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Best Projects Awards Celebrate Successful Teams
Many of this year’s winners featured close collaboration among project firms.

Photo courtesy of Turner Construction Co.

Historic Temple Gets A New Lease on Life
New shear walls, building systems and repairs to historic elements comprise a meticulously planned restoration at Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Photo by Tom Bonner

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12/01/14 Airports/Transit Award of Merit: Bob Hope Airport RITC

Multiple procurement packages allowed for a design-build approach to components that include a parking structure and rental car building.
12/01/14 Airports/Transit Award of Merit: San Francisco Intl. Airport Terminal 3E

The $117-million design-build project focused on elevating hospitality, efficiency and passenger comfort.
12/01/14 Airports/Transit: Green Build Expansion at San Diego Airport

The first LEED-Platinum certified commercial airport terminal in the world was completed on time and nearly $45 million under budget.
12/01/14 Award of Merit, Cultural/Worship: San Diego Central Library

The signature three-story dome provides visual drama to the exterior and a lofty interior space above the reading room.
12/01/14 Award of Merit, Cultural/Worship: The Arboretum at Christ Cathedral

The project team met an expedited delivery schedule while installing contemporary systems that remained faithful to architect Richard Neutra’s original vision.
12/01/14 Award of Merit, Government/Public Building: San Bernardino Justice Center

The $260-million San Bernardino Justice Center has become one of the Inland Empire’s most significant facilities in recent years.
12/01/14 Builder’s Home Exhibits Net-Zero Sustainability

With its San Francisco offices designed to achieve ‘net zero,’ DPR Construction proves affordability, viability of the highest green standard
12/01/14 Cultural/Worship: Carmel Mission Basilica Preservation

Crews completed the two-phase, $5.6-million project more than two years ahead of schedule and at a savings of $1.6 million.
12/01/14 Cultural/Worship: The Wallis

The project team repurposed a historic U.S. Post Office and joined it to a new, modernist-style building to create a performing arts center.
12/01/14 Energy/Industrial: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station

The largest solar project of its kind in the world, Ivanpah uses emerging solar thermal power technology to produce electricity.
12/01/14 Excellence in Safety & Best Sports/Entertainment: San Jose McEnery Convention Center

This renovation and addition provides unique meeting spaces that flow inside and out.
12/01/14 Government/Public Building: Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse

This fast-tracked design-build undertaking became the first social infrastructure project in the U.S. procured under the principles of performance-based infrastructure contracting.
12/01/14 Green Project Award of Merit: J. Craig Venter Institute Genome Lab Project

As a showcase of how science and environmentally sustainable building practices can align, the three-story structure is on track to meet net-zero performance and earn LEED Platinum.
12/01/14 Green Project Award of Merit: The Zero Net Energy Center

This large-scale commercial building retrofit now serves as a demonstration project to instruct thousands of electrical apprentices on renewable energy systems each year.
12/01/14 Green Project: Orange County Great Park - South Lawn Project

A former Superfund site becomes a system which captures and stores stormwater for irrigation in this $23-million project.
12/01/14 Health Care Award of Merit: Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion

The pavilion acts as a gateway to Cedars-Sinai’s sprawling hospital campus and unites outpatient care, research and teaching into one location to stimulate collaboration and spur innovation.
12/01/14 Health Care Award of Merit: Kaiser San Leandro Medical Center

The team delivered the project seven months ahead of schedule through meticulous pre-construction coordination and the use of jobsite technology.
12/01/14 Health Care: Kaiser Permanente Oakland Hospital

Crews installed and commissioned more than 4,500 pieces of equipment across 114 subsystems at this flagship hospital.
12/01/14 Health Care: Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton

This $455-million facility was delivered $100 million under budget and six months ahead of schedule.
12/01/14 Higher Education/Research Award of Merit: NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center

Designers mimicked the island’s ecology for air flow, water distribution and lighting systems.
12/01/14 Higher Education: Los Angeles Trade Technical College Mariposa Hall

A large skylight opens into the centrally located, three-story atrium and diffuses daylight throughout the heart of the LEED-Gold-certified building.
12/01/14 Highway/Bridge: Golden Gate Bridge Phase 3A

Access constraints at this $90-million retrofit to one of the world’s most iconic bridges made work treacherous.
12/01/14 Highway/Bridge: I-80 Truck Scales Inspection Facility

This $49.6-million project replaces a 50-year-old truck scale facility located in the middle of the confluence of three major freeways.
12/01/14 Interiors Award of Merit: Westfield TBIT Concessions Modifications

Crews built out 66,300 sq ft of core and shell space for 47 concessions tenants within the newly built international terminal at LAX.
12/01/14 Interiors/Tenant Improvement Award of Merit: Mozilla Headquarters

Openness and transparency, concepts central to software creator Mozilla’s corporate culture, are incorporated in this office space upgrade.
12/01/14 Interiors/Tenant Improvement: GitHub Headquarters

GitHub employees work in a fluid, mobile manner, moving between large open floor plans and intimate work spaces created by vintage shipping containers.
12/01/14 K-12 Education Award of Merit: Bishop O'Dowd H.S. Center for Environmental Studies

The laboratory classroom was designed as an indoor/outdoor learning environment for teaching sustainability.
12/01/14 K-12 Education Award of Merit: Camarena Elementary School

This sustainable campus requires 28% less energy than allowed under updated Title 24 code and features a sophisticated energy management system.
12/01/14 K-12 Education: E3 Civic High

This charter school project created a learning atmosphere aimed at encouraging social connections.
12/01/14 Landscape/Urban Award of Merit: L.A. Waterfront Downtown Harbor

An old parking lot transformed into a public plaza during this $20-million harbor improvement project.
12/01/14 Landscape/Urban Development: Admin Center Waterfront Park

The $40.6-million park in San Diego converts two surface parking lots around the historic Administration Center building into an open-space community area.
12/01/14 Manufacturing: Yakult USA Manufacturing Plant

