Every year, ENR salutes influencers in construction by naming the Top 25 Newsmakers. The editors select one individual from the list to receive ENR’s highest honor, the Award of Excellence. This year’s Newsmakers class showcases the breadth and depth of the global construction industry. For example, we feature a public servant in San Francisco who managed a multibillion-dollar transportation center, a Chicago developer who saved a troubled skyscraper and a foundation engineer who designed the supports for the world’s tallest building-to-be in the Middle East. Browse through this year's Newsmakers below.
Lifting specialist developed the industry’s first curriculum for rigging engineers that is accredited for continuing education.
Construction businessman brokered a complex concessionaire agreement and pulled together a global team to construct one of the world’s most difficult-to-build highway tunnels.
Public servant took on a challenging Bay Area infrastructure megaproject and went above and beyond expectations to ensure creative financing methods and minority participation.
Inventor combined existing industrial technology and new ideas to create a unique elevator system for high-rise buildings.
Barr oversaw the complex San Ysidro Land Port of Entry project, which he describes as a once-in-a-career challenge.
Project director successfully coordinated construction of a $4.56-billion bridge megaproject in Seattle.
Developer crafted an impressive deal to complete a skyscraper that stood unfinished for four years.
By anticipating problems, the team kept the project moving without friction.
Scientist applied machine-learning principles to infrastructure construction to help deliver better pavements.
Duan developed technology that enables more precise positioning of construction work on the jobsite than GPS and other technologies.
Engineer designed the intricate repair of the century-old National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., after a rare earthquake and despite limited funds.
Dedicated civil servant managed quick response to devastating flood and subsequent infrastructure damage in S.C.
Harris is captaining the successful construction of Kentucky’s largest-ever design-build project with a quiet and effective leadership style.
Elevator expert is leading the team that is proving out ropeless lifts, considered the most significant change in vertical travel in more than 150 years.
Materials scientist gives new life to old buildings with a geopolymer mortar that carries an electrical current through the existing steel frame.
MacLaggan showed tenacity and patience in pushing for and seeing through the successful construction of the first large-scale seawater desalination plant, in California.
McCallum worked to end pervasive individual surety fraud by reforming bond asset rules in federal contracting.
McLennan’s rigorous sustainability program for building production is gaining traction around the globe.
Designed tricky foundation for a 1-km-plus-tall supertower in Saudi Arabia.
Despite opposition, Reininger secured approval for Florida’s new intercity passenger-rail line.
Richards managed body recovery and clearing of a massive, March 2014 landslide that swamped state Route 53 in Snohomish County, Wash.
Rigging contractor vastly improved its safety culture by implementing a real-time telematics monitoring program.
Experienced project manager brought successful outcomes to an unprecedented tunneling job under the San Francisco Bay.
Tselebidis is finding ways to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint and improve its behavior.
Wackrow leads the team keeping the $20-billion Hudson Yards mini-city on schedule and on budget.