Engineer/Architects

August 11, 2010

Lockwood Greene finds lasting cure in industrial ills

If the economy were a disease and the industrial building sector were a living being, it would be at death's door. But the pharmaceutical side of the market has been just what the doctor ordered for E/A Lockwood Greene, Spartanburg, S.C.

Though industrial projects composed 51% of the firm's building work in 2001, diversification into healthier segments such as pharmaceutical, health care, R&D laboratories and foods kept Lockwood Greene high on this year's list of top revenue-generating E/As. Still, the firm's commercial, industrial and institutional revenues fell nearly $82 million last year from 2000, but its $122.8 million dropped it only one place, from fourth to fifth, in the E/A category from last year's survey.

But just staying in the game is viewed as a plus, given the market downturn and internal constraints put on capital spending. Those arose from the difficulties between Lockwood Greene's healthy contractor owner, J.A. Jones, Charlotte, N.C., and their troubled German parent, Philip Holzmann AG, which recently filed for bankruptcy. That situation should soon resolve itself, however. On the block for months, Jones expects to announce a new parent sometime this summer.

Meanwhile, Lockwood Greene has kept its focus. "Certainly our customers have spent less, but industries like pharmaceuticals and foods manufacture products that tend to be less impacted by economic conditions. We've had growth continuing in those areas," says Fred Brune, Lockwood Greene's president and CEO.

Brune adds that his firm has increased its flexibility and adapted to differing delivery methods and projects of varying size. "In this environment, we've seen a lot of small and midsize projects," he says. "A lot have focused on providing services to improve the efficiency of plant manufacturing." In addition, the firm has been performing more renovation work, Brune notes.

The E/A also has leveraged its design-build capabilities during this market downturn. "Customers have fewer resources committed to capital projects. That favors us," says Brune.

