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AKF is an award-winning global firm specializing in engineering for the built environment. Established in 1989, AKF has over 450 employees, with ten offices across the United States and Mexico. The firm originated with traditional MEP engineering services and has broadened to include expertise in a number of specialty services. Our highly experienced engineers and analysts continue to focus on new ways to meet energy management challenges and optimize operational costs.

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We believe in the transformative power of place. The places in which we live our lives are more than physical spaces; they are the context and the content of our experience. Today, simultaneous revolutions of mobility, connectivity, and identity are changing our experience of the world and, along with it, our relationship to place. Now, more than ever before, what we create will shape the way we live. At Sasaki, we harness this power to make human hopes and dreams into proven physical realities. This has been our core tenet since day one, and now, as the world changes faster than ever, we advance our shared potential through the built environment. In every project, new possibility is translated into new action. We think beyond the building, beyond the site, beyond the grid, to design for people and for society. We are at once realistic, holistic, and optimistic. We create places that prove human potential.


We are landscape architects devoted to excellence in the planning and design of outdoor spaces. Our projects focus on people, the environment, and connections between the two. We combine uncluttered design, horticulture, art, and sciences to make meaningful and uplifting places for people to live, work and play. Founded in 1959, our practice has expanded over the years into a 45-person firm with offices in Boston and Knoxville that serve national and international clients. CRJA-IBI Group has developed a reputation for excellence in the design of both natural and urban campus environments. This multifaceted reputation and our ability to collaborate effectively in team situations have led to long-standing relationships with many of our clients. CRJA-IBI Group continues to grow, learn and adapt to remain at the forefront of innovation in landscape design. We embrace the use of new technologies to help us better express our designs and communicate with our clients. Tools such as 3D visualization, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) and Revit are just some of the ways we can share our design ideas and intent with the larger design team and our clients.

Established in 1944, LeChase prides itself of offering the capabilities of a large firm while maintaining the personalized service of a small firm. Now in its 75th year, the company ranks among the nation’s top contractors – providing general construction and construction management services in a wide range of industries and on projects of all sizes. With a team of more than 750 talented professionals striving to deliver excellence, the firm has earned a reputation for quality, safety and integrity and has doubled its annual revenue over the past decade. In addition to operations across New York State and in North Carolina, LeChase can provide resources to meet the unique needs of clients no matter where they are located.

Gold Colleague

Acentech is a multi-disciplinary acoustics, audiovisual, IT, security and vibration consulting firm with offices in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and California. A descendant of Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), founders of the acoustics consulting profession, Acentech is one of the oldest and largest organizations of its type, an unequaled resource to institutions, engineers, manufacturers, architects, planners, and designers worldwide. Our consultants bring extensive experience to critical areas of any design process—architectural acoustics, mechanical systems noise and vibration control, environmental noise, audiovisual and multimedia systems design, and wired / wireless voice and data networking. We work with clients to create environments that promote learning, productivity, and innovation.

BVH Integrated Services, PC, serving clients since 1958, is a multi-disciplined engineering firm that integrates collaborative processes, sustainable practices, and advanced technologies. From site utility planning and design on major university campuses to building and technology upgrades at local community colleges, BVH has experience on many types of academic projects that have created exciting new environments for students, faculty, and the community at large. Recognized for its leadership on successful building and infrastructure projects in several states, BVH offers civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing/fire protection engineering services, technology design and commissioning services.

Since 1975, the professionals at CPL has been serving public and private higher education clients by providing design services of exceptional quality and value. We have a staff of over 418 dedicated professionals and offices in New York, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. As a full-service firm, CPL is proud to offer expertise in nearly every discipline in architecture, engineering, planning and construction. From your first encounter with members of our staff, you will realize that we do things differently at CPL. Our staff is dedicated to a “client-centered” philosophy of service.

Daniel O’Connell’s Sons has been in continuous, successful operation since 1879. Our firm has deep roots in all types of construction throughout New England. We’ve built ballet schools, museums, massive bridges, academic buildings, and office towers. Through generations of experience, we have gained an unparalleled degree of in-house technical expertise and the wisdom to serve as a trusted advisor in the planning and building needs of our clients. From our headquarters in Holyoke MA and offices in Boston and New Haven, we offer a full range of preconstruction and construction management services. Our fully-staffed engineering and estimating departments can deliver early program guidance, accurate budgets, critical path schedules, and logistical planning.

