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Baton Rouge Embraces Green, High-Tech Library
ENR Texas & Louisiana's 2014 Project of the Year: Constructing East Baton Rouge Parish’s new main library, with its slew of unique features, pushed the construction team to adapt.

Photo by Josh Peak

Honoring Texas & Louisiana's 2014 Best Projects
Wide range of projects earn recognition in this year’s contest

Photo by G. Lyon Photography Inc.

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12/15/14 Airports/Transit and Safety: Awards of Merit

DFW International Airport Terminal B North Stinger
12/15/14 Airports/Transit: Best ProjectUAS Hangar

UAS Hangar
12/15/14 Cultural/Worship: Best Project

12/15/14 Energy/Industrial: Award of Merit

Entergy Midtown 230-kV Substation Demolition and Rebuild
12/15/14 Energy/Industrial: Best Project

12/15/14 Government/Public Buildings: Award of Merit

New Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Minden
12/15/14 Government/Public Buildings: Award of Merit

U.S. Coast Guard Houston-Galveston Sector Building
12/15/14 Green Project: Best Project and Safety: Award of Merit

TreeHouse Memorial City
12/15/14 Health Care: Award of Merit Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Memorial Hermann Healthcare System East Tower
12/15/14 Health Care: Award of Merit: Methodist Olive Branch Hospital

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital
12/15/14 Health Care: Award of Merit: Victory Medical Center

Victory Medical Center
12/15/14 Health Care: Best Project

University Health System New Trauma Tower
12/15/14 Higher Education/Research: Best Project

MD Anderson Research Facility at Life Science Plaza
12/15/14 Highways/Bridges: Award of Merit

Chisholm Trail Parkway Section 6 Design-Build
12/15/14 Highways/Bridges: Award of Merit: Manor Expressway

Manor Expressway
12/15/14 Highways/Bridges: Best Project

West 7th Street Bridge
12/15/14 K-12 Education: Award of Merit

The Girls’ School of Austin New Campus
12/15/14 K-12 Education: Best Project

Billy Earl Dade Middle School
12/15/14 Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development: Best Project

The Crest at Galvez Plaza
12/15/14 Manufacturing: Best Project

Triumph Aerostructures Vought Aircraft Division Manufacturing Facility (TARO 2)
12/15/14 Meet the 2014 Best Projects Judges

The judges selected winning ENR Texas & Louisiana entries based on the following criteria: overcoming challenges and teamwork, safety, innovation, contribution to the industry and community, construction and craft quality, design function and aesthetics.
12/15/14 Office/Retail/Mixed-Use: Award of Merit

HEB Stone Oak
12/15/14 Office/Retail/Mixed-Use: Award of Merit

The Phipps
12/15/14 Office/Retail/Mixed-Use: Best Project and Safety: Award of Merit

TRT Holdings Headquarters
12/15/14 Renovation/Restoration: Award of Merit

KIPP Austin Public Schools South Campus
12/15/14 Renovation/Restoration: Award of Merit Bethel Park

Bethel Park
12/15/14 Renovation/Restoration: Best Project

Leonel J. Castillo Community Center
12/15/14 Residential/Hospitality: Award of Merit

The Residences at Stoneleigh Condominiums
12/15/14 Residential/Hospitality: Best Project

2400 Nueces
12/15/14 Safety: Best Project and Government/Public Buildings: Award of Merit

Design-Build Recruit Family Inprocessing and Information Center at Lackland AFB
12/15/14 Small Projects (Under $10 Million): Award of Merit

Richland-Chambers Pipeline Lowering
12/15/14 Small Projects (Under $10 Million): Award of Merit: Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth Phase 3
12/15/14 Small Projects (Under $10 Million): Award of Merit: Turrell Retrospective

Turrell Retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts
12/15/14 Small Projects (Under $10 Million): Best Project

Southern Hotel
12/15/14 Specialty Contracting: Award of Merit

University Health System – Sky Tower at University Tower
12/15/14 Specialty Contracting: Best Project

Rubicon-MDI-1 Re-instrumentation and DCS Upgrade Project
12/15/14 Sports/Entertainment: Best Project

Southwest University Park
12/15/14 Water/Environment: Award of Merit

LPV 9.2 Lakefront Pump Stations No. 1 thru 4 and Breakwater Modifications
12/15/14 Water/Environment: Best Project

Tarrant Regional Water District Richland Chambers Wetlands
10/13/14 Five-Part Project to Ease New Orleans Flooding

Despite delays, underwater unknowns and design challenges, construction teams keep the $100-million Pump to River drainage project on track.
10/13/14 Texas-Size Furniture Store Rises in The Colony

Turner Construction Co. tackles Nebraska Furniture Mart’s new 1.9-million-sq-ft project in a suburb just outside of Dallas
08/11/14 Constrained Site, Delays Test Stadium Contractor

Tulane University’s new Yulman Stadium will be complete by September’s opening home game, after many setbacks and scheduling conflicts
08/11/14 Hospital to Enhance Air Force Care at Lackland

The construction team on the new Lackland Ambulatory Care Center faced phasing and coordination challenges from project start.
06/09/14 Contractor Wrangles Surprises at New Orleans Zoo Project