The project team squeezed two buildings totaling 88,000 sq ft, parking spaces big enough for tour buses and routes for delivery truck circulation into a very tight, eight-acre site.
12/01/14 Office Award of Merit: 50 UN Plaza Federal Building

Designers of the LEED-Platinum project sought to showcase appropriate sustainable measures for historic buildings.
12/01/14 Office Award of Merit: La Jolla Commons Tower II

Developers expect this $81-million tower to become the largest carbon-neutral and net-zero office building in the U.S.
12/01/14 Office: East Valley Water District Headquarters

Value engineering and careful planning helped the project team deliver the $17-million East Valley Water District headquarters 71 days ahead of schedule and under budget.
12/01/14 Renovation Award of Merit: 140 New Montgomery

Seismic upgrades were performed, and all major building systems were replaced on this 1920s-era, 26-story tower
12/01/14 Renovation Award of Merit: Hollyhock House Barnsdall Park Ph. III

Stabilization, leakage mitigation and historic restoration have made the National Historic Landmark available once again for tours and study.
12/01/14 Renovation/Restoration: Atascadero City Hall

This $21.7-million project repaired damage from an earthquake and rehabilitated the structure.
12/01/14 Residential Award of Merit: 38 Delores

Built on a site with difficult geometry and bound by three busy streets, this slick mixed-used building provides retail space, 81 luxury condos and parking.
12/01/14 Residential/Hospitality Award of Merit: Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach

Reflecting Hawaiian island heritage through tropical design motifs, the four-story condominium addition includes 13 luxury units and a spa.
12/01/14 Residential/Hospitality: Wilshire La Brea

Since its opening in June, the $105-million Wilshire La Brea has served an integral role in the modernization of the Miracle Mile District streetscape in Los Angeles.
12/01/14 Safety Award of Excellence: Riverside Convention Center

There were more than 200,000 hours of work with no lost-time accidents.
12/01/14 Small Project Award of Merit: Kanan Road T2 and T3 Tunnel Lining

Crews on the $8-million project used a novel process to install 1.3 million lb of new steel liner.
12/01/14 Small Project: Caltech KISS Tolman-Bacher Compound

The $4.35-million renovation of a Mission-style house into office space includes the addition of a new LEED-Platinum conference center with offices and a lounge.
12/01/14 Specialty Contracting Award of Merit: S.F.-Oakland Bay Bridge Shear Key Retrofit

The project team installed massive post-tensioned saddles to ensure the bridge functioned as originally designed.
12/01/14 Specialty Contracting Award of Merit: Westfield Century City Parking

This two-bay wide, long-span parking structure has a reinforced concrete structure with shear walls and is designed with jump-ramps at the top and bottom to improve circulation.
12/01/14 Sports Award of Merit: Rose Bowl Stadium Improvements

Improvements focused on safety, enhanced fan experience and more efficient facility operations.
12/01/14 Sports/Entertainment: Graton Resort & Casino

In just 17 months, crews built a 340,000-sq-ft casino that includes a 9,000-sq-ft events center and over a dozen eateries
12/01/14 Water/Environment Award of Merit: Bair Island Restoration

Workers had to contend with bay muds, limited site access and protected wildlife species on this tidal restoration project.
12/01/14 Water/Environment: Robert B. Diemer Oxidation Retrofit

This $205-million project upgrades and modifies the existing plant to treat potable water with ozone in lieu of chlorine to better meet water quality standards.
10/06/14 Building a Giant Water Bunker in L.A. Is No Easy Task

The $230-million Silver Lake Reservoir Replacement Project reroutes drinking water into underground facilities to comply with EPA regulations.
07/28/14 Stealthy Tunnelers Bore Through Underground Maze

Twin boring machines overcome variable soils and avoid myriad obstructions to build San Francisco’s $1.5-billion subway extension.
07/08/14 Water Pipeline Designed to Surf Seismic Waves

Flexible joints and an articulated vault will allow a water pipeline in the San Francisco Bay Area to slide, compress and oscillate during an earthquake.
06/24/14 Crews Install Record-Deep Foundation Piles for San Francisco Tower

Deep piers support a megabrace structural system for the 802-ft-tall 181 Fremont tower.
06/02/14 Complex Green Curtain Wall Requires Model Synergy

Delivering the new science and engineering building at UC Merced took careful coordination by team members to achieve sustainability goals.
04/07/14 Megaproject Starts Propel $16.7B of Work in Calif., Hawaii

The top project starts of 2013 show a healthy mix of market-sector activity, including transit, commercial, residential and power.
04/07/14 Public Hospital Adopts Team Delivery Approach

A board of directors comprised of project team members is leading the $839-million UCSD Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla.
04/01/14 Huge Gates Make 600-mile Trek to California Dam Site

Twelve massive gates are being shipped and installed as part of the $900-million Folsom Dam Modifications project near Sacramento.
03/17/14 Huntington Library Continues Massive Expansion

The historic Huntington Library in Southern California is continuing its massive $100-million, two-project expansion.
02/13/14 $400 Million Columbia Square Breaks Ground in Hollywood

The largest current project underway in Hollywood, Columbia Square covers an entire 4.7-acre city block
02/10/14 'Body Brace' on Stilts Keeps Old Building Safe

Complex shoring supports a 1930s-era building while crews add a new foundation and basement level underneath for Berkeley’s dramatic new art museum.
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Aiport/Transit: El Monte Train Station
New bus transit center doubles size of existing station in El Monte.
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Energy/Industrial: Kawailoa Wind Farm

Hawaii’s largest wind farm transformed former sugar cane fields into grazing pastures and a 69-MW powerplant.
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Government/Public Building: Mead Valley Library

New library’s project team overcame funding issues to deliver a true asset to the community of Perris.
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Government/Public Building: New U.S. Courthouse, San Diego

This $300-million courthouse features a steel structure designed to withstand a progressive collapse
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Green Project: DeAnza College Media & Learning Center
LEED-Platinum learning center uses passive downdraft natural air ventilation to save the owner $60,000 annually on energy costs.
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Health Care: Scripps Proton Treatment Center

The first proton beam therapy center to be built using design-build, the project features concrete up to 21 ft thick.
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Higher Education/Research: Rady School of Management

LEED-Gold research center trains future business leaders in science and technology.
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Higher Education: Foothill College Physical Sciences and Engineering Center

New classroom and lab building expands an architecturally significant campus.
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Highway/Bridge: Dumbarton Bridge Seismic Retrofit

Bridge-supported access platforms served as falsework and saved money compared to costlier marine supports.
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Interior/Tenant Improvement: Celgene San Diego T.I.

