ENR Mountain States is nearly complete with research for our annual top design firms lists. The lists are based on 2018 revenues for work done within the Mountain States region (Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and the Dakotas), as reported to us by the firms themselves.

Even though we are still in the process of compiling the final lists, we wanted to share the early results with our readers to give you a taste of what’s to come in the June issue of the magazine.

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 higher education, multifamily, mixed-use, office and manufacturing projects. Design firms say they have a healthy balance of private- and public-sector work. But many also say they are having trouble finding enough qualified people to get the work done.

Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s top design firms.

The 20 top design firms (engineers and architects together) in Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas, based on 2017 revenues are (in random, not ranked order):

Carollo Engineers, Martin/Martin, Terracon Consultants, Davis Partnership Architects, CTL | Thompson, Stanley Consultants, SWCA Environmental Consultants, Kleinfelder, Felsburg Holt & Ullevig, Merrick & Co., Burns & McDonnell, Wilson & Co. Inc. Engineers & Architects, Hord Coplan Macht, JVA, Kimley-Horn, Stantec, SEH, Atwell, DLR Group, Atkins-SNC Lavalin

In the Intermountain area (Utah, Idaho and Montana), the 20 design firms reporting the highest revenues for 2018 are (again, in random order only):

Stantec, Terracon Consultants Inc., GSBS Architects, Stanley Consultants, Spectrum Engineers, Parametrix Inc., Electrical Consultants Inc., Morrison-Maierle Inc., CTA Architects Engineers, DOWL, Michael Baker International, FFKR Architects, Method Studio, Naylor Wentworth Lund, Wilson & Co. Inc. Engineers & Architects, Arcadis, CRSA, Dennis Group, Raba Kistner, SWCA Environmental Consultants

These designers are the most likely ones to make our final cut on both lists, but note that neither list is final. Our research continues. The complete, ranked lists will appear in the June issue of ENR Mountain States magazine.

Our top designers issue also will include more specialized lists of the top firms in the region ranked by the amount of sector-specific and green work they have done in the region in the past year.