ENR's Best Projects competition in the Mountain States region featured more than 80 entries from Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Projects were judged on design and construction quality, their contribution to the community and industry practice, and how well teams overcame unusual challenges through collaboration and innovation by a panel of eight judges.
Two projects won in the Best Overall category:
Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver
Images above: (1): A view of the finished courthouse. (2): Inside the courthouse, get a straight up look from the atrium to the dome.
695,767-sq-ft includes a 12-story office tower, three courtrooms, a Supreme Court Library, and an educational learning center that features interactive exhibits.
Documented metrics resulted in a 4.5%, or approximately $9 million, savings on overall project costs.
By using 3D virtual design & construction methods that included a building information model, the team ensured that conflicts were resolved before field installation. The project won an AIA award.
Adobe corporate campus in Salt Lake City
Images above: (1): Fireplaces and interactive screens that keep employees across the globe connected. (2): A large, multidimensional wall separates the main entry from the atrium area. (3): An inspiring painting welcomes people in the entrance.
Offices and conference rooms mesh with basketball courts, exercise rooms and cafes to encourage a sense of community.
Adobe brought Okland Construction onto the team during preconstruction and planning in order to manage the budget, constructability and an extremely aggressive schedule.
Okland Construction developed creative, collaborative and flexible approaches to rigorous project demands. The fast pace meant that there was little time to evaluate, notify, price and discuss many options. This allowed tasks to be completed on time and within budget.
Awards were given in 20 categories and for the complete list of winners, click here. Congratulations to all of the winners!
The winners from this contest will compete in the 13th annual Best Projects nationwide competition. The Best Projects Awards are a series of special events to celebrate and honor the building teams that created the best projects of 2013 nationwide. The ten-city event started this past week in Salt Lake City. To attend an event near you, click here. I will be attending the San Francisco event on December 3rd and I hope to see you there!