Stantec ranked one of top 10 global design firms

29 August 2019 3 min. read
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Stantec, an Edmonton-based global design engineering consultancy, was ranked #10 for the third consecutive year on Engineering-News Record’s (ENR) list of the Top 150 Global Design firms. Rankings were based on revenue for design services performed in 2018.

A combo of global acquisitions and increased project activity, especially in the UK, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, contributed to Stantec remaining in the top 10.

“Providing communities around the globe with creative infrastructure solutions and being a top-tier global design and delivery firm remain a critical part of our company strategy,” Gord Johnston, Stantec president and chief executive officer, said. “Industry rankings like this are an inspiring reflection of the impact of our work around the world.”

In the UK, Stantec acquired British engineering consultancy Peter Brett Associates, adding 700 employees to the region. In Australia, the firm bought Wood & Grieve Engineers, adding 600 regional employees. In Canada, Stantec acquired Quebec based engineering consultancy Cegertec and its 250-strong team.

Stantec ranked one of top 10 global design firms

Stantec also last year sold its construction division, MWH Constructors, to global asset management firm Oaktree Capital Management. The sale included MWH Constructors’ UK and US divisions, and Slayden Constructors.

Stantec has a number of high-profile projects recently won and/or underway across the globe. In Australia, the firm provided engineering services for Optus Stadium, a newly opened 60,000-seat venue in Perth. The firm delivered design and documentation for electrical, fire engineering, mechanical, and sustainability components for the $700 million stadium.

In Scotland, Stantec is delivering architecture and lab design services for the University of Edinburgh Institute for Regeneration and Repair, an 86,000-square-foot research facility slated for completion in December.

In New Zealand, the firm is delivering design services for improvements to State 58 Highway, one of the country’s most highly trafficked roadways. And in Pakistan, the consultancy is providing final design and construction supervision services for the 969 MW Neelum-Jhelum hydropower project.

Stantec has over 22,000 employees across 400+ locations in North America, and across further offices on six continents. The company had revenues of $4.28 billion in 2018.

The top three firms on the ENR rankings were Jacobs, Power Construction Corp. of China, and Aecom. Fellow Canadian engineering giants WSP and SNC-Lavalin ranked sixth and ninth, respectively.