For the second consecutive year, WSP tops Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) list of the Top 225 International Design Firms, including the top spot in the U.S. market, including the top spot in the U.S. market.
The list, announced in ENR’s annual rankings, is based on 2016 design revenue from projects outside of a firm’s home country, which measures their presence in international commerce.
In addition to its #1 overall ranking, WSP earned top-10 rankings in six markets:
It also marked the second year in a row that WSP was the top-ranked international firm doing business in the U.S. The company also ranked second in Europe and fourth in Asia/Australia.
WSP generated over $4.07 billion in design revenue in 2016 from projects outside of Canada, our global headquarters. Revenues generated in the U.S. are factored into the total international amount.
“Our #1 ranking for the second year in a row demonstrates the confidence our clients and partners continue to have in our firm when they seek a partner with extensive expertise in the planning, design and management of capital projects,” said Greg Kelly, president and CEO, WSP USA. “I must take this opportunity to congratulate our employees on our continued success, and thank them for their leadership and technical excellence working on projects in the US and internationally.”
WSP’s hold on the top of the rankings followed a three-year ascent that saw the firm climb from 14th in 2014, to sixth in 2015 and first in 2016.
The firm also ranked fifth overall on ENR’s 2017 list of the “Top 150 Global Design Firms,” which measures total worldwide design revenue regardless of a project’s location.
WSP is known for many of its iconic projects in the U.S., including One World Trade Center in New York City; the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina; the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center; the OneEleven skyscraper in Chicago; the Elizabeth River Tunnels in Hampton Roads, Virginia; and more than a century of projects on the New York City subway.
But the firm also provides services for many international projects, often drawing on the skills of engineers, project managers and other personnel based in the U.S.
Examples of high-profile international projects that involved U.S. staff include:
World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Work on the 7.5 million square foot, mixed-use development began in 2006. The centerpiece of the project is the slender 88-story Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower, the world's 21st tallest building. WSP collaborated with Foster + Partners from concept design through construction administration. In 2015, the Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower was named Best Tall Building in the Middle East & Africa by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Designers of the development worked in the Chicago office, formerly Halvorson and Partners.
Hanking Center, Shenzhen, China: Working in collaboration with the architectural firm Morphosis, WSP is designing a 1,148 foot, 73-floor building that features a complex irregular design. In order to maintain the intent of the design, WSP created an innovative “mega-braced” tube structure that addressed the issues of lateral loading and stiffness in the design, using steel bracing that can withstand the high winds and seismic activity in the region. Construction began in 2013, and is scheduled for completion in 2018.
Eurasia Tunnel, Istanbul, Turkey: WSP was the lead designer and provided construction support services for the 2.1-mile Eurasia Tunnel under the Bosphorus Strait—a critical segment of a nine-mile roadway linking Goztepe in Asia and Kazlicesme in Europe. The 43-foot-diameter tunnel was named a Global Best Project by ENR in 2016. Nasri Munfah in the New York office served as project manager and principal-in-charge during the preliminary design phase and was succeeded in that role by Gordon Clark.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Europe District: WSP is leading multiple architecture-engineering projects at military facilities in Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria as a consultant for the USACE. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract is part of the European Reassurance Initiative program, a U.S. initiative to implement over $1.5 billion in capital improvements at military facilities in Eastern Europe under the management of the USACE Europe District. Scott Nall, who works in the St. Louis office, serves as the program manager.