Dimeo Construction Company is a leader in providing high-quality, environmentally responsible, innovative construction services to Colleges and Universities throughout the Northeast. Clients include; Yale University, Brown University, Providence College, Quinnipiac University, University of Connecticut, Harvard University and UMASS, among others. Ranked among the nation’s Top 100 construction managers, Dimeo’s 225+ professionals can provide a range of expert preconstruction and construction services from offices in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Gilbane Inc. is a full-service construction and real estate development company comprising Gilbane Building Company and Gilbane Development Company. Gilbane Building Company is one of the largest construction and program managers in the nation, and provides a full slate of facilities-related services for clients in the life sciences, transportation, healthcare, convention/cultural, government, education, mission-critical, corporate, sports/recreation, and criminal justice markets.

Haley & Aldrich, Inc. is committed to delivering the value our clients need from their capital, operations, and environmental projects. We support our clients in all phases of the built environment lifecycle - from defining a need, to design and construction, all the way through to daily operations and reuse. Our one-team approach allows us to draw from our 600 engineers, scientists, and constructors in nearly 30 offices for creative collaboration and expert perspectives. Since our founding in 1957, we have one goal in all we do: deliver long-term value efficiently, no matter how straightforward or complex the challenge.

Robert A.M. Stern Architects is an internationally-renowned architecture firm with unmatched experience in the design of academic buildings and the planning of college and university campuses. RAMSA’s buildings are carefully crafted to meet specific programmatic needs and pedagogical approaches; they also foster the serendipitous social and collegial interactions that are essential to the academic experience. We are experts in the design of classrooms and settings for team learning and are able to help institutions to know which types of facilities will best serve their academic objectives.

We have been building amazing spaces for our clients for over 45 years. The Structure Tone family of companies—Structure Tone, LF Driscoll, Structure Tone Southwest, Pavarini Construction Co., Pavarini McGovern, Govan Brown and Ajax Building Corporation—includes over 1,900 employees located in offices throughout the US, Canada, UK and Ireland providing a complete range of services, from site selection analysis, design constructability review and aesthetic enhancements to interior fit-outs, new building construction and building infrastructure upgrades and modernization. Learn more about how we partner with our clients to imagine, execute and realize their vision at

VHB has supported more than 250 colleges and universities in meeting their growth and development goals by providing campus mobility, site/civil infrastructure, environmental resources and applied technology solutions. With 30 offices located throughout the east coast, VHB offers the focus and personal attention of a small consulting firm backed by the resources of a 1,400-person, multidisciplinary company. Our passionate, collaborative team of engineers, scientists, planners and designers provide an integrated approach to campus planning and design. We create campus environments that endure.

For more than a century, Welliver has worked hard to maintain a strong reputation in the construction industry and instill client confidence based on performance. Our legacy is commitment to our people, buildings that will continue to stand for decades, and integrity of the company to deliver the highest standards of work. Welliver is a fifth-generation, family-owned construction firm supported by a team of construction professionals, project managers, and subcontractors who bring world-class expertise, craftsmanship, safety, leadership, and accountability to every project. For more information about our construction management, pre-construction, general construction, and design/build services go to

Silver Colleague

Bergmeyer is a mid-sized architecture and interior design firm founded in 1973 that designs for a broad range of human needs and experiences, from places where people live, work, and learn to destinations in retail and dining. Client engagement is central to our process. We facilitate conversations so we can design environments that balance our clients’ vision and aesthetic preferences with practical concerns for durability, functionality, budget, and schedule. We help our clients perfect and excel at whatever they do through strategic, responsive, and elegant design solutions.

Bohler provides consulting services for land development projects. As a strategic partner, we integrate multiple disciplines of civil engineering to simplify the development process, providing our clients the information they need to make smart decisions. At Bohler, we go above and beyond what is typically expected from a consultant. We take the time to understand our clients’ business and are known for our ability to consistently deliver the highest quality product and service in the industry. With 22 offices throughout the East Coast and Texas, Bohler provides site civil engineering, permitting, urban planning, landscape architecture, surveying and transportation design services.

CJS Architects LLP is one of upstate New York’s leading architectural design firms. Our design philosophy is to develop architectural and interior design solutions that enhance and support each client’s mission and core values. We achieve this by solving the functional and programmatic needs of each project along with creating solutions that leverage each project to become the voice of the institution is serves. CJS strives to advance our understanding of architecture through a research based design approach which includes consideration of modern development, the importance of environmental stewardship through sustainable design an the value of preserving cultural resources. Each project is approached as an opportunity to develop a successful response to the stated program, budget, schedule and client objectives. As a result of our approach, every project completed by CJS is uniquely suited to the community it serves. This strategic approach unites all of the architectural solutions developed by our firm. Our services are supplemented with structural, civil, site, mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineering by highly qualified sub-consultants.

