Engineers

August 11, 2010

'Group' name reflects team approach to complex woes

In an effort to redefine the 74-year-old firm, Syska Hennessy Group changed its name this year to reflect a new, "full-service firm," which includes consulting, engineering, technology and construction services. In 2001, when the firm's revenue exceeded $100 million, it consolidated its businesses, including Syska & Hennessy Engineers, OnlinEnvironments, Electronic Systems Associates and Construction Engineering Management to make up the group.

"We're now taking a facility through its life cycle, from inception through construction and operations. We've built up the expertise in each of those areas," says Chairman John Hennessy. "We not only design but master plan the entire infrastructure as well."

According to Hennessy, the industry has previously looked for "single answers to complex problems," but with this growing industry trend, Hennessy believes that firms like his will now be able to create a better and more thorough overall product while strengthening their client relationships.

Currently, Syska Hennessy is involved in the redesign of the mechanical and electrical systems at the Pentagon, which were damaged by the Sept. 11 attacks. According to Hennessy, the attacks have changed the industry in a specific way.

"I think people are now looking at their facilities to understand vulnerabilities that we didn't think of before," says Hennessy. "We used to understand what the threats were by looking at the building; now we look for what outside threats could be. It was always possible that someone could fly a plane into a building. We just never saw it before."

Syska Hennessy Group is currently involved in the restoration and upgrade for Verizon Wireless of 140 West Street, one of the buildings adjacent to the World Trade Center which was significantly damaged by the collapse of the towers.

In the future, Syska Hennessy looks to its renovation of the United Nations Complex in New York, an estimated $900 million project, with construction to start in 2003.

