"Design and Build" Architectural Firms

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Number of "Design and Build" Architectural Firms in the US

Key Takeaways

  • An estimated 30,844 of the 67,052 architectural firms in the United States are design-build.
  • The top design-build architectural firms in the United States, by revenue, are Bechtel, McDermott International, and Kiewitt Corporation.
  • Around 28% of design-build architectural firms in the United States operate in the South Atlantic region of the country.

Introduction

The estimated number of design-build architectural firms amounts to approximately 30,844. Additional information on the findings has been presented in the area below.

Number of "Design and Build" Architectural Firms (U.S.)

  • According to IBIS World, as of the year 2022, there are an estimated total of around 67,052 architectural firms in the United States. Research conducted by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) and the FMI Corporation indicated that approximately 46% ($314 billion/$687 billion) of the overall construction spending in the country in the year 2022 involves the design-build concept.
  • Assuming that the design build concept's share of overall construction spending is indicative of its share of architectural firms, there are an estimated 30,844 design-build architectural firms (67,052 * 46%) in the United States, as of 2022.
  • The utilization of the design-build concept in the United States is projected to grow by around 34% through the conclusion of 2025, according to research conducted by the DBIA.
  • Some of the leading design-build architectural firms in the United States, by global revenue, include Bechtel ($11.110 billion), McDermott International ($8.443 billion), Kiewitt Corporation ($6.128 billion), Hensel Phelps ($3.009 billion), Clayco ($2.945 billion), Burns & McDonnell ($2.74 billion), Arco Construction Cos. ($2.254 billion), Skanska USA ($2.206 billion), Black & Veatch ($1.981 billion), and Wood ($1.879 billion). For the listed entities, the overwhelming majority of their reported revenues are from their domestic operations.

Geographies

  • Although information on the state/city in the country in which these firms are most prevalent/clustered is limited, the Design-Build Utilization Study from DBIA and the FMI Corporation, which exclusively covered businesses in design-build, included the geographies of the respondents.
  • Nearly one-third (28%) of the respondents operate within the South Atlantic, which includes the states of Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Around 17% of them operate in the Pacific region of the country, which includes the states of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. Meanwhile, 12% of the respondents operate in the East North Central Region, an area that covers the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
  • In addition, 7% of the respondents operate in the Mountain region, which includes the states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Another 6% operate in the Mid-Atlantic, which covers New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The remaining respondents service the West South Central (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas), West North Central (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota), East South Central (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee), and New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) regions.
  • Only 17% of the respondents to the survey currently operate within all regions of the United States "equally."

Research Strategy:

To determine the number of design and build architectural firms in the United States, we leveraged some of the most reputable sources available in the public domain. Our research commenced by attempting to find pre-compiled information on the number of businesses in the sector. We consulted prominent research organizations for industry and market reports, including Market Watch, Research and Markets, Allied Market Research, IBIS World, Fortune Business Insights, and Future Market Insights, among others. Also, we searched through reliable news, media, and press distribution sources for reports, articles, and press releases discussing design and build architectural firms. Such sources included the likes of Globe News Wire, Business Wire, Forbes, PR News Wire, AP News, The Wall Street Journal, etc. Furthermore, we reviewed reports published by consulting and analytical firms, along with U.S.-based firms and organizations specializing in architecture and design-build. These organizations included the FMI Corporation and the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), as well as the leading design-build firms listed by ENR. However, we were unable to find any pre-compiled data on the number of design-build architectural firms in the United States.

Therefore, we decided to attempt a triangulation to determine the missing information. During our research, we came across useful data points on both the number of architectural firms in the country and the share of the construction spending in the country for design-build. We made the assumption that the sector's share of the construction spending was a great indication of its share of the total number of architectural firms. Using this assumption, we performed a few calculations to provide a rough estimate of the number of design-build architectural firms in the United States.

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