DiMella Shaffer, with offices in Boston and Seattle, is an architecture and design firm who has been working successfully with higher education institutions for over 50 years. We understand the unique budget, scheduling and philosophical concerns of universities and colleges - from allocating limited funds to managing community relations when developing new projects and ensuring that all campus buildings balance innovation with a commitment to the university's heritage.

Flad Architects, a national architectural planning and design firm, provides design solutions that reflect an understanding of how people work and interact to help organizations devoted to learning, discovery, and healing do what they do best. The firm is passionate about design and a leader in creating innovative, sustainable environments that support the increasingly collaborative nature of multidisciplinary research and team-based learning. We specialize in this area with over 75 million square feet of science-related space. With offices throughout the United States, and billions of dollars in projects worldwide, our emphasis remains on our relationship with each individual client.

Fuss & O’Neill provides the solutions that clients need for their specialized projects. Headquartered in Manchester, Connecticut, our 300+ firm has nine regional offices throughout all six New England states. Our professional staff maintains licenses and certifications across a wide range of engineering, planning, landscape architecture, design build, and scientific disciplines. Our full service capabilities continue to expand as we embrace sustainable practices. We are corporate members of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and have more than 20 certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professionals (LEED AP). Additionally, we are actively involved in the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities, and healthier living conditions.

Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects, founded in 1976, is an award-winning architectural, interior design and building envelope services firm dedicated to providing responsive, client-focused design solutions for businesses, schools, and institutions.

HBT Architects is a forward thinking architectural firm founded by architects with extensive professional accomplishments. Established in 2000 as Harrison Bridges & Associates, the firm was built on the following core values: service through strong client relationships, design excellence, and commitment to professionalism. The strong reputations of the partners and staff of HBT Architects serve as a confirmation of our standards, values, and the quality of services we provide. Every client of HBT Architects receives personal attention throughout their projects, from both partners and staff members. We strive to be accessible and believe that direct interaction with you, the client, produces the most satisfying results. Each project in our office is viewed as having a unique set of parameters and challenges, providing the opportunity for equally unique solutions. In this light, clients receive individual attention to match the individual character of their project. A team of professionals, including all required consultants, is assembled to meet the specific needs for each client and project. This team philosophy extends to the involvement of the client, who is integral to the design process.

JCJ Architecture is a full service planning, architecture and interior design firm with a diverse portfolio of projects for higher education that stretch back seven decades. JCJ collaborates with a diverse range of clients from offices in Atlanta, Boston, Hartford, Las Vegas, New York City, Phoenix, San Diego and Tulsa. For more information about the firm and its 130+ employee-owners, please visit

Kohler Ronan is a multi-disciplined engineering consultancy dedicated to providing exceptional mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and technology design, as well as comprehensive energy analysis, sustainable design, and commissioning services. From our offices in Danbury, Connecticut and New York, New York, our team of over 60 professionals collaborate with prominent architectural firms on a wide array of regional and nationally-recognized project assignments. Commissions include those for world-renowned museums, fine and performing arts centers, prestigious universities, state-of-the-art educational and healthcare facilities, luxury residences, and premier recreation establishments. Additionally, we have the privilege of designing specialty systems for landmark sites and historically significant buildings across the country.

NBBJ is a different kind of design practice, one that helps our clients drive innovation by creating highly productive, sustainable spaces that free people to live, learn, work and play as they were meant to. The world’s leading organizations look to our experts to help them design environments that disrupt the status quo and effect real, meaningful change at all levels. Named the most innovative architecture firm in the world by Fast Company, we make news by partnering with like-minded companies including Google, Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft and Tencent. Our clients also include institutional leaders such as Cambridge University, Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford University. Founded in 1943, NBBJ has locations in Boston, Columbus, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Pune, San Francisco, Seattle and Shanghai. Our global network of “renaissance teams” includes more than 700 researchers, strategists, nurses, architects, anthropologists, planners and interior designers who generate ideas that have a profound and lasting impact.

Founded in 1964, Newman Architects, PC is a collaborative design studio, providing full architectural services, from programming, master planning and feasibility studies to building design and construction administration. Newman’s approach to achieving design excellence is rooted in our focus on people and the communities they form. We achieve excellence through a combination of listening and leadership and by focusing of our design intentions on all aspects of every project, large and small. Excellence, for us, is not predicated on luxurious project budgets - we do more with less, bringing the same depth of experience, level of skill, and concern for excellence to all of our projects, whether prominent projects for prestigious private universities or public projects for municipal governments and not-for-profit community organizations. The results of our efforts have been recognized in over one hundred thirty-five (135) international, national and local design awards for contributions to the built environment.

