Readers should know by now that ENR Southeast has published its annual must-read Top Contractors ranking, and accompanying overview. Here, I'm continuing with a short series of posts highlighting additional information from the survey used to create the Top Contractors ranking. The first post in this series provided a look at general contracting and construction management revenue, with a ranking of this year's top 20 firms based on construction management-at-risk revenue. This second post will rank the Southeast's top 20 general contractors.

To sum up again, this year's Top Contractors ranking, which included 90 firms, represented a collective $16.3 billion in 2011 revenue from projects located in Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas. That compares to last year's ranking, which represented $16.1 billion of work.

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Brasfield & Gorrie, ranked atop this general contractors ranking, recently completed the Mission Hospital Cancer Center project in Asheville, N.C. (Photo courtesy Brasfield & Gorrie)

Among the numerous breakout rankings were categories for General Contracting, Construction Management-at-Risk, and Construction Management-Fee Only. A comparison of these related revenue figures over the last two years of surveys shows a significant swing.

Editor's Note: The following italicized points are duplicated from the previous post highlighting construction management-at-risk data. 

General Contracting - In ENR Southeast's Top Contractors ranking published in 2011, firms collectively reported $8.2 billion in revenue from projects where they served as the general contractor. In the latest ranking, the general contracting total came in at approximately $6.4 billion, or $1.8 billion lower than the year before.

CM-at-Risk - On the other hand, revenue from projects handled via the construction management-at-risk method increased from last year. For the ranking published in 2011, Southeast firms collectively reported $4.8 billion from CM-at-risk projects. For this year's survey, companies reported approximately $6.4 billion in revenue, a roughly 33% gain over last year.

Construction Management, Fee Only - This number was much smaller in both years. For the 2011 survey, Southeast firms reported $191 million from this delivery method. This year, contractors reported about $84 million.

The following ranking is based on the amount of regional revenue that firms reported from projects where they worked as a general contractor.

General Contracting

  1. Brasfield & Gorrie $836 million
  2. Choate Construction Co. $383.6 million
  3. Archer Western Contractors $350.3 million
  4. OHL USA $323.7 million
  5. The Lane Construction Corp. $294.5 million
  6. Barnhill Contracting Co. $293 million
  7. The Hubbard Group $265.5 million
  8. PCL Construction Enterprises $191.1 million
  9. Balfour Beatty US $184 million
  10. Prince Contracting $139.4 million
  11. Wharton-Smith $130.3 million
  12. Batson-Cook Co. $128.3 million
  13. Crowder Construction Co. $124.5 million
  14. Blythe Development Co. $116.1 million
  15. Suffolk Construction Co. $112.3 million
  16. Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. $103.4 million
  17. Kiewit Corp. $102.5 million
  18. Hunt Construction Group $98.4 million
  19. Hensel Phelps Construction Co. $97.6 million
  20. Odebrecht Construction $95 million