The new Duluth International Airport passenger terminal has been named the "Best Project of the Year" in the category of airport/transit by the publication ENR Midwest, a journal covering construction projects.

The terminal was designed by RS&H, a construction and engineering firm that specializes in airport projects.

Mike Berno, a spokeman for RS&H, said ENR Midwest is the "bible of engineering" for those in the business and the award is a big deal.

"It speaks to the merits of the terminal," said Greg Gregerson, regional editor of ENR Midwest.

ENR Midwest panelists selected winning projects on the basis of design and construction quality, innovation, safety and the ability of project teams to overcome unique challenges.

"This project was in very rare company," he said.

The 104,000-square-foot terminal opened in January and replaced an outdated, 40-year-old facility.

Winning projects will compete against winners from other regions in ENR's national competition. The projects will be honored at an event in Chicago on Nov. 22 and the award-wining projects will be featured in the Nov. 18 edition of ENR Midwest, which also will reveal the "Project of the Year."

"I couldn't be more pleased with the efforts of RS&H and the entire project team," said Tom Werner, executive director of the Duluth Airport Authority. "Our new terminal will serve as the gateway to our region for decades to come."