Fast-track tenant improvement included extensive research areas outfitted with 80 fume hoods.
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Interior/Tenant Improvement: Intuit Cook Campus Center

Campus hub for high-tech workers nurtures innovation and work/life balance
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Landscape/Urban Development: Yucaipa Historic Uptown Restoration

Revitalization of Yucaipa’s shopping district has increased tax revenue and improved the health of local businesses.
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Office/Retail/Mixed-Use: Extron Headquarters

Mixed-use project incorporates offices with a country music-themed restaurant and concert venue.
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Renovation/Restoration: Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center and Theatre

Former Ford factory reborn as a monument to women who took on trade jobs during World War II.
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Renovation/Restoration: Stanley Mosk Library & Courts Building

Update to downtown Sacramento building used collaborative process to ensure that historic elements were left unscathed
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Residential/Hospitality: LEGOLAND Hotel

Every aspect of this 250-room hotel exudes the LEGO aesthetic
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Small Project: Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building

A small budget delivers a winery education facility that is aiming for net-zero energy use.
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Specialty Contracting: Jalama Road Slope and Storm Damage Repair

Roadway cracking and sinkhole repaired on this Southern California project while the road remained operational
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Sports/Entertainment: UCLA Pauley Pavilion Renovation and Expansion

Innovative renovation and addition to legendary UCLA basketball arena
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Water/Environment, Northern California: Crane Valley Dam

Dam seismic retrofit was completed several months ahead of the original baseline schedule
12/02/13 Award of Merit, Water/Environment, S. California: Anaheim Water Recycling Demo Project

This educational facility built just feet from a city hall intends to prove that water can be treated with no odor or noise.
12/02/13 Bay Area Stadium Rehab Boosts Seismic Safety

Best Sports/Entertainment Project: California Memorial Stadium
12/02/13 Collaborative Teams Prevail in Best Projects Contest

Annual competition highlights construction teamwork, safety and innovation in California and Hawaii.
12/02/13 Cultural/Worship Award of Merit: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Renovation and addition to 100-year-old museum features a striking six-story glass entryway.
12/02/13 Curvaceous Concert Venue Ups Ante on Acoustics

Project of the Year, Northern California, Best Cultural/Worship & Excellence in Safety: Bing Concert Hall
12/02/13 Design-Assist Team Delivers Pediatric Hospital Tower 2 Months Early

Best Health Care Project: CHOC Children’s Hospital Bill Holmes Tower
12/02/13 Dramatic Infill Project Offers High-End L.A. Living

Best Residential/Hospitality Project: 8500 Burton Way
12/02/13 Elegant Arch Bridge Spans Seismically Active Canyon

Best Highway/Bridge Project, Northern California: Spanish Creek Bridge
12/02/13 Historic Public Hall Restored Using Detail-Oriented Approach

Best Small Project: Riverside Renaissance - Municipal Auditorium Improvement
12/02/13 Lightness Restored at Landmark San Francisco Building

Best Renovation/Restoration Project: The Hallidie Building Restoration
12/02/13 Modern Learning Center Uses Ancient HVAC Scheme

Best Higher Education/Research Project: Continuing Education Mesa College Campus San Diego
12/02/13 Net-Zero Building Touts Energy, Land Conservation

Project of the Year, Southern California: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters
12/02/13 New Mess Halls Set Modern Standard at Camp Pendleton Marine Base

Best Government/Public Building Project: The Edson Range and Chappo Dining Facilities
12/02/13 Permeable Bedrock Tasks Dam’s Seismic Repair Effort

Best Water/Environment Project, Northern California: Folsom Dam - Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam Key-Block Construction Project
12/02/13 San Francisco's Exploratorium Puts Sustainability on Display

Best Green Project, Northern California: The Exploratorium @ Pier 15
12/02/13 Specialty Trades Install Complex Acoustic Panel Geometry

Best Specialty Contracting: Bing Concert Hall
12/02/13 Steep Terrain Tests Crews at Hawaiian Wind Farm

Best Energy/Industrial Project: Kaheawa Wind Project Phase II
12/02/13 Team Pilots Safe Delivery Of LAX Global Gateway

Best Airport/Transit Project & Safety Award of Merit: New Tom Bradley International Terminal
12/02/13 Terraced High School Embraces Natural Habitat

Best K-12 Education Project: Sage Creek High School
12/02/13 Transit Bridge Fuses Art with Seismic Engineering

Best Highway/Bridge Project, Southern California: I-210 Gold Line Bridge
12/02/13 Wetlands Treat Area Runoff at Urban Lake Restoration

Best Water/Environment Project, Southern California: Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation
10/07/13 'Honeycomb' Wrapper Keeps Broad Museum Team on Its Toes

Porous veil of Los Angeles contemporary art museum is just one element of a building full of complex angles and curves.
09/09/13 SF Subway TBMs Dig In to Overcome Tunnel Challenges

Two massive tunnel boring machines are digging in at the $1.5-billion Central Subway in downtown San Francisco.
08/23/13 ?Turnkey Procurement a Key to Success on Navy Hospital Job

At the $455-million Replacement Hospital at Camp Pendleton, medical equipment procurement, installation and training are being performed by the design-build team.
08/15/13 Ivanpah Plant To Double U.S. Solar Thermal Power Production

The 377-MW facility near Needles is poised to become the world’s largest solar thermal power plant
08/12/13 L.A. Light Rail Clears Hurdles Above and Below Ground

