Be Like Brit Dines Among the Big Boys

haiti-001Last night Be Like Brit orphanage in Haiti won the McGraw-Hill / Engineering News Record 2013 Best Global Project Award for Residential / Hospitality projects.  We were honored along with two other community-based efforts in the developing world: the El Rodeo suspension bridge in Nicaragua by Bridges to Prosperity from Denver, and the elegantly simple Schoolhouse South Africa in Johannesburg by Cornell University Sustainable Design.

This is the inaugural year for ENR to honor projects from a global perspective.  The judges were particularly interested in projects that demonstrated creative construction techniques, cultural sensitivity, and sustainability, all of which are evidenced in Be Like Brit, which one judge called an “excellent design that considers the art of the possible in Haiti after the earthquake.”

Five of us, John Thompson and Brian Twomey, our structural engineers from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Len Gengel and his sister Chris, and me; enjoyed the festivities and the view from the 50th floor of the McGraw-Hill Building in mid-town Manhattan. But as the ENR editors announced our fellow award winners, which included Rem Koolhaas / ARUP for Beijing’s China Central Television Building, Michael Arad / Handel Architects’ National September 11 Memorial in New York, and Renzo Piano’s The Shard in London, we realized that Brit’s memory was being commemorated among the best design and construction that this world has to offer.

BLB entry evening

Be Like Brit – 2013 ENR Best Global Project Award – Residential / Hospitality

elrodeo suspension bridge

El Rodeo Suspension Bridge – 2013 ENR Best Global Project Award – Bridges / Tunnels


Schoolhouse South Africa – 2013 ENR Best Global Small Project

China Central TV

China Central Television Building – 2013 ENR Best Global Project Award – Office

911 mem

National September 11 Memorial – 2013 ENR Merit Global Project Award – Cultural



The Shard – 2013 ENR Best Global Large Project

About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog,, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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3 Responses to Be Like Brit Dines Among the Big Boys

  1. Liz says:

    What gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing. And what an honor, you should be proud. We were even before the awards:) Can’t wait to see you guys.

  2. Pat says:


  3. Sherri McCutchen says:

    Outstanding, Shorty – even more so as we lived through the whole process step-by-step, thanks to your writing, and know how much integrity and heart went into it. The best part is seeing the pictures of the children, thriving in the house that Brit built.

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