For the 18th time, Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southeast announced the latest winners of its annual Best Projects awards competition. This year’s winners include impressive projects from across the Southeast, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

HCS new energy positive schools (Socastee Elementary, Socastee Middle, St. James Intermediate, Myrtle Beach Middle and Ten Oaks Middle), built by FirstFloor Energy Positive, received the Best Project Award for the K-12 education category. Other categories included airport/transit, healthcare, highway/bridge, manufacturing, higher education, etc.

ENR Southeast assembled an independent group of judges to review, score and determine final winners. After an initial scoring of projects, the judges—via two separate panels—met to discuss the projects and come to a consensus on awards. Judges could select any combination of Best Project-level category winners and Award of Merit honorees. This year, the judges collectively reviewed roughly 90 entries before honoring the 40 projects. For a complete list of winners, please visit

Also, two Horry County public schools have been awarded nominations under the Educational Interiors Showcase. These 2018 awards were given to those who excel in education design including architecture and environmental awareness. Socastee Elementary received a silver citation with St. James Intermediate being appointed with honors as Outstanding Design in the Common Areas.

The 2018 Jury commented on Socastee Elementary’s Silver Citation award stating that the building has “great use of solar energy responding to climate change, compelling interior aesthetic and a nice scale with multiple elements to mediate the central space.”