Phase two of the Expo Light Rail must contend with local stakeholders and complex underground utilities to link Los Angeles with Santa Monica.
07/01/13 Creative Dam Removal Based On Site's Unique Topography

A river in California will be permanently diverted to avoid the dilemna of disposing 90 years worth of sediment.
06/17/13 Complex Exterior Challenges $110M Life Sciences Building Team

The new three-story Life Sciences building, which broke ground at Loyola Marymount University, features a unique and complex exterior.
06/10/13 First Net-Zero Bio Lab Nearing the Finish Line

A 45,000-sq-ft genomics lab in La Jolla is targeting LEED-Platinum status and net-zero energy use.
05/19/13 New $60M Garden Complex to Harmonize with Huntington Library

This major landscaping and building project will compliment the library's existing Beaux-Arts style.
05/06/13 Bigge Crane Pulls Weight at Oakland BART Extension

Big lifts are par for the course during overnight freeway closures to construct the Oakand Airport Connector
05/02/13 TMG Partners Follow Sustainable Plan on New $100M Samsung Campus

TMG Partners is constructing a $100-million build-to-suit R&D center for Samsung Information Systems America
04/08/13 Condo, Transit Projects Dominate California's 2012 Top Project Starts

More than half of the largest 35 construction starts were transportation and multifamily projects in 2012.
04/08/13 New Central Plant Squeezes Into Tight Site at L.A. Airport

The team behind a new central utilities plant at LAX must keep the old facility running smoothly while building its replacement next door.
03/23/13 Eleve to Open with Micro Apartments and Mega Roof

A new residential building in Glendale features a huge active roof with spas, fire pits and even a dog park.
02/11/13 Los Angeles Natural History Museum Gets Major Makeover

In the lead-up to its centennial celebration, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County undergoes a seven-year renovation and expansion.
01/14/13 Carmel Loft House Aims to Bring New Life to Downtown Sunnyvale

Spanning two blocks in the heart of downtown Sunnyvale, the Carmel Loft House project is designed to bring new life into the city by the San Francisco Bay.
01/07/13 Redwood City Starts New Year with a Boom

Redwood City is celebrating the New Year with a bang—and a boom of new construction projects underway in and around its downtown.
01/03/13 C.W. Driver Prepares Work on Two Northern California College Projects

The Pasadena firm is working on a $25-million education center for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in Sunnyvale and the $53.3-million Student Recreation and Wellness Center at San Francisco State University.
12/10/12 Seawater Desalination Project Prepares for Construction

A major $984-million water desalination plant has been green-lighted for construction near San Diego.
12/04/12 Sundt Prepares Construction Of 1.7MSF Rental Car Facility

When complete in 2014, the $180-million facility will comprise 1.7-million sq ft and combine 12 different car rental agencies in one mega-structure.
12/03/12 Award of Merit, Green: Redding School of the Arts
A school for teaching green, the 77,000-sq-ft K-8 public charter school in the city of Redding received LEED-Platinum certification. The contractor completed the $28-million, two-story building on schedule in August 2011.
12/03/12 Award of Merit, Civil Works/Infrastructure: Bitter Point Pumping Station Replacement
New $19.75-million project provides sewer services to the Newport Beach Balboa Peninsula area.
12/03/12 Award of Merit, Civil Works/Infrastructure: Delta Water Supply Project
Touted as the largest capital improvement project in Stockton’s history, the DWSP improves water reliability, protects groundwater and provides drought protection for the city.
12/03/12 Award of Merit, Health Care: Douglas and Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center
The $38-million facility provides diagnosis and treatment for cancer patients and research in a hospitality environment.
12/03/12 Award of Merit, Health Care: Sutter Health Eden Medical Center
Award of Merit - Health Care
12/03/12 Award of Merit, Health Care: VA Palo Alto Mental Health Center
Award of Merit - Health Care
12/03/12 Award of Merit, Interior Design/Tenant Improvement: Building 26 Renovation
The $27.5-million building renovation at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
12/03/12 Award of Merit, Specialty Contracting: Gibraltar Road Tire Anchor Wall
Award of Merit - Specialty Contracting
12/03/12 Award of Merit, Transportation: John Wayne Airport Parking Garage Demolition and Terminal
The $125-million project is part of the $543-million Airport Improvement Program at John Wayne Airport.
12/03/12 Best Project, Health Care: IPD Team Delivers ‘Hospital of the Future’
The $956-million, 750,000-sq ft Palomar Medical Center is one of the few hospitals in the U.S. with daylighted operating rooms.
12/03/12 Best Project, Higher Education/Research: Design-Build Team Puts Heart Into UCSF Project
Designers and contractors prove their worth on university’s first best-value procurement.
12/03/12 Best Projects, K-12 Schools: Sustainable Improvements for San Mateo School
The two-story 25,000-sq-ft facility is part of a multiphase master plan of improvements for Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo.
12/03/12 Orchard Library
Award of Merit K-12 Education
12/03/12 Palomar Medical Center's Stellar Project Delivery

The $956-million Palomar Medical Center earns ENR-California’s best overall project award for 2012 in a competitive field.
12/03/12 Winners Set New Quality Standards

