K-12 School Sector Giants: Pent-up demand finally produces movement in schools market [2014 Giants 300 Report]

School districts spent about $13.4 billion on construction projects in 2013, about $7.6 billion of which went for new schools.

Low-rise structures and pedestrian streets characterize the new Henderson-Hopkin
Low-rise structures and pedestrian streets characterize the new Henderson-Hopkins School in East Baltimore, the area’s first new public school in 30 years. Built by nonprofit East Baltimore Development Inc., the K-8 facility takes cues from local architecture and includes shared health and recreational resources for the community. Rogers Architects and Whiting-Turner led the Building Team. PHOTO: @ALBERT VERCERKA/ESTO
August 05, 2014

After a long period of anemic performance, with growth mostly driven by renovations and additions, the K-12 sector is showing renewed interest in new construction. Consultant Paul Abramson, using data from Dun & Bradstreet, calculates that districts spent about $13.4 billion on construction projects in 2013, about $7.6 billion of which went for new schools (http://bit.ly/1kN4qkv).

Highest-spending regions included Texas-Louisiana-Oklahoma-Arkansas ($2.3 billion, or 17% of the nation’s K-12 total) and Arizona-California-Hawaii-Nevada ($1.68 billion). The lowest-spending regions included debt-plagued Illinois with neighboring states Minnesota and Wisconsin ($651 million) and Alaska-Idaho-Oregon-Washington ($558 million).

High schools are outpacing other K-12 facilities in construction spending, with the dollar value of projected 2014 starts at $4.15 billion, or 44% of the K-12 total. That’s followed by 33% for elementary schools, 23% for middle schools, and <1% for administrative and support projects.

Among the evident design trends: STEM morphing into STEAM with the addition of arts enrichment (sometimes with professional-quality performance spaces) to science, technology, engineering, and math schools; growing enthusiasm for vocational training facilities that provide an alternative to the traditional college prep path; and schools that do a better job of cementing community connections by leveraging local architectural themes. 

The push for sustainable K-12 facilities also marches on; at high levels of green, the theme typically suffuses the pedagogy. Hood River (Ore.) Middle School’s Music and Science Building was recently certified net-zero energy by the International Living Future Institute, making it the first public school building to earn the tough-to-achieve designation. 

 

