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Village Center Of Rehabilitation and Nursing The $44-million project helped Perkins Eastman reach No. 6 on this year’s Top Green Firms list.
Rendering courtesy of Perkins Eastman

Public Push for Green

Education, health-care and other institutional clients keep sustainable projects moving while private developers remain largely sidelined

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More than a trend, green design is an institution in the tri-state area. Universities, hospitals and other institutional clients are the main drivers of local large-scale sustainable projects. Fortunately for design firms, many of those sectors held up relatively well during the downturn as private clients retreated from development plans or were held back by limited financing.

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Still, 2010 wasn't without struggles. This year's Top 20 Green Design Firms list, based on green project revenue earned in 2010, tallied a combined $254 million in fees from green projects—a more than 17% drop from the $307 million collected by the top 20 firms in 2009. HDR had reported $77.5 million in fees from green design work on last year's list—more revenue than the top two firms on this year's list combined.

Health-care and education projects dominate the roster of the largest green projects to break ground last year among the largest green design firms. In some cases, it's a combination of both sectors. Construction started last year on the $180-million Princeton University Neuroscience & Psychology Complex, designed by Davis Brody Bond Aedas, New York. The $139-million Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, N.J., which was designed by HDR, also got under way in 2010.

Other green education project starts among our top green firms include the $132-million Montclair State University Student Housing project in Montclair, N.J., a $70-million renovation of Stocking Hall at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and the $68-million Hunters Point South Middle and High School in Queens, N.Y.

Some very large private-sector projects also made their mark on the 2010 list, including the $2-billion 3 World Trade Center in lower Manhattan and the $400-million Canon North America Headquarters in Melville, N.Y.

Top Green Design Firms
Rank 2010 Company/Location Largest Green Project To Break Ground Location
Project Value ($ Mil.)
Regional Revenue
($Mil)
1 Davis Brody Bond Aedas
New York, N.Y.
Princeton University Neuroscience & Psychology Complex
Princeton, N.J.
180.00
30.13
2 AECOM
New York, N.Y.
World Trade Center #3
New York, N.Y.
Not Available
30.00
3 Gensler
New York, N.Y.
Proskauer
New York, N.Y.
Not Available
27.90
4 Perkins+Will
New York, N.Y.
NYC Dept. of Design and Construction, NY Police Academy
College Point, Queens, N.Y.
656.00
23.87
5 FXFOWLE Architects
New York, N.Y.
Hunters Point South Middle and High School
Queens, N.Y.
67.72
19.55
6 Perkins Eastman
New York, N.Y.
Village Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing
New York, N.Y.
44.00
15.34
7 Syska Hennessy Group
New York, N.Y.
Confidential Client
Not Available
80.00
13.51
8 EwingCole
Philadelphia, PA
United States Military Academy Preparatory School
West Point, N.Y.
103.70
11.70
9 STV
New York, N.Y.
United States Military Academy Preparatory School
West Point, N.Y.
103.70
10.40
10 The S/L/A/M Collaborative
Syracuse, N.Y.
United Illuminating Co. Headquarters Complex
Orange, Conn.
85.00
9.87
11 HDR
New York, N.Y.
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Camden, N.J.
139.00
8.66
12 Robert A.M. Stern Architects
New York, N.Y.
Not Available
8.36
13 Paulus Sokolowski & Sartor
Warren, N.J.
Montclair State University Student Housing
Montclair, N.J.
132.00
7.43
14 Dattner Architects
New York, N.Y.
Via Verde
Bronx, N.Y.
99.00
6.50
15 Stantec
New York, N.Y.
North Shore University Hospital Obstetrics [Expansion/Reno]
Manhasset, N.Y.
35.00
5.57
16 Bergmann Associates
Rochester, N.Y.
Hudson Avenue Fire Station
Rochester, N.Y.
4.50
5.40
17 H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture
New York, N.Y.
Signature Theater Center
New York, N.Y.
5.00
5.15
18 AKF Group
New York, N.Y.
Ocean County Community College
Toms River, N.J.
25.00
5.00
18 M/E Engineering
Rochester, N.Y.
Cornell University - Stocking Hall Renovation
Ithaca, N.Y.
70.00
5.00
18 Robert Silman Associates
New York, N.Y.
Via Verde
Bronx, N.Y.
99.00
5.00
21 HO K
New York, N.Y.
Canon North America Headquarters
Melville, N.Y.
400.00
4.50

 

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