CHICAGO—Last year, ZweigWhite named 21 firms as 2008 Pinnacle Award winners—a distinction that honors a firm’s ability to achieve a great work environment and to grow revenues significantly. Firms earn the Pinnacle Award for being listed on two prestigious rankings: either the 2008 Best Civil Engineering Firms To Work For or the 2008 Best Structural Engineering Firms To Work For list—which both recognize excellent workplaces and high levels of employee satisfaction—and The Zweig Letter Hot Firm 2008 List—which honors tremendous revenues growth.

The 2008 Pinnacle Award winners are listed below in alphabetical order. Most firms are civil engineering firms; those marked with an asterisk are structural engineering firms. Firms marked with two asterisks are ranked on both the Best Civil and Best Structural Engineering Firms To Work For lists.

  • Aarcher, Inc.
  • Atwell-Hicks
  • Barr Engineering Company
  • Calibre Engineering, Inc.
  • Chen & Associates
  • Dudek
  • Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
  • Golder Associates
  • Harper Houf Peterson Righellis Inc.
  • *Jaster-Quintanilla
  • Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
  • Morrison-Maierle, Inc.
  • Natural Resource Group, LLC
  • PACE, Inc.
  • Parametrix, Inc.
  • Schnabel Engineering
  • **Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
  • *The Harman Group
  • Traffic Planning and Design, Inc. (TPD)
  • V3 Companies Ltd.
  • Wolverton & Associates, Inc.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Best Firms To Work For rankings. Civil engineering, structural engineering, environmental service, architecture, and multidiscipline A/E service firms have opportunity to participate in the newly expanded program hosted by CE News and Structural Engineer. The application deadline is April 3, 2009. New this year, an early-bird deadline of March 6, 2009, offers participating firms a discount on the application fee. Details are available at

This year, the CE News Best Civil Engineering Firms To Work For, the Structural Engineer Best Structural Engineering Firms To Work For, the Best Architecture Firms To Work For, and the Environmental Business Journal/CE News Best Environmental Service Firms To Work For rankings are joined by a new ranking: the Best Multidiscipline A/E Services Firms To Work For. This ranking is geared toward firms that practice in areas such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing, industrial, systems, lighting, or process engineering, as well as landscape architecture, communications, and/or planning. This new ranking provides opportunity for firms that provide work in a minimum of two disciplines to earn recognition for maintaining a great workplace and achieving high levels of employee satisfaction.

All of the rankings are hosted concurrently, so if your firm meets the requirements for more than one list, such as the environmental service and civil engineering lists or the structural and civil engineering lists, you can apply to both lists at the same time. However, firms that qualify for the multidiscipline A/E service list will not qualify for the other lists.

Visit for detailed instructions and requirements to apply, or contact Rachel Ward-Sullivan at or 800-466-6275, ext. 262.

The final rankings will be presented at the Best Firm To Work For Summit on Sept. 22-23, 2009, at the Embassy Suites in downtown Chicago. The awards presentation is only a small part of the two-day learning event focused on creating a great workplace and retaining and attracting staff. All engineering, architecture, and environmental service firm presidents, human resource managers, and other leaders with interest in workplace issues are encouraged to attend, including but not limited to those that participate in the ranking program.