Kansas City area engineering firms maintain prominence in national rankings by trade publication

Updated: 2013-11-27T18:19:13Z


The Kansas City Star

Overland Park-based Black & Veatch remained the area’s largest engineering firm with $1.27 billion in revenues last year in its design segment, enough to rank it 14th in the nation, according to the latest survey of U.S. design firms. Its total revenues were $3.3 billion.

The Top 500 list released by Engineering News-Record, a respected trade publication, included three other area firms among the top 50. Burns & McDonnell moved up to 20th from 23rd last year; HNTB Cos. slipped to 21st from 18th, and Terracon Consultants, Inc. rose to 38th from 39th.

Black & Veatch was the nation’s biggest firm in the telecommunications category according to ENR, and also ranked highly in power, third; water, seventh; sewer and waste, eighth, and international markets, 14th. Its overall revenues were up 10.2 percent last year compared to 2011.

The nationwide average of the top 500 firms was up 6.1 percent.

“We achieved a record-setting year in 2012 and have strong momentum to continue our growth in 2013 and beyond, said Len Rodman, chairman, president and CEO of Black & Veatch, who plans to retire at the end of this year.

Kansas City-based Burns & McDonnell reported $933 million in revenues in 2012, up 25.2 percent from the previous year. Burns & Mac, which recently announced it hired its 4,000th employee, was ranked fifth in the power category by ENR, 19th in manufacturing and 44th in international markets.

“On the power side, we continue to see a huge shift away from solid fuel or coal-fired generation facilities and toward natural gas and renewables,” said Greg Graves, president and CEO of Burns & Mac.

“A lot of engineering and construction services are benefiting because those sectors are just white hot and likely to stay that way for some time to come.”

HNTB of Kansas City reported $912 million in revenues last year, a 2.3 percent decrease from 2011, according to ENR. HNTB was the nation’s fifth-largest firm in the transportation category and ranked sixth in the pure designer category.

Terracon Consultants of Olathe posted $395.6 million in revenues last year, up 9.7 percent from 2011. Terracon was ranked 15th in the general building category and 20th in hazardous waste.

Overall, there were 11 Kansas City area firms in the top 500.

In addition to the top four, the others were (58) Transystems Corp., Overland Park; (132) Populous, Kansas City; (140) CRB, Kansas City; (167) Henderson Engineers, Lenexa; (308) Shafer, Kline & Warren, Lenexa; (355) GBA, Lenexa, and (378) Sega, Overland Park.

In addition, DLR Group, which has a large office in Overland Park, was ranked 101st. Engineering News-Record lists Omaha as its base.

In other related engineering news, CRB announced it was moving its corporate offices to the Briarcliff Hilltop Building at 1251 NW Briarcliff Pkwy. The firm is currently at 7410 NW Tiffany Springs Pkwy.

To reach Kevin Collison, call 816-234-4289 or email Follow him on Twitter @kckansascity

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