St. Louis-based Murphy Co. has been recognized for its work at Washington University’s Stephen F. and Camilla T. Brauer Hall.

The company won in the best project category for an institutional project over $10 million from the Design-Build Institute of America as part of the Mid-America Region Design-Build Awards.

Murphy served as mechanical contractor on the 150,875-square-foot, three-story building, which houses the university’s energy, environmental and chemical engineering department. In addition to 23 custom-made lab suites, the building consists of a data center, chiller plant, conference rooms, classrooms, 60 offices and a 90-seat distance-learning classroom. That allows those in the department to communicate with its research partners around the world.

The building also has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Brauer Hall was designed and built in 18 months, ready in time for the fall 2010 semester.

Officials from the Design Build Institute of America evaluated submitted projects primarily on success achieved in attaining the owner or user’s project goals. Submissions also were judged for their success in implementing design-build best practices. Special emphasis was placed on the design team’s use of innovation to add value. Innovation included the use of new systems, methods, and processes that benefit cost, efficiency, safety, quality and use of technology in executing the project. The design quality of the project was also important with aesthetics, functionality and life cycle being key considerations.

A jury of impartial experts drawn from the DBIA chapter membership, project owners, and the industry in general judged the submissions.

This represents the third award Murphy has received for its work on Brauer Hall.