Based on the firm's Southeast revenue for 2012, its diverse portfolio of new and recently completed projects, along with its prominent roles on numerous high-profile, alternative-delivery contracts, ENR Regional editors have named Reynolds, Smith & Hills as this year's "Design Firm of the Year."
RS&H reported $110.2 million in 2012 design revenue from the four-state region of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. That figure, which represented a 6% increase over the year-ago period, was enough for the firm to move up two spots and place fifth on this year's Top Design Firms ranking, to be published May 6.
In addition, the firm ranked among the top three design firms in the state of Florida, as well as the sub-categories of general building, commercial and civil engineering. RS&H also ranked as the top designer for government and public service projects.
A notable factor considered by ENR editors was the firm's role on several alternative-delivery projects moving forward across the Southeast. For instance, RS&H is a member of the engineering team leading the $1.2-billion Interstate 595 Corridor Improvements project in Broward County, Fla., which was one of the state's biggest P3 projects when it got started in 2009.
Now, the company is serving as owner's representative to the Florida Dept. of Transportation as it moves ahead with its plans to use P3 to rebuild more than 20 miles of Interstate 4 through Orlando, at a price tag of more than $2 billion.
Reynolds, Smith & Hills recently posted this video visualization of its Overland Bridge design-build project in Jacksonville, Fla. The firm is working with design-build partner Archer Western Contractors on the $148.8-million project.
Moreover, RS&H is continuing to notch some big wins with plain, old-fashioned design-build procurement. For instance, it's working with Archer Western Contractors on the $148.8-million Interstate 95/Overland Bridge Replacement project in Jacksonville—which was included on ENR Southeast's most recent Top Starts ranking. And it has teamed up with Granite Construction on an apparent winning bid for the southern Beltline project in Raleigh, N.C.
ENR Southeast will have much more information about RS&H in our May 6 print issue, where we'll highlight the firm's recent accomplishments, and look at its ongoing and future efforts.