June 25, 2008 18:37 ET

HOK Tops Magazine's Inaugural Ranking of Green Design Firms

Engineering News-Record List of 'Top 100 Green Design Firms' Is Based on Revenue From Projects Actively Seeking LEED or Other Third-Party Certification

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - June 25, 2008) - HOK is the greenest design firm on the planet, according to a recent survey published in the June 23, 2008 issue of construction magazine Engineering News-Record.

The inaugural rankings are based on revenue for design services generated in 2007 from projects actively seeking certification from major third-party environmental standards or ratings organizations, such as the U.S. Green Building council's LEED® certification system.

HOK generated $151.45 million, or 23 percent of total revenue, from sustainable projects in 2007.

In the magazine's individual rankings by sector, HOK ranked first in the "Healthcare" sector; first in the "Government Offices" sector; second in "Commercial Offices;" and third in "Education."

"The market for sustainable design has passed the tipping point and is rapidly becoming mainstream," according to the magazine. "ENR's first 'Top Green Design Firms' is an attempt to bypass the marketing and hype and measure the market by ranking designers based on their 2007 revenue from projects that were registered and actively seeking certification from major third-party environmental standards or ratings organizations."

The ENR Top 100 Green Designers generated $1.74 billion in revenue from sustainable projects in 2007, with $1.62 billion domestically and $121.2 million abroad. Green design accounted for 7.4 percent of the Top 100's total design revenue.

"We're delighted that the ENR ranking reinforces HOK's green design leadership role and impact," said HOK Sustainable Design Director Mary Ann Lazarus. "This kind of recognition doesn't come easily -- it's the result of many HOK people over many years working hard to make a positive impact and raise the bar for our clients, partners and profession."

A pioneer in the green building movement since the early 1990s, HOK's sustainable design expertise has led to more than 30 LEED certified projects, six BREEAM rated projects and more than 100 others actively pursuing certification. The firm has played a significant role in applying sustainable design strategies to emerging geographic regions, building types and sectors. In addition, HOK principals authored one of the industry's most respected texts, "The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design," published by John Wiley & Sons.

HOK is a global architectural firm that specializes in planning, design and delivery solutions for buildings and communities. Through its collaborative network of 26 offices worldwide, the firm serves diverse clients within the corporate, commercial, public and institutional markets. HOK is committed to developing resources and expertise to help lead the world toward sustainable communities and building environments. Founded in 1955, the firm's expertise includes architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, lighting, graphics, facilities planning and assessment, and construction services.

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