Office Sector Giants: ‘Flex’ reigns supreme in hot office construction market [2014 BD+C Giants 300 Report]

The adage “doing more with less” has become a byword for many businesses since the Great Recession, and clients are trying to maximize every precious inch.

Montroy Andersen DeMarco recently completed a 35,000-sf fitout of Manhattan offi
Montroy Andersen DeMarco recently completed a 35,000-sf fitout of Manhattan office space for Dentsu Americas. The transitional space shown above is shared by Dentsu, which has fairly formal offices, and its subsidiary IgnitionOne, which has a less structured workspace. The social zone extends to outside terraces and includes a coffee bar, games, and multiple large-screen TVs. PHOTO: PAUL WARCHOL
August 07, 2014

The office market continues to improve, with many projects in development. Rents are rising as vacancy decreases, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s 2014 U.S. Office Outlook (http://bit.ly/1ildrS7). Dozens of markets are classified as experiencing a “rising phase” (among them, Phoenix, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta), while Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, and the Silicon Valley are believed to be peaking.

New-construction leaders include Houston and New York City, and even in calmer markets, AEC firms are busy with workplace fitouts and renovations.

The adage “doing more with less” has become a byword for many businesses since the Great Recession, and clients are trying to maximize every precious inch. “Everyone is looking to use less space,” says Daniel P. Perruzzi, Jr., AIA, LEED AP, Principal at Boston-based Margulies Perruzzi Architects. “They’re looking at ways to modify their office and workplace standards so that they can fit into less.”

Hierarchical office assignments are becoming passé, as is the notion that people will stay in their cubicles for much of the day. “A lot of companies are going down to a single size for offices, so they’re not awarding that space on the basis of rank,” notes Perruzzi. “And as a rule, companies are looking to change the ratio between offices and open workstations. It’s all driven by collaboration.”

Non-assigned space concepts continue to gain popularity. Whether or not they’re actual telecommuters, workers on the move require well-considered accommodations, including easily accessible plug-ins for laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Says Perruzzi, “You have to think about the accommodations both technically and physically. Workers want to be able to plug in their devices and see their desktop no matter which workstation they’re using.”

Analyses by experts like CoreNet Global indicate that space per worker may drop below 100 sf within five years. Perruzzi says workstations won’t necessarily keep shrinking but will likely keep reducing in number. Margulies Perruzzi’s design for Philips North America’s first Workplace Innovation Center involved no private offices and 200 physical workstations for about 260 employees. Called “free addressing,” the plan allows employees to migrate from desk to desk while reducing the number of empty spots left by workers who are off-site.

Says Perruzzi: “There’s no such thing as an individual contributor anymore. It’s about people working in teams that change on a regular basis, are very dynamic, and need constant access to each other.” 

 

