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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.

​​For over sixty years, Sasaki has brought together the best of landscape architecture, planning, urban design, architecture, interior design, civil engineering, graphic design, place branding, and data science to shape the places in which we live. Out of our Boston and Shanghai offices we are defining the contours of place and redefining what’s possible along the way. Today, we are a diverse practice of 270 professionals who share a singular passion for creating spaces and places around the world that prove human potential. When we design and plan today’s campus we move beyond the physical environment to amplify missions, enrich cultures, test new boundaries, and enable students to thrive inside and outside the classroom.

Gold Colleague

Acoustics and vibration in higher education facilities can be both quantitative and subjective. For vibration sensitive research, we will demonstrate how remote monitoring systems can help improve the quantitative assessment of impacts from nearby construction activities. To address the subjective acoustical experience, we will show how 3dListening (acoustical simulation) can let designers and institutional representatives “hear” a space before it is built. This immersive experience can be extremely helpful as the project team makes decisions through the design and value engineering process. The presentations will be hosted on a digital audio/video transport allowing for easy data sharing between the presentation equipment in the booth and booth visitors using bring-your-own-device collaboration.


There’s nothing old school about it. We’ve been building innovative, world-class spaces and developing infrastructure for some of the most prestigious campuses in New England for more than a century.

Within the education sector, BOND’s focus goes far beyond a single project. We work closely with our college and university clients to gain a strong understanding of their long-range master plans so we can build facilities and create framework that will support their institutional goals for years to come.

BOND thinks like an owner to develop student-centered construction approaches with a laser focus on safety and minimizing disruption. Our dedication to the growth and development of academic campuses is a driving force that results in state-of-the-art learning, living, and collaboration space for students across the Northeast.

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.

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.

With more than 1,000 employees in 29 offices around the world, Langan helps enrich educational environments through the design and engineering of facilities and campuses that enhance learning and teaching. Langan blends sound planning and engineering principles with design creativity to build places that are simultaneously visionary and pragmatic, and ultimately strengthen the physical character of specific school buildings or entire campuses.

Perry Dean is a nationally recognized design firm based in Boston serving colleges and universities, civic, and cultural institutions. The firm’s work for educational clients varies in size and type — from programming and master planning, to new building design, renovations, and additions to existing facilities. Each project reflects our core values of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. The firm believes that great design is born of a deep understanding of the institution’s culture and the client’s objectives. Only with true collaboration between the client and design team can creative and responsible planning lead to the enhancement of the institution’s value and standing.

RAMSA (Robert A.M. Stern Architects) is an established leader in campus planning, known for its scholarly approach and ability to design state-of-the-art college and university buildings that express the mission of an institution and reinforce the best aspects of a campus. In SCUP's North Atlantic Region, the firm has projects completed or underway at Harvard University, Brown University, Yale University, Bronx Community College, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Salve Regina University, Ithaca College, and Marist College. The monograph Robert A.M. Stern: On Campus was released in the fall of 2010.

Structure Tone is a global leader in construction management and general contracting services with offices located in the US, UK, and Ireland. Founded in 1971, the company has grown to over 1,600 employees and more than $3.5 billion in annual construction volume. The organization comprises six companies who operate independently: Structure Tone, LLC, Structure Tone Southwest, LLC, Structure Tone International, LLC, Pavarini Construction Co., LLC, Pavarini McGovern, LLC, and LF Driscoll Company, LLC.

VHB has supported more than 200 colleges and universities in meeting their growth and development goals by providing transportation, site/civil infrastructure, and environmental resources solutions. With 24 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.

Silver Colleague

Amenta Emma is an award winning architectural and interior design firm, creating inspiring and diverse academic environments for public and private colleges and universities throughout the region. Since its founding in 1985, the firm has been distinguished by its collaborative approach and commitment to research, technology, sustainability and advancing a school’s mission through design. With offices in Cambridge, Hartford, Manhattan, and Stamford, Amenta Emma believes great design is a powerful tool which should be creative, enduring and address an institution’s unique goals.

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

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.

Consulting Engineering Services is a 100+ person firm that specializes in mechanical, electrical, fire protection, plumbing, technology and security engineering services as well as systems commissioning. We service our clients from offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Florida. The firm is founded upon the belief that successful projects are the result of proactive service – in planning, on the job, and after. Most important, CES understands that no two projects are exactly alike, and that each should reflect the unique needs and goals of each of our clients.

Cosentini Associates was established in 1952 to provide consulting services in the mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines. What started out as a six-person firm has grown to employ more than 300 professionals in offices in New York, NY; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; Irvine, CA; San Diego, CA; Freehold, NJ; Houston, TX; Miami, FL; Mexico City, Mexico; Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Paris, France; and Shanghai, China. Cosentini’s unparalleled combination of engineering expertise and innovation has inspired architects and owners throughout the world to entrust the firm with many of the greatest buildings of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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.

DPR Construction is a forward-thinking national general contractor and construction manager specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects for the advanced technology/mission critical, life sciences, healthcare, higher education and commercial markets. Founded in 1990, DPR is a privately held, employee-owned company that has grown to a multi-billion-dollar organization with offices around the country, making it one of the largest general contractors in the nation and a great story of entrepreneurial success. It ranked on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for five consecutive years.

