Coming soon in ENR California’s June issue is our annual ranking of the largest design firms in the state. Along with the rankings, we also spotlight one architect or engineer as our Design Firm of the Year based on a variety of factors, including revenue performance, sustainability, community involvement and quality of work.
Two firms from among those participating in the top design firms survey were selected as nominees, and ENR's regional editors around the U.S. voted. The results are in, and ENR California’s 2014 Design Firm of the Year is HOK.
HOK saw a 9% increase in revenue during 2013 compared to the previous year, one of the higher jumps among the largest firms responding to our survey. The firm has made a big commitment to sustainable design, and ranks among the top 5 firms in the state in designing green buildings. The firm also encourages its designers to think about the big picture in exploring concepts such as biomimicry, which emulates biological patterns and principles in designing the built environment more sustainably.
Key design work includes the net-zero energy and net-zero water use San Francisco Museum at the Mint; Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center, which uses a unique structural strategy to prevent failure during an earthquake; the $126-million San Mateo County Replacement Correctional Facility in Redwood City, which features a collaborative design and construction team; and the visually striking LEED-Platinum Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center.
Read more about the firm and its projects in the June issue of ENR California.