Top K-12 School Sector Architecture Firms

Rank Company 2013 K-12 Revenue
1 DLR Group $41,000,000
2 SHW Group 40,016,000
3 PBK 35,880,000
4 HMC Architects 26,097,082
5 Fanning/Howey Associates 17,877,000
6 Perkins+will 16,668,514
7 Heery International 14,994,535
8 NAC|Architecture 14,494,206
9 LPA 14,191,442
10 Perkins Eastman 13,950,000
11 Quattrocchi Kwok Architects 13,230,000
12 Moseley Architects 12,521,613
13 Integrus Architecture 12,229,858
14 Corgan 10,372,178
15 FGM Architects 9,846,977
16 NTD Architecture 9,200,000
17 Parkhill, Smith & Cooper 8,580,000
18 Symmes Maini & McKee Associates 8,375,000
19 Stantec 8,097,800
20 SchenkelShultz Architecture 7,880,000
21 SEI Design Group 7,566,000
22 Slaterpaull Architects 7,500,468
23 DLA Architects 7,255,830
24 GWWO 7,047,216
25 BRPH 6,681,000
26 Legat Architects 6,630,200
27 Wight & Company 6,579,000
28 Ashley McGraw Architects 6,093,874
29 HMFH Architects 6,032,607
30 BBS Architects 5,950,250
31 BLDD Architects 5,750,000
32 LaBella Associates 5,644,772
33 LS3P 5,155,547
34 Eppstein Uhen Architects 4,623,477
35 H+L Architecture 4,070,997
36 EwingCole 4,020,000
37 FXFOWLE Architects 3,940,000
38 Harley Ellis Devereaux 3,780,000
39 Cooper Carry 3,402,330
40 Goodwyn Mills & Cawood 3,399,167
41 CTA Architects Engineers 3,336,600
42 HKS 3,142,143
43 Cuningham Group Architecture 3,052,272
44 Schrader Group Architecture 3,047,414
45 NORR 2,976,836
46 Hord Coplan Macht 2,948,595
47 Ratio Architects 2,879,009
48 Albert Kahn Associates 2,775,253
49 IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton 2,500,000
50 RS&H 2,450,000
51 Harvard Jolly Architecture 2,097,387
52 Shepley Bulfinch 2,000,000
53 Becker Morgan Group 1,945,649
54 Leo A Daly 1,787,681
55 Good Fulton & Farrell 1,704,900
56 KZF Design 1,490,333
57 Clark Nexsen 1,441,748
58 Little 1,410,229
59 LMN Architects 1,223,400
60 Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates 1,213,567
61 Environetics 1,137,965
62 Massa Montalto Architects 1,056,000
63 VOA Associates 989,711
64 Mithun 930,000
65 Gensler 700,000
66 WHR Architects 699,316
67 PGAL 672,000
68 Ennead Architects 585,055
69 Davis Brody Bond 570,932
70 DesignGroup 538,710
71 OZ Architecture 487,900
72 Kirksey 466,989
73 HNTB Corp. 444,786
74 Beyer Blinder Belle 405,394
75 CO Architects 386,900
76 RSP Architects 377,000
77 LawKingdon Architecture 350,000
78 Ziegler Cooper 348,762
79 Morris Architects 335,000
80 Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio 320,000
81 Cambridge Seven Associates 305,000
82 Ware Malcomb 284,000
83 Hoffmann Architects 260,000
84 CASCO Diversified Corp. 250,000
85 JRS Architect 235,000
86 Rosser International 230,000
87 Page 229,000
88 Nelson 210,577
89 Gresham, Smith and Partners 200,000
90 Hastings+Chivetta Architects 169,568
91 Nadel 130,000
92 Epstein 108,000
93 BSA LifeStructures 106,426
94 ATA Beilharz Architects 104,525
95 Niles Bolton Associates 104,386
96 Hensley Lamkin Rachel 100,000
97 GBBN Architects 97,000
98 Sherlock, Smith & Adams 92,000
99 Lord Aeck Sargent 75,379
100 Poskanzer Skott 50,000
101 TEG Architects 11,928

 

 

Top K-12 School Sector Engineering Firms 

Rank Company 2013 K-12 Revenue
1 AECOM Technology Corp. $50,930,000
2 URS Corp. 47,642,239
3 Jacobs 35,150,000
4 Parsons Brinckerhoff 20,057,993
5 TTG 12,352,642
6 STV 8,018,000
7 Shive-Hattery 5,975,671
8 KCI Technologies 4,800,000
9 Dewberry 4,340,398
10 Joseph R. Loring & Associates 4,300,000
11 Heapy Engineering 4,079,921
12 Thornton Tomasetti 3,617,144
13 Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates 3,380,000
14 Allen & Shariff 3,000,000
15 Interface Engineering 2,934,922
16 KJWW Engineering Consultants 2,878,919
17 Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor 2,800,000
18 Brinjac Engineering 2,677,720
19 Simpson Gumpertz & Heger 2,610,000
20 M/E Engineering 2,531,610
21 Primera Engineers 2,357,000
22 French & Parrello Associates 2,297,300
23 Coffman Engineers 2,147,260
24 Henderson Engineers 2,103,903
25 Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers 2,024,344
26 RDK Engineers 1,880,000
27 Wallace Engineering 1,691,000
28 KPFF Consulting Engineers 1,625,000
29 H.F. Lenz 1,619,250
30 Highland Associates 1,600,000
31 KLH Engineers 1,384,045
32 Glumac 1,306,149
33 AKF Group 1,299,000
34 Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering 1,000,000
35 Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber 1,000,000
36 CJL Engineering 994,410
37 TLC Engineering for Architecture 967,161
38 M-E Engineers 966,000
39 Walter P Moore and Associates 937,062
40 Vanderweil Engineers 808,300
41 Karpinski Engineering 720,037
42 Sparling 682,833
43 Martin/Martin 674,166
44 SSOE Group 664,516
45 RMF Engineering 650,000
46 Aon Fire Protection Engineering Corp. 540,000
47 Newcomb & Boyd 534,136
48 Environmental Systems Design 521,731
49 Guernsey 502,819
50 I. C. Thomasson Associates 500,000
51 G&W Engineering Corp. 484,000
52 Wick Fisher White 446,553
53 Arup 431,084
54 CTLGroup 400,000
55 OLA Consulting Engineers 308,400
56 Kamm Consulting 286,426
57 DeSimone Consulting Engineers 262,015
58 GRW 189,200
59 Zak Companies 178,364
60 Dunham Associates 150,000
61 Mazzetti 149,031
62 Davis, Bowen & Friedel 132,028
63 Affiliated Engineers 112,000
64 Spectrum Engineers 93,110
65 Magnusson Klemencic Associates 76,069