Unusual requirements make construction at the latest project at the New Orleans Audubon Zoo’ far less tame than a typical site.
06/09/14 Innovation Drives I-635 Managed Lanes Project

A $2.7-billion P3 project in Dallas aims to alleviate congestion in one of the city’s most heavily traveled areas.
04/14/14 Diverse Projects Fill Out Region’s Top Starts of 2013

A wide range of projects broke ground in 2013 across Texas and Louisiana, including mixed-use, retail, energy, transportation and more.
04/14/14 Methanex's Geismar Plant Reassembly Takes Shape

A team of contractors is moving an existing methanol plant from Puntas Arenas, Chile, and relocating/reinstalling it in Louisiana.
04/14/14 Surface Water Facility to Quench Texas County

Extensive planning and careful teamwork has made construction easier on this $191 million project, located one county north of Houston
04/01/14 $36 Million Student Union at University of Louisiana at Lafayette Reaches Halfway Point

Lemoine Co. is constructing a new 178,000-sq-ft student union at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The $36 million project is roughly halfway through construction and completion is expected in December of 2014.
02/17/14 Stick-Frame Casino Hotel Proves a Smart Gamble

The new hotel rising next to the Boomtown Casino New Orleans is being framed in wood—an unusual approach in commercial work.
02/17/14 Team Continuity, Planning Helps Bring Hospital Life

The 364,615-sq-ft Resolute Health Hospital presented challenges to the construction team on scheduling and owner aspirations.
02/05/14 Unknowns Hamper Renovation of 100-Year-Old Building

A historical renovation is nearing completion in Houston. Skanska USA is doing $35 million in work to update and restore the Houston Community College System’s San Jacinto Memorial Building, which was originally built in phases between 1914 and 1936.
01/22/14 Lincoln Builders Constructing $20 Million Medical Center In Iberville Parish

Lincoln Builders of Baton Rouge is nearly halfway through construction a $20 million medical center in Plaquemine, La.
01/14/14 Lafayette Airport Planning $60 Million Expansion

The Lafayette Regional Airport is in the early stages of planning a new terminal that could bring an additional $60-80 million worth of construction to Lafayette, La.
01/08/14 $70 Million Overhaul And Renovation Underway At Riverwalk In New Orleans

Contractors have nearly completed the demolition phase of a $70 million renovation project at the Riverwalk Marketplace in New Orleans.
12/16/13 Horseshoe Project Progresses in Dallas

Work is underway on an ambitious $798 million project that will transform interstate traffic through downtown Dallas.
12/16/13 Award of Merit, Health Care: CJMH C. Bryce Thomas MD Memorial Emergency Center

JE Dunn Construction Co. completed an extensive renovation and addition for Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital in January.
12/16/13 Award of Merit: Cultural/Worship: Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Balfour Beatty Construction completed work on the $95-million Perot Museum of Nature and Science in October 2012.
12/16/13 Award of Merit: Higher Education/Research: Biomedical Research and Health Professions Building

SpawGlass completed work on the three-story, 60,000-sq-ft Biomedical Research and Health Professions Building at the University of Texas at Brownsville in September 2012.
12/16/13 Award of Merit: Highways/Bridges: Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project

The $1.2-billion Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project was completed in June by a team led by Louisiana TIMED Managers.
12/16/13 Award of Merit: K-12: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s Dell Fine Arts Center

Construction on the $16.5-million Dell Fine Arts Center at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School wrapped up in July 2012.
12/16/13 Award of Merit: Renovation/Restoration: Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital

The Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital project transformed two 40-year-old buildings into a 96-bed inpatient cancer hospital.
12/16/13 Award of Merit: Safety: Biomedical Research and Health Professions Building

SpawGlass Contractors completed the $26-million, 60,000-sq-ft Biomedical Research and Health Professions Building at the University of Texas at Brownsville campus in September 2012.
12/16/13 Award of Merit: Safety: Carnegie Vanguard High School

Carnegie Vanguard High School is an 84,500-sq-ft school in Houston that was completed in August 2012.
12/16/13 Award of Merit: Safety: GE Manufacturing Solutions Locomotive Manu.Facility

Walker Engineering led electrical and KBD Group led construction on the $95-million GE Manufacturing Solutions Locomotive Manufacturing Facility.
12/16/13 Award of Merit: Safety: GE Manufacturing Solutions Locomotive Manufacturing Facility

Walker Engineering led electrical and KBD Group led construction on the $95-million GE Manufacturing Solutions Locomotive Manufacturing Facility.
12/16/13 Award of Merit: Safety: San Jacinto College Allied Health Building

The $29-million San Jacinto South Campus Science & Allied Health Project houses the nursing and science programs for San Jacinto College.
12/16/13 Award of Merit: Safety: Triumph Aerostructures Aircraft Div. Manu. Facility

The project had no lost-time or recordable incidents during the team’s 110,614 man-hours on the job.
12/16/13 Award of Merit: Safety: Triumph Aerostructures Aircraft Division manufacturing facility

The project had no lost-time or recordable incidents during the team’s 110,614 man-hours on the job.
12/16/13 Award of Merit: Small Project (Under $10 Million): Turrell Skyspace

