The Fresno construction company, founded in 1914, was among 90 entries from across California and Hawaii vying for recognition from the trade magazine which provides news and features about projects, products and people in construction, architecture and engineering.
Nine judges evaluated the projects on the ability of a team to overcome challenges, its contribution to the industry and community, and its safety, construction and design quality.
Harris and the exhibit won in the landscape and urban development category.
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The $56 million Fresno Chaffee Zoo project opened in October. Harris managed the project which turned 13 acres of land at the southeastern end of Roeding Park into an expansive African grassland with trees, artificial rocks and termite mounds.
Visitors can watch wildebeests, ostriches, zebras, rhinos and other animals roam the open area and get close-up views through glass partitions. An African lodge, restaurant and trails were also built.