Arup has been selected as ENR California’s Design Firm of the Year for 2024.

The company says it has seen strong demand and growth opportunities in several key markets pushing regional revenue to a robust $193 million. Arup is planning to build on this progress by focusing on decarbonization, particularly with ports and sustainable transportation efforts in various sectors.

Some major efforts include.

  • Arup has been hired by the Presidio Trust to provide engineering services for their Long-Range Utility Implementation Strategy (LoUIS) at the iconic Presidio Park in San Francisco.
  • The firm has also handled the challenging assembly of the structure surrounding the Space Shuttle Endeavour in its permanent home inside the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center which is still under construction.
  • Arup is also involved with both the design of the Brightline West line as well as the California High-Speed Rail system, for which they will be providing design services and managing its systemwide sustainability program.

Assisting firms grappling with climate transition has been a priority for Arup. The company has launched the latest iteration of Arup’s REDi guidelines focused on floods, assisting building owners to combat and quickly recover from extreme flooding and sea level rise. In addition, Arup has partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund to release a new guide on port decarbonization and environmental justice.

Equity has been a watchword for Arup in California. The company has produced an annual DEI report for more than a decade to monitor progress. The Calif. team has reached 100% pay equity for both women and racial or ethnic minorities in the region.

Community outreach has been a priority as well. Arup’s California team supports the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory Resilience Hub in Los Angeles, Designing Justice Designing Spaces in Oakland, Annual Leap Sandcastle Classic, and Tiny House Empowerment Village in San Francisco, Golden Gate Village Community Engagement in Marin County, and many more.

To find out more about Arup and their work in California and Hawaii, check out the June 17 issue of ENR California.