The year’s Best Projects set new standards for design and construction quality.
11/29/12 Award of Merit, Higher Education/Research: Li Ka-Shing Center for Biomedical & Health Sciences
The 200,000-sq-ft, five-story building combines research and teaching.
11/28/12 Prime Time for KPBS Renovation Team
Crews give an updated look and layout to San Diego State University’s broadcast facility.
11/28/12 Transmission Line Project Takes Flight in San Diego
Sunrise Powerlink transports renewable energy overhead and underground for 117 miles from the Imperial Valley near El Centro into San Diego.
11/28/12 UC Berkeley School of Law South Addition
Award of Merit - Higher Education/Research
11/27/12 Award of Merit, Green: 525 Golden Gate
The general contractor expects this 277,500-sq-ft, 13-story building to earn LEED-Platinum certification.
11/27/12 Best Projects, Green: Office Aims to Be Greenest of Its Kind In California
The new headquarters for a conservation and sustainability foundation is designed for net-zero energy consumption and LEED-Platinum certification.
11/27/12 Award of Merit, Government/Public Buildings: United States Federal Courthouse, Bakersfield
A fast-tracked design-build delivery project, the 30,000-sq-ft interpretation of the traditional courthouse on the village green features one Magistrate Court and chamber, district clerk's office, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services.
11/27/12 Award of Merit, Government/Public Buildings: Fairbanks Ranch Fire Station
Designed with classical and Spanish elements to complement the architecture in the surrounding community, the $5-million, 10,500-sq-ft station replaced a 3,000-sq-ft facility that was razed in 2010 in response to California's Essential Services Buildings Seismic Safety Act.
11/27/12 Best Projects, Government/Public Buildings: New Courthouse in Session in Remote Locale
Crews led by Sundt Construction deliver a $15-million courthouse in a forested setting at elevation 8,000 ft.
11/27/12 Award of Merit, Cultural/Worship: Merced Theatre Renovation
The $8.3-million project returns to the city one of its 1930’s landmarks.
11/27/12 Award of Merit, Cultural Worship: Fullerton Public Library
This LEED-certified building was completed below budget and could yield thousands of dollars in energy savings per year.
11/27/12 Best Projects, Cultural/Worship: Careful Coordination On Display at Museum Project
Phase II of the museum’s transformation plan included the challenging installation of Michael Heizer’s 340-ton “Levitated Mass.”
11/27/12 Best Projects, Safety: Exceptional Safety Recognized at MRMC
Over the spans of more than 1,000 days and 1.1 million man-hours, the hospital expansion project tallied no lost time accidents.
11/27/12 Best Projects, Industrial/Manufacturing: Mt. Poso Plant Converted From Coal to Biomass
The $43-million project will enable the plant to use urban and agricultural wood waste from the San Joaquin Valley agricultural area and clean wood waste and tree trimmings from the Los Angeles area.
11/27/12 Award of Merit, Transportation: Sacramento 'Big Build' Program
Award of Merit - Transportation
11/27/12 Award of Merit, Small Project: Lands End Lookout
The $5.2-million Lands End Lookout overlooks the ruins of Sutro Baths and the Pacific Ocean west of San Francisco.
11/27/12 Award of Merit, Small Project: Golden Gate Bridge Improvement Project
The aim of this $4-million visitor enhancement project to commemorate the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary was to make significant improvements to the world-famous tourist site.
11/27/12 Best Projects, Specialty Contracting: Stronghold Lights Up Santa Clara Facilities
Photovoltaic systems could generate 136.96 million KWh during their 25-year lifespans.
11/27/12 Award of Merit, Small Project: Happy Hollow Pedestrian Bridge Project
The $3.4-million Happy Hollow Park Bridge is a twin network tied-arch pedestrian bridge spanning Coyote Creek that provides a signature entrance to the renovated Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose.
11/27/12 Best Projects, Small Project: Bridge Creates New Link To Historic Lighthouse
Crews labor along a precarious cliffside site to build new $1.9-million pedestrian suspension bridge.
11/27/12 Award of Merit, Residential/Hospitality: Lorena Heights Apartments
Completed in December 2011, the 112-unit, two-building complex aims to have an impact on the historic neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles.
11/27/12 Best Projects, Residential/Hospitality: Shore Hotel Makes Room For Sustainable Features
Hotel is the first property in California to implement the Savings by Design program.
11/27/12 Award of Merit, Renovation/Restoration: UC Berkeley's Hearst Greek Theatre
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this landmark outdoor theater required a seismically sound renovation and expansion without compromising its historic facade.
11/27/12 Award of Merit, Renovation/Restoration: Cabrillo Way Marina
This $125-million project is the second phase of an upgrade to the marinas on both sides of the Port of Los Angeles West Channel in San Pedro.
11/27/12 Best Projects, Renovation/Restoration: Project Preserves Presidio, Adds Seismic Strength
Crews used fiber-reinforced polymer and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer to save historic finishes and upgrade the buildings to seismic standards.
11/27/12 Best Projects, Transportation: Safe, Sound and Soaring Over Presidio Park
The third in a series of Golden Gate Bridge-area Caltrans contracts helps improve seismically unsafe structures.
11/27/12 Award of Merit, Safety: City College of San Francisco, New Chinatown North Beach Campus
Award of Merit - Safety
11/12/12 Iconic Basket Bridge Nears Completion

Crews weave together the $18.6-million “Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley” Gold Line Bridge, aiming for a December 15 completion.
10/04/12 Solano County Opens Government Center Facility in Vacaville

A new government center facility in Vacaville was dedicated last month and named in honor of former county supervisor and Vacaville mayor William J. Carroll, the first Solano County building named in honor of an individual.
10/02/12 New Bayside Museum Seeks Net-Zero Energy Goal

Exploratorium project on San Francisco Bay aims for net-zero energy consumption.
09/24/12 Ground Broken on Luxury Apartment Complex in Santa Ana

Tilden-Coil Constructors broke ground recently in Santa Ana on a luxury apartment complex called The Marke @ South Coast Metro.
09/22/12 ENR California Announces Best Projects 2012 Winners

ENR California has announced the winners of this year's Best Projects competition, which recognizes the region’s best achievements in construction and design.
09/07/12 Port of Los Angeles Seeks Developer for Ports O'Call Village Redo

The Port of Los Angeles has issued a Request for Qualifications for the redevelopment of Ports O'Call Village, located along the port's main channel and adjacent to downtown San Pedro and the Harbor Freeway (I-110).
08/24/12 Intermodal Transport Center Project Breaks Ground at Bob Hope Airport

Construction started recently on a $72.7-million regional intermodal transportation center project at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.
08/10/12 Massive Ivanpah Solar Project in Mojave Reaches Halfway Mark

