Local contractor, Stronghold Engineering’s work on the Riverside Municipal Auditorium and Soldier’s Memorial Renovation Project in Downtown Riverside, has earned the company another two awards.  Today Stronghold’s Chief Operating Officer, Scott Bailey, accepted, on behalf of the entire project team, an ENR Best Small Project Award as well as the Excellence in Safety Best Project for all of Southern California. Like his wife, Stronghold’s President and CEO – Beverly Bailey, he thanked the city for allowing Stronghold the honor of working in their hometown.  Mrs. Bailey, when asked about the award stated, “Our Stronghold team was honored to have the opportunity to renovate this historical building in our backyard of Riverside.  To be recognized as the State of California’s best project under 10M is not only a blessing but also continues to motivate us towards Building Construction Excellence.” The ENR Best Projects is an annual award program and competition developed to recognize excellence.  It is dedicated to honoring the best construction projects and the companies that designed and built them in the U.S. and Puerto Rico Projects compete in 20 specialized categories, ranging from airports to sports/entertainment.  Independent juries of industry leaders in design and construction judged hundreds of entries detailing regional projects.  All were evaluated using five criteria, including safety, innovation, and teamwork. A panel of industry experts served as the competition’s judges. This year’s panel included representatives from the Design-Build Institute of America, Engineering News-Record, the American Institute of Architects, and the National Association of Women in Construction, and representatives from higher education, among others. The judges were impressed by the team’s attention to detail and its spotless safety record. “Projects that have hidden conditions require detailed planning and training,” one safety judge “said. “The team worked together to find solutions to deal with hazardous material abatement, with the care not to damage historic materials.”  The project had previously been awarded the prestigious 2013 Mayoral Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful Historic and Cultural Preservation and Beautification Award as well as the Old Riverside Foundation Award for maintenance and preservation and a San Diego Chapter ABC Excellence in Construction Award.