Public Works’ Top AEC Firm List Reveals Emerging Trend

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For the first time since 2005, landscape architecture/park design is one of the top reasons public works departments use architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms, according to the PUBLIC WORKS magazine Top AEC Firm survey.

For the first time since 2005, landscape architecture/park design is one of the top reasons public works departments use architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms, according to the PUBLIC WORKS magazine Top AEC Firm survey.

The survey reveals that although the greatest percentage of readers continues to use AEC firms largely for road and water projects, nearly one-third are now turning to these same firms for landscape architecture park/design.

Every year Hanley Wood’s PUBLIC WORKS magazine compiles its listing of North America’s top AEC firms involved in nonfederal public works projects and released its list today on PUBLIC WORKS.

“There’s more nongeneral revenue funding available than ever before for projects that incorporate nature,” said Stephanie Johnston, editor in chief for PUBLIC WORKS. “Driven by the federal imperative to clean up rain, which picks up oil, dirt and other pollutants before washing into rivers and lakes, readers and their consulting partners are deploying multipurpose solutions whenever possible. Our research shows that readers are using sustainable solutions to enhance the quality of life for their communities while reducing costs for the department.”

The survey also reflects that, after bottoming out last year, when 75% of respondents reported contracting an AEC firm, the percentage has rebounded slightly to 77%. In 2005 and 2006, 92% of respondents used an AEC firm.

About PUBLIC WORKS
PUBLIC WORKS has been the voice of the public works industry for more than a century. The magazine reaches 65,000 public works professionals each month, and publishes a 13th issue – the PUBLIC WORKS MANUAL – annually, the industry’s most comprehensive compilation of products and services for public works professionals.

About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media and information company serving housing and construction. Through media event and marketing platforms, the company produces award-winning magazines and websites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America’s leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Business Media (Washington, D.C.), publishes more than 30 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including metalmag, ecohome, BUILDER, REMODELING, CUSTOM HOME, ARCHITECT and residential architect. Hanley Wood Business Media also offers the construction industry’s foremost collection of websites, including BUILDER ONLINE, REMODELING ONLINE, and ebuild, the comprehensive online guide to building products, as well as the largest collection of house plans online through eplans.com and Dream Home Source.

Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is one of the ten largest B-to-B media companies in the United States. Hanley Wood is owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, which uses CCMP Capital Advisors to manage this investment.

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