UNIVERSITY SECTOR GIANTS: Collaboration, creativity, technology—hallmarks of today’s campus facilities

At a time when competition for the cream of the student/faculty crop is intensifying, colleges and universities must recognize that students and parents are coming to expect an education environment that foments collaboration, according to BD+C's 2015 Giants 300 report.

August 07, 2015 |
UNIVERSITY SECTOR GIANTS: Collaboration, creativity, technology—hallmarks of today’s campus facilities

The $50 million Oakland University Engineering Center, in Rochester, Mich., was completed last August by Walbridge (CM at risk). The five-story, 149,879-sf facility, designed by SmithGroupJJR, pulls together functions that were scattered over four buildings. The center provides instructional and R&D space for the university’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. Photo: Jason Robinson Photography, LLC 

The State University of New York at Buffalo’s 628,000-sf, $375 million medical center, which is scheduled to open in August 2017, is the single largest medical education building under construction in the U.S.

University officials are hardly being coy about their intent to use this facility (which was designed by HOK) as bait to attract more than 100 physician-scientists and medical specialists, to say nothing of the 100 students who are expected to enroll.

TOP UNIVERSITY ARCHITECTURE FIRMS

2014 University Revenue ($)
1. Gensler $71,930,000
2. CannonDesign $65,000,000
3. Perkins+Will $46,920,000
4. Stantec $45,858,669
5. EYP $40,879,189

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TOP UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING FIRMS

2014 University Revenue ($)
1. AECOM $138,154,000
2. Jacobs $32,915,000
3. Affiliated Engineers $23,519,000
4. Arup $17,041,932
5. Vanderweil Engineers $16,957,900

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TOP UNIVERSITY CONSTRUCTION FIRMS

2014 University Revenue ($)
1. Turner Construction $918,795,390
2. Whiting-Turner $843,873,354
3. Skanska USA $512,615,412
4. PCL Construction $436,248,090
5. Messer Construction $429,554,529

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Ohio State University has invested more than $1 billion in new healthcare and research facilities that are being used to attract physicians and researchers to its campus in Columbus. The university is also spending $400 million on residence halls to support its new requirement that all students live on campus through sophomore year, says Kyle Rooney, Vice President/General Manager for Turner Construction in Central and Southern Ohio market.

At a time when competition for the cream of the student/faculty crop is intensifying, colleges and universities must recognize that students and parents are coming to expect an education environment that foments collaboration, says Tom McDuffie, AIA, RIBA, Group Vice President–Global Buildings at Jacobs. That’s resulting in larger research “neighborhoods” to accommodate “hoteling” benches and desks for undergrads, he says.

Institutions of higher learning are placing greater emphasis in their construction and renovation plans on unstructured spaces that encourage transformational learning: collaboration, creative thinking, and technology use, according to executives with construction firm Barton Malow: Vice Presidents Todd Ketola and David Price, and Senior Vice President Robert D. Grottenthaler, PE, LEED AP.

Bradley Lukanic, AIA, LEED AP, Executive Director–Education at CannonDesign, says, “The changing student profile and evolving demographics of traditional college and university students are driving institutions to adapt by creating spaces that foster learning paradigms and collaboration for tomorrow’s leaders.” Lukanic sees an “acute focus on learning pedagogies” intertwined with “a framework of social stewardship and enhancing the student experience” in the higher education sector.

The 62,000-sf Rees-Jones Hall at Texas Christian University, designed by Lukanic’s firm, is an incubator facility that fosters such a learning experience. A so-called “Idea Factory” on its second floor provides students with resources—mentors, 3D printers, mobile app developers, and so on—that can help them foster entrepreneurial ventures and develop product prototypes.

GETTING TOUGHER TO RAISE CAPITAL FOR PROJECTS

Private donors are providing $50 million for the SUNY Buffalo project; another $215 million is coming from bond financing. In this era of budgetary belt-tightening, colleges and universities, even public institutions, can no longer depend primarily on government largess for construction funding.

Texas lawmakers hadn’t approved tuition revenue bonds, known as TRBs, for university construction for nearly 10 years; that is, until last May, when the state legislature approved bills that appropriate $70 million (of a requested $190 million) for constructing a science and education innovation and research building at the University of Texas–Arlington.

