NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--What makes a great project? Is it just a project that comes in on time, on budget, within scope and with good quality? One that delivers value to customers and stakeholders? Or one that advances an organization’s strategic plans? Is greatness shown by the flexibility of project managers to deal with stakeholders’ necessary last-minute scope changes—and still meet all the criteria of success?
Project Management Institute (PMI) says a great project is all of the above, and honors great projects each year with the Project of the Year Award. The PMI Project of the Year Award is the industry’s most prestigious distinction, paying tribute to groundbreaking projects that demonstrate superior performance, exemplary implementation and innovative processes to achieve their business goals. This year’s three finalists are:
Adelaide Desalination Project
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
In the midst of the country’s worst drought in a century, the State Government of South Australia was faced with a growing water shortage crisis in 2008. The solution: build a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant near the busy port city of Adelaide to create a safe and secure water supply for the area’s growing population. Construction of the plant, managed by the South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water) and completed in June, 2012, achieved the project’s double goals of delivering a climate-independent source of drinking water while significantly reducing reliance on the nearby River Murray. Project leaders obtained development approval and got all contracts in place in less than 12 months, and successfully handled doubling the plant’s capacity while meeting the original deadline.
Nemours Children’s Hospital
Orlando, Florida, USA
Working seamlessly across multiple project teams and remote locations, the Nemours Foundation completed a state-of-the-art, LEED certified, 137-bed Children’s Hospital in Orange County, Florida. The facility was designed and purpose-built to deliver top-tier pediatric care through an integrated, full-service system that combined the clinical setting and the hospital setting under one roof—eliminating the need for children with complicated medical conditions to be shuttled between a network of different hospitals and offices. Team members worked with stakeholder groups including patients and their parents, community leaders, elected officials, area physicians and residents to ensure the success of the project.
Savanna River Site (SRS) Recovery Act
Aiken, South Carolina, USA
Authorized by the federal government under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Savannah River Site (SRS) Recovery Act Project was tasked with cleaning radioactive and other hazardous contaminants from a 310-square mile site in South Carolina comprising several outmoded Cold War-era nuclear reactors and other facilities. Compressing nearly eight years of work into a 45-month period of performance, the project went beyond its baseline goal of decontaminating 75% of the entire site, resulting in substantial land reclamation and significant cost savings from risk avoidance and performance efficiencies. The project also created or retained more than 4,600 local jobs.
The winner of the 2013 PMI Project of the Year award will be announced at the PMI Awards Ceremony at the PMI Global Congress 2013—North America in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Learn more about the Awards Ceremony and PMI Global Congress 2013—North America at http://congresses.pmi.org/NorthAmerica 2013. Start networking early on LinkedIn by joining PMI Global Congress—North America and on Twitter @PMICongress.
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