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Marquette, UW-Madison projects win Best in Show at Top Projects 2011

The Daily Reporter hosted its annual Top Projects 2011 event Thursday at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

For the first time in its history, The Daily Reporter declared not one, but two Best in Show winners at its annual Top Projects event Thursday night in Milwaukee.

Marquette University Engineering Hall and UW-Madison Union South took top honors at the event, which celebrated the 30 best projects completed in Wisconsin in 2011.

The 30 Top Project of 2011 winners were selected based on challenges they overcame before and during construction, the benefit the projects offered to the communities they were being built in and any advancement they provided to the state’s construction industry.

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The Daily Reporter’s panel of industry judges then selected the Best in Show from those 30 winning projects. The judging panel included:

• Jeffrey Beiriger, executive director, American Subcontractors Association of Wisconsin Inc.
• Ken Kraemer, executive director, Building Advantage
• Jayne Martinko, president, The American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin Inc.
• Robert Rayburn, executive vice president, National Electrical Contractors Association Inc. – Milwaukee chapter
• Matt Rinka, principal, Rinka Chung Architecture Inc.
• Steve Stone, president, Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin Inc.

This year there was a tie at the top, resulting in the two winners. Marquette University Engineering Hall was lauded, in particular, for its design, which joins classrooms with lab space in the view of passersby. UW-Madison Union South was noted for integrating student ideas in a space for the campus and community at large.

Both project teams were presented with special awards at the conclusion of Thursday’s Top Projects of 2011 event at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. More than 400 people attended the awards dinner and presentation, now in its 13th year.

– Caley Clinton

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Building??a??work??of??art: Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin

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A shared success: The Cornerstone

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Another point of view: Empowerment Village – Lincoln

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A lesson in teamwork: Indian Trail High School & Academy

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Library turns the page: Kilbourn Public Library

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Out in the open: Marquette University Engineering Hall

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Out with the old: Miller Park Scoreboard

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Achieving a lofty goal: National Avenue Lofts

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Strength in numbers: St. Catherine’s Medical Center Campus Vertical Expansion

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Riding the financial wave: Saint John’s On the Lake

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By popular demand: UW-Madison Union South

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Centering the arts: UW-Parkside Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities

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Dogs have their day: Wisconsin Humane Society – Ozaukee Campus

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Little wasted: UW-Madison Biochemistry Expansion

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Building for the future: UW-Oshkosh Sage Hall

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