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It’s time to unveil EC&M’s highly anticipated Top 40 electrical design firms list for 2015, ranked specifically by electrical design revenue earned in 2014. Due to the ongoing economic recovery, many of the nation’s Top 40 firms are posting revenue gains, pursuing new work, and rapidly expanding their teams. As a group, respondents posted total electrical design revenues in 2014 of $1.68 billion, which is down slightly from $1.808 billion in 2013 and up from $1.348 in 2012.

As these key players expand operations by opening new branch offices, one trend emerged in this year’s survey data. More than two-thirds of respondents reported facing a labor shortage of engineers, identifying the three most difficult positions to fill as staff engineers, design engineers, and project engineers. To find out more about the driving forces behind these firms’ successes, details on what solidifies their position as leaders in the industry, hot and cold markets, and key trends shaping the business climate this year, look for the full 2015 Top 40 Electrical Design Firms Special Report.

The original research EC&M conducts on behalf of the Top 40 article each year has become an invaluable resource for consultants, manufacturers, and electrical design and contracting firms, making it an EC&M institution readers wait for every year.


No. 1 — Burns & McDonnell

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Burns & McDonnell is a company made up of nearly 5,200 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants, and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. It strives to create amazing success for its clients and amazing careers for its employee-owners. Burns & McDonnell is 100% employee-owned and is proud to be No. 15 on FORTUNE’s 2015 List of 100 Best Companies to Work For.

2014 Electrical Design Revenue: $617.4 million

No. 2 — Stantec, Inc.

The Stantec community unites more than 13,000 employees working in more than 200 locations. The company, headquartered in Edmonton, Canada, collaborates across disciplines and industries to bring buildings, energy and resource, and infrastructure projects to life. Its work — professional consulting in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics — begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships.

2014 Electrical Design Revenue: $202.7 million

No. 3 — CH2M

CH2M helps to lay the foundation for human progress by turning challenge into opportunity. The company takes on its clients’ most complex infrastructure and natural resource challenges, and solves them in new ways. CH2M works in the water, transportation, energy, environment, and industrial markets, with gross revenues of US $5.5 billion. It has 25,000 employees around the world who are passionate about improving the communities where they live and work.  The culture is based on respect, collaboration, and entrepreneurship, and it’s grounded in the core priorities of ethics, safety, sustainability, and corporate citizenship.

2014 Electrical Design Revenue: $146.8 million


No. 4 — Tetra Tech, Inc.

2014 Electrical Design Revenue: $130 million

No. 5 — Stanley Consultants

2014 Electrical Design Revenue: $71.5 million

No. 6 — Mesa Associates, Inc.

2014 Electrical Design Revenue: $58 million

No. 7 — Commonwealth Associates, Inc.

2014 Electrical Design Revenue: $33.5 million

No. 8 — Henderson Engineers, Inc.

2014 Electrical Design Revenue: $30.4 million

No. 9 — Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

2014 Electrical Design Revenue: $25.4 million

No. 10 — M-E Engineers

2014 Electrical Design Revenue: $21.6 million

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