Higher ed officials grapple with knotty problems, but construction moves ahead [2014 Giants 300 Report]

University stakeholders face complicated cap-ex stressors, from chronic to impending. 

Science, general academic, and health-medical were hot categories in the univers
Science, general academic, and health-medical were hot categories in the university construction sector last year, according to Dun & Bradstreet. On the Building Team: ZGF Architects and McCarthy Building Companies, as well as RFD (lab consultant), KPFF Consulting Engineers (SE), IBE Consulting Engineers (mechanical/plumbing), and Integrated Engineering Consultants (electrical). Photo: Steven Whalen Photography/courtesy McCarthy
July 30, 2014

An analysis of Dun & Bradstreet stats by consultant Paul Abramson indicates that some $11 billion was spent on higher ed construction last year—up a billion from 2012, with nearly 70% comprising new buildings (http://bit.ly/1qhMzaw). 

As examined in BD+C’s in-depth May report, university stakeholders face complicated cap-ex stressors, from chronic (lender stinginess, deferred maintenance) to impending (President Obama’s pledge to start rating colleges on value delivered, consumer pushback on ever-rising costs).

Creative approaches to financing, design, and delivery are top-of-mind. Paula Stamp, Business Development Manager in the Los Angeles office of PCL Construction, says clients are exploring CM at risk, design-build, and design risk. Margie Simmons, VP and Education Sector Leader at Stantec, adds: “Higher debt levels will encourage institutions to seek off-balance-sheet financing solutions and P3s.”

Teri Jones, VP at Sundt Construction, sees a similar pattern, plus emphasis on revenue-generating buildings like dorms and recreation centers.

Facility trends observed by Stamp include housing construction by community colleges (serving a growing international-student population) and better use of indoor and outdoor circulation and common space. John Baxter, Education Sector Leader at EYP, says clients are asking for features that enhance an interactive “corridor culture” in dorms.

Michael Medici, AIA, NCARB, Learning Practice Leader and Senior VP at SmithGroupJJR, mentions growing demand for facilities that support interprofessional health sciences education and project-based, career-oriented learning. Also gaining traction: office zones that mimic private-sector workplaces, with less assigned space and more team zones.

Perkins+Will higher ed designers Jeff Ziebarth, Jeff Stebar, and John Long are also seeing this pattern; Long says younger faculty and administrators have been a lot more receptive than veterans.

 

Top University Sector Architecture Firms 

Rank Company 2013 Higher Ed Revenue
1 CannonDesign $76,000,000
2 Perkins+will 45,582,532
3 Stantec 42,368,888
4 EYP Architecture & Engineering 39,000,000
5 Gensler 29,492,000
6 SmithGroupJJR 27,088,190
7 Clark Nexsen 21,732,694
8 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 20,933,579
9 Page 19,771,000
10 ZGF Architects 19,397,489
11 Wilson Architects 18,500,000
12 Ennead Architects 18,086,505
13 Flad Architects 16,260,000
14 SHW Group 15,991,000
15 Shepley Bulfinch 15,595,000
16 Harley Ellis Devereaux 15,120,000
17 Moseley Architects 15,016,516
18 Lord Aeck Sargent 13,533,882
19 HMC Architects 13,440,933
20 NBBJ 13,242,000
21 HKS 12,847,559
22 Ballinger 12,113,215
23 Beyer Blinder Belle 11,627,926
24 DLR Group 11,100,000
25 LS3P 10,532,964
26 Morris Architects 10,000,000
27 Solomon Cordwell Buenz 10,000,000
28 Davis Brody Bond 9,835,655
29 FGM Architects 9,821,820
30 LPA 9,561,760
31 Perkins Eastman 9,300,000
32 Moody Nolan 9,104,965
33 CO Architects 8,912,400
34 EwingCole 7,430,000
35 Heery International 7,186,274
36 Hastings+Chivetta Architects 6,378,602
37 Westlake Reed Leskosky 6,325,000
38 FXFOWLE Architects 6,200,000
39 Mithun 6,158,000
40 Goodwyn Mills & Cawood 6,127,329
41 HOK 5,876,913
42 BSA LifeStructures 5,789,413
43 NTD Architecture 5,586,000
44 LMN Architects 5,549,900
45 Ratio Architects 5,537,316
46 Leo A Daly 5,395,356
47 Bergmann Associates 5,304,175
48 Little 5,249,190
49 Hammel, Green and Abrahamson 4,836,088
50 Legat Architects 4,685,600
51 GBBN Architects 4,560,000
52 Carrier Johnson + Culture 4,060,468
53 Parkhill, Smith & Cooper 4,026,000
54 Cooper Carry 3,961,244
55 CTA Architects Engineers 3,737,320
56 Cambridge Seven Associates 3,473,000
57 PGAL 3,260,300
58 BLDD Architects 3,000,000
59 IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton 3,000,000
60 Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates 2,974,000
61 Slaterpaull Architects 2,879,532
62 Hord Coplan Macht 2,843,072
63 OZ Architecture 2,825,000
64 Kirksey 2,822,225
65 Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio 2,801,380
66 WDG Architecture 2,757,000
67 RS&H 2,450,000
68 SchenkelShultz Architecture 2,386,000
69 Payette 2,282,352
70 Corgan 2,202,280
71 Integrus Architecture 2,191,762
72 BLTa 2,175,000
73 H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture 2,141,323
74 WHR Architects 1,958,367
75 Baskervill 1,853,208
76 Ashley McGraw Architects 1,836,510
77 KZF Design 1,698,300
78 Eppstein Uhen Architects 1,691,787
79 VOA Associates 1,628,847
80 GWWO 1,623,501
81 Wight & Company 1,586,000
82 Hoffmann Architects 1,548,000
83 Symmes Maini & McKee Associates 1,530,000
84 PBK 1,500,000
85 NAC|Architecture 1,424,431
86 LaBella Associates 1,310,186
87 Niles Bolton Associates 1,263,210
88 Nelson 1,213,987
89 Fentress Architects 1,120,400
90 Urban Design Group 1,100,000
91 Environetics 1,087,370
92 NORR 1,052,484
93 Becker Morgan Group 1,037,159
94 Albert Kahn Associates 904,065
95 RTKL Associates 849,000
96 Good Fulton & Farrell 815,800
97 Goettsch Partners 810,000
98 BBS Architects 800,240
99 Commonwealth Architects 775,074
100 Francis Cauffman 707,774
101 RNL 690,000
102 RBB Architects 657,149
103 RSP Architects 620,000
104 Gresham, Smith and Partners 567,000
105 Fanning/Howey Associates 541,000
106 Rosser International 539,460
107 Harvard Jolly Architecture 530,103
108 DesignGroup 457,970
109 Hnedak Bobo Group 353,000
110 JRS Architect 295,000
111 Emersion Design 273,766
112 Ware Malcomb 240,000
113 H+L Architecture 236,252
114 Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates 226,716
115 Sherlock, Smith & Adams 219,000

