April 24, 2015
In 2015, the Engineering News Record magazine, a renowned international publication in Construction Engineering, announced the winners of the Best of the Best Projects 2014 Awards, a recognition of the top examples of design and construction excellence among completed work in the USA during the preceding year. For the first time, ENR has honored the winning project teams in the 50th Annual Award of Excellence Celebration held in April at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York.
Competing with the top regional projects that reached the national competition, CLEMSON University’s SCE&G Energy Innovation Center was distinguished with the Best of the Best Project 2014 award in the category of Industry / Energy. But the huge success achieved by this multiple award-winning facility does not stop there.
This first-of-its-kind Research Facility has been honored by ENR’s Editorial staff with the Editors’ Choice Award, a distinction that recognizes the project that stood out most amongst the winning projects in the 19 different categories. Furthermore, ENR magazine editors have also recognized Dr. Nikolaos Rigas, the Executive Director of the Clemson University Restoration Institute, as one of the Top 25 Newsmakers for his outstanding accomplishments in leading this unique testing facility that will have considerable benefits for the American Wind Energy Industry.
Representatives from Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI), as the Owner of the Research Center, Choate Construction Co., the General Contractor, and AEC-IDOM, the Lead Design Firm for this project, attended the Ceremony on behalf of all the team members and received these prestigious Awards.
In the image: Image from left to right: Matt Brewer, Senior Vice-president of Choate Construcion Co., Thomas Lorentz, Senior Vice-president of AEC-IDOM, John Dudas, Senior Vice-president of Choate Construction Co., Armando Bilbao, Operations Manager of IDOM ADA, Javier Ariño, Senior Systems Engineer of IDOM ADA, Dr. Nikolaos Rigas, Executive Director of CURI, and Iñigo Eletxigerra, Project Manager in IDOM ADA. Clemson University Restoration Institute, Choate Construction Co. and IDOM attendess.