Even so, three billion dollars in TRB funding remains on the table. That’s equivalent to about half of the $5.4 billion reflected in the University of Texas System’s six-year capital improvement plan, which encompasses 91 projects.

Jacobs’s McDuffie notes that the federal government, the single largest source of research funding for universities, has been cutting back. That reduction, along with rising construction costs, is forcing universities to become more efficient, build more economically, and partner more effectively with industry. “Technology platforms and increasing demands for scientific research—and the capacity to house specialty equipment—are driving evaluations of space,” he says.

McDuffie expects the higher education market to continue to grow, albeit in line with current trends demanding “smart strategies” around finances, the environment, and state-of-the-art facilities that create successful research and teaching environments.

Global reach, resilience in the collegiate sector

Globally, universities are also looking to build and renovate. In England, AECOM has been appointed master planner for the University of Cambridge’s extension to the northwest, the largest expansion in the university’s 806-year history.

Mairi Johnson, AECOM’s Global Education Sector Leader, says this 15 million-sf project will feature a mixed-use sustainable development of research and teaching facilities, affordable housing for students and staff, market housing, community facilities, and public open space.

Resilience is becoming an increasingly recognized factor in the construction of new campus buildings. SUNY Buffalo’s new medical center project started with a 30x36-foot mockup that was subjected to simulations of powerful rain and windstorms. Michael Drozdowski, Project Manager for construction manager Gilbane/LiRo, says that fewer than 10% of newly constructed buildings in the U.S. undergo that level of testing.

 

TOP UNIVERSITY ARCHITECTURE FIRMS




  Company 2014 University Revenue ($)
1 Gensler $71,930,000
2 CannonDesign $65,000,000
3 Perkins+Will $46,920,000
4 Stantec $45,858,669
5 EYP $40,879,189
6 S/L/A/M Collaborative, The $26,377,238
7 SmithGroupJJR $25,965,117
8 Clark Nexsen $23,900,000
9 ZGF Architects $23,313,184
10 Page $22,560,000
11 HDR $22,130,118
12 Wilson Architects $22,000,000
13 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill $18,603,085
14 Harley Ellis Devereaux $17,371,000
15 Flad Architects $16,550,000
16 Ennead Architects $15,729,000
17 Ballinger $15,425,675
18 Solomon Cordwell Buenz $13,175,692
19 Moseley Architects $13,169,972
20 Shepley Bulfinch $12,141,909
21 FXFOWLE Architects $11,966,321
22 HMC Architects $11,742,899
23 Morris Architects $11,725,000
24 CO Architects $11,532,800
25 NBBJ $11,000,000
26 BSA LifeStructures $10,526,927
27 JLG Architects $10,237,364
28 Perkins Eastman $10,059,500
29 LS3P $9,847,154
30 Davis Brody Bond $9,639,256
31 HKS $8,959,653
32 Westlake Reed Leskosky $8,500,000
33 NORR $8,142,098
34 Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates $7,996,000
35 Beyer Blinder Belle $7,922,463
36 KSQ Architects $7,892,958
37 Kirksey Architecture $7,340,000
38 HGA Architects and Engineers $7,046,000
39 LPA $6,770,344
40 SRG Partnership $6,546,120
41 Cooper Carry $6,527,342
42 GBBN Architects $6,460,000
43 Shive-Hattery $6,377,776
44 EwingCole $6,314,000
45 Lord Aeck Sargent $6,223,519
46 DLR Group $5,700,000
47 BWBR $5,523,562
48 Mithun $5,455,000
49 Heery International $5,248,540
50 LMN Architects $5,163,700
51 Hord Coplan Macht $5,065,781
52 Legat Architects $4,930,000
53 HOK $4,862,000
54 Little $4,856,000
55 Hastings+Chivetta Architects $4,733,713
56 Leo A Daly $4,446,258
57 Goodwyn Mills and Cawood $4,443,692
58 Glumac $4,322,054
59 Cambridge Seven Associates $3,752,000
60 OZ Architecture $3,549,750
61 Bergmann Associates $3,202,023
62 Parkhill, Smith & Cooper $2,968,000
63 Carrier Johnson + Culture $2,800,000
64 CTA Architects Engineers $2,793,567
65 Ashley McGraw Architects $2,774,167
66 RS&H $2,345,000
67 Nelson $2,319,422
68 BLDD Architects $2,250,000
69 GWWO $2,205,302
70 WDG Architecture $2,111,000
71 Integrus Architecture $1,972,307
72 Wight & Company $1,873,412
73 Baskervill $1,832,173
74 Symmes Maini & McKee Associates $1,826,779
75 Zyscovich Architects $1,818,888
76 Environetics $1,623,431
77 Moody Nolan $1,611,255
78 Niles Bolton Associates $1,600,000
79 Albert Kahn Associates $1,500,000
80 Harvard Jolly $1,359,214
81 KZF Design $1,330,059
82 Hoffmann Architects $1,182,000
83 VOA Associates $1,078,122
84 DLA Architects $1,041,238
85 RBB Architects $1,037,147
86 Eppstein Uhen Architects $1,036,690
87 BBS Architects and Engineers $1,010,000
88 Schenkel & Shultz $971,000
89 Dattner Architects $950,525
90 Good Fulton & Farrell $900,100
91 FKP Architects $900,000
92 GSB $841,896
93 Mancini•Duffy $797,000
94 Luckett & Farley $724,422
95 tvsdesign $680,000
96 BRPH $671,682
97 Callison RTKL $656,061
98 Cuningham Group Architecture $630,125
99 Goettsch Partners $627,000
100 NAC|Architecture $601,542
101 Gresham, Smith and Partners $533,000
102 DesignGroup $495,541
103 Becker Morgan Group $440,782
104 Cooper Robertson $309,000
105 Ware Malcomb $289,749
106 HNTB $252,720
107 Francis Cauffman $251,483
108 Emersion Design $246,353
109 Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart
& Associates, Inc.
$233,461
110  Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio $225,000

