ENR Mountain States magazine announced its 2014 Regional Best Projects award winners in early August (see previous editor’s blog on this website). Now, after tabulating final results and polling our judges, we are ready to announce the winners of this year’s Best Projects Safety Awards.
The safety competition was the tightest one so far. Our safety judges noted that many firms have improved not only their safety records but also their approaches to safety through comprehensive, job-specific programs with well-documented plans and good follow-through. As always, we asked the judges not to make the size of the projects a major consideration, but larger and more complex projects tend to demand more extensive safety measures. Here are this year’s safety winners, by region:

Colorado/Wyoming & Plains States (Kansas, Nebraska, Dakotas)

Winner (tie): Denver Union Station Transit Improvements, Denver
Entry submitted by: Kiewit
Contractor/Design-Builder: Kiewit
Lead Design Firms: AECOM & SOM
Owner/Developer: DUSPA

Winner (tie): Pecos Street Bridge Over I-70 Bridge Replacement, Denver
Entry submitted by: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Contractor: Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Lead Design Firm: Wilson & Co. Inc., Engineers & Architects
Owner/Developer: Colorado Dept. of Transportation

Merit: Western State Colorado University Mountaineer Field House and Recreation Center, Gunnison, Colo.
Entry submitted by: JE Dunn Construction Co.
Contractor: JE Dunn Construction Co.
Lead Design Firm: Sink Combs Dethlefs
Owner/Developer: Western State Colorado University

Intermountain Area (Utah, Montana, Idaho)

Winner: Xactware Corporate Office Building, Lehi, Utah
Entry submitted by: Big-D Construction
Contractor: Big-D Construction
Lead Design Firm: GSBS Architects
Owner/Developer: Traverse Mountain Commercial Venture

Merit: eBay Salt Lake City Data Center, South Jordan, Utah
Entry submitted by: DPR Construction
Contractor: DPR Construction
Lead Design Firm: Winter Street Architects
Owner/Developer: eBay Inc.

The Safety Awards will be presented along with the other Best Projects winners at our annual awards ceremonies in late October. We will announce our finalists for Best Overall Projects of the Year soon. Stay tuned.

Information and registration for the Best Projects Awards events is available at:


Hope to see you in Salt Lake City or Denver for the ceremonies.