A Beacon of Hope: Giants 300

August 11, 2010

Last year, we noted that business was good for the great majority of firms in Building Design & Construction's Giants 300. Happily, we can report that the AEC industry outlook should remain positive through the end of the year and well into 2007.

Nowhere is this optimism more appropriately reflected than in the completion of 7 World Trade Center, a bright symbol of hope that has risen majestically from the ashes of September 11, 2001.

Get your calculator out and sharpen your pencil. Here's the latest data from BD&C's exclusive survey of the top U.S. architecture, engineering, and construction firms.

Top 20

commercial design firms


(2005 billings in $ millions)


Firm Billings
Source: 2006 Giants 300 survey

1. Gensler $274.68
2. HOK $151.33
3. Callison $114.00
4. Heery International $107.02
5. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill $106.50
6. Day & Zimmermann $103.77
7. Carter & Burgess $90.56
8. Fluor Corp. $75.90
9. Stantec $57.74
10. WD Partners $55.70
11. URS Corp. $55.05
12. NBBJ $51.98
13. HKS $48.19
14. RTKL Associates $45.68
15. Walker Parking Consultants $44.17
16. Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo $44.10
17. Perkins+Will $44.00
18. Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates $42.16
19. Dewberry $40.05
20. Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates $40.04



Top 20 commercial contractors


(2005 revenue in $ millions)


Firm Revenue
Source: 2006 Giants 300 survey

1. The Turner Corp. $2,467.50
2. Clark Group $1,702.88
3. The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. $1,347.74
4. Hensel Phelps Construction $1,177.14
5. Hunt Construction Group $1,036.48
6. Perini Corp. $956.27
7. PCL Construction Enterprises $916.21
8. The Weitz Co. $883.21
9. M.A. Mortenson $809.90
10. Bovis Lend Lease $796.62
11. Duke Construction $725.00
12. Dick Corp. $687.68
13. Swinerton $680.35
14. Webcor Builders $611.76
15. Holder Construction $579.57
16. JE Dunn Construction Group $576.25
17. Brasfield & Gorrie $551.80
18. Manhattan Construction $496.70
19. Ryan Companies US $479.53
20. Skanska USA Building $451.03


Top 5

commercial CMs


(2005 revenue in $ millions)


Firm Revenue
Source: 2006 Giants 300 survey

1. Heery International $2,125.00
2. Tishman Construction $1,597.70
3. Bovis Lend Lease $874.48
4. Hill International $840.00
5. Skanska USA Building $469.20


Top 20 institutional design firms
(2005 billings in $ millions)



Firm Billings
Source: 2006 Giants 300 survey

1. Fluor Corp. $379.50
2. URS Corp. $275.25
3. Jacobs Engineering Group $204.87
4. Carter & Burgess $147.91
5. HDR $118.44
6. HOK $106.97
7. HNTB Architecture $91.18
8. Leo A Daly $90.06
9. Cannon Design $87.01
10. SmithGroup $86.34
11. STV Group $84.24
12. HKS $80.32
13. DMJM H&N $69.00
14. RTKL Associates $66.56
15. Perkins+Will $63.80
16. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill $62.13
17. NBBJ $56.32
18. Gensler $52.32
19. Lockwood Greene, a CH2M Hill Company $52.25
20. Stantec $46.19


Top 20 institutional contractors
(2005 revenue in $ millions)



Firm Revenue
Source: 2006 Giants 300 survey

1. The Turner Corp. $3,877.50
2. Gilbane Building $1,589.25
3. JE Dunn Construction Group $1,290.80
4. Centex Construction $1,168.74
5. McCarthy Building Cos. $1,150.23
6. Skanska USA Building $1,058.94
7. Bovis Lend Lease $1,013.88
8. PCL Construction Enterprises $863.85
9. Clark Group $792.72
10. The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. $791.06
11. Brasfield & Gorrie $715.85
12. Hensel Phelps Construction $481.56
13. Kraus-Anderson Construction $416.05
14. Perini Corp. $401.02
15. Sundt Construction $381.18
16. Fluor Corp. $377.75
17. Dick Corp. $374.54
18. M. A. Mortenson $358.67
19. Manhattan Construction $345.92
20. Pepper Construction $315.24


Top 5 institutional CMs
(2005 revenue in $ millions)



Firm Revenue
Source: 2006 Giants 300 survey

1. Hill International $1,680.00
2. 3D/International $1,372.00
3. Gilbane Building $1,333.60
4. Bovis Lend Lease $1,112.97
5. Skanska USA Building $1,101.60


Top 20 K-12 design firms
(2005 billings in $ millions)



Firm Billings
Source: 2006 Giants 300 survey

1. URS Corp. $51.38
2. STV Group $40.50
3. Fanning/Howey Associates $35.76
4. Fluor Corp. $30.36
5. Heery International $30.22
6. NTDStichler Architects $27.97
7. HMC Architects $26.56
8. DLR Group $25.92
9. The Thomas Group $14.92
10. SchenkelShultz $13.83
11. Moseley Architects $13.57
12. Jacobs Engineering Group $12.80
13. LPA $12.27
14. DMJM H&N $11.50
15. TMAD Taylor & Gaines $10.19
16. Harley Ellis Devereaux $8.37
17. Harvard Jolly $7.92
18. Perkins+Will $7.70
19. Parsons Brinckerhoff $7.26
20. L. Robert Kimball & Associates $7.05



Top 20 K-12 contractors


(2005 revenue in $ millions)