Top Office Sector Architecture Firms 

Rank Company 2013 Office Revenue
1 Gensler $472,552,752
2 HOK 141,723,793
3 Perkins+will 112,815,842
4 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 83,599,900
5 NBBJ 64,107,000
6 Stantec 62,594,213
7 ZGF Architects 43,902,072
8 Page 37,460,000
9 Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates 36,176,000
10 Nelson 36,089,550
11 SmithGroupJJR 35,614,366
12 Hammel, Green and Abrahamson 33,267,365
13 RTKL Associates 30,705,000
14 EYP Architecture & Engineering 30,000,000
15 CannonDesign 29,000,000
16 HKS 26,255,885
17 Corgan 24,977,990
18 HDR 24,700,000
19 RSP Architects 23,106,000
20 Leo A Daly 20,101,466
21 Heery International 20,011,958
22 LS3P 17,522,964
23 Ware Malcomb 17,500,000
24 Kirksey 15,989,864
25 LPA 15,875,503
26 Perkins Eastman 15,000,000
27 NORR 14,244,421
28 Goettsch Partners 12,070,000
29 VOA Associates 11,040,757
30 Epstein 10,752,000
31 CTA Architects Engineers 10,438,159
32 Margulies Perruzzi Architects 10,191,746
33 Cuningham Group Architecture 10,068,814
34 BRPH 9,906,000
35 DLR Group 9,800,000
36 Environetics 9,612,351
37 Vocon 9,203,152
38 RNL 8,941,000
39 Gresham, Smith and Partners 8,768,000
40 Ziegler Cooper 8,676,816
41 Davis Brody Bond 8,369,474
42 FXFOWLE Architects 7,880,000
43 Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture 7,750,000
44 Clark Nexsen 7,707,493
45 LMN Architects 7,368,900
46 Little 7,253,565
47 Cooper Carry 7,227,738
48 Symmes Maini & McKee Associates 6,490,000
49 WDG Architecture 5,844,000
50 Solomon Cordwell Buenz 5,300,000
51 Carrier Johnson + Culture 5,118,818
52 Swanke Hayden Connell Architects 4,990,000
53 Eppstein Uhen Architects 4,972,955
54 Fentress Architects 4,551,790
55 Francis Cauffman 4,187,463
56 Wight & Company 3,683,000
57 Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates 3,653,284
58 OZ Architecture 3,625,600
59 GBBN Architects 3,540,500
60 Callison 3,481,227
61 HMC Architects 3,388,658
62 Albert Kahn Associates 3,297,848
63 Baskervill 3,226,678
64 Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio 3,120,000
65 Montroy Andersen DeMarco 3,107,000
66 Goodwyn Mills & Cawood 2,932,849
67 Good Fulton & Farrell 2,928,000
68 JRS Architect 2,850,000
69 HNTB Corp. 2,793,299
70 Ratio Architects 2,720,819
71 Inventure Design Group 2,711,701
72 ai Design Group 2,663,516
73 KZF Design 2,544,819
74 EwingCole 2,510,000
75 RS&H 2,450,000
76 Integrus Architecture 2,410,899
77 MulvannyG2 Architecture 2,200,000
78 Wilson Architects 2,200,000
79 Rosser International 1,921,665
80 Hoffmann Architects 1,602,000
81 Beyer Blinder Belle 1,496,952
82 LaBella Associates 1,493,586
83 Hnedak Bobo Group 1,339,000
84 Commonwealth Architects 1,212,741
85 Hord Coplan Macht 1,113,153
86 MBH Architects 1,090,000
87 PGAL 1,074,700
88 Nadel 1,000,000
88 Polytech Associates 1,000,000
90 P+R Architects 982,666
91 Parkhill, Smith & Cooper 945,000
92 Bergmann Associates 939,420
93 Niles Bolton Associates 840,919
94 Moseley Architects 744,501
95 Moody Nolan 722,616
96 H+L Architecture 711,172
97 EDI International 630,916
98 BLTa 630,000
99 H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture 611,898
100 Hoefer Wysocki Architecture 605,000
101 WATG | Wimberly Interiors 568,000
102 Cambridge Seven Associates 460,000
103 Morris Architects 335,000
104 Emersion Design 332,073
105 DLA Architects 317,730
106 BLDD Architects 280,000
107 Hastings+Chivetta Architects 243,171
108 DesignGroup 242,580
109 Sherlock, Smith & Adams 235,000
110 Slaterpaull Architects 230,000
111 FitzGerald Associates Architects 210,500
112 Poskanzer Skott 200,000
113 SchenkelShultz Architecture 197,000
114 PHX Architecture 180,000
115 FGM Architects 179,784
116 BSA LifeStructures 174,437

 

 

Top Office Sector Engineering Firms

Rank Company 2013 Office Revenue
1 AECOM Technology Corp. $964,240,000
2 Jacobs 504,890,000
3 Parsons Brinckerhoff 158,130,489
4 Burns & McDonnell 102,620,000
5 Thornton Tomasetti 63,427,107
6 URS Corp. 49,783,891
7 WSP Group 49,230,000
8 Arup 43,201,720
9 H&A Architects & Engineers 36,000,000
10 Leidos 28,150,000
11 AKF Group 27,835,000
12 KPFF Consulting Engineers 27,000,000
13 Syska Hennessy Group 26,817,533
14 Magnusson Klemencic Associates 16,437,499
15 Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates 14,220,000
16 Glumac 14,102,479
17 Dewberry 13,478,149
18 Bala Consulting Engineers 12,507,000
19 Environmental Systems Design 12,505,965
20 RDK Engineers 10,690,000
21 Vanderweil Engineers 10,533,700
22 GHT Limited 9,665,000
23 Simpson Gumpertz & Heger 7,430,000
24 Allen & Shariff 7,200,000
25 KCI Technologies 6,400,000
26 Walter P Moore and Associates 6,002,650
27 Highland Associates 6,000,000
28 STV 5,339,000
29 DeSimone Consulting Engineers 5,084,661
30 Aon Fire Protection Engineering Corp. 5,000,000
31 Hixson Architecture, Engineering, Interiors 5,000,000
32 SSOE Group 4,656,959
33 H.F. Lenz 4,362,698
34 Joseph R. Loring & Associates 4,000,000
35 KLH Engineers 3,875,841
36 M-E Engineers 3,863,000
37 Newcomb & Boyd 3,802,993
38 Sparling 3,799,152
39 Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers 3,612,041
40 Smith Seckman Reid 3,508,905
41 Affiliated Engineers 3,104,000
42 Interface Engineering 2,946,713
43 Martin/Martin 2,793,639
44 KJWW Engineering Consultants 2,711,604
45 I. C. Thomasson Associates 2,600,000
46 TLC Engineering for Architecture 2,329,558
47 Henderson Engineers 2,269,347
48 ThermalTech Engineering 2,250,000
49 Heapy Engineering 2,145,190
50 CJL Engineering 1,878,330
51 Dunham Associates 1,750,000
52 Wick Fisher White 1,734,113
53 Karpinski Engineering 1,695,420
54 Shive-Hattery 1,581,161
55 CTLGroup 1,560,000
56 Graef 1,469,354
57 Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor 1,400,000
58 OLA Consulting Engineers 1,398,000
59 TTG 1,383,325
60 Kamm Consulting 1,344,151
61 CCRD Partners 1,270,000
62 G&W Engineering Corp. 1,091,000
63 M/E Engineering 1,034,842
64 Brinjac Engineering 1,032,104
65 Coffman Engineers 1,028,004
66 Mazzetti 1,013,140
67 Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering 1,000,000
68 Guernsey 958,526
69 Ross & Baruzzini 828,783
70 Apogee Consulting Group 815,250
71 GRW 562,957
72 CRB  495,240
73 Zak Companies 458,187
74 Davis, Bowen & Friedel 331,004
75 Wallace Engineering 310,000
76 French & Parrello Associates 264,900
77 Primera Engineers 253,000
78 RMF Engineering 150,000
79 Integrated Design Group 137,118
80 P2S Engineering 135,228
81 Spectrum Engineers 85,926
82 Stanley Consultants 12,178
83 Total Building Commissioning 4,798