 

 

TOP UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING FIRMS




  Company 2014 University Revenue ($)
1 AECOM $138,154,000
2 Jacobs $32,915,000
3 Affiliated Engineers $23,519,000
4 Arup $17,041,932
5 Vanderweil Engineers $16,957,900
6 WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff $15,388,795
7 Wendel $13,947,934
8 KJWW Engineering Consultants $12,531,671
9 Dewberry $11,502,164
10 BR+A Consulting Engineers $11,500,000
11 Simpson Gumpertz & Heger $10,212,000
12 P2S Engineering $10,061,344
13 STV $8,307,000
14 RMF Engineering $8,200,000
15 Thornton Tomasetti $7,901,529
16 Heapy Engineering $6,939,856
17 ME Engineers $6,400,000
18 Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates $6,170,000
19 Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber $5,000,000
20 M/E Engineering $4,914,067
21 Newcomb & Boyd $4,795,779
22 KPFF Consulting Engineers $4,369,000
23 I. C. Thomasson Associates $4,200,000
24 RDK Engineers $4,026,000
25 Aon Fire Protection Engineering $4,000,000
26 KCI Technologies $4,000,000
27 Woolpert $3,814,342
28 Peter Basso Associates $3,510,000
29 Martin/Martin $3,488,700
30 Jensen Hughes $3,321,010
31 H.F. Lenz Company $3,295,040
32 TTG $3,173,770
33 Burns & McDonnell $3,051,765
34 Spectrum Engineers $2,987,594
35 Ross & Baruzzini $2,913,196
36 Rist-Frost-Shumway Engineering $2,800,000
37 LaBella Associates $2,730,137
38 Highland Associates $2,600,000
39 Karpinski Engineering $2,470,000
40 Coffman Engineers $2,466,000
41 Bala Consulting Engineers $2,397,000
42 Smith Seckman Reid $2,388,597
43 Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers $2,162,563
44 Primera Engineers $2,086,720
45 Syska Hennessy Group $2,039,019
46 TLC Engineering for Architecture $2,026,561
47 GRAEF $1,910,000
48 Henderson Engineers $1,864,364
49 Environmental Systems Design $1,850,419
50 Zak Companies $1,845,124
51 SSOE Group $1,814,092
52 Wallace Engineering $1,655,000
53 CJL Engineering $1,573,278
54 Stanley Consultants $1,468,525
55 KLH Engineers $1,355,004
56 Cardno Haynes Whaley $1,180,513
57 Leidos $1,159,000
58 Mazzetti $1,061,029
59 Dunham Associates $1,000,000
60 Degenkolb Engineers $975,312
61 OLA Consulting Engineers $870,000
62 William Tao & Associates $673,402
63 Larson Design Group $459,553
64 Magnusson Klemencic Associates $402,911
65 DeSimone Consulting Engineers $401,027
66 CTLGroup $400,000
67 ThermalTech Engineering $375,000
68 CRB $294,055
69 Allegheny Design Services $239,156
70 TBC $201,293
71 GHT Ltd. $200,000
72 Davis, Bowen & Friedel $188,870
73 Guernsey $155,706
74 Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon $100,000
75  G&W Engineering $87,400