Linbeck Group completed work on Turrell Skyspace at Rice University in July 2012.
12/16/13 Award of Merit: Water/Environment: T-Bar Well Field Develop. and Delivery Project

With a sustained drought and historically low reservoir levels in West Texas, the city of Midland sought a new source of potable water.
12/16/13 Best Airport/Transit: Consolidated Rental Car Facility

The $81.5-million, 784,000-sq-ft Consolidated Rental Car Facility centralizes the operations of all the car-rental agencies for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
12/16/13 Best Cultural/Worship: First Baptist Church of Dallas

A two-block area of downtown Dallas was tranformed into a modern campus for First Baptist Church of Dallas.
12/16/13 Best Energy/Industrial: John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant

The $1.7-billion, 620-MW John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant took more than six years to complete.
12/16/13 Best Government/Public Building: College Station Fire Station No. 6

Bartlett Cocke General Contractors completed work on the $5.9-million College Station Fire Station No. 6 in November 2012.
12/16/13 Best Green Project: NASA Johnson Space Center Building 12

The 65,000-sq-ft NASA Johnson Space Center Building 12 gets a major green rehab.
12/16/13 Best Health Care: UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Institute

Linbeck Group led construction on the $16.2-million UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Institute.
12/16/13 Best Highways/Bridges: President George Bush Turnpike Western Extension

The turnpike’s western extension was the tollway authority’s first design-build project.
12/16/13 Best Interior Design/Tenant Improvement: Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom

While the new Sub-Zero Wolf showroom in Uptown Dallas is a state-of-the-art tour-de-force, the core of the structure is anchored in tradition.
12/16/13 Best K-12 Education: Carnegie Vanguard High School

Turner Construction completed the $14.9-million, 84,500-sq-ft Carnegie Vanguard High School in August 2012.
12/16/13 Best Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development: City of Dallas Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park was built on a bridge deck that spans the Woodall Rodgers Freeway.
12/16/13 Best Manufacturing: Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division Manufacturing Facility

KBR Building Group led construction on a new $23.9-million manufacturing facility for aircraft wings.
12/16/13 Best Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Developments: BBVA Compass Plaza

Upon completion earlier this year, the BBVA Compass Plaza became one of the first new high-rise structures built in Houston’s uptown section near the Galleria in more than three decades.
12/16/13 Best Overall Project: George W. Bush Presidential Center

The country’s newest presidential library has been built to last 100 years and achieve LEED Platinum.
12/16/13 Best Projects 2013: Meet the Jury

Meet the judges who selected the winners of the Best Projects competition.
12/16/13 Best Renovation/Restoration: 500 Fannin Building

Fretz Construction Co. led renovation of the former Wilson Stationery and Printing Co. building in downtown Houston.
12/16/13 Best Residential/Hospitality: Museum Tower

The glass-paneled spire of Museum Tower is the newest star in the Dallas skyline.
12/16/13 Best Safety: The John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant

CB&I and Babcock and Wilcox teamed to construct the 620-MW John W. Turk Jr. Power Plant.
12/16/13 Best Small Projects (Under $10 Million): Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Ped. Bridge

Fort Worth’s stress-ribbon steel-arch bridge is a first in the U.S.
12/16/13 Best Specialty Contracting: GE Manufacturing Solutions – Locomotive Manu. Facility

Contractors transformed a vacant building into an expansive locomotive manufacturing facility.
12/16/13 Best Sports/Entertainment: Circuit of the Americas/Formula One U.S. Grand Prix

State-of-the-art facility brings Formula One racing track to Austin.
12/16/13 Best Water/Environment: LPV-3.2 West Return Floodwall

An expansive $94-million floodwall adds to New Orleans’ flood-protection system.
12/16/13 ENR Texas & Louisiana Honors 2013 Best Projects

Tough judging leads to only the best projects in this year’s competition.
12/16/13 New Orleans Prison Rebuild Enhances Capabilities

A tight site and security concerns challenged the team building a state-of-the-art prison in New Orleans.
12/10/13 Shreveport's $342 Million Sewer System Upgrade

The City of Shreveport has agreed to make $342 million worth of improvements to its sewer system over the next 12 years.
11/21/13 LBJ Express Work Progresses to Excavation Phase

The first section of the $2.7 billion Interstate 635 upgrade, which includes a new TEXpress managed lane system, will open on Dec. 14. Meanwhile, construction work on the rest of the project, known as the LBJExpress, now moves into the technically challenging excavation phase.
11/04/13 Lemoine Co. Constructing $14 Million Hotel In New Orleans

The Lemoine Co. is in the process of constructing a 90,000-sq-ft, five-story casino hotel in Harvey, La. The project is valued at $14 million and is on target to be completed in May 2014.
11/01/13 McDonnel Group Breaks Ground On $22.6 Million School Expansion In New Orleans

The McDonnel Group recently broke ground on a $22.6 million expansion of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.
10/14/13 Teamwork Eases Building of Hospital Trauma Tower

Project participants reduce stress with early collaboration in construction of Methodist Dallas Medical Center’s $120-million critical care facility.
10/11/13 $1.4 Billion I-35E Expansion Project Kicks Off In North Texas

