Work remained scarce last year as the economic recovery continued its slow pace, but that did not stop the contenders for this year's Best Projects competition from putting their best work forward. The New York region, which covers New York, New Jersey and New England this year, drew a total of 104 entries, up from 98 last year.
To be eligible, project submitters had to meet a list of criteria. This included relaying the obstacles they faced during design or construction of the project and how these challenges were managed. They had to address innovation and creativity and provide details as to how their projects helped to elevate industry standards. Also, for the first time, this year's competition included a safety category for projects that went above and beyond the baseline industry safety requirements.
The entries included both large and small projects, leaving the judges with hard decisions to make in choosing category winners and, in some cases, merit winners. Their decision was even tougher when it came to choosing just one of the projects to be this year's Best Project for the New York region.
That honor this year goes to the Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation's I-93 Fast 14 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, which one of the judges called "trendsetting" and several judges praised for its efficiency, time-savings and safety.
The Best Safety winner is the PSEG New Haven Peaking Project, submitted by Durr Mechanical Construction, which partnered with E-J Power Electric on the job. The judges liked the team's proactive steps taken to ensure both crew and site safety. MassDOT's Fast 14 also picked up the safety category merit award.
But these are just the highlights of the competition. The following pages will provide details about the winners as well as the judges, all of whom are industry veterans with a lot of experience working in the Northeast. The next frontier for the category winners detailed in these pages will be a new round of judging in Engineering News-Record's national Best Projects contest.
This Year's Winners Are:
Best Project of 2012- I-93 Fast 14 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project
Best Civil/Infrastructure- Lake Champlain Bridge
Best Cultural/Worship- Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Visitor Center
Best Government/Public Building- General Services Admin., Buffalo U.S. Federal Courthouse
Award of Merit-Government/Public Building- Restoration of Waterbury City Hall
Best Green Project- North Shore Community College Health Professions/Student Services Building
Award of Merit-Green Project- Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 92
Award of Merit-Green Project- New Jersey American Water Canoe Brook
Best Health Care- Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center
Award of Merit-Health Care- Baystate Medical Center, Phase 1
Best Higher Education/Research- Milstein Hall
Award of Merit Higher Education/Research- CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Best Industrial/Manufacturing- Imperial Oil/Champion Chemical Superfund Site
Best Interior Design- NYSE Euronext Next Generation Trading Floor
Best K-12 Education- 250 East 57th Street
Best Landscape/Hardscape- National September 11 Memorial
Best Renovation/Restoration- Central Park Police Precinct
Award of Merit Renovation/Restoration- Terminal B Parking Garage Repairs and Rehabilitation
Best Retail/Hospitality- Hotel Jay and Pump House Waterpark
Best Retail/Mixed Use- The Continental
Best Small Project (Under $10 Million)- Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion
Best Specialty Contracting- Verizon Innovation Center
Best Sports/Entertainment- Resorts World Casino New York City
Best Transportation- I-93 Fast 14 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project
Award of Merit Transportation- Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge Foundations and Approach Structures
Best Safety- PSEG New Haven Peaking Project
Award of Merit Safety- I-93 Fast 14 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project