Doing it right


    In early July, Zweig Group, publisher of Civil + Structural Engineer, announced its 2016 Hot Firm List, recognizing the 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada from among the entrants, and the 2016 Best Firms To Work For Award, recognizing civil engineering, structural engineering, environmental, multidiscipline, surveying, and architecture firms in the U.S. and Canada based on their workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, and more.

    Hot Firms are ranked according to their three-year growth rate in gross revenue, with 50 percent of the ranking based on percentage growth and 50 percent based on dollar growth (for the years 2012 and 2015). The majority of revenue must be derived from architecture, engineering consulting, environmental or planning services. Interior design, landscape architecture, and design/build firms that provide design and construction are allowed to participate. Revenue in 2012 must have been greater than or equal to $1 million.

    “Being on our Hot Firm List is harder than ever and even more of an accomplishment, as the overall A/E industry is hotter than I have seen it in over 36 years,” said Mark C. Zweig, founder and CEO, Zweig Group. “Firms on the list should be proud of their accomplishment. They are building value, creating good jobs, and truly making our world a better place.”

    Following is the 2016 Zweig Group Hot Firm List:

    1. GATE, Inc.
    2. LJA Engineering, Inc.
    3. EN Engineering, LLC
    4. Huckabee
    5. WGI, Inc.
    6. The Vertex Companies, Inc.
    7. Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
    8. Hunt, Guillot & Associates, LLC
    9. Westwood Professional Services
    10. WSB & Associates, Inc.
    11. Ghafari Associates, LLC
    12. CMTA, Inc.
    13. Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
    14. Wakefield Beasley & Associates Architects, Inc.
    15. OHM Advisors
    16. Maser Consulting P.A.
    17. Ware Malcomb
    18. Jones|Carter
    19. CR architecture + design
    20. HAKS
    21. CobbFendley
    22. BIG RED DOG Engineering & Consulting
    23. Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED)
    24. BSB Design, Inc.
    25. Cherokee Enterprises, Inc.
    26. Slater Hanifan Group
    27. Braun Intertec
    28. BHC RHODES
    29. Gunda Corporation
    30. ESP Associates, P.A.
    31. Hill International, Inc.
    32. Garver
    33. CRB
    34. Long Engineering, Inc.
    35. Rincon Consultants, Inc.
    36. Brudis & Associates, Inc.
    37. Alliant Engineering, Inc.
    38. McAdams
    39. Bowman Consulting Group, Ltd.
    40. SEPI Engineering & Construction, Inc.
    41. FRCH Design Worldwide
    42. ESG Architects Inc.
    43. RPS Klotz Associates
    44. BKF Engineers
    45. Arora Engineers, Inc.
    46. Timmons Group
    47. Olsson Associates
    48. Pennoni
    49. Dawson Van Orden
    50. RTM Engineering Consultants, LLC
    51. P2S Engineering, Inc.
    52. Binkley & Barfield, Inc.
    53. BL Companies
    54. Marstel-Day, LLC
    55. Bartlett & West, Inc.
    56. BSI Engineering, Inc.
    57. CoreStates, Inc.
    58. ISG
    59. DCI Engineers
    60. Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Inc.
    61. Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc.
    62. Coffman Engineers, Inc.
    63. Humphreys & Partners Architects, L.P.
    64. Apex Companies, LLC
    65. Mulhern & Kulp Structural Engineering
    66. Evista Industries, Inc.
    67. G2 Consulting Group, LLC
    68. Wade Trim
    69. ECS
    70. Fleis & VandenBrink
    71. WestLAND Group, Inc.
    72. Fehr Graham
    73. T&M Associates
    74. McCarthy Engineering
    75. JLG Architects
    76. HRP Associates, Inc.
    77. The Thrasher Group, Inc.
    78. Milhouse Engineering & Construction
    79. Ross & Baruzzini, Inc.
    80. Woodard & Curran
    81. W&M Environmental
    82. Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
    83. HMT Engineering & Surveying
    84. EAPC Architects Engineers
    85. Universal Engineering Sciences
    86. Tectonic Engineering & Surveying Consultants P.C.
    87. Environmental Partners Group, Inc.
    88. A. Morton Thomas and Associates
    89. Mead & Hunt, Inc.
    90. England, Thims & Miller
    91. SidePlate Systems, Inc.
    92. VHB
    93. David Evans and Associates, Inc.
    94. Metro Consulting Associates
    95. Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC
    96. Atwell, LLC
    97. Stonebrooke Engineering
    98. HR Green, Inc.
    99. PM Environmental
    100. SGA

