Best Engineering Projects of 2011Engineering-News Record recently released its list of the best engineering projects for 2011. Naturally, we were excited to see the list, as it represents excellence in design and construction.

The winners — as determined by a panel of our industry’s finest — were selected from a pool of regional winners based on several criteria: safety, innovation, contribution to the industry/community, aesthetics, functionality, quality and craftsmanship. The award is a testament to the hours of hard work and dedication that the engineering and construction teams devote to a project.

Without further ado, here is the list of ENR’s Best of the Best for 2011.

Best Civil Works/InfrastructureInner Harbor Navigation Canal Floodwall, New Orleans; submitted by Traylor-Massman-Weeks LLC

Best Cultural/WorshipDiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York; submitted by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture

Best Government/Public BuildingChandler City Hall, Chandler, Ariz.; submitted by Sundt Construction Inc.

Best Green BuildingFacebook Data Center, Prineville, Ore.; submitted by Facebook

Best Health CareHelen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.; submitted by Turner Construction Co.

Best Higher Education/ResearchKravis Center-Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, Calif.; submitted by Bernards

Best Industrial/ManufacturingMerck VBF, Durham, N.C.; submitted by Merck

Best Interior Design/Tenant ImprovementBP Bright Lights, Chicago; submitted by Lend Lease (formerly Bovis Lend Lease)

Best K-12 EducationCasey Middle School, Boulder, Colo.; submitted by Weifield Group Contracting

Best Landscape/Hardscape/Urban DevelopmentWilmington Waterfront Park, Wilmington, Calif./Los Angeles; submitted by Sasaki Associates Inc.

Best Multi-Family Residential/HospitalityMontage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah; submitted by Layton Construction Co. Inc.

Best OfficeUnited States Institute of Peace (USIP) Headquarters and Global Peacebuilding Center (GPC), Washington, D.C.; submitted by Clark Construction Group LLC

Best Renovation/RestorationJackson Barracks Historical Renovation, New Orleans; submitted by Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Group LLC

Best Retail/Mixed-Use DevelopmentsSquare 54, Washington, D.C.; submitted by Clark Construction Group LLC

Best Small ProjectSt. Mary's Catholic Church Expansion and Addition, Plantersville, Texas; submitted by Fretz Construction Co.

Best Specialty ContractingMCFM Solar Thermal Installations, Phoenix; submitted by Builders Guild Inc.

Best Sports/EntertainmentJeld-Wen Field, Portland, Ore.; submitted by Turner Construction

Best TransportationHarbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, San Diego; submitted by T.Y. Lin International

We know good engineering when we see it, and the winners in each category are well-deserving of this honor. Look for a profile of all the finalists in the Feb. 13 issue of ENR magazine, and find out which project will earn the Editor’s Choice Award — the best of the Best of the Best.

Congratulations to all the winners!