 

 

Top University Sector Engineering Firms 

Rank Company 2013 Higher Ed Revenue
1 AECOM Technology Corp. $76,410,000
2 Jacobs 35,150,000
3 URS Corp. 29,434,668
4 Vanderweil Engineers 26,614,500
5 Burns & McDonnell 24,152,332
6 Affiliated Engineers 22,469,000
7 Parsons Brinckerhoff 20,057,993
8 STV 18,416,000
9 Arup 14,561,909
10 KJWW Engineering Consultants 13,071,767
11 BR+A Consulting Engineers 10,120,000
12 WSP Group 9,120,000
13 Simpson Gumpertz & Heger 9,070,000
14 Thornton Tomasetti 7,942,631
15 M-E Engineers 7,243,000
16 P2S Engineering 7,170,208
17 Shive-Hattery 6,612,598
18 Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates 6,550,000
19 Dewberry 6,331,593
20 Environmental Systems Design 6,144,227
21 RMF Engineering 5,400,000
22 AKF Group 5,261,000
23 Glumac 4,922,565
24 M/E Engineering 4,699,367
25 TTG 4,600,100
26 Newcomb & Boyd 4,505,166
27 RDK Engineers 4,490,000
28 Heapy Engineering 4,426,631
29 KCI Technologies 4,400,000
30 Interface Engineering 4,351,590
31 Joseph R. Loring & Associates 4,100,000
32 I. C. Thomasson Associates 3,500,000
33 Spectrum Engineers 3,347,542
34 Highland Associates 3,200,000
35 KPFF Consulting Engineers 3,125,000
36 Syska Hennessy Group 3,072,512
37 Ross & Baruzzini 3,043,445
38 H.F. Lenz 2,878,115
39 Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering 2,850,000
40 Sparling 2,553,080
41 Smith Seckman Reid 2,519,005
42 Martin/Martin 2,263,812
43 Karpinski Engineering 2,170,197
44 Aon Fire Protection Engineering Corp. 2,000,000
45 Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber 2,000,000
46 SSOE Group 1,912,012
47 Henderson Engineers 1,838,909
48 TLC Engineering for Architecture 1,806,782
49 Zak Companies 1,706,697
50 Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers 1,686,953
51 CJL Engineering 1,657,350
52 Graef 1,584,321
53 Primera Engineers 1,456,000
54 CCRD Partners 1,388,000
55 Brinjac Engineering 1,303,855
56 Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor 1,200,000
57 Wallace Engineering 1,133,000
58 Stanley Consultants 1,090,529
59 Leidos 1,040,000
60 Walter P Moore and Associates 1,005,161
61 Allen & Shariff 1,000,000
62 Dunham Associates 950,000
63 Bala Consulting Engineers 926,000
64 Degenkolb Engineers 855,093
65 OLA Consulting Engineers 840,000
66 Mazzetti 774,981
67 DeSimone Consulting Engineers 474,096
68 KLH Engineers 468,745
69 ThermalTech Engineering 460,000
70 French & Parrello Associates 300,690
71 GHT Limited 260,000
72 Wick Fisher White 223,276
73 CTLGroup 220,000
74 Davis, Bowen & Friedel 204,422
75 Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon 200,000
76 Magnusson Klemencic Associates 166,730
77 Coffman Engineers 116,263