1 (2) $294.80 Fluor Corp. Aliso Viejo, CA (949) 349-2000, www.fluor.com With new CEO Alan L. Boeckmann on board, Fluor Corp. climbs the charts to top this list, thanks to a variety of international projects, including the world's largest deep-water oil processing project off the coast of Angola, costing $3 billion, which began in 2001.
2 (1) $286.35 BE&K Birmingham, AL (205) 972-6000, www.bek.com From automotive factories to power plants, BE&K attributed 65% of its total 2001 revenue to industrial projects, including Honda's new $440 million automotive manufacturing facility in Alabama. The firm staffs more than 3,000 in 10 domestic offices.
3 (3) $190.68 Washington Group International Inc. Boise, ID (208) 386-5000, www.wgint.com With clients like Mercedes-Benz and the U.S. Army, Washington Group's 32,000 employees worldwide worked on every continent to reach a total of $681 million in revenue in 2001. Most of the firm's work involves industrial buildings.
4 (4) $182.41 Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. New York, NY (212) 465-5000, www.pbworld.com PB maintains a worldwide presence with offices on each continent. The firm expects a 6% increase in revenue in 2002, in part due to the completion of several projects, including Anchorage (Alaska) International Airport terminal redevelopment.
5 (6) $66.75 Syska Hennessy Group New York, NY (212) 921-2300, www.syska.com More than 70% of the firm's work is reconstruction and federal projects, with current ventures including the renovation of the UN Complex in New York and various U.S. Army hospitals across the country. Firm employs 500 in 10 U.S. offices. (See profile above.)
6 (5) $62.62 Vanderweil Engineers Boston, MA (617) 423-7423, www.vanderweil.com In 2001, Vanderweil continued to transfer majority ownership to company employees, who were selected based on contributions to the company. At the close of 2001, the company had 21 employee shareholders. Current projects include the Boston Convention Center.
7 (—) $50.32 John A. Martin & Associates Los Angeles, CA (213) 483-6490, www.johnmartin.com Firm established Blast Resistant Design Consultants, a division that specializes in designing buildings to resist blast forces. Current projects include California Department of Transportation headquarters, Los Angeles, and Green Valley Ranch Hotel and Casino, Henderson, Nev.
8 (—) $50.00 Cosentini Associates New York, NY (212) 615-3600, www.cosentini.com With a staff of 450 employees, the firm is providing M/E engineering services for clients like AOL Time Warner. The 2.7 million-sq.-ft. AOL Time Warner Center, New York, will include AOL's headquarters, condominiums, a hotel, parking and a performing arts facility.
9 (8) $46.0 Flack + Kurtz Inc. New York, NY (212) 532-9600, www.flackandkurtz.com Company says that maintaining market diversity is what has helped it navigate the uncertain U.S. economic climate. For instance, 16% of the firm's 2001 revenue came from foreign projects, and the firm has offices in London, Paris, Hong Kong and Sydney.
10 (8) 39.92 KPFF Consulting Engineers Seattle, WA (206) 622-5822, www.kpff.com Structural and civil engineering work in the commercial and institutional sectors composed 65% of the firm's revenue last year. Current projects include Seattle City Hall and the Pacific Plaza office complex in Daly City, Calif. KPFF expects 2002 billings to be up 10%.
11 (12) $34.69 Affiliated Engineers Inc. Madison, WI (608) 238-2616, www.aeieng.com
12 (13) $34.53 Walter P. Moore and Associates Houston, TX (713) 630-7300, www.walterpmoore.com
13 (19) $34.46 Clark Richardson & Biskup Consulting Engineers Inc. Kansas City, MO (816) 880-9800, www.crbusa.com
14 (16) $33.33 Burns and Roe Inc. Oradell, NJ (201) 265-2000, www.roe.com
15 (—) $32.11 Smith Seckman Reid Inc. Nashville, TN (615) 383-1113, www.ssr-inc.com
16 (11) $31.30 BR+A/Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers Boston, MA (617) 254-0016, www.brplusa.com
17 (14) $27.58 RJA Inc. Chicago, IL (312) 831-8200, www.rjagroup.com
18 (—) $27.56 VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. Watertown, MA (617) 924-1770, www.vhb.com
19 (17) $26.48 TLC Orlando, FL (407) 841-9050, www.tlc-engineers.com
20 (15) $25.62 Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. Arlington, MA (781) 643-2000, www.sgh.com
21 (18) $20.50 Glumac International Portland, OR (503) 227-5280, www.glumac.com
22 (21) $18.70 KJWW Engineering Consultants P.C. Rock Island, IL (309) 788-0673, www.kjww.com
23 (20) $18.06 DLB Associates Consulting Engineers P.C. Wanamassa, NJ (732) 774-2000, www.dlbassociates.com
24 (—) $17.40 Black & Veatch Corp. Kansas City, MO (913) 458-2000, www.bv.com
25 (25) $15.71 Henderson Engineers Inc. Lenexa, KS (913) 307-5300, www.hei-kc.com
26 (31) $14.76 Newcomb & Boyd Atlanta, GA (404) 730-8400, www.newcomb-boyd.com
27 (27) $14.70 Weidlinger Associates Inc. New York, NY (212) 367-3000, www.wai.com
28 (29) $14.66 Brinjac Engineering Inc. Harrisburg, PA (717) 233-4502, www.brinjac.com
29 (32) $14.25 Michaud Cooley Erickson Minneapolis, MN (612) 339-4941, www.michaudcooley.com
30 (24) $14.13 Sparling Inc. Seattle, WA (206) 667-0555, www.sparling.com
31 (34) $13.60 H.F. Lenz Co. Johnstown, PA (814) 269-9300, www.hflenz.com
32 (28) $13.53 Shooshanian Engineering Inc. Boston, MA (617) 210-1600, www.shooshanian.com
33 (—) $13.23 Mazzetti & Associates San Francisco, CA (415) 362-3266, www.mazzetti.com
34 (33) $12.70 Heapy Engineering Dayton, OH (937) 224-0861, www.heapy.com
35 (—) $12.44 Interface Engineering Inc. Milwaukie, OR (503) 659-6394, www.interfaceengineering.com
36 (22) $12.05 Skilling Ward Magnusson Barkshire Inc. Seattle, WA (206) 292-1200, www.skilling.com
37 (30) $11.18 Bala Consulting Engineers Inc. Wynnewood, PA (610) 649-8000, www.bala.com
38 (26) $10.86 Fru-Con Construction Corp. Ballwin, MO (636) 391-6700, www.frucon.com
39 (—) $9.75 GRGV Consulting Engineers Inc. Maitland, FL (407) 660-0088, www.grgv.com
40 (—) $9.40 KTA Engineering Herndon, VA (703) 713-0300, www.kta95.com
41 (—) $8.65 RPA Associates Inc. Wyomissing, PA (610) 374-6144, www.rpaengr.com
42 (—) $8.50 Severud Associates Consulting Engineers P.C. New York, NY (212) 986-3700, www.severud.com
43 (36) $8.20 James Posey Associates Inc. Baltimore, MD (410) 265-6100, www.jposey.com
44 (37) $7.90 Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers Inc. Albuquerque, NM (505) 883-4111, www.bpce.com
45 (7) $7.74 Gage-Babcock & Associates Inc. Chantilly, VA (703) 263-7110, www.gagebabcock.com
46 (—) $7.55 Swanson Rink Inc. Denver, CO (303) 832-2666, www.rink.com
47 (35) $6.99 The RMH Group Inc. Lakewood, CO (303) 239-0909, www.rmhgroup.com
48 (—) $6.76 William Tao & Associates Inc. St. Louis, MO (314) 961-5252, www.wmtao.com
49 (38) $6.70 Goetting & Associates Inc. Consulting Engineers San Antonio, TX (210) 530-7000, www.goetting.com
50 (—) $6.01 Allen & Shariff Corp. Columbia, MD (410) 381-7100, www.allenshariff.com

         
 

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