Engineers specializing in large transportation and infrastructure projects traditionally have dominated ENR Midwest's annual ranking of the region's largest design firms, all the more so since the nation's 2008 financial collapse sidelined other industry sectors.

Rankings for 2012 are no different, though firms in all sectors collectively reported a bump in business. Firms specializing in public buildings, notably university and health care projects, performed particularly well.

Nevertheless, Midwest activity continues to lag that in other regions. New York City, for instance, saw construction spending return to pre-recession levels last year. Chicago is nowhere near that.

Before conditions improve, so must the fundamentals.

Meantime, what follows is an alphabetical listing of the region's Top 75 design firms, as measured by firm revenues last year. Firms will be listed by rank and revenue in the June 3 edition of ENR Midwest.

AECOM Technology Corp.

Affiliated Engineers Inc.

Alfred Benesch & Co.

American Structurepoint Inc.

Anderson Mikos Architects


Ayres Associates

Baxter & Woodman Inc.

Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates

BLDD Architects Inc.

BSA LifeStructures

Burns & McDonnell

Chipman Design Architecture

Clark Dietz Inc.

Collins Engineers Inc.

Cordogan Clark & Associates Inc.

Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc.

Dewberry Architects Inc.

DLR Group

DLZ Corp.

Donohue & Associates Inc.

Eckenhoff Saunders Engineering

ESD (Environmental Systems Design)

Excel Engineering Inc.


Fanning/Howey Associates Inc.

Farnsworth Group Inc.

FGM Architects Inc.

Geosyntec Consultants

GPD Group


Greeley and Hansen

Hanson Professional Services Inc.

Heapy Engineering

Henneman Engineering Inc.

HNTB Corp.


H.W. Lochner Inc.

KJWW Engineering Consultants

Korda/Nemeth Engineering Inc.

Legat Architects Inc.

Manhard Consulting


Mead & Hunt Inc.

MWH Global

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Partners by Design

Patrick Engineering Inc.

PCI Skanska


Process Plus

Ratio Architects Inc.

Resource International Inc.

RJN Group Inc.

Schmidt Associates Inc.

Shive Hattery Inc.

Solomon Cordwell Buenz

SSOE Group

Stanley Consultants


Strand Associates Inc.

STR Partners


Surveying and Mapping Inc.

Terracon Consultants Inc.

Thornton Tomasetti

TMP Architecture Inc.

United Consulting

V3 Cos.

VOA Associates Inc.


Westlake Reed Leskosky

Wight & Co.

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Woolpert Inc.