CMC’s New Kravis Center Wins Award for
2011 Best Higher Education/Research Project in
California, by McGraw-Hill’s ENR magazine


What started as a pile of dirt has become a spectacular, award-winning building for Claremont McKenna College. The new academic and administrative Kravis Center just won the ENR award for Best Higher Education/Research Project in California in 2011. It also won the award for Best Overall project in California in 2011.

ENR (Engineering News-Record) is both a print and online magazine published by McGraw-Hill Construction and serving the state of California. The publication announced its 2011 Best Project winners on Wednesday, Oct. 5, in a blog by editor Robert Carlsen.

According to ENR’s website, 34 winning projects were selected in this year’s contest from 116 entries, and for the first time ever, the California competition included submissions from Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Writes Carlsen:

In addition to the 34 winning projects, judges picked one Region’s Best Project, which this year is the Kravis Center at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont. The project consists of the construction of a five-level, 162,000-sq-ft academic and administrative facility, which now serves as the western gateway to the campus. The overall project includes offices, classrooms, seminar rooms, an underground parking structure and outdoor courtyards. The project was submitted by the general contractor, Bernards; the lead designer was Rafael Vinoly Architects.

“Everyone is extremely proud of these two honors,” CMC’s director of construction Frank Perri said.


More information about the Kravis Center and other winning projects will be included in the Dec. 5 issue of ENR California. As well, ENR will honor the projects and the teams that built and designed them during the magazine’s annual Best Projects awards breakfast, scheduled Monday, Dec. 12 at the Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF.