Published on May 1st, 2013 | by UC&D Magazine0
Publisher’s Message – May 2013
Top Utah Architect Rankings a Positive Sign
for the A/E/C Market
A quick glance at our publication’s debut rankings of Top Architectural Firms in Utah indicate that firms are holding steady after weathering numerous challenges of the ‘Great Recession’. In chatting with the five executives shown on our cover from the state’s top five revenue-producing firms, I got a sense that they all were encouraged about their firm’s future, and grateful to be looking at the recession in the rear-view mirror, even if the economy isn’t even close to being as robust as it was in the Halcyon days of 2004-2007.
These executives oversee design firms who for many years have been at the top of the local market in terms of annual revenues year-in and year-out, a veritable alphabet soup of names including FFKR (Roger Jackson), MHTN (Peggy McDonough), VCBO (Steve Crane), GSBS (Kevin Miller), and Architectural Nexus (Don Finlayson). When the recession fully hit at the end of 2008/beginning of 2009 many firms had to make brutally painful decisions in order to keep their doors open for business long-term, including laying off staff, which is arguably the most emotional move any employer must make. And while these firms have not fully rebounded to their peak years, the positives of what is to come for the Utah market far outweigh any negatives.
In addition to the Top Architect Rankings, this issue of Utah Construction & Design includes informative guest columns, including an analysis of why Utah is attracting businesses, and one on Preconstruction Service Liens. We look at the Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center, a visually stunning, highly sustainable LEED Platinum project that was designed by Salt Lake-based ajc architects. We also offer an inside perspective on The Boyer Company, one of Utah’s most prominent and successful commercial real estate developers, in addition to paying homage to Layton Construction, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.
As always, we appreciate the growing support of our publication from the local Utah A/E/C industry, both from an editorial and advertising standpoint. Each of your firms plays a vital role in the success of the design and construction market and we encourage you to contact us regarding unique, informative projects, topics and people that our readers should know about.