The $2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System project in the Mojave Desert is at the halfway point and has reached it peak construction workforce of 1,200 construction workers.
07/30/12 Backlogs Help Contractors Hold Steady in Difficult Economy

The 10 leading companies on ENR California's 2012 Top Contractors list collectively had a strong year, reporting a 15% gain in their Golden State revenue in 2011.
07/30/12 Tunneling to Bring New Water Line to Bay Area

The $318-million New Irvington Tunnel, begun in May 2011, is one of 80 projects that comprise the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's (SFPUC) Water System Improvement Program (WSIP).
07/14/12 San Francisco International's New Air Traffic Control Tower Project Breaks Ground

The design-builder team of Hensel Phelps and Fentress Architects recently joined federal and local officials in officially breaking ground for San Francisco International Airport's new air traffic control tower.
07/02/12 SF Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Unveils Its Green Innovations

A key green element to the just-opened 13-floor, $190-million San Francisco Public Utilities Commission headquarters is its water management system, called the Living Machine.
06/11/12 Pilot Program Automates Crop Irrigation System in Central Valley

A new pilot program system designed to target an increase in water savings and crop output has captured the interest of several agencies and regional water districts.
06/04/12 Digging Deeper: Hospital Team at UCSF Medical Center Sets Ambitious Green Goal

Digging Deeper looks at the $1.4-billion UCSF Medical Center in Mission Bay, which has a LEED-Gold goal, a rarity for hospital projects.
06/04/12 Top Design Firms 2012: To Stay Heathy, Firms Add Services, Expand Overseas

California's top design firms branch out to keep business steady.
05/18/12 Stanford Medical Center Project Reaches Half of $1B Donation Goal

Stanford University Medical Center's goal of reaching $1 billion in donations to fund its expansion project reached the half-way point this month and site prep and utility work are now under way.
05/18/12 Clif Bar's Headquarters in Emeryville Scores LEED Platinum

Clif Bar & Co. reports that its Emeryville headquarters has been awarded LEED platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
05/04/12 Antioch Toll Bridge Retrofit Project Masters the Three Bs

As California Department of Transportation Construction Manager Douglas Coe tells it, the key to success on a very complicated seismic retrofit of the Antioch Toll Bridge is the mastering of the three B's – birds, bearings and bracing.
04/30/12 Starwood Converts an Old Clarion Hotel into Aloft SFO

McCarthy Building Cos. is converting a 1960s-era Clarion Hotel property adjacent to the San Francisco International Airport into a "next generation" business/boutique property.
04/27/12 San Diego Airport's $1B Green Build Project at Midway Point

The $1-billion project, which is aiming for LEED silver, is on schedule and within budget, according to airport officials, and is moving toward a summer 2013 completion.
04/16/12 Tishman Speyer Plans 10-Story Speculative Office Building in SF
With commercial real estate in San Francisco showing new muscle thanks to the tech boom, Tishman Speyer plans to build a rare speculative office building in the Foundry Square complex at Howard and First streets, south of Market Street.
04/09/12 Solar Projects Dominate This Year's Top Starts

Backed by mandates and incentives, solar farm projects dominate the state's landscape as renewable energy sources thrive.
04/02/12 Digging Deeper: 'Peaker' Plant Under Construction in City of Industry

Walnut Creek powerplant under construction in City of Industry
03/24/12 Rooftop Soccer Field Complements New UCSD Parking Structure

Bomel Construction Co. and International Parking Design recently completed construction on a 1,200-stall, 500,000-sq-ft parking structure complex that serves the Thornton Hospital Cardiovascular Center at UC San Diego’s East Campus in La Jolla.
03/24/12 New Toll Operations Building at the Bay Bridge Completed

Swinerton Builders recently completed the new toll operations building at the Bay Bridge for Caltrans’ Bay Area Toll Authority.
03/07/12 LAUSD's First Design-Build Project Starts Second Phase
The design-build team of Pinner Construction Co. and gkkworks recently started work on the Los Angeles Unified School District's first design-build project in its 51-year history.
03/07/12 Sacramento Gives Final OK on Railyards Sports Complex Funding Plan

The Sacramento City Council approved the Sacramento Kings Railyards arena financing plan term sheet, paving the way for construction to possibly begin this year.
02/23/12 Related California Breaks Ground on $350M Village at Santa Monica

Ground breaking took place this week on a $350-million mixed-use development along one of Santa Monica's main business, tourist and local hangout streets.
02/15/12 Team Named for Alcatraz Preservation, Safety Construction Project

The National Park Service has selected Atkins as construction manager and AMEC Earth & Environmental as general contractor for a $3.6-million structural repair project on Alcatraz Island.
02/10/12 ACEC California Names Best Engineering Design Projects of 2011
The American Council of Engineering Cos. of California unveiled the 2011 winners of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards, recognizing the best designed engineering projects of the year.
02/02/12 Developing a Virtual Project Delivery System

KHS&S develops Scenario software for construction management.
02/01/12 Clark/McCarthy JV Tops Out LAX Central Utility Plant Project
The new $438-million Central Utility Plant at Los Angeles International Airport was recently topped out and is currently on schedule to be completed by summer 2014.
01/20/12 Winners Attend ENR California's Best Projects Event in SF

ENR California wants to take this opportunity to thank the audience participants at last month’s Best Projects event. Check out the event photographs!
01/03/12 ENR Announces Best of the Best Projects 2011 Awards
Engineering News-Record has announced the winners of its fourth annual Best of the Best Projects Awards, which includes five projects in California and Oregon out of the 18 total.
12/15/11 ENR California Unveils Best Projects' Award of Merit Winners

This year's Best Projects competition included 116 project submissions that resulted in 15 categorical winners along with 19 Award of Merit winners.
12/05/11 Armstrong Place
Armstrong Place wins Award of Merit in the multi-family residential category.
12/05/11 Bechtel Conference Center at Public Policy Institute of California
Conference Center built within Public Policy Institute wins Best Interior Design Project.
12/05/11 Big Tujunga Dam