Perkins+Will is an architectural firm, with disciplines in strategic, academic and facility planning, urban design, branding and interior design. We have offices in 20 North American and 4 International cities. During the past 20 years, we have worked with more than 250 colleges and universities across the country and the globe. Through research, education, and successful projects, we continue to develop leading expertise that addresses the forces shaping higher education: increasing globalization, advancing technologies, sustainable design, evolving student lifestyles and restricted funding streams. Our practice is diverse, with Centers of Excellence focused on almost every aspect of higher education, from campus planning to the detailing of complex science and research facilities. Our clients, both public and private, range from community colleges and liberal arts institutions to professional schools and research universities.

Shawmut Design and Construction is a construction management firm with over $1 billion in revenue and nine offices nationwide. Shawmut’s Academic Group is a leading builder of educational facilities for colleges and universities. With a track record that spans over three decades and thousands of successful projects, our team brings deep experience, respect and understanding to the unique requirements of the academic community. Applying Lean methodology, we work collaboratively with all members of the project team, delivering value and forging lasting relationships under a variety of effective arrangements including design/build and Integrated Project Delivery.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company was founded over a century ago on the belief that integrity, engineering talent, and a dedication to customer delight would make us a leader in the construction industry. We continuously strive to improve the quality of our work and services through our core values of: integrity, excellence, experience, and leadership. Higher Education has been a leading market for the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company by providing construction management, general contracting, and design/build services for colleges and universities of all sizes. Backed by over 100 years of industry experience, and consistently ranked in the top 3 University Construction Firms by BD+C, Whiting-Turner provides high quality construction services aimed at exceeding expectations and delighting the customer from first contact to final close out. Our areas of focus include: academics, athletics, student housing, lab/engineering, lab/science, physical plant/infrastructure, admissions, offices, libraries, performing arts centers, student centers, dining halls, central utility plants, and site & safety.

As specialists in the occupied space projects that make up 95% of our work, we’re expert at doing our job without interfering in yours. Our focus on healthcare, education, biotech, and corporate construction has inspired strategies adopted to each of these industries that keep their daily operations a priority through all phases of work. The success of these projects has been bolstered by the local knowledge and relationships Wise has earned through more than three decades of service to our Greater Boston clients. We honor our continued commitment to putting the needs of every Wise customer first with this pledge: WE WORK AROUND YOU.

Today’s most transformative organizations have entrusted WRNS Studio to steward their brands with live / learn / work environments that propel the innovation economy. Our particular expertise in higher education benefits from the latest thinking in learning modalities and how to leverage modern workplace efficiencies and innovation within an academic context. Long-time leaders within the Society for College and University Planning, we engage regularly in the most salient topics informing higher education. Likewise, we bring experience in a variety of collaborative delivery methods, including Public / Private Partnership, CM-at-Risk, Design-Build, Collaborative Design Build, and Lean Construction.

Bronze Colleague

Brewster Thornton Group Architects, LLP is a mid-size, full-service, WBE architectural firm committed to the professional client relationship in which we lend our expertise as your trusted advisor to the building process. We strive to be active problem-solvers, speedy facilitators, and careful listeners. We specialize in design for higher education, public safety, and historic restoration projects, as well as feasibility studies, masterplanning, and building condition assessments. Our practice covers Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where 90% of our institutional work involves repeat clients, some of whom we have served for over 25 years.

PCA / Prellwitz Chilinski Associates is a Cambridge-based architecture and interior design firm of 70+ people that enjoy putting design into action on behalf of our clients. Whether we are improving the freshman experience in a new campus home, or raising the culinary bar in a must-see new dining hall, we focus on solutions that make business sense for our clients and improve campus quality of life.

Architecture, Interiors, Planning TSKP STUDIO is a partnership of collaborative architects and interior designers (formerly Tai Soo Kim Partners) with offices in Hartford and Boston. We understand that great results come from the hard work with our clients and colleagues.

Weston & Sampson provides interdisciplinary design, engineering, and environmental services supporting public and private higher education institutions. Innovative and reliable for more than a century, we are committed to improving campuses up and down the east coast.

Wilson HGA (formerly Wilson Architects) specializes in the planning, programming and design of higher education Science, Engineering and Technology buildings. Wilson Architects recently joined HGA, a national multidisciplinary design firm rooted in architecture and engineering. By joining forces with HGA, we have added a host of resources to better serve our clients—from technology, to design research, to almost 900 new colleagues from coast to coast with diverse perspectives and distinct areas of expertise including healthcare, workplace, energy infrastructure, and more. Equally as important as the resources this new partnership brings is the ethos we share with HGA—a curiosity about our clients and our collective future, and a passion for expressing that through high-impact design.