 

 

Top K-12 School Sector Construction Firms

Rank Company 2013 K-12 Revenue
1 Gilbane $480,230,252
2 Turner Construction 419,619,000
3 Balfour Beatty US 372,288,885
4 CORE Construction Group 278,177,865
5 Skanska USA 212,802,648
6 Swinerton Builders 182,000,000
7 Kraus-Anderson Construction 181,000,000
8 JE Dunn Construction 167,798,654
9 Consigli Construction 151,997,147
10 Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., The 146,933,150
11 Adolfson & Peterson Construction 142,957,713
12 Barton Malow 142,524,833
13 McCarthy Holdings 140,400,000
14 PCL Construction 122,996,983
15 Tutor Perini Corp. 120,049,254
16 McShane Companies, The 118,124,887
17 Flintco 110,350,000
18 KBE Building Corp. 89,239,714
19 Bernards 85,000,000
20 Sundt Construction 69,522,647
21 Absher Construction 67,476,142
22 LeChase Construction Services 65,600,000
23 Walsh Group, The 62,965,887
24 Wight & Company 61,092,000
25 Lend Lease 59,255,000
26 Haselden Construction 55,166,396
27 LPCiminelli 54,810,831
28 Shawmut Design and Construction 51,000,000
29 Ryan Companies US 48,316,285
30 URS Corp. 47,642,239
31 Yates Companies, The 42,800,000
32 Pepper Construction 35,760,000
33 C.W. Driver 35,595,000
34 E.W. Howell 33,818,000
35 Coakley & Williams Construction 32,267,167
36 Brasfield & Gorrie 30,364,402
37 Choate Construction 30,237,395
38 Bette Companies, The 29,375,000
39 S. M. Wilson & Co. 25,725,568
40 Suffolk Construction 25,620,266
41 EMJ Corp. 24,000,000
42 Parsons Brinckerhoff 20,057,993
43 Manhattan Construction 19,124,000
44 New South Construction 17,650,000
45 Hill & Wilkinson 17,026,000
46 Kitchell Corp. 16,545,918
47 Heery International 14,994,535
48 HITT Contracting 14,900,000
49 Robins & Morton 13,176,447
50 W. M. Jordan Company 12,735,471
51 Messer Construction 12,453,591
52 Structure Tone 12,081,000
53 Hill International 12,000,000
54 Boldt Company, The 11,978,048
55 Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction 11,690,000
56 James G. Davis Construction 10,187,161
57 Stalco Construction 10,040,000
58 STV 8,018,000
59 Hunt Construction Group 7,000,000
60 O'Neil Industries/W.E. O'Neil 5,825,412
61 Weis Builders 3,389,000
62 Beck Group, The 3,117,539
63 Allen & Shariff 3,000,000
64 Linbeck Group 2,590,000
65 Batson-Cook 1,810,861
66 Hoar Construction 1,769,000
67 Clark Group 1,731,296
68 James McHugh Construction 1,460,905
69 Weitz Company, The 1,434,533
70 IMC Construction 1,433,690
71 Astorino 743,040
72 JLL 242,655

 

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