Big Tujunga Dam project wins ENR California’s best civil works/infrastructure project.
12/05/11 California Independent System Operator Iron Point Facility
California ISO Iron Point facility wins Best Office Project.
12/05/11 City College of San Francisco Multi-Use Building
City College of San Francisco’s new Multi-Use Building wins Award of Merit.
12/05/11 Clif Bar Headquarters Reconstruction Project
The Clif Bar headquarters reconstruction project wins Award of Merit in the office category.
12/05/11 Cymbaluk Medical Tower
Cymbaluki Medical Tower wins Award of Merit in the health-care category.
12/05/11 Despite Weak Economy, Best Projects Shine

Construction and design excellence in tough economic times is a rough road that requires, in equal measure, experience, imagination and unwavering commitment, or so say the judges from this year’s ENR California’s Best Projects competition.
12/05/11 Downtown Los Angeles Women’s Center
Downtown Los Angeles Women’s Center wins Award of Merit in the renovation/restoration category.
12/05/11 El Segundo Powerplant
El Segundo Powerplant wins Best Industrial Project.
12/05/11 Elephants of Asia Exhibit
The Elephants of Asia exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo wins Award of Merit in the landscape/urban development category.
12/05/11 Facebook’s Prineville Data Center
Facebook’s Prineville Data Center wins Best Green Project.
12/05/11 Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge
Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge wins Best Transportation Project.
12/05/11 Jeld-Wen Field
Jeld-Wen Field wins Best Sports/Entertainment Project.
12/05/11 John Muir Medical Center Patient Care Tower
John Muir Medical Center Patient Care Tower wins Award of Merit in the health-care category.
12/05/11 Kaiser La Mesa Solar Project
Kaiser Las Mesa Solar Project wins Award of Merit in the specialty contracting category.
12/05/11 Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Hospital Expansion
Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Hospital Expansion wins Best Health Care Project.
12/05/11 Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College

Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College wins ENR California’s Best Regional Project award.
12/05/11 Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer Project
Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer Project wins Award of Merit in civil works category.
12/05/11 Long Beach Transit Mall
Long Beach Transit Mall wins Award of Merit in the transportation category.
12/05/11 Meet the Best Projects Judges
The Best Projects judges for ENR California reviewed more than 115 projects before selecting the winners.
12/05/11 NASA Ames Research Center Sustainability Base
NASA Ames Sustainability Base wins Award of Merit in the green building category.
12/05/11 Pearl Harbor Memorial

Pearl Harbor Memorial wins ENR California’s best cultural/worship project.
12/05/11 Primera Terra
Primera Terra wins Best Multi-Family Residential Project.
12/05/11 Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools
The Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools wins Best K-12 Project.
12/05/11 Robert I. Schroder Overcrossing
Robert I. Schroder Overcrossing wins Award of Merit in the transportation category.
12/05/11 San Bernardino County Courthouse Renovation
he San Bernardino County Courthouse renovation wins Best Renovation/Restoration Project.
12/05/11 South Correctional Entity (SCORE) Jail
South Correctional Entity SCORE Jail wins Award of Merit for government/public building.
12/05/11 South Region Elementary School No. 2
South Region Elementary School No. 2 in Los Angeles wins Award of Merit in K-12 education category.
12/05/11 State of California Central Plant
State Central Plant wins Best Government/Public Building Award
12/05/11 UC Davis Winery, Brewery and Food Sciences Building
UC Davis Winery, Brewery and Food Sciences Building wins Award of Merit in green building category.
12/05/11 UCSF’s Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building
University of California, San Francisco’s Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building wins Award of Merit in the higher education/research category.
12/05/11 Valley Performing Arts Center, California State University, Northridge
The Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge wins Award of Merit in the higher education/research category.
12/05/11 Vancouver Community Library
Vancouver Community Library wins ENR California’s Award of Merit in the cultural category.
12/05/11 William B. McLean Laboratory at Naval Air Weapons Station, San Diego
William B. McLean Laboratory wins Award of Merit in government/public building category.
12/05/11 Wilmington Waterfront Park
Wilmington Waterfront Park wins Best Landscape Project
11/18/11 Unusual Delivery Method Highlights New Long Beach Courthouse Project

The $490-million Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach is being built with a Performance-Based Infrastructure delivery method that focuses on "optimal efficiency and reliability.”
10/31/11 San Joaquin Pipeline Project Reaches Several Milestones

A huge segment of the $4.6-billion Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) is about to head in a downhill direction.
10/26/11 Seven Projects, Including Three Rare Residential Developments, Get Started
Seven major projects in California got off to celebratory starts in the past two weeks, signaling a willingness of public and private owners to start spending on construction again.
10/10/11 Turner, Architect Quigley Team Up on San Diego Library Project

Turner, Architect Quigley Team Up on San Diego Library Project
09/16/11 Innovative Lodi Energy Center Power Plant Project Charging Ahead

The innovative, $452-million Lodi Energy Center natural gas power plant project is progressing well and is on track for completion in June 2012, according to sources at the Northern California Power Agency.
08/25/11 National P3 Council Singles Out Santa Paula Wastewater Plant for Innovation
California’s first true public-private partnership wastewater treatment plant in Santa Paula, Ventura County, will be honored with a P3 innovation award from the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships.
08/25/11 New Mixed-Use Project Approved for Old Pasadena
One of the last un-built parcels of land in Old Pasadena – a surface parking lot – will soon serve as the site of a mixed-use development called One Green Street.
08/10/11 HNTB, San Francisco 49ers Debut Model for New Stadium
HNTB last week unveiled new designs and models of the proposed San Francisco 49ers stadium in Santa Clara.
08/10/11 Wood Partners Slates Ground Breaking of Rare Apartment Development in LA
Los Angeles developer Wood Partners is moving ahead with the type of construction project that has virtually disappeared in the past few years – a luxury apartment community.
07/27/11 California Contractors Remain Cautiously Optimistic in 2011

