’s winners—listed below—include impressive projects from across the Southeast, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennesse. All 40 winning projects will be profiled in the Oct. 29 print edition of ENR Southeast. Additionally, ENR Southeast will honor each winning project at our Nov. 1 awards luncheon, to be held this year at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. For more information on the event, or to register, click here.

As we do every year, ENR Southeast assembled an independent group of judges to review, score and determine final winners. After an initial scoring of projects, the judges—via two separate panels—met to discuss the projects and come to a consensus on awards. Judges could select any combination of Best Project-level category winners and Award of Merit honorees. This year, our judges collectively reviewed roughly 90 entries before honoring the 40 projects listed here.

ENR Southeast extends a huge “thanks” to this year’s judges, who included: Jamie Breme, Fluor Corp.; Keith Douglas, Whiting-Turner; Baker Glasgow, Clancy Theys Construction; Pam Little, Pond & Co.; Ray Riddle, Holder Construction; and Daniel Whiteman, Coastal Construction.


Best Project: South Airport Automated People Mover (APM) Complex at the Orlando International Airport, Orlando. Submitted by: Hensel Phelps

Award of Merit: CATS LYNX Blue Line Extension Light Rail Project, Charlotte, N.C. Submitted by: STV Inc.

Award of Merit: Tampa International Airport Rental Car Center and SkyConnect Automated People Mover, Tampa. Submitted by: Austin Commercial

Award of Merit: Orlando International Airport Intermodal Terminal Facility, Orlando. Submitted by: Turner Construction


Best Project: Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Knoxville Tenn. Submitted by: Merit Construction Inc. 


Best Project: Allen Combined-Cycle Plant, Memphis. Submitted by: Kiewit

Government/Public Building

Best Project: Fourth District Court of Appeal, New Courthouse and Parking Garage, West Palm Beach, Fla. Submitted by: The Weitz Co. 

Health Care

Best Project: Emory University Hospital J-Wing Patient Tower Expansion, Atlanta. Submitted by: McCarthy Building Companies Inc.

Award of Merit: Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, Fort Myers. Submitted by: Skanska USA Building Inc.

Award of Merit: Grandview Cancer Center Submitted by: Brasfield & Gorrie

Higher Education/Research

Best Project (tie): Georgia Tech West Village Dining Commons, Atlanta. Submitted by: Juneau Construction Co.

Best Project (tie): Davidson College - E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center, Davidson, N.C. Submitted by: Rodgers Builders Inc.

Award of Merit: Wofford College Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts, Spartanburg, S.C. Submitted by: McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture.

Award of Merit: Rubenstein Arts Center, Durham, N.C. Submitted by: Skanska USA Building Inc.


Best Project (tie): Fort Hamer Bridge Project with Road Improvements, Bradenton, Fla. Submitted by: Southland Holdings, LLC (Johnson Bros, Southland Contracting)

Best Project (tie): Wilmington Bypass, Wilmington, N.C. Submitted by: Balfour Beatty US

Award of Merit: #WeHeartPR, Utuado, Puerto Rico. Submitted by: U.S. Bridge

Interior/Tenant Improvement

Best Project: Suffolk's Miami Smart Lab Fitout, Miami. Submitted by: Suffolk

Award of Merit: NCR Global Headquarters, Atlanta. Submitted by: HITT Contracting Inc.

Award of Merit: Comcast Division Headquarters at One Ballpark Center, Atlanta. Submitted by: Choate Construction Co.

K-12 Education

Best Project: Horry County Schools - Four New Middle Schools/One New Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Submitted by: FirstFloor Energy Positive.

Award of Merit: Rockbridge Elementary School Replacement, Stone Mountain, Ga. Submitted by: AECOM

Award of Merit: Largo High School, Largo, Fla. Submitted by: Ajax Building Corp.

Landscaping/Urban Development

Best Project: Driving Economic Growth in South Carolina, Ridgeville, S.C. Submitted by: Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co.


Best Project: BRIDG, Kissimmee, Fla. Submitted by: Skanska USA Building Inc.

Award of Merit:  Mayne Pharma Oral Solid-Dose Commercial Manufacturing Facility, Greenville, N.C. Submitted by: BE&K Building Group


Best Project: NBC Universal Telemundo Global Headquarters and Broadcast Studios, Miami. Submitted by: Turner Construction Co.

Award of Merit:  Mercedes-Benz Headquarters, Sandy Springs, Ga. Submitted by: Skanska USA Building Inc.

Award of Merit:  Bridgestone Tower, Nashville. Submitted by: Brasfield & Gorrie LLC


Best Project: Cordell Hull State Office Building, Nashville. Submitted by: Skanska USA Building Inc.


Best Project: Perry Lane Hotel, Savannah, Ga. Submitted by: DPR Construction

Award of Merit:  Omni Hotel at SunTrust Park, Atlanta. Submitted by: Brasfield & Gorrie LLC

Award of Merit:  The Inn at Barnsley Resort and Georgian Hall, Adairsville, Ga. Submitted by: Choate Construction Co.

Small Project (Under $10 million)

Best Project: Cade Museum of Creativity and Invention, Gainesville, Fla. Submitted by: Oelrich Construction

Award of Merit: Southern First Bank Regional Headquarters/80 Calhoun, Charleston, S.C. Submitted: SouthCon Building Group, LLC

Specialty Construction

Best Project: Oconee Nuclear Station Feedwater Heater Replacements, Seneca, S.C. Submitted by: Day & Zimmerman


Best Project: Daily's Place and Covered Flex Field, Jacksonville, Fla. Submitted by: AECOM

Award of Merit: Wofford Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium, Spartanburg, S.C. Submitted by: McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture

Award of Merit: Emory Sports Medicine Center, Brookhaven, Ga. Submitted by: Brasfield & Gorrie LLC


Best Project: Mile Point Training Wall Reconfiguration, Jacksonville, Fla. Submitted by: Manson Construction Co.