Firm Rankings Notes

 

Ranking results from the following three sources are cited within the individual firm profiles presented in this website:

--- Engineering News-Record (ENR) Revenue-Based Rankings

--- Building Design and Construction (BD&C) Revenue-Based Rankings

--- CE (Civil Engineering) News "Best Firms To Work For" Rankings

 

Information about each ranking cited is given below. Please note that the first two rankings cited above are based solely on firms' reported revenue - they do NOT attempt to capture leading firms in terms of professional reputation, career opportunities, or similarly subjective criteria.

 

Engineering News-Record (ENR) Revenue-Based Rankings

 

The construction trade magazine Engineering News-Record (ENR) issues a variety of annual rankings of firms engaged in architecture, engineering, or construction based solely on the revenue reported by the firms in particular areas for the previous calendar year year. For profiling purposes, the following overall ranking results were incorporated into the individual firm profiles as applicable:

--- Top 500 Design Firms (based on revenue received for design services)

--- Top 100 "Pure" Design Firms (based on revenue received for design services, considering only traditional design firms with no contracting revenue reported)

--- Top 100 Design-Builders (based on revenue received from design-build contracts)

 

Additionally, ENR Sourcebooks rank firms by specific market sectors and sub-sectors. For profiling purposes, the following market sector ranking results considering the Top 500 Design Firm Sourcebook Rankings were incorporated into the individual firm profiles as applicable:

--- Top 200 in Environmental, including a further breakdown by major area as follows:

--- Top 25 in Water Supply

--- Top 25 in Sewerage and Solid Waste

--- Top 25 in Hazardous Waste (including clean air compliance)

--- Top 50 in General Building

--- Top 25 in Industrial Process

--- Top 25 in Manufacturing

--- Top 25 in Petroleum-Related

--- Top 25 in Power

--- Top 25 in Telecommunications

--- Top 50 in Transportation

 

Finally, market sub-sector ranking results considering the Top 500 Design Firm Sourcebook Rankings were also incorporated into the individual firm profiles as applicable (overall, some 50 market sub-sectors are considered in the rankings).

 

Interested individuals can purchase the various ranking lists in their entirety at the "Top Lists" section of the ENR website.

 

Building Design and Construction (BD&C) Revenue-Based Rankings

 

The construction trade magazine Building Design and Construction (BD&C) issues its annual "Giants 300" list consisting of U.S. firms that designed or constructed the largest dollar-volume of commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily residential buildings during the previous calendar year. Based on firm survey results, the top 300 firms are identified across six categories: architects (50), architect/engineers (50), engineers (50), engineer/architects (50), contractors (75), and construction managers (25). Design firms are ranked on billings for work performed in-house, while contractors and construction managers are ranked on the value of construction put in place. Civil engineering work (including roads and bridges), single-family homes, and certain building types (e.g., electric power plants, oil drilling rigs) are not included in determining the rankings.

 

For firm profiling purposes, the category-based BD&C ranking position is incorporated into the individual firm profiles as applicable. Interested individuals can access the complete ranking list, which includes supplemental information, through the Building Design and Construction (BD&C) website.

 

CE (Civil Engineering) News "Best Firms To Work For" Rankings

 

The civil engineering trade magazine CE (Civil Engineering) News conducts an annual "Best Firms To Work For" contest. A panel of judges ranks the top civil engineering consulting firms based on both the answers provided by participating firms to an extensive questionnaire given to them about their workplace practices, along with the compiled results of an Employee Satisfaction Survey given to each firm's staff. Overall, firms compete via evaluation and comparison of their culture, benefits, performance/recognition practices, compensation, professional development programs, and recruiting and retention efforts.

 

Formal recognition is given to the "Top 50" firms, along with other firms judged to qualify for "Honorable Mention."

 

For firm profiling purposes, ranking positions are incorporated into the individual firm profiles as applicable. Interested individuals can access the complete ranking list and more information concerning the contest at CE News' "Best Firms To Work For" webpage.