ENR Mountain States previously announced its 2023 Best Projects award winners. In addition to these main categories, the regional contest also features two special awards: Excellence in Safety and Excellence in Sustainability.

The Excellence in Safety Award is now in its 11th year. An independent panel of safety experts considered many factors in their decisions, including a project’s overall safety program, OSHA recordable incident rate, lost time accident rate and total work hours on the job. This year's safety judges included Daniel Milinazzo, director of safety and health, Hensel Phelps Construction; Matt Ogle, safety director, JE Dunn Construction; and Rick Zellen, assistant vice president and principal risk engineer, Zurich North America. 

Here are this year’s safety winners, by sub-region.


Award of Merit, Excellence in Safety: 54th Avenue South Overpass, located in Fargo, ND. Submitted by Ames Construction

Intermountain (Utah, Idaho, Montana)

Best Project, Excellence in Safety: The West Quarter (Phase 1), located in Salt Lake City. Submitted by Jacobsen Construction Company

Award of Merit, Excellence in Safety: Brighton High School, located in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Submitted by Hogan & Associates & MHTN Architects 

Each of ENR's 10 regional editions also assembled a separate set of judges to determine the most sustainable projects in the region. For Mountain States, experts included Megan (Burke) Boutin, senior associate, Tryba Architects and Dennis Cigana, executive vice president and chief development officer, Jacobsen Construction. Here are the winners.


Best Project, Excellence in Sustainability: Electric Pass Lodge, located in Snowmass Village, Colo. Submitted by Haselden Construction 

Intermountain (Utah, Idaho, Montana)

Best Project, Excellence in Sustainability: Utah State Moab Academic Building, located in Moab, Utah. Submitted by Hogan & Associates & MHTN Architects 

All winning project teams — as well as our Owner of the Year, Design Firm of the Year, Contractor of the Year, Specialty Contractor of the Year and Legacy Award winner — will be celebrated in Salt Lake City on Dec. 6 at the Marriott Downtown at City Creek and in Denver on Dec. 8 at the Embassy Suites Hotel Denver Downtown Convention Center.

Congratulations to the winners!