Finegold Alexander creates imaginative, inspired and transformative architecture. Architecture established by a collective sense of what is possible. Architecture built on client and community needs and values. Architecture derived from a comprehensive knowledge founded on 50 years of experience. We thrive on the complex. We seek exciting and innovative solutions. We delight in the recognition that something worthwhile has been created. We listen. Our buildings speak.

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 a leader in innovative research environments based on the principles of collaboration, sustainability, and multidisciplinary science. The practice is focused on clients who want to create effective teaching and research environments. With offices throughout the United States, and billions of dollars in projects worldwide, our emphasis remains on our relationship with each individual client.

From high schools in Boston, historic buildings in Hartford, and commercial projects throughout New England, Fuss & O’Neill EnviroScience expertly reduces hazards for schools, college campuses, community centers, housing, commercial properties, and healthcare facilities. We lead the industry in professional, safe, responsive, and economical environmental solutions through inspections and testing for potential building hazards, such as asbestos, lead paint, mold, PCBs, and mercury. Innovative and smart designs, construction administration, and project monitoring ensure the safe remediation and abatement of these hazards.

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.

Kohler Ronan, LLC Consulting Engineers is a multi-disciplined firm dedicated to providing exceptional Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Security and Information Technology Systems engineering design services. From our offices in Danbury, CT and New York, NY, our team of 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, as well as prestigious Universities, state-of-the-art Educational facilities, Luxury Residences and Recreation establishments, and Corporate and Municipal buildings. Additionally, we have the privilege of designing specialty systems for Landmark sites and historically significant buildings across the country.

Nitsch Engineering specializes in providing civil, structural, and transportation engineering, land surveying, planning, green infrastructure, and GIS services to meet the master planning and campus design needs of college and universities. With 35% of our revenue from academic projects, we focus on sustainable strategies and cost-effective designs which facilitate the campus growth objectives of our higher education clients while creating unique solutions for sites that respect the natural environmental conditions. Nitsch Engineering is the largest Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) civil engineering firm in Massachusetts, and is also certified as a WBE in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and is nationally WBENC certified.

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 approximately $1 billion in revenue and eight offices nationwide. Shawmut’s Academic Group is a leading builder of educational facilities for colleges and universities. With a track record that spans three decades and hundreds 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.

Tecton Architects is a multi-specialist architectural, interior design and master planning services firm with a wide array of notable clients. For over thirty years, Tecton has been known for outstanding design and responsive and accurate integrated service delivery. This philosophy consistently provides for the most appropriate and exciting project solution. We are truly in it with you from inception to ribbon cutting; it is what sets Tecton apart. We invite you to learn more about Tecton – our projects, our people and partners that embody the solutions we can deliver for you.

Whiting-Turner provides construction management, general contracting and design/build services for colleges and universities nationwide. Backed by over 25 years of industry experience, Whiting-Turner provides high quality construction services aimed at exceeding expectations and delighting the customer from first contact to final close out, on all projects large and small.

With more than 34 years of experience, Triumph Modular has worked with owners, architects and engineers to design and build custom modular buildings. As a turnkey specialty contractor, Triumph provides pre-construction assistance, budgeting, project schedule development and construction management services. We deliver award-winning solutions by continually innovating modular buildings.

Recognized for sustainable, site-specific design at any scale, WRNS Studio brings to each new project a point of view shaped by all the other work in which we engage, resulting in fresh ideas that push our clients to embrace the unexpected. With offices in San Francisco, New York, and Honolulu, our staff of 135 works in creative studios across typologies: education, workplace, civic, transportation, and urban mixed-use. Our particular expertise in higher education is informed by the latest thinking in learning modalities and our ability to leverage modern workplace efficiencies and innovation within an academic context. With several career-long educators at the helm, all of our work is bracketed by a vigorous culture of education, linking academia with practice to advance architectural excellence.

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.

Education ignites connections that illuminate minds and enrich our world. At HDR, we believe the way we work can add meaning and value to those connections. That ideas inspire positive change. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward. HDR is a firm that specializes in architecture, engineering, environmental and construction services. Our employees, working in 225 locations around the world, push open the doors to what's possible each and every day. We work alongside educators and academic institutions to create great educational experiences that elevate humankind and empower us all to change the world.

PCA / Prellwitz Chilinski Associates is a Cambridge-based architecture firm of 70+ people that enjoy putting design into action on behalf of our clients. Whether we’re 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.

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.

Wilson Architects, a Boston-based architectural firm, is an international leader in the design of academic and corporate buildings. Our work balances campus design, architecture and lab planning to create innovative research and teaching environments. Our specialization brings value to our clients – we know what works, what doesn’t work, the design requirements necessary for specific programs, trends occurring at other major institutions, and what faculty and students look for when choosing an institution of higher education. While a significant portion of our work involves the design of science and high technology buildings, our design practice has grown to encompass the full range of academic building types.

WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, is the U.S. operating company of one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms—WSP. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment sectors. With nearly 7,000 people in 100 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.