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How Minnesota Firms Rank Nationally

The recent annual rankings of the top 500 design firms in the country by Engineering News-Record magazine vividly illustrate the changing nature of the business. What was, for the most part, a very local business 25 years ago has become very much a national operation for many firms. For example, 12 of the country's top engineering design firms in size now have offices in the state.

The growth has come both through the opening of new offices and acquisitions. The country's largest firm, Los Angeles-based AECOM Technology Corporation, entered the local market at the end of 2009 with the acquisition of Ellerbe Becket, the state's oldest A/E firm. Kansas City-based Burns & McDonnell, the country's 20th largest firm, entered by the local market by opening anew office.

The AECOM acquisition of Ellerbe means St. Paul-based TKDA is now the oldest local firm in Minnesota that originated in the state. Started in 1910 as the Toltz Engineering Company, the firm has expanded its national reach by adding offices in Chicago, Kansas City, Tampa and Irvine, CA.

The ENR rankings of firms with offices in Minnesota and where the firms rank in size nationally is as follows:

  • 1. AECOM Technology, Los Angeles
  • 2. URS Corp., San Francisco
  • 3. Jacobs, Pa sadcna.. CA
  • 4. CH 2 M Hill .. Englewood, CO
  • 6. AM EC, Tucker, GA
  • 7. Tetra Tech. Pasadena. CA
  • 10_ Parsons Brinckerhoff. Inc., New YUIC , NY,
  • 11. I-1DR, Omaha, NE
  • 12. Arcadis3vIalcolni Pirnie/RTKL„ Highland Ranch, CO
  • 14. Parsons. Pasadena, CA
  • 16. Black & Veatch, Overland Park, KS
  • 17. 1-11CTS, Kansas City
  • 20. Bums & .rvIcDunnell, Kansas City
  • 23. CDM, Cambridge, MA
  • 25. Stantec Inc., Irvine. CA
  • 38. Ter-racon,. Olathe, KS
  • 47. 'Brown and Caldwell, Walnut Creek, CA
  • 51. Conestoga-Rovers Associates, Niagara Falls, NY
  • 57. Stanley Consultants, Muscatine.• IA
  • 58. Golder Associates,. Atlanta
  • 66_ Zachery Holdings, San Antonio, TX
  • 76, Leo A Daly. Omaha
  • 84. SSOE„ Toledo. OH
  • 86. Hammel Green and Abrahamson, Inc., Minneapolis
  • 94. DLR Group, Omaha.
  • 122. Wigs, Janney. El5InCI Associates, Northbrook, IL
  • 131. Shun Elliott Hendrickson.. Minneapolis
  • 134. Foth Companies, Green By WI
  • 175, HR Green, inc., Cedar Rapids
  • 206_ Bortestroo, - Paul
  • 207. Ulteig Engineers Inc., Fargo
  • 249. SR.F Ctisuhing Group. Plymouth. MN
  • 251. Ayres Associates, Eau Claire
  • 269. Bolton & Menk, Mankaio
  • 280. MSA Professional Survineq, Baraboo, WI
  • 281 Walker Parking Consultants, Chicago, 11_
  • 303. TKDA, St. Paul
  • 319 Sebesta Blomberg, Roseville
  • 363, Wunderlich-Ma lee Engineering, Minnetonka_


LHB, Inc. of Duluth entered the EKR rankings for the First time this year and is listed as the 463rd largest firm in the country.

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