K-12 Schools Report: High schools will lead the way in the K-12 schools market

August 11, 2010

Middle schools led the growth in K-12 construction spending in 2006, when peak enrollment was in the 8th grade. But the lead will shift to high schools, as the enrollment-bulge students will be 10th graders in the fall.

Construction spending for elementary schools, after project cost inflation, has been declining since 2001 and will continue to decline slowly. Overall K-12 school construction spending will increase 10% this year and 7% in 2008, barely faster than inflation. Tax revenue growth is still enough to support this growth rate.

The spending mix includes replacement and renovation projects, often very expensive per square foot, in cities in the Northeast and Midwest that are experiencing stable or declining enrollments, as well as low-cost classroom space expansions in southern and western cities with expanding student enrollments.

Nationally, space additions are not keeping up with enrollment growth so the unmet need for school space continues to build.

Top 20 K-12 schools design firms
(2006 billings in $ millions)


Firm Billings
Source: 2007 Giants 300 survey
Note: This ranking is based on firms that made the Giants 300 list.


1. Heery International 79.62
2. URS Corp. 45.60
3. NTDStichler Architecture 35.38
4. STV Group 35.20
5. DLR Group 34.00
6. Fanning/Howey Associates 31.12
7. HMC Architects 30.22
8. SchenkelShultz 26.13
9. The Thomas Group, A Tetra Tech Co. 20.48
10. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 14.70
11. Moseley Architects 13.95
12. Harvard Jolly 13.56
13. DMJM H&N 12.65
14. BRPH Cos. 11.02
15. Parsons Brinckerhoff 10.74
16. Jacobs Engineering Group 10.12
17. LPA 9.69
18. Perkins+Will 9.18
19. OWP/P 8.39
20. TMAD Taylor & Gaines 7.74

Top 20 K-12 schools contractors
(2006 revenue in $ millions)


Firm Revenue
Source: 2007 Giants 300 survey
Note: This ranking is based on firms that made the Giants 300 list.


1. Gilbane Building Co. 547.32
2. The Turner Corp. 413.70
3. Skanska USA Building 342.00
4. Adolfson & Peterson Construction 320.28
5. Hunt Construction Group 258.70
6. JE Dunn Construction Group 256.20
7. CORE Construction Group 183.55
8. McCarthy Building Cos. 166.06
9. Kraus-Anderson Construction 156.86
10. PCL Construction Enterprises 154.86
11. Heery International 139.74
12. Sundt Construction 130.68
13. McShane Construction 129.19
14. Structure Tone 114.48
15. Hensel Phelps Construction 106.55
16. Balfour Beatty Construction 105.44
17. C.W. Driver 98.88
18. The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. 95.97
19. Bovis Lend Lease 92.78
20. The Yates Cos. 89.40

         
 

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