The good news is that design revenues appear to be up around the region, with more work coming into the pipeline and more firms reporting they are busier than this time last year. There is increased activity for transit, transportation, water and commercial projects. Design firms say they have seen more consistent financing, fewer projects shelved or delayed and a healthy private-sector surge of new work.
Here is a sneak peek at this year’s top design firms.
The 25 top design firms (engineers and architects together) in Colorado and Wyoming, based on 2103 revenues are (in alphabetical order only): AECOM Technology Corp., ARCADIS U.S., Atkins North America, Burns & McDonnell, CTL | Thompson Inc., Carollo Engineers Inc., Davis Partnership Architects, Farnsworth Group Inc., Felsburg Holt & Ullevig, Gensler, H+L Architecture, MWH Global Inc., Martin/Martin Inc., OZ Architecture, Parsons Brinckerhoff, The RMH Group, RNL, SWCA Environmental Consultants, SLATERPAULL Architects, Stantec, Surveying and Mapping Inc. (SAM Inc.), Terracon Consultants Inc., Tsiouvaras Simmons Holderness Inc., Willbros Group Inc. and Wilson & Co. Inc. Engineers & Architects.
In the Intermountain area (Utah, Idaho and Montana), the 25 design firms reporting the highest revenues for 2013 are (again, in alphabetical order only): ARCADIS U.S., Architectural Nexus, Cardno, CTA Architects Engineers, DOWL HKM, Electrical Consultants Inc., FFKR Architects, Forsgren Associates Inc., GSBS Architects, H.W. Lochner Inc., Horrocks Engineers, MHTN Architects Inc., MWH Global Inc., Michael Baker International, Morrison-Maierle Inc., Parametrix, Parsons Brinckerhoff, SWCA Environmental Consultants, Spectrum Engineers, Stanley Consultants, Stantec, Sunrise Engineering Inc., Terracon Consultants Inc., Think Architecture Inc. and VCBO.
Remember, these firms are presented here in alphabetical, not ranked, order. These designers are most likely to make our final top 25 cut, but this list is not final. The ranked lists will appear in the June issue of ENR Mountain States magazine.
Out top designers issue will include lists of the top green firms in the region, ranked by the amount of sustainable work they did in the region last year. Also, we will announce our overall top design firm of the year for the region soon, so stay tuned.