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Utah’s Construction Industry Climbing the Ranks

Sarah Cutler

July 3, 2012

It’s no secret that Utah is a hotbed of diverse, strong industries, and the construction industry is no exception. Engineering News-Record (ENR) annually compiles its “Top List” to recognize national and international firms, and Utah firms consistently make the cut.

The lists bring a form of organization to the construction industry. ENR conducts a survey and compiles the rankings of companies engaged in general contracting, specialty contracting, engineering, architecture, planning and studies.

“Rankings give us a snapshot of a few different items. First, it is a simple benchmark of how well we are performing and how much we have grown versus our competition. Second, our continual long-standing rankings are confirmation to Big-D and our customers that we are delivering service that supports steady performance, growth and stability. Last, our rankings aid our goal of recruiting the best new talent and retaining our existing teams,” said Big-D Construction President Rob Moore.

And according to Moore, the rankings help improve Utah’s economy. “For the state of Utah, the rankings are a testament to how extremely qualified our construction firms are. It proves to customers that they don’t need to go outside the state to acquire prominent firms; we maintain nationally ranked professional contractors and subcontractors right here. When companies famous worldwide like Hershey’s, eBay, Home Depot, Janicki Industries and Adobe came to Utah to build their new facilities, they all hired nationally ranked firms to build their projects, all of them based in Utah!”

ENR publishes nine Top Lists that compare an assortment of companies and sectors of the industry. The lists that include Utah are:

The Top 500 Design Firms: U.S.-based engineering, architectural and environmental design firms. Utah rankings:

  • Architectural Nexus, Salt Lake City
    • 2012 Rank: 313; 2011 Rank: 465
  • Horrocks Engineers, Pleasant Grove
    • 2012 Rank: 347; 2011 Rank: 389
  • FFKR Architects, Salt Lake City
    • 2012 Rank: 484; 2011 Rank: 493
  • GSBS Architects, Salt Lake City
    • 2012 Rank: 499

The Top 400 Contractors: U.S.-based general contractors. Utah rankings:

  • Layton Construction Co. Inc., Sandy
    • 2012 Rank: 85; 2011 Rank: 64
  • Okland Construction Co. Inc., Salt Lake City
    • 2012 Rank: 90; 2011 Rank: 78
  • Big-D Construction Corp., Salt Lake City
    • 2012 Rank: 99; 2011 Rank: 204
  • Jacobsen Construction Co. Inc., Salt Lake City
    • 2012 Rank: 145; 2011 Rank: 132
  • R&O Construction, Ogden
    • 2012 Rank: 194; 2011 Rank: 243
  • Clyde Cos. Inc., Orem
    • 2012 Rank: 197; 2011 Rank: 202

The Top 200 Environmental Firms: U.S.-based firms providing environmental services or working in environmental markets. Utah rankings:

  • EnergySolutions Inc., Salt Lake City
    • 2012 Rank: 7; 2011 Rank: 7

The Top 100 Green Design Firms: U.S.-based engineers, architects, and other design firms providing Green and Sustainable design services. Utah rankings:

  • Architectural Nexus, Salt Lake City
    • 2012 Rank: 93
  • GSBS Architects, Salt Lake City
    • 2012 Rank: 98

The Top 100 Green Contractors: U.S.-based general contractors providing Green and Sustainable design services. Utah rankings:

  • Layton Construction Co. Inc., Sandy
    • 2011 Rank: 38
  • Jacobsen Construction Co. Inc., Salt Lake City
    • 2011 Rank:  42
  • Okland Construction Co. Inc., Salt Lake City
    • 2011 Rank:  46
  • Big-D Construction Corp., Salt Lake City
    • 2011 Rank: 70

The Top 600 Specialty Contractors: U.S.-based specialty trade contractors and subcontractors. Utah rankings:

  • Cache Valley Electric Co., Logan
    • 2011 Rank: 68; 2010 Rank: 71
  • CCI Mechanical Inc., Salt Lake City
    • 2011 Rank: 181; 2010 Rank: 274            
  • J & S Mechanical Contractors Inc., Draper
    • 2011 Rank: 279; 2010 Rank: 270
  • Sure Steel Inc., Sandy
    • 2011 Rank: 282; 2010 Rank: 433
  • Superior Air Handling, Clearfield
    • 2011 Rank: 293; 2010 Rank: 399
  • GSL Electric, Sandy
    • 2011 Rank: 303; 2010 Rank: 269
  • Taylor Electric Inc., Salt Lake City
    • 2011 Rank: 378; 2010 Rank: 339
  • A & B Mechanical Contractors Inc., Salt Lake City
    • 2011 Rank: 473; 2010 Rank: 492
  • IMS Masonry Inc., Lindon
    • 2011 Rank: 552
  • Adams & Smith Inc., Lindon
    • 2011 Rank: 570

The Top 100 Design-Build Firms: U.S.-based firms that provide both design and construction services, either on their own or in partnership or joint venture with other firms, under a single integrated contract. Utah rankings:

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