Work on the $1.4 billion expansion and upgrade to Interstate 35E north of Dallas launched this month with a groundbreaking ceremony on the shores of Lewisville Lake.
10/02/13 Major Construction to Start on New Orleans Pump Station Project

PCCP Constructors, a joint venture comprised of Kiewit, M.R. Pittman and Traylor Bros., along with a design team at Stantec, will start major construction this fall on the $700 million Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps project in New Orleans.
09/04/13 Houston's Galleria Area Gets First New Office Building in 30 Years

Skanska adds finishing touches to a brand new office building the firm is constructing for itself in Houston.
08/19/13 $300-Million Pipeline Is Soggy Solution in North Texas

The 48-mile project will help the region’s municipal water agency cope with drought and growth.
08/19/13 Project Team Pushes Pace to Finish Louisiana Link

The state highway agency and contractor James Construction Group maximize equipment and labor to build I-49 segments simultaneously.
07/10/13 Construction Starts On $200M Mixed-Use Development In New Orleans

Work is underway on the first phase of a $200-million mixed-use development in New Orleans.
06/17/13 New $1.2 billion bridge expansion completed in New Orleans

The Huey P. Long Bridge in New Orleans officially reopened on June 16 after a seven-year $1.2-billion expansion project.
06/17/13 DFW Connector Undergoes $1B Upgrade

Kiewit-Zachry team employs a detailed plan to shave costs and schedule, putting the 8.4-mile project on track to finish a year early.
06/17/13 Prefab Gives $1-Billion Hospital Job a Big Schedule Boost

Skanska USA Building and MAPP Construction use the approach extensively at the 2-million-sq-ft hospital campus in New Orleans.
05/29/13 $26.5M School to Start Construction in New Orleans

FHP Tectonics Corp. will start construction in June on a $26.5-million school project in New Orleans.
04/22/13 Gulf Coast Restoration Faces Long Road Ahead

Vital coastal areas are starting to come back to life, but the post-oil-spill cleanup will take years, delayed by uncertainty and litigation.
04/22/13 Oil and Gas Work Fuels Region's Largest Projects

The uptick in North American energy production is driving plans for pipelines and petrochemical megaprojects along the Gulf Coast.
04/22/13 Valero’s Renewable Diesel Plant Nears Start-Up

In its trend-setting $368-million Diamond Green facility in Norco, La., the largest independent U.S. oil refiner will recycle animal fats and grease into usable fuel.
04/17/13 $14 Million Historic Renovation Breaks Ground In New Orleans

Work has commenced on the $14 million construction and historic renovation project at the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy.
04/02/13 Corps of Engineers Begins $48M Underground Drainage Project In New Orleans

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has started work on a $44.8 million project to construct 5,000 feet of underground drainage canal in central New Orleans.
02/25/13 Digging Deeper: New High-Tech Facelift for Plano Data Center

Texas city’s $8-million upgrade of its 47-year-old former city services building into a modern data complex should be its final ‘repurposing.’
02/15/13 Project Team Breaks Ground On New University of Houston Stadium