    Additionally, Zweig Group recognized firms outside the top 100 Hot Firms but that still experienced at least 20 percent growth over the last three years. The following 38 firms are Fast Growth Award winners:

    • SCJ Alliance
    • EnSafe, Inc.
    • HGOR
    • E2 Project Management, LLC
    • EHS Support, LLC
    • BrightView Design Group
    • Trigon Associates, LLC
    • CME Associates, Inc.
    • GEA Consulting Engineers
    • Kapur & Associates, Inc.
    • Larson Design Group, Inc.
    • Traffic Planning and Design, Inc.
    • Arrow Engineering Inc.
    • JBA Consulting Engineers
    • Schnabel Engineering
    • Houston Engineering, Inc.
    • The S/L/A/M Collaborative
    • Integral Consulting, Inc.
    • Tata & Howard, Inc.
    • TowerPinkster
    • Wallace Engineering
    • LHB, Inc.
    • FOX Engineering Associates, Inc
    • The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.
    • Hillmann Consulting, LLC
    • Allana Buick & Bers
    • ESI Consultants, Ltd
    • Draper Aden Associates, Inc.
    • Karins and Associates
    • Chen Moore and Associates
    • SB Architects
    • 4 S.T.E.L. Engineering, Inc.
    • PPM Consultants
    • Xpera Group
    • Delta 3 Engineering, Inc.
    • Process Plus
    • Passero Associates
    • Svigals + Partners
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    • Best Firms To Work For

    Firms that applied to the 16th annual Best Firms To Work For Award were evaluated on firm culture, workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, and more. This ranking recognizes the top civil engineering, structural engineering, multidiscipline, surveying, environmental services, and architecture firms in the country. At least 40 percent of firms’ 2015 fiscal year gross revenue must have been derived from the selected discipline or specific discipline services on a full-time basis. Firms must have a minimum of 10 full-time employees, at least five of whom are design or engineering professionals.

    An extensive corporate survey, answered from a management point of view, included questions about firm organization and structure, benefits, office environment, community service, sustainability practices, profit sharing, professional development, training, and retirement plans, among other topics.

    An anonymous employee survey provided employees’ perspectives as part of the evaluation. The employee survey included questions about the firm’s culture, leadership, business practices, work environment, technology, compensation, benefits, professional development, and employee recognition, among other topics.

    For firms with 50 employees or more, a minimum of 40 percent of the firm’s staff must have completed the employee survey. For firms with fewer than 50 employees, a minimum of 60 percent of the firm’s staff must have completed the employee survey.

    Following are the top-ranked firms in each category:

    Civil Engineering

    1. Choice One Engineering
    2. Bowers + Kubota Consulting
    3. Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group
    4. Kjeldsen, Sinnock & Neudeck, Inc.
    5. McAdams

    Structural Engineering

    1. Structural Focus
    2. Finley Engineering Group
    3. Schaefer
    4. Mulhern & Kulp Structural Engineering
    5. PCS Structural Solutions


    1. Garver
    2. Fitzemeyer & Tocci
    3. Bowers + Kubota Consulting
    4. Gale Associates, Inc.
    5. Passero Associates


    1. Jones|Carter
    2. Frank Surveying Co., Inc.
    3. WestLAND Group, Inc.
    4. McKim & Creed, Inc.

    Environmental Services

    1. Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.
    2. P.W. Grosser
    3. Comprehensive Environmental, Inc.
    4. HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc.
    5. EHS Support, LLC


    1. TowerPinkster
    2. Huckabee
    3. JCJ Architecture
    4. JLG Architects
    5. EAPC Architects Engineers

    View the full list of 2016 Best Firms To Work For Award winners at