Welcome to ENR Regional Best Projects 2014 Awards program! We are seeking entries for our annual awards program, which is dedicated to honoring the best construction projects and the companies that designed and built them in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Projects compete in 20 specialized categories, ranging from airports to sports/entertainment.

Independent juries of industry leaders in design and construction from each of ENR’s 10 regional editions will judge the projects using five criteria, including safety, innovation and teamwork. The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony later in the year and will be featured in the regional editions of ENR. Projects deemed best in category will automatically compete in the Best of the Best Projects 2014, a national juried competition appearing in ENR.

Entries may be submitted by any of the firms working on the project, but the most successful entries are joint entries incorporating input from multiple key team members, such as the design firm, contractor and owner.


The project must be built in any of the 50 U.S. states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.
The project must be or will be completed between June 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014
A project with a construction-related fatality, regardless of contractor or trade, is not eligible.
There is no limit to the number of projects each firm or person can submit.
Eligible projects are reviewed by a panel of judges, which will award projects based on the following criteria:
Overcoming Challenges & Teamwork
Innovation & Contribution to the Industry/Community
Construction Quality & Craftsmanship
Functionality of Design & Aesthetic Quality
Airports/Transit (ports, rail, terminals, runways)
Cultural/Worship (theaters, museums, libraries, churches)
Energy/Industrial (power plants, refineries, renewables)
Government/Public Building (courthouses, bases, law enforcement)
Green Project
Health Care
Higher Education/Research
Highways/Bridges (roads, tunnels, bridges, interstates)
Interiors/Tenant Improvement
K-12 Education
Landscape/Urban Development (parks, streetscapes, plazas, site development)
Manufacturing (warehouses, manufacturing, data centers)
Renovation/Restoration (before and after photos required)
Residential/Hospitality (hotels, apartments, housing)
Small Project (under $10 million)
Specialty Contracting (specialized trade – concrete, mechanical, steel, etc.)
Sports/Entertainment (stadiums, arenas, recreation centers)
Water/Environment (treatment plants, drainage, remediation, flood control, dams)
Submit a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 8 representative photographs in high-resolution digital images (a minimum of 300 dpi at 4″ x 6″ or larger is preferred) plus one optional supplementary item such as a floor plan or testimonial letter. Photos must not include any text or framing. Please provide the photographer’s name for each of the photographs. Applicants should ensure they have permission to copy and send photos to McGraw-Hill Construction for use without limitations. Any liability for copyright violations shall be borne solely by the applicant.

The entry fee is $50 per project entry.

Top category winning projects will automatically be entered into the national competition and will be judged against the winners from all regions by a jury comprised of construction industry professionals from across the country. The winners of the Best of the Best Projects 2014 Awards will be recognized in a special editorial feature in Engineering News-Record, reaching over 150,000 design and construction professionals. One project will be highlighted as Editors’ Choice, selected by the editorial staff of ENR.