In this year’s Top Design ranking, URS Corp. takes the No. 1 spot, with more than $342.3 million in Texas billings during 2008.

Ranking of Texas’ Top Design Firms

Texas Construction’s annual ranking of the state’s Top Design Firms this year includes 90 architectural and engineering firms, down from last year’s 95. Despite the slightly lower participation, however, this year’s Top Design ranking represents an upturn in collective billings. Together, the 90 firms listed here generated approximately $2.9 billion in billings from Texas projects during the 2008 calendar year, the timeframe for this ranking. That’s up from last year’s $2.6 billion total for collective billings.

Additionally, worldwide revenue soared. Collectively, ranked firms reported approximately $28.5 billion, much higher than the $19-billion total of a year ago.

The Top Design ranking is based upon company-provided information indicating each firm’s 2008 billings figures for projects performed in Texas.

List Leaders
After placing second in the previous ranking, URS Corp. of Dallas easily claimed the top spot this year, with more than $342.3 million in ‘08 billings.

AECOM Technology Group of Houston placed second. The growing engineering entity reported $181 million in 2008 Texas billings, up from last year’s $122 million.

Ranked third is Parsons Brinckerhoff of Houston. The firm reported $136 million for ‘08, up from $115 million.

HDR, with offices in Corpus Christi, ranks fourth, with $104.2 million in ‘08 billings. CH2M Hill Ltd., in San Antonio, ranked fifth with $103.9 million.

If your firm did not participate in this year’s ranking, and would like to do so next year, contact Eileen Schwartz, editor, at, or Richard Mui, database manager, at