Eight IMEG projects named ENR Regional Best Projects

Eight IMEG projects have won their categories in Engineering News-Record Regional 2023 Best Project competitions, including one that was named Project of the Year and another that was awarded the Excellence in Sustainability award. Seven more IMEG projects received awards of merit.  

All Best Projects now move on to compete in ENR’s national Best of the Best Awards. 

The Regional Best Projects and Award of Merit recipients are:  

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, Manhattan, KS | ENR Midwest Best Government/Public Building Project and Project of the Year

This first-in-the-U.S. facility features highest-level biocontainment laboratories and safety protocols for scientists to study and diagnose critical animal diseases. The new 48-acre campus includes the 500,000-sf main building, which houses animal containment laboratories and holding facilities, office, and facility support space. IMEG provided structural engineering and security design. Learn more.

The Book Depository, Detroit | ENR Midwest Best Renovation/Restoration Project & Project of the Year runner-up

Vacant since 1987, the Book Depository was purchased by Ford, renovated, and reopened as a global innovation center that eventually will house entrepreneurs, inventors, and companies focused on next-generation solutions in mobility. IMEG provided structural, MEP, fire protection, and technology design as well as acoustics architectural lighting services. Learn more. 

OneLegacy, Azusa, CA | ENR California Best Healthcare Project 

OneLegacy, which procures organs for transplants, renovated an existing 98,000-sf building for its new headquarters. The building includes 75,000-sf of office space, 37,000-sf of clinical space, and a public area that includes an 8,000-sf convention center, memorial garden, amphitheater, and cafeteria. The project also added a new 127,000-sf transplant and recovery facility building and a 250-stall parking structure. IMEG provided structural engineering. Learn more. 

Chino High School, Chino, CA | ENR California Best K-12 Education Project 

This reconstruction project included tearing down the 1950s-era school and building a new two-story facility that included a Biomedical Science and Technology Academy, a 7,000-sf library, lecture hall, 562-seat theatre, spaces for small group project instructions, a new aquatic center, gymnasiums, locker room, and three basketball courts. IMEG provided MEP, technology, audio visual, and HVAC engineering services. Learn more.

Frisco Transit Center, Phase 2, Frisco, CO | ENR Mountain States Best Government/Public Building Project

This new $4.9-million regional transportation hub serves more than 1,000 people a day and connects to major ski resorts such as Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Copper Mountain. The 3,600-sq-ft center has an expanded bus system and improved pedestrian and bike paths. IMEG provided structural engineering design. Learn more.

Frances M. Maguire Art Museum at Saint Joseph’s University, Merion Station, PA| ENR MidAtlantic Best Cultural/Worship Project

The renovation of a historic 1920s building created a contemporary space for the university’s art collection, rotating exhibits, teaching spaces, and art conservation. Mechanical and electrical systems were updated to modern museum standards for the proper display of artwork. Bruce E. Brooks & Associates, now IMEG, provided MEP design. Learn more.

Baylor St. Luke’s O’Quinn Tower McNair, Houston, TX| ENR Texas & Louisiana Best Healthcare Project

The new 12-story tower at the Baylor St. Luke’s McNair campus in the Texas Medical Center includes more than 360,000-sf of space for diagnostics, radiation therapy, ambulatory surgery, endoscopy, cancer clinic and infusion services and 40,000-sf of conference and office space. An eight-story, cast-in-place parking garage was also included. IMEG provided structural design. Learn more.

The Beam on Farmer, Tempe, AZ | ENR Southwest Excellence in Sustainability and Best Office/Retail/Mixed-use Project 

The Beam on Farmer is Arizona’s first multi-story mass timber office building. The 184,000-sf, five-story building was constructed of cross-laminated timber (CLT) slabs, and glulam beams and columns. The exterior is clad in metal and glass panels. IMEG, the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design engineer, used a low-profile, energy-efficient underfloor air distribution system, that provided air distribution and housed MEP systems usually placed in the ceiling. Learn more.

Insight Enterprises, Chandler, AZ | ENR Southwest Interior/Tenant Improvement Award of Merit  

The new 200,000-sf headquarters and innovation hub include meeting spaces that serve groups up to 300 people, a branded coffee shop, full-service cafeteria, health clinic, fitness facility, library, and mother’s rooms. It was built to LEED Gold standards. IMEG provided commissioning for the project. Learn more.

Durango Health Center, Las Vegas | ENR Southwest Healthcare Award of Merit 

The two-story, 98,800-sf health center will provide primary and preventive care, dental services, laboratory services, and other programs to Culinary and Bartenders Union members and their family as part of the Culinary and Bartenders Union’s Culinary Health Fund. IMEG provided medical equipment planning. Learn more.

Arthaus, Philadelphia | ENR Mid-Atlantic Residential/Hospitality Award of Merit 

The 47-story, 400,000-sf tower in Center City Philadelphia includes 108 condominiums, ground floor retail, and above-ground parking for 140 vehicles. Building amenities include a sky garden with enclosed greenhouse, a 75-foot pool, fitness and yoga, dining salon, rooftop dog run, and a children’s playroom. IMEG provided structural engineering and parking consultancy services. Learn more. 

Jonas Courthouse, Charlotte, NC | ENR Southeast Renovation/Restoration Award of Merit

The $164 million renovation of the 134,428-sf historic U.S. Courthouse Annex and Charles R. Jonas Federal Building—originally built as a post office in 1915—included the addition of a 198,000-sf eight-story annex. IMEG led the security assessment, security systems design, and development of construction documents. Learn more.

The Belden-Stratford, Chicago | ENR Midwest Renovation/Restoration Award of Merit

The renovation of the 16-story building that was originally constructed in 1923 restored the historic building, which includes 209 luxury apartment units, and added new amenities, such as a mezzanine-level lounge, fitness center, billiards and media lounge, wine tasting room, conference rooms, and a rooftop deck. IMEG provided MEP and fire protection engineering design. Learn more.

Travis County Civil and Family Courts, Austin, TX | ENR Texas & Louisiana Government/Public Buildings Award of Merit

The courthouse includes a welcoming main entry, courtrooms, a self-help law center, outdoor terraces, and childcare facilities. It replaces a courthouse built in 1931. It was built to LEED Silver specifications. IMEG provided electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design services. Learn more.

Poudre School District Prototypes, Timnath and Wellington, CO | ENR Mountain States K-12 Education Award of Merit

This $255.8 million project features prototype middle and high schools–built simultaneously on two separate sites–that each accommodate 1,500 students and allow for another 300 students with planned additions. The Wellington school spans 250,000 sq ft on a 90-acre site, and the Timnath school and district stadium span 252,000 sq ft on a 115-acre site. IMEG provided MEP engineering design. Learn more.