Best  Firms

Best AEC Firms

2008 Gilbane Building Co.
KJWW Engineering Consultants
Lord, Aeck & Sargent
Mark G. Anderson Consultants
Power Construction Company
RDK Engineers
Schmidt Associates
Turner Construction Company 2007 Anshen+Allen
Bovis Lend Lease
Cannon Design
Jones Lang LaSalle
SSOE, Inc.
Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc. 2006 FreemanWhite
Hnedak Bobo Group
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Shawmut Design and Construction
Walter P Moore


2010 ‘Best Firms' Entry Information



Serving the Community,
At Home and Abroad

The Beck Group was founded in Houston in 1912 by Henry C. Beck, as a general contractor. In 1924, Beck opened an office in Dallas, where the company is based today; it also has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Fort Worth, Houston, Mexico City, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Tampa...

Building Communities
for Nearly 80 Years

For nearly 80 years, BLDD Architects positioned itself as a community builder, not only in the marketplace, but also within the firm itself. The design firm strives to make every employee a member of a community of professionals whose talents and skills are constantly being improved...

Creating a Culture of Performance

In the ultra-competitive world of commercial construction, where many builders can trace their heritage back 50, 100, even 150 years, Newton, Mass.-based Commodore Builders is just another new kid on the block, and Joe Albanese is fine with that...

Boosting Business with Employee Training and Development

Despite a besieged AEC industry, DES Architects + Engineers of Redwood City, Calif., sees plenty of opportunity out there. The 37-year-old firm remains profitable and busy, but leaders recognize that, with their workload slightly reduced, now is the perfect time to grow the business...

Seven Decades of Leadership

Harwood K. Smith would be proud of the tiny architecture practice he founded 70 years ago, in Dallas. In the intervening years, HKS, Inc., has grown into the third-largest A/E firm in the U.S. and seventh-largest architecture firm in the world, with 1,250 employees in 25 offices worldwide...

Two Decades of Employee Ownership

On December 31, 1988, as employees at KCI were ringing in the New Year, they were also celebrating the purchase of their engineering firm just weeks earlier from the British holding company Hanson Trust PLC. That purchase made the Sparks, Md.-based KCI (now KCI Technologies) the largest employee-owned engineering firm in the Old Line State...

Canadian Design Firm Makes Its Mark

For a firm of its size—45-50 employees, depending on the number of interns on board at any time—Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd. has done more than its share to raise environmental and social consciousness in its home city of Edmonton and the surrounding province of Alberta...

All in the Family

Sixty-four-year-old Robins & Morton has grown from the small Robins Engineering Company of Birmingham, Ala., into one of the top healthcare general contractors in the nation. Today, R&M has offices in Birmingham, Huntsville, Dallas, Orlando, Nashville, and Charlotte, N.C...

Connecting the Firm
to the Community

Some time ago, when Deborah Bermond was interviewing a prospective employee for a management position at Roy Anderson Corp, the VP of human resources suggested that the candidate walk the halls to get a feel for the general contracting firm, headquartered in Gulfport, Miss...

Small engineering firm’s
great passion for green

"I’ve been with Rumsey for almost four years now, and I’ve turned away millions of dollars in business. From the standpoint of being in a small firm, that’s been a bizarre experience,” says Clifton Lemon, VP of marketing and operations for Rumsey Engineers, Inc., a 32-person, Oakland, Calif.-based MEP firm focused solely on energy-efficient and sustainable design...

Hardcore Training
Pays Off Big Time

When it comes to employee training and development, few AEC firms can say they rank with the likes of Microsoft, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and other Fortune 500 giants. Boston-based contractor Suffolk Construction has proudly laid claim to that distinction for two straight years...



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