 

 

TOP UNIVERSITY CONSTRUCTION FIRMS




  Company 2014 University Revenue ($)
1 Turner Construction $918,795,390
2 Whiting-Turner Contracting, The $843,873,354
3 Skanska USA $512,615,412
4 PCL Construction $436,248,090
5 Messer Construction $429,554,529
6 McCarthy Holdings $399,588,715
7 Gilbane Building Co. $353,451,521
8 Clark Group $347,580,624
9 Consigli Building Group $326,259,803
10 Shawmut Design and Construction $319,200,000
11 Barton Malow $301,401,000
12 Balfour Beatty US $260,827,414
13 Mortenson Construction $225,430,000
14 Structure Tone $213,819,000
15 Walbridge $209,000,000
16 Power Construction $205,000,000
17 DPR Construction $192,655,000
18 Sundt Construction $178,509,469
19 Suffolk Construction $171,363,626
20 Beck Group, The $170,857,435
21 C.W. Driver $159,320,000
22 JE Dunn Construction $157,748,941
23 LeChase Construction Services $153,000,000
24 Boldt Company, The $133,960,734
25 Hensel Phelps $133,320,000
26 Flintco $130,000,000
27 Holder Construction $122,000,000
28 Walsh Group, The $114,738,624
29 Pepper Construction Group $93,338,000
30 B.L. Harbert International $87,888,788
31 Lend Lease $87,790,000
32 Adolfson & Peterson Construction $87,689,185
33 W. M. Jordan $86,475,341
34 Brasfield & Gorrie $82,442,537
35 O'Neil Industries $80,955,488
36 Fortis Construction $80,900,000
37 McGough $80,000,000
38 Yates Companies, The $77,900,000
39 Choate Construction $74,256,439
40 Andersen Construction $68,000,000
41 Hoffman Construction $62,437,314
42 Coakley & Williams Construction $60,256,431
43 LPCiminelli $54,690,318
44 Paric $50,000,000
45 Rodgers Builders $49,447,474
46 Bernards $46,000,000
47 Linbeck Group $46,000,000
48 Manhattan Construction $43,902,000
49 Summit Contracting Group $41,708,718
50 CORE Construction $40,628,163
51 Hill & Wilkinson $39,976,112
52 Layton Construction $39,100,000
53 Kitchell Corporation $36,135,164
54 Hill International $35,000,000
55 Alberici Constructors $32,939,025
56 IMC Construction $32,000,000
57 Bette Companies, The $29,750,964
58 Juneau Construction $29,145,682
59 Ryan Companies $25,800,115
60 Haselden Construction $25,237,606
61 Doster Construction $22,122,653
62 HITT Contracting $20,700,000
63 Weitz Company, The $19,918,000
64 James McHugh Construction $19,713,502
65 Hoar Construction $18,148,000
66 KBE Building Corp. $17,305,288
67 Haskell $16,402,822
68 Kraus-Anderson Construction $9,000,000
69 Stalco Construction $8,000,000
70 Austin Industries $7,668,595
71 James G Davis Construction $6,433,406
72 Wight & Company $5,254,836
73 Level 10 Construction $5,096,894
74 JLL $3,860,096
75 S. M. Wilson & Co. $3,037,030
76 EMJ $3,006,271
77 Robins & Morton $2,600,000
78 Clune Construction $1,611,535
79 Leopardo Companies $1,355,791
80  Gray Construction $1,101,035

 

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