 

 

 

Top University Sector Construction Firms 

Rank Company 2013 Higher Ed Revenue
1 Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., The $818,698,552
2 Turner Construction 774,984,000
3 Gilbane 475,524,757
4 Skanska USA 371,024,162
5 PCL Construction 368,990,947
6 Clark Group 312,942,079
7 Shawmut Design and Construction 265,610,000
8 Barton Malow 264,908,516
9 Structure Tone 229,539,000
10 Consigli Construction 227,995,719
11 Mortenson Construction 220,320,000
12 McCarthy Holdings 203,600,000
13 Sundt Construction 185,867,366
14 Holder Construction 176,219,000
15 Messer Construction 172,997,147
16 Balfour Beatty US 171,519,250
17 JE Dunn Construction 164,791,311
18 LeChase Construction Services 164,000,000
19 Walbridge 163,500,000
20 Power Construction 159,000,000
21 Beck Group, The 157,055,739
22 Suffolk Construction 149,745,824
23 Tutor Perini Corp. 145,671,900
24 DPR Construction 140,724,634
25 W. M. Jordan Company 130,566,823
26 C.W. Driver 127,735,000
27 Flintco 113,500,000
28 Walsh Group, The 111,960,180
29 Boldt Company, The 107,802,444
30 Brasfield & Gorrie 107,242,213
31 Juneau Construction 97,432,186
32 Manhattan Construction 89,176,000
33 Rodgers Builders 88,744,572
34 McGough 82,000,000
35 Summit Contracting Group 80,286,141
36 Choate Construction 77,541,745
37 Pepper Construction 72,000,000
38 Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction 66,219,000
39 Bernards 66,000,000
40 Hensel Phelps 65,670,000
41 O'Neil Industries/W.E. O'Neil 65,552,134
42 Kraus-Anderson Construction 64,000,000
43 Hunt Construction Group 64,000,000
44 B. L. Harbert International 63,854,476
45 Lend Lease 56,720,000
46 CORE Construction Group 55,821,501
47 Fortis Construction 53,628,000
48 Layton Construction 52,600,000
49 Paric Corp. 50,000,000
50 New South Construction 47,702,000
51 Hill & Wilkinson 46,288,000
52 Austin Commercial 44,335,793
53 Yates Companies, The 42,800,000
54 Bette Companies, The 38,929,000
55 Hoffman Construction 37,000,000
56 Coakley & Williams Construction 32,064,969
57 Adolfson & Peterson Construction 30,713,572
58 URS Corp. 29,434,668
59 James G. Davis Construction 27,506,326
60 Weitz Company, The 26,478,980
61 Bomel Construction 24,949,344
62 Linbeck Group 24,410,000
63 LPCiminelli 23,426,935
64 IMC Construction 22,086,310
65 Hill International 22,000,000
66 HITT Contracting 20,900,000
67 E.W. Howell 20,566,000
68 Parsons Brinckerhoff 20,057,993
69 STV 18,416,000
70 Stalco Construction 17,780,000
71 Haselden Construction 17,425,677
72 Kitchell Corp. 13,043,551
73 Hoar Construction 12,920,000
74 Batson-Cook 12,513,549
75 Absher Construction 12,280,813
76 S. M. Wilson & Co. 10,863,488
77 James McHugh Construction 10,538,534
78 Robins & Morton 8,714,264
79 Clune Construction 8,635,947
80 Haskell 8,294,931
81 Alberici Constructors 7,380,631
82 Heery International 7,186,274
83 Wight & Company 4,935,000
84 Gray Construction 3,880,000
85 Ryan Companies US 3,715,948
86 KBE Building Corp. 2,694,826
87 Leopardo Companies 1,907,266
88 Douglas Company, The 1,507,502
89 JLL 1,375,045
90 Astorino 1,222,033
91 Allen & Shariff 1,000,000

 

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