Firm Revenue
Source: 2006 Giants 300 survey

1. The Turner Corp. $775.50
2. Gilbane Building $491.91
3. Adolfson & Peterson Construction $228.48
4. Skanska USA Building $196.10
5. CORE Construction Group $180.12
6. Kraus-Anderson Construction $172.70
7. Clark Group $146.80
8. Hunt Construction Group $139.04
9. McCarthy Building Cos. $133.36
10. Manhattan Construction $133.05
11. C.W. Driver $124.38
12. The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. $117.19
13. Sundt Construction $110.66
14. S.J. Amorroso Construction $95.70
15. Alberici Corp. $92.69
16. JE Dunn Construction Group $92.20
17. The McShane Cos. $80.83
18. BE&K $77.38
19. Centex Construction $76.89
20. Bovis Lend Lease $72.42



Top 5 K-12 CMs


(2005 revenue in $ millions)


Firm Revenue
Source: 2006 Giants 300 survey

1. Heery International $600.00
2. 3D/International $560.00
3. Gilbane Building $412.78
4. Hill International $280.00
5. Skanska USA Building $204.00


Design firms doing the most international work
(2005 billings in $ millions)



Firm Billings
Source: 2006 Giants 300 survey

1. Fluor Corp. $1,017.06
2. Jacobs Engineering Group $435.35
3. HOK $96.54
4. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill $71.00
5. Lockwood Greene, a CH2M Hill Company $59.21
6. URS Corp. $55.05
7. Ingenium Group $53.28
8. Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates $37.40
9. Parsons Brinckerhoff $37.35
10. Gensler $35.97
11. Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo $32.34
12. Callison $28.50
13. NBBJ $27.08
14. Stantec $23.09
15. RTKL Associates $22.19
16. Day & Zimmermann $19.60
17. The Jerde Partnership $15.00
18. Arquitectonica $14.38
19. Swanke Hayden Connell Architects $13.25
20. Perkins+Will $13.20
21. CUH2A $12.98
22. Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates $12.00
23. Stanley Consultants $11.86
24. DMJM H&N $10.35
25. PageSoutherlandPage $8.40
26. Cannon Design $8.19
27. Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates $8.09
28. HKS $8.03
29. BBG-BBGM $8.00
30. Thornton-Tomasetti Group $7.30


Who merged with whom in 2005


Firm Merged with Rationale
Anshen+Allen The Rothman Partners, Boston Establish an East Coast presence in the healthcare and academic fields
Cubellis GBQC Architects, Philadelphia; Design Concepts Architects, Vienna, Va.; MGDF Architects, Chicago; Ecoplan, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. GBQC Architects: strengthen academic services and presence in Philadelphia area; Design Concepts Architects: enhance multifamily services and expand into Washington, D.C., market; MGDF Architects: strengthen hospitality services and presence in Chicago area; Ecoplan: add private residential services; expand into New Jersey area
Cuningham Group Architecture Renfro & Elliott, Bakersfield, Calif. Strengthen presence in California education market
Edwards and Kelcey Aquarian Engineering, Portland, Maine; Wiles Mensch Corp., Reston, Va.; KKO & Associates, Andover Mass. Strengthen services in water and environmental engineering (Aquarian), land development (WMC), and transportation planning (KKO)
GBBN Architects Harrell Group Architects, Cincinnati Expand healthcare design business
GreenbergFarrow Peter Drey + Co., Atlanta Strengthen urban design practice
GRG Earl Walls Associates, San Diego Add lab planning services; expand into San Diego market.
Hill International Arpeggio Acquisition Corp., New York Go public
Hixson Architects The Delta Group, Sharonville, Ohio Add automation and controls engineering services
HKS The Stein-Cox Group, Phoenix Expand healthcare, corporate, hospitality, and sports design services to the Southwest
Ingenium Group Buildings division of Arcadis in Southfield, Mich., Raleigh, N.C., and Greenville, S.C. Expand into new markets
Jacobs Engineering Babtie Group Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland Add consulting services for the infrastructure, facilities, environmental, defense, and governmental outsourcing markets in the UK.
KTA Group MECA Engineering, Kingsport, Tenn. Expand portfolio and markets
Mazzetti & Associates CBG Engineers, Portland, Ore. Expand into Northwest U.S.
Nelson Geheber Lewis & Associates, Atlanta; Griswold, Heckel & Kelly Associates, Chicago Increase presence in Atlanta and Chicago; strengthen multifamily residential design services (GLA)
Parsons Brinckerhoff 3D/International Enhanced design, condition assessment, and construction management services for the education and public buildings markets
Perkins+Will MBT Architecture, San Francisco Diversify practice in the Bay Area by adding research laboratory design services
RNL Design BrendleAPV, Denver Enhance national design expertise with the addition of Michael Brendle, FAIA
SEi Companies PKP Engineers, Washington, D.C. Grow market share in Washington, D.C., area
Smith Seckman Reid Gordon, Gumeson and Associates, Denver Expand into Rocky Mountain region
Sparling Yantis Acoustical Design, Seattle Add acoustical design services
Stanley Consultants Cook-Steinman & Associates, Austin, Texas Enhance land development services
Stantec Keen Engineering, Vancouver; The Keith Cos., Irvine, Calif.; CPV Group, Calgary, Alberta Expanded presence in Canada, Southern California, and Michigan. Strengthen green design (Keen), transportation (The Keith Cos.), and urban land planning (The Keith Cos.) services
Syska Hennessy Group Caretsky Associates, New York Strengthen healthcare design offerings