Construction on the University of Houston’s new football stadium is now underway.
01/08/13 Two Wind Farms Rising Near Harlingen
Two wind farms will soon be up and running in Texas, thanks to work being done by the North American Development Bank (NADB) and Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Civil/Infrastructure: Improvements to the Chalmette Loop Levee
St. Bernard Levee Partners, a joint venture led by URS Corp., completed the $272.7 million Chalmette Loop Levee improvement project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hurricane Protection Office in New Orleans in September 2011.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Safety: Blue Plate Artist Lofts
Blue Plate Artist Lofts is a historic renovation of a 96,349-sq-ft fast-food production facility into 72 residential artist loft rentals.
12/10/12 Careful Scheduling Is Key To Hospital Renovation
In January 2011, The Lemoine Co. completed major renovations on the Lafayette General Medical Center, originally built in 1963 and last updated in 1983. The renovation, expansion and exterior up- grade was completed while the existing facility was in operation.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Renovation/Restoration: UT Austin School of Law Jesse H. Jones Hall
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law turned to Satterfield & Pontikes Construction to complete the five-phase renovation project for the 35-year-old Jesse H. Jones Hall.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Health Care: University Medical Center of El Paso
Robins & Morton completed the 623,260-sq-ft University Medical Center of El Paso, the only nonprofit, community-owned hospital in the area, in June 2012.
12/10/12 Best Government/Public Project: Tilt-Up Construction Helps Team Meet Tight Schedule
Woodward Design+Build completed the Marine Corps Support Facility in July 2011. This was the first phase and anchor project for a first-of-its-kind government cam- pus in New Orleans.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Transportation: Oklahoma City Skydance Bridge
Manhattan Road & Bridge Co. completed the Skydance Bridge on the south side of downtown Oklahoma City in April 2012.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Transportation: Houma to Freeport Bridge Relocation
When a bridge in Houma, La., that had been unused for nearly 20 years had to come down for safety and obstruction reasons, the decision was made to relocate it to Freeport, Texas, where an existing bridge needed to be replaced.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Civil/Infrastructure: Seabrook Gate Project
Working from June 2010 to June 2012, Alberici Constructors Inc. completed the $161-million Seabrook Gate Project in New Orleans for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Government/Public: Rockwall County Courthouse
The 125,000-sq-ft Rockwall County Courthouse in Texas is a concrete structure wrapped with a blend of masonry and precast. Manhattan Construction Co. worked on the $33-million project from May 2010 to October 2011.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Green: UT Marine Science Institute Reserve Headquarters and Lab Expansion
Working from August 2009 to July 2011, SpawGlass Contractors Inc. completed the University of Texas Marine Science Institute Reserve Headquarters and Lab Expansion with a focus on sustainability.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Health Care: Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women
Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women is a 15-story, 1.3-million-sq-ft facility that connects to the Texas Children's West Tower via a two-story sky bridge, the largest in the state.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Industrial/Manufacturing: South Central Utility Plant at Baylor Medical Center
MEDCO Construction completed the $29.9-million South Central Utility Plant at Baylor University Medical Center in January 2012.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Interior Design/Tenant Improvement: Fulbright & Jaworski
International law firm Fulbright & Jaworski turned to Balfour Beatty Construction for the demolition and rebuilding of three-and-a-half floors—a total of 72,267 sq ft—at its Austin, Texas, office.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, K-12: Lady Bird Johnson Middle School
Lady Bird Johnson Middle School is the first net-zero public school in Texas. Balfour Beatty Construction completed the $29.9-million project in March 2012.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Office: Hess Tower
The 844,763-sq-ft, 29-story Hess Tower building, which is owned by Trammell Crow Co., was completed in December 2011.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Renovation/Restoration: 1910 Harris County Courthouse Restoration
Vaughn Construction led the $65-million effort to restore Harris County's courthouse, built in 1910, to its original condition.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Renovation/Restoration: Vertical Expansion at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano
Additional capacity drove Baylor Health Care Systems to expand The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, a 290,000-sq-ft, 116-bed facility that opened in 2007.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Residential/Hospitality: Windsor Court Hotel
Working from May 2011 to March 2012, Landis Construction Co. completed the first major restoration to the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans since 1984.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Safety: University Medical Center of El Paso
Robins & Morton completed the 623,260-sq-ft University Medical Center of El Paso, the only nonprofit, community-owned hospital in the area, in June 2012.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Small Project Under $10 Million: Star of Hope Children's Building
Fretz Construction Co. completed the $2.3-million Star of Hope Children's Building in March 2012 for the Star of Hope Mission, which is dedicated to meeting the needs of the homeless.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Specialty Contracting: 1910 Harris County Courthouse
Originally built in 1910, the Harris County Courthouse in Houston was first renovated in 1953.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Sports/Entertainment: NOLA Motorsports
The $60-million NOLA Motorsports racetrack consists of a 1.3-mile go-kart track, a 2.75-mile road course and a 7.5-acre autocross pad.
12/10/12 Award of Merit, Transportation: LA 1 Improvements, Phase 1A Bridge
James Construction Group completed the LA 1 Improvements, Phase 1A Bridge Construction project that involved building a 40-ft-wide, two-lane bridge stretching 5.5 miles over Bayou Lafourche, replacing the formerly flood-prone section of the LA 1 corridor between Fourchon and Leeville.
12/10/12 Best Civil/Infrastructure Project: Intracoastal Waterway Bolsters Flood Defenses
The $1-billion Gulf Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex is a critical part of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System that will provide the New Orleans area with 100-year-event flood protection and storm surge defense.
12/10/12 Best Cultural Project: Complex Museum Captures the Beauty of Arkansas
Buro Happold Consulting Engineers led structural and MEP work on the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a 200,000-sq-ft museum and cultural center.
12/10/12 Best Green Project: Apogee Stadium Achieves Platinum LEED
Manhattan Construction Co. completed the $78-million, 30,000-seat Apogee Stadium for the University of North Texas in July 2011. The stadium earned LEED-Platinum certification, the first collegiate stadium in the nation to achieve that designation
12/10/12 Best Health Care Project: Military Medical Center Merges Old and New
Clark Construction Group completed the San Antonio Military Medical Center, a $759-million expansion and renovation of the existing Brooke Army Medical Center, in July 2011.
12/10/12 Best Higher Education Project: Team Preserves, Improves Historic Center
Perkins+Will was the lead designer on the Memorial Student Center Renovation and Addition at Texas A&M University. The $103-million project was completed in March 2012 and includes a 100,000-sq-ft expansion and full renovation of the 440,000-sq-ft original building.
12/10/12 Best Industrial/Manufacturing Project: Teamwork Helps shape Multipurpose Facility
Crane Worldwide's new facility houses three separate corporate entities, each with its own business functions and requirements, as well as shipping and warehouse areas.
12/10/12 Best Interior Design/Tenant Improvement Project: Headquarters Tower Gets complete Makeover
Gilbane Building Co. finished the complete renovation of El Paso Corp.'s 32-story, 45-year-old headquarters in downtown Houston in September 2011.
12/10/12 Best K-12 Project: School Design Embraces Environment, Future
Satterfield & Pontikes Construction completed the $29-million Ann Richards Middle School for the Dallas Independent School District on a 21.6-acre site.
12/10/12 Best Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Development Project: Green Space Meets A Downtown Square
In January 2012, Arrighi Construction completed the $7.1-million North Boulevard Town Square Project, the first component of Baton Rouge's Riverfront Master Plan, which is aimed at revitalizing the downtown area.
12/10/12 Best Office Project: Cancer Center Finished Well Ahead of Schedule
Vaughn Construction began work on the MD Anderson Cancer Center Mid Campus Building and Garage in September 2008, completing construction in February 2012.
12/10/12 Best Renovation/Restoration Project: Careful Scheduling Is Key To Hospital Renovation
In January 2011, The Lemoine Co. completed major renovations on the Lafayette General Medical Center, originally built in 1963 and last updated in 1983. The renovation, expansion and exterior upgrade was completed while the existing facility was in operation.
12/10/12 Best Residential/Hospitality Project: Complex Coordination Delivers LEED-Gold Hotel
Situated on eight acres, the Omni Dallas Convention Center includes 110,000 sq ft of meeting space and ballrooms along with a 720-car parking garage.
12/10/12 Best Retail/Mixed-Use Developments Project: Historic Brewery Gets a Modern Transformation
Built in 1883, the Pearl Brewery is one of San Antonio's most visited landmarks. Brewery owner Silver Ventures turned to Joeris General Contractors to update the property and its aging structures.
12/10/12 Best Safety Project: Contractor Conquers Tilt-Up Safety Challenges
The U.S. Marine Corps Support Facility, the new national headquarters for the U.S. Marine Forces Reserve, was completed in July 2011.
12/10/12 Best Small Project Under $10 Million: University Center Opens New Front Door to Campus
PageSoutherlandPage led the design of the $7.5-million University of Texas at Dallas Visitor Center and University Bookstore, completed in July 2011.
12/10/12 Best Specialty Contracting Project: Precast Concrete Museum Challenges Project Team
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is a 180,000-sq-ft, 170-ft tall building that features a precast concrete facade made up of more than 700 unique gray precast concrete panels that cover the museum's tower, atrium and plinth.
12/10/12 Best Sports/Entertainment Project: Aluminum-Clad Stadium Rises in Heart of Houston
Manhattan Construction Co. completed the 22,000-seat BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston's new home for its Major League Soccer team, the Dynamo, in April 2012.
12/10/12 Best Transportation Project: North America’s Longest Cable-Stayed Span Bridge
The John James Audubon Bridge is the only Mississippi River crossing between Natchez, Miss., and Baton Rouge, La.
12/10/12 ENR Texas & Louisiana Cites the Best Projects of 2012