1 (2) $700.28 Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Pasadena, CA (626) 578-3500, www.jacobs.com Jacobs acquired Calgary-based Delta Hudson Engineering last year, strengthening its engineering services for energy industries. Approximately one-third of the firm's 2001 revenue was attributed to work outside the U.S. It has 33,000 employees in 60 offices worldwide.
2 (3) $313.61 Day & Zimmermann International Inc. Philadelphia, PA (215) 299-8000, www.dayzim.com Manufacturing facilities in the specialty chemical and pharmaceutical industries remained a focus for the 3,864-person firm, including work for DuPont in Newark, Del., and Charlotte, N.C., worth nearly $500 million. The firm expects revenue to drop 12% this year.
3 (—) $201.88 DMJMH+N Los Angeles, CA (213) 593-8100, www.dmjmhn.com With the merger of Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall (DMJM) and Holmes & Narver Inc. (H+N) in 2001, DMJMH+N in its first year as a single entity earned more than $350 million with a staff of 3,600. Current projects include the American Airlines Terminal at JFK Airport.
4 (5) $133.95 Carter & Burgess Inc. Fort Worth, TX (817) 735-6000, www.c-b.com The firm opened four new offices last year, including two international sites (Ireland and Netherlands), which accounted for less than 1% of 2001 billings. It plans to place more emphasis on design-build work, as well as security for commercial buildings and airports.
5 (4) $122.80 Lockwood Greene Spartanburg, SC (864) 578-2000, www.lg.com The firm saw revenue dip nearly $82 million in 2001, mostly due to the dismal industrial market. Increased work in the pharmaceutical side of the industrial sector, however, did help stop the bleeding. Revenue is expected to remain the same in 2002. (See profile above.)
6 (6) $77.10 Burns & McDonnell Kansas City, MO (816) 333-9400, www.burnsmcd.com Projects completed last year include a jet engine testing facility for General Electric in Xiamen, China, and Terminal F at Philadelphia International Airport. Utility plants continued to be a specialty for the firm, accounting for 41% of $802 million in total revenue last year.
7 (8) $64.46 Atkins Benham Inc. Oklahoma City, OK (405) 478-5353, www.atkinsbenham.com The firm continued to focus on research, manufacturing and operations facilities for mostly public clients. Projects included labratories for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Rome, N.Y., and Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M.
8 (14) $63.62 PBS&J Inc. Miami, FL (305) 592-7275, www.pbsj.com More than 60% of PBS&J's 2001 billings came from state and local government work. The firm, which specializes in transportation work, reported $314 million in total revenue last year for services including planning, civil engineering and construction management.
9 (9) $58.90 SSOE Inc. Toledo, OH (419) 255-3830, www.ssoe.com Industrial work, including a $55 million expansion to the Chase Brass and Copper plant in Montpelier, Ohio, accounted for 60% of 2001 billings. SSOE added offices in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Chicago, and consolidated its food, pharmaceutical and personal care work.
10 (10) $56.07 The Thornton-Tomasetti Group Inc. New York, NY (212) 741-1300, www.thettgroup.com With seven offices across the U.S., this 46-year-old firm has more than 400 employees and specializes in structural engineering for high-rise offices, mixed-use centers, sports and entertainment complexes, building restoration, and structures needing disaster response.
11 (11) $52.50 Sear-Brown Rochester, NY (585) 295-0900, www.searbrown.com
12 (17) $33.70 Middough Consulting Cleveland, OH (216) 367-6000, www.middough.com
13 (16) $33.64 Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Northbrook, IL (847) 272-7400, www.wje.com
14 (19) $32.64 Teng & Associates Inc. Chicago, IL (312) 616-0000, www.teng.com
15 (12) $28.82 The Austin Co. Cleveland, OH (440) 544-2600, www.theaustin.com
16 (21) $27.96 The Stellar Group Jacksonville, FL (904) 260-2900, www.thestellargroup.com
17 (27) $27.46 Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor LLC Warren, NJ (732) 560-9700, www.psands.com
18 (7) $27.00 Arcadis Giffels LLC Southfield, MI (248) 936-8000, www.arcadis-us.com
19 (20) $25.58 Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern Inc. Roanoke, VA (540) 857-3100, www.hsmm.com
20 (29) $25.38 L. Robert Kimball & Associates Ebensburg, PA (814) 472-7700, www.lrkimball.com
21 (23) $23.81 Merrick & Co. Aurora, CO (303) 751-0741, www.merrick.com
22 (37) $23.00 Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. Grand Rapids, MI (616) 575-3824, www.ftch.com
23 (33) $22.73 TSP Group Inc. Sioux Falls, SD (605) 335-8448, www.teamtsp.com
24 (25) $22.50 STV Group Inc. Douglassville, PA (610) 385-8200, www.stvinc.com
25 (32) $19.55 Baker and Associates Beaver, PA (724) 495-7711, www.mbakercorp.com
26 (24) $19.23 Shive-Hattery Inc. Cedar Rapids, IA (319) 362-0313, www.shive-hattery.com
27 (42) $18.89 Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering Norfolk, VA (757) 455-5800, www.clarknexsen.com
28 (43) $17.51 Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon Inc. Nashville, TN (615) 254-1500, www.bargewaggoner.com
29 (13) $17.00 Ghafari Associates Dearborn, MI (313) 441-3000, www.ghafari.com
30 (26) $16.46 The Facility Group Smyrna, GA (770) 437-2700, www.facilitygroup.com
31 (—) $16.30 Fletcher Thompson Inc. Bridgeport, CT (203) 366-5441, www.fletcherthompson.com
32 (31) $15.96 Marathon Engineers/Architects/Planners LLC Appleton, WI (920) 954-2000, www.marathon-eap.com
33 (18) $13.94 Stanley Consultants Inc. Muscatine, IA (563) 264-6600, www.stanleygroup.com
34 (34) $13.10 BRPH Companies Inc. Melbourne, FL (321) 254-7666, www.brph.com
35 (39) $12.90 Ross & Baruzzini Inc. Webster Groves, MO (314) 918-8383, www.rossbar.com
36 (40) $11.54 George Butler Associates Inc. Lenexa, KS (913) 492-0400, www.gbutler.com
37 (35) $10.88 Power Engineers Inc. Hailey, ID (208) 788-3456, www.powereng.com
38 (28) $10.52 Burgess & Niple Columbus, OH (614) 459-2050, www.burgessniple.com
39 (36) $10.00 Hixson Architecture Engineering Interiors Cincinnati, OH (513) 241-1230, www.hixson-inc.com
40 (38) $9.99 BPLW Architects & Engineers Inc. Albuquerque, NM (505) 881-2759, www.bplw.com
41 (46) $9.00 DiClemente Siegel Design Inc. Southfield, MI (248) 569-1430, www.dsdonline.com
42 (41) $8.82 BEI Associates Inc. Detroit, MI (313) 963-2300, www.beiassociates.com
43 (48) $7.13 Computerized Structural Design Inc. Milwaukee, WI (414) 351-5588, www.csd-eng.com
44 (45) $6.81 H+M Co. Inc. Jackson, TN (731) 664-6300, www.hmcompany.com
45 (44) $6.51 Robert & Co. Atlanta, GA (404) 577-4000, www.robertandcompany.com
46 (47) $5.61 Bucher, Willis & Ratliff Corp. Kansas City, MO (816) 363-2696, www.bwrcorp.com
47 (49) $5.60 Allen & Hoshall Memphis, TN (901) 820-0820, www.allenhoshall.com
48 (50) $5.30 Wiley & Wilson Inc. Lynchburg, VA (434) 947-1901, www.wileywilson.com
49 (—) $5.22 Burns Engineering Inc. Philadelphia, PA (215) 563-9270, www.burns-group.com
50 (—) $4.41 Ayres Associates Eau Claire, WI (715) 834-3161, www.ayresassociates.com