 

 

Top Office Sector Construction Firms 

Rank Company 2013 Office Revenue
1 Turner Construction $1,965,630,000
2 Structure Tone 1,770,996,000
3 Balfour Beatty US 1,083,107,816
4 PCL Construction 965,124,704
5 Gilbane 850,668,144
6 Clark Group 768,213,069
7 Skanska USA 756,888,741
8 Hensel Phelps 595,480,000
9 Suffolk Construction 575,149,178
10 HITT Contracting 510,600,000
11 Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., The 483,040,306
12 Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction 478,000,000
13 Clayco 474,300,000
14 DPR Construction 419,864,261
15 James G. Davis Construction 409,209,373
16 Holder Construction 375,561,000
17 Clune Construction 350,356,681
18 Walsh Group, The 330,591,769
19 JE Dunn Construction 319,712,834
20 Tutor Perini Corp. 299,785,799
21 Plaza Construction 281,000,000
22 Brasfield & Gorrie 255,289,660
23 Lend Lease 203,243,000
24 Ryan Companies US 198,980,348
25 Manhattan Construction 195,656,000
26 Choate Construction 176,908,443
27 Parsons Brinckerhoff 158,130,489
28 McGough 144,000,000
29 Austin Commercial 126,751,064
30 Swinerton Builders 125,070,000
31 McShane Companies, The 120,701,443
32 Pepper Construction 116,840,000
33 Mortenson Construction 114,140,000
34 JLL 107,497,010
35 Linbeck Group 105,400,000
36 C.W. Driver 102,470,000
37 Shawmut Design and Construction 93,000,000
38 B. L. Harbert International 92,475,153
39 CORE Construction Group 91,118,620
40 Leopardo Companies 90,583,950
41 McCarthy Holdings 84,700,000
42 Consigli Construction 82,688,033
43 Messer Construction 75,756,377
44 Power Construction 67,000,000
45 Hoar Construction 66,258,000
46 Weitz Company, The 65,679,309
47 Robins & Morton 64,633,817
48 Sundt Construction 63,414,544
49 Beck Group, The 61,444,072
50 Hill International 61,000,000
51 Yates Companies, The 50,000,000
52 URS Corp. 49,783,891
53 Hunt Construction Group 46,000,000
54 Fortis Construction 41,800,000
55 Adolfson & Peterson Construction 40,492,626
56 LeChase Construction Services 39,360,000
57 Bomel Construction 38,747,785
58 Rodgers Builders 37,126,784
59 Paric Corp. 35,000,000
60 Haselden Construction 30,679,991
61 IMC Construction 30,597,000
62 Barton Malow 28,706,771
63 Haskell 28,625,841
64 Coakley & Williams Construction 26,086,629
65 New South Construction 22,590,000
66 Flintco 22,000,000
67 EMJ Corp. 21,000,000
68 Layton Construction 20,800,000
69 E.W. Howell 20,491,000
70 O'Neil Industries/W.E. O'Neil 20,354,165
71 Heery International 20,011,958
72 Kitchell Corp. 19,231,158
73 Hill & Wilkinson 19,149,000
74 Walbridge 18,100,000
75 Wight & Company 16,827,000
76 Harkins Builders 16,300,000
77 James McHugh Construction 14,829,260
78 Hoffman Construction 14,000,000
79 Kraus-Anderson Construction 10,000,000
80 Batson-Cook 8,329,557
81 Gray Construction 7,600,000
82 Stalco Construction 7,380,000
83 Allen & Shariff 7,200,000
84 Boldt Company, The 7,044,051
85 Bernards 6,700,000
86 W. M. Jordan Company 6,575,178
87 Graycor 6,456,452
88 KBE Building Corp. 5,964,801
89 STV 5,339,000
90 Weis Builders 5,031,000
91 Bette Companies, The 4,834,000
92 Alberici Constructors 2,961,966
93 Absher Construction 2,256,599
94 S. M. Wilson & Co. 1,607,814
95 Douglas Company, The 1,479,136
96 LPCiminelli 1,349,300
97 Astorino 1,334,650

 

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