Independent judges recognize a wide array of well-executed projects across the region.
12/10/12 ENR Texas & Louisiana Project of the Year: Pump Station Creates a Powerful Defense

The $1-billion Gulf Intracoastal Waterway complex provides the New Orleans area with 100-year-event flood protection.
12/10/12 New Recruit: Fort Hood’s Replacement Medical Center

A joint venture of contractors Balfour Beatty and McCarthy Construction tackles the U.S. Army’s $579-million replacement hospital in Texas.
11/09/12 Groundbreaking Held on Panda Power's Sherman Power Plant

Panda Power Funds broke ground November 8 on its 758-megawatt natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle power plant in Sherman, Texas.
10/15/12 Design-Build Team Performs New Take on Hall’s Classic Space

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio will meld an historic facade with a contemporary and flexible performance hall.
09/18/12 Bechtel, Siemens Team On Two Panda Power Projects

Panda Power Funds is bringing two new natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle power plants to Texas, one in Temple and the other in Sherman. Both plants will be built by a turn-key consortium of Bechtel and Siemens Energy Inc.
08/13/12 DART Design-Build Team Delivers Stations Early

Using design-build for the first time, a Dallas subway building team found speedy solutions to difficult challenges and delays.
08/13/12 Main Street Texas Gets a $1.9-Billion Makeover

Widening and upgrading a 96-mile stretch of I-35, the central interstate in Texas, is the state’s largest new construction program in nearly 50 years.
06/11/12 Bush Presidential Center Pushes Energy Efficiency

The Dallas library of George W. Bush, former president and oil man, strives to be one of a few state projects with Platinum LEED certification.
04/16/12 New Transmission Lines to Link Texas Cities With Future Wind Farm Development

The $7-billion, 3,500-mile CREZ project will add transmission lines that can move up to 18,500MW of power from remote areas of the state.
02/20/12 iPads Guide Dallas/Fort Worth Project to an On-Time Arrival

A paperless project initiative leads to greater field use of the iPad, yielding big cost savings, productivity improvements and fewer errors.
12/12/11 A Meticulous Renovation For New Orleans Garrison
Historic New Orleans garrison wins Best Project award in the renovation/restoration category.
12/12/11 Anderson-Alkek Center Faced Host of Challenges
University of Texas MD Anderson Alkek project comprised a 12-story vertical expansion above the operating 12-story hospital and a new 24-story elevator tower.
12/12/11 Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center
The Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center wins award of merit in the health-care category.
12/12/11 Botanical Research Institute Is a Flowering Achievement
Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth used renewable materials and captures 91% of stormwater runoff.
12/12/11 Building Team Raises the Roof for MD Anderson Hospital Expansion