It may not be back to business as usual in the California construction industry—due to lingering economic uncertainties and owners' resulting reluctance to proceed with projects—but major contractors see some silver linings in upcoming project opportunities, especially in health care, transportation and other infrastructure.
07/14/11 Caltrans Awards Design-Build Contract to Granite Construction
The first of 10 projects of Caltrans’ mandated Design-Build Demonstration Program – the State Highway 99 Chowchilla Rehabilitation Project in Madera Co. – was awarded last week to Granite Construction Co.
07/14/11 New Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center Tops Out
McCarthy Building Cos. last week oversaw the placement of the final 1,200-lb steel beam atop the new Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center.
07/14/11 Los Angeles Gears Up for I-405 Closure
Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans huge closure of Interstate 405 over July 16 weekend
04/11/11 ENR California’s Owner of the Year

Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente to spend $2.1 billion on hospital projects in California, prompted partly by state’s seismic regulations.
04/11/11 Stimulus-Funded Transport Projects Set the Pace

Large airport, subway, transit center and highway projects get a kick start from federal funds.
04/11/2011 Ivanpah Solar Project Renews Power Market
Federal tax credit stimulates the fast-track process for industrial-scale solar thermal powerplant in the Mojave.
02/09/2011 Gonzalez Goodale, Morillo Complete Green DWP Building in Pasadena
Gonzalez Goodale Architects and Morillo Construction recently put the finishing touches on the 31,400-sq-ft Department of Water and Power building in Pasadena.
02/07/2011 Digging Deeper
General contractor C.W. Driver has three complex renovation/rehab projects under way at the Cedars-Sinai medical Center in Los Angeles.
12/01/2010 Best of 2010
This year, a panel of 13 judges, representing architects, builders and associations, chose 51 winning projects among the more than 135 submissions for the Best of California 2010 program.
11/01/2010 Green Building

An increasing number of California architects and contractors are employing building information modeling tools to enhance their use of green technology in new projects and renovations.
11/01/2010 Walking the Walk: SFPUC focuses on ‘super-green’ headquarters building

Webcor Builders and KMD/Stevens Architects anticipate a spring 2012 completion of the $190-million project.
11/01/2010 Temecula thinks ‘big and historic’ with new civic center complex.

The $66-million Temecula Civic Center is more than a big, new facility for the city. The development is also a tribute to the history of the area.
09/01/2010 Central Valley Market Report

Work on the $110-million, 277,000-sq-ft California Independent System Operator headquarters facility began in August 2009, with Vanir Construction Management of Sacramento running the show as construction manager, the Oakland office of Clark Design-Build onboard as general contractor and Dreyfuss & Blackford as the architect.
09/01/2010 KP utilizes template methodology on Anaheim hospital project

If Kaiser Permanente’s new Anaheim Medical Center looks familiar, it might be because the facility has twin siblings also under construction in California.
09/01/2010 Urban Infill: Taking Affordable Housing to a New Level

While many housing projects are sitting on the table waiting for the economy to pick up, Mercy Housing California is serving up a buffet of new developments around the state.
08/01/2010 School Design & Construction

Workers are closing in on completing five major school projects across Los Angeles.
08/01/2010 Project at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam awarded to West Bay Builders by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Project at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam awarded to West Bay Builders by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
06/01/2010 Stimulus Project of the Month for June: Doyle Drive Replacement Project

Stretching 1.5 mi, the Doyle Drive Replacement Project transforms a portion of Highway 101 located within the Presidio of San Francisco into a new urban roadway called Presidio Parkway.
06/01/2010 Top Project Starts 2010

Contractors and architects say that the California construction market is still experiencing tightness in the housing and commercial offi ce sectors, but the public, healthcare, military and education segments are keeping many firms busy.
06/01/2010 Los Angeles Market Report

Work on the $165-million Interstate-10 restoration project, one of several high-profile freeway projects underway in Southern California, includes the complete resurfacing of the road, in both directions, between the I-5 and I-605. The resurfacing alone is a massive undertaking, given that the I-10’s San Gabriel arm is one of the most trafficked stretches in the state.
06/01/2010 Stimulus Project of the Month: Presidio Parkway Project

When motorists take to San Francisco’s new $1-billion Presidio Parkway in late 2013, they won’t see some of the massive foundation piles placed deep into ground below. But they will feel the support of some of the largest cast-in-drilled-hole piles currently in use.
05/01/2010 Sacramento Market Report

Sacramento may have one of the country’s largest urban infill projects underway, but that doesn’t mean the city’s overall construction market has completely bounced back from recession.
05/01/2010 Steady as She Goes: Tight Site for Mercy General's New Tower

There is a delicate operation underway at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento that requires steady hands and surgeon-like precision.
05/01/2010 2010 Top Green Contractors

Veteran builders readily admit that what they viewed less than a decade ago as an industry fad has become a widely accepted, permanent industry practice.
05/01/2010 Stimulus Project of the Month May 2010: Terminal Development

San Francisco International Airport’s $383-million Terminal 2 renovation project is representative of several developments unfolding at the facility – all of them good.
05/01/2010 Stimulus Project of the Month: Terminal Development

San Francisco International Airport’s $383-million Terminal 2 renovation project is representative of several developments unfolding at the facility – all of them good.
04/01/2010 Project of the Month April 2010

Barnhart Balfour Beatty is currently heavily involved in military work, including two design-build child development centers at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego.
04/01/2010 Bay Area Market Report

Being inside Sustainability Base, a $2- million, 50,000-sq-ft steel-frame building going up at Mountain View’s NASA Ames Research Center at Moffet Federal Airfield, may well be the closet you’ll ever come to visiting the moon.
03/01/2010 Healthcare Construction 2010

Throughout the state, the healthcare construction segment is keeping A/E/C firms busy, even in a static economy.
03/01/2010 San Diego Market Report

Affordable housing has managed to break new ground in San Diego at a time when other construction sectors have slowed.
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