Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Arts was honored by an Orange County real estate group as the top new construction project of 2016 at a gala affair March 29 at the Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa.

Kris Eric Olsen, vice president of campus planning and operations, accepted the award on behalf of the university in front of a crowd of about 370 at the 6th Annual SPIRE Awards honoring superior performance in real estate hosted by CREW-OC (Commercial Real Estate Women — Orange County).

Chapman recently commemorated the first anniversary of the $84 million Musco Center by bestowing an honorary Doctor of Arts to renowned opera star Plácido Domingo, who headlined the center’s opening night in March 2016.

Previous winners of SPIRE Awards in the new construction category include the Outlets at San Clemente, the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center and the Bill Holmes Tower at CHOC Children’s Hospital.