Project design and construction gain award as Texas & Louisiana Best Overall Project in 2011.
12/12/11 Chalmette Cultural Arts Center, Chalmette, La.
Chalmette Cultural Arts Center wins Award of Merit in the K-12 category.
12/12/11 Children's Hospital Puts A New Twist on the Tower
Texas Children’s Hospital Jan & Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, the world’s first center for treatment of children’s neurological disorders, came in ahead of schedule and under budget.
12/12/11 Cook Children’s Health Care System Explores IPD for Office Project

Health-care system and its designer, builder, consultants and specialty contractors put trust in each other to share risks and rewards.
12/12/11 Dallas Chapel Brings to Life Johnson's Final Design
Based on a sketch by the late Philip Johnson, the interfaith center overcame site and design challenges to realize a clean safety record and on-budget, on-time project delivery.
12/12/11 ENR Texas & Louisiana Best Projects Completed in the Past Year

ENR Texas and Louisiana honors 27 examples of excellence.
12/12/11 Expansion Blurs the Line Between Old and New
Texas church wins Best Small Project award.
12/12/11 Green Convention Center A First for City of Irving
Building reached LEED-Silver target, had an innovative foundation system and was city’s first built under a green building mandate.
12/12/11 High-End Finishes Meet Sustainable Design
Dallas academy wins Best Project award in the K-12 category.
12/12/11 Lake Pontchartrain & Vicinity (LPV) 149 Caernarvon Floodwall, St. Bernard Parish, La.
New Orleans storm control system wins Award of Merit in the Civil/Infrastructure category.
12/12/11 LEAN Techniques Help Deliver Learning Center
Turner Construction implements advanced techniques and systems throughout the construction process to meet aggressive goals.
12/12/11 Massive Remodel Meets Aggressive Schedule
Dallas headquarters building wins Best Project award in the office category.
12/12/11 MD Anderson Cancer Center Pickens Tower and Faculty Center
MD Anderson Cancer Center Pickens Tower and Faculty Center matches current needs with future flexibility.
12/12/11 Methodist West Houston Hospital
Methodist West Houston Hospital wins Award of Merit in the health-care category.
12/12/11 New Orleans Floodwall Sets Record for Corps
The largest design-build civil works construction project in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers history, the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier in New Orleans is designed to provide a robust and sustainable post-Katrina flood-protection system for the city and surrounding area.
12/12/11 Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church Renovations and Shrine Addition
Houston church wins Award of Merit in the Cultural/Worship category.
12/12/11 Project Team Serves Up Eco-Friendly Food Facility
Food processing plant wins Best Project award in the industrial/manufacturing category.
12/12/11 San Antonio International Airport, Terminal B
San Antonio International Airport wins Award of Merit in the transportation category.
12/12/11 Scaffold Secures Success Of Capitol Dome Repairs
Texas State Capitol dome and roof repairs win Best Project award in the specialty contracting category.
12/12/11 Teams Keep Passengers Moving During Renovation
Houston airport renovation wins Best Project award in the transportation category.
12/12/11 Teamwork on Display at Houston Zoo Project
Houston Zoo facility wins Best Project award in the landscape/hardscape/urban development category.
12/12/11 Texas A&M University Agriculture Headquarters Building
Texas A&M Agricultural Headquarters Building wins Award of Merit in the higher education/research category.
12/12/11 Texas State Technical College University Center
The two-story, 38,000-sq-ft University Center, located on the former Harlingen Air Force Base, wins Award of Merit in the green building category.
12/12/11 U.S. Custom House Tenant Improvements
National Historic Landmark wins Award of Merit in the renovation/restoration category.
12/12/11 Ultra Electronics Showcases Transformation
Ultra Electronics building wins Award of Merit in the interior design/tenant improvement category.
12/12/11 University of Texas at Dallas, Student Services Building
First LEED-Platinum higher-education building in Texas wins Award of Merit in the green building category.
10/17/11 Concrete Crews Decipher Puzzling Perot Project

Creating an unusual textured look at Dallas’ Perot Museum of Nature and Science requires a complex set of precast panels.
10/17/11 Texas Children’s Hospital Adds a Pavilion for Women to the Facility Family

The Pavilion for Women is a $575-million facility that will bring maternity and neonatal care capabilities to the hospital. Taking the pavilion from conception to birth is the most ambitious construction project in the hospital's history and the centerpiece of its $1.5-billion Vision 2010 expansion program.
08/15/11 Demoed Lake Pontchartrain Bridge Keeps on Giving

The demolished I-10 Twin Span bridges have been repurposed to create a new fishing pier and two artificial reefs that will provide habitat for marine life and protect shoreline.
08/15/11 I-10 Twin Spans Speed Relief Over Lake Pontchartrain

The Interstate 10 Twin Spans, one of Louisiana’s largest projects, is scheduled to wrap up nearly one year early thanks to an efficient design and streamlined approvals.
06/13/11 Corgan Diversifies, Comes Out Ahead

Aviation, mission-critical and a high-profile health-care project are among the work that has boosted Corgan’s already impressive portfolio
06/13/11 Texas Schools Harvest Energy—and Educate

In three school districts, three new schools will save energy and teach students about sustainability; one will be the state’s first net-zero school
06/13/11 The Annual Top Design List Features More Than 70 Firms
The following rankings are based on revenue reported by participating firms from their previous calendar or fiscal year for work performed in Texas and Louisiana
04/18/11 Changing Markets Push LNG Toward Export

The sudden abundance of natural gas in the U.S. has owners of two new, but practically unused, liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals in Louisiana and Texas proposing expensive conversions to export the fuel—an unthinkable proposition just five years ago.
04/18/11 Public Projects Dominate Top Starts

While public projects dominate Texas and Louisiana's more than $10 billion in Top Starts for 2010, a smattering of private jobs also were able to secure enough backing to move forward.
04/18/11 ENR Texas & Louisiana's Owner of the Year

By June 1, when the 2011 hurricane season starts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its industry and municipal partners will have delivered the bulk of a $14.6-billion program to provide New Orleans and surrounding parishes with what they say will be the best flood protection ever.
04/18/11 Powerplant Upgrades Test New Technology

A$400-million wet flue gas desulfurization (FGD) project now under way at the Fayette Power Project near La Grange, Texas, will remove about 97% of sulfur dioxide emissions from the plant's two units and allow the 1,200-MW facility to meet permitting obligations.
04/18/11 Water Treatment Plant Provides New Big Gulp

Austin's $508-million Water Treatment Plant No. 4 required engineers and contractors to creatively address a host of environmental concerns to ensure that the city could provide enough water for its growing population through the century.
02/14/11 Texas Capitol Repairs Squeezed for Time

The construction manager for the $3.5-million partial rehabilitation of the 122-year-old Texas State Capitol in Austin was under a strict deadline—the job had to be completed in seven months.
01/24/11 The 2010 Best of the Best: Texas and Louisiana Winners
From more than 1,500 submissions, including museums, airports, parks and hospitals, the special panel of judges picked the country’s 21 top projects of 2010. Find out who the winners were in our region.
12/01/10 Best of 2010
Congratulations to the winning teams that built the projects presented on the following pages. Texas Construction is proud to bring its readers the results of our annual awards competition in this feature dedicated to the 14th annual Best Of program. We also wish to thank our jurors, without whose careful consideration of nearly more than 175 entries the program would not be possible
11/01/10 Greening Texas Schools

With more than a decade of data on sustainability documented at pilot projects around the state, Texas school districts are buying into the promise of green building for K-12 facilities in a big way.
11/2010 Parkland: A ‘Hospital for the Future’

When an ambulance rushed fatally wounded President John F. Kennedy to Parkland Hospital in Dallas in 1963, the facility sported the latest equipment and a skilled team of clinicians.
11/01/10 Oklahoma City Defies Recession

In a boom defying the national bust, Oklahoma City is witnessing approximately $2 billion worth of public and private development.
10/01/10 High-Rise Peaks

Even during the recession, a few high-rise projects are under construction in Texas and Oklahoma, but those either started before the economic meltdown or are funded with the help of public dollars.
09/01/10 Bridge Building Buzzing

Texas and Oklahoma are in the midst of building bridges and implementing replacement and rehabilitation programs, many of which are projects fueled by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...
09/01/10 Storm of Contracts

Contractors can anticipate a flurry of projects over the next year as the Texas Dept. of Rural Affairs (TDRA) awards $1.5 billion in public projects to rebuild areas hit hard by hurricanes Dolly and Ike.
06/01/10 Top Project Starts - 1 to 25
Top Project Starts - 26 to 55
Twenty-five projects out of the 55 that made the list of our annual Top Projects Starts are listed on the following pages in order of total construction cost.
06/01/10 Southern Methodist University Projects

Donation-supported, new projects keep moving forward at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
05/01/10 A River Runs Through It

By fall, kayakers will enjoy the new waterfalls and whitewater in the Trinity River as part of the recreation portion of the $2.5- to $3-billion city of Dallas Trinity River Corridor project that is 20 mi long and...
05/01/10 Brushy Creek Among New Water Treatment Plants

The water will pass through several open flocculation, sedimentation and filtration basins, a disinfection system and an enclosed clear well. An elevated storage tank will hold water ready for distribution.
04/01/10 Mixed-Use Projects a Mixed Bag

The 125 Texas firms in our 15th annual Top Contractor rankings collectively billed about $24 billion in the state in 2009, a decrease of about $1 billion reported from the 2008, when we listed an additional five...
03/01/10 Pacific War Museum

When Joe Cavanaugh talks about Pearl Harbor, Bataan, Midway and other focal points of World War II in the Pacific Theater, it takes a moment to realize he isn’t referring to the actual historic locations but...
03/01/10 Lorenzo de Zavala Archives and Library Building

The recently completed $15.5-million renovation of the Lorenzo de Zavala Archives and Library Building in Austin means documents and artifacts that illustrate Texas’ rich history are now better protected and...
03/01/10 Historical Fort Sam Houston Made Modern

About two dozen buildings at Fort Sam Houston, some dating back almost as early as the post’s 1876 origin, are being transformed into modern, energy-efficient offices, barracks and other facilities for...
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