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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.

ICON Architecture is made up of three central practices; LIVE, LEARN and RENEW. The LEARN practice partners with colleges, universities, and diverse institutions to realize thoughtful design solutions that address the broad range of issues facing clients today. ICON’s unique design and delivery process is complemented by strong leadership, consensus-building and a robust knowledge of sustainable building practices. Clients include large, small, public and private colleges and universities, and ICON’s expertise include; libraries, learning commons, classroom renovations, auditoria and more. Recent work includes institutional clients such as Tufts University, Boston University, Springfield College and the University of Massachusetts system.

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.

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Barr & Barr today is one of the nations elite construction companies, recognized by Engineering News Record as one of the nation’s top Construction Managers. A specialist since the 1950s in academic, cultural/historic, healthcare, parking structures, research and science projects. Barr & Barr is known for its team approach and ingenuity in problem solving. And the early passion for building bold has been joined by a passion for building to the numbers:

  • 95% accuracy in cost estimating
  • 85% repeat business rate
  • 90 year track record of successful project completion
  • 100% commitment to minimizing owners’ risk while delivering excellence


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.

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. The firm's monograph Designs for Learning: College and University Buildings by Robert A.M. Stern Architects was released in 2016.

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.

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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.

CES specializes in designing custom MEP/FP building systems for public and private clients across the United States. We understand that the details make all the difference. Our experts are active listeners who care about what makes your project unique. We welcome every challenge. With 25 years of experience and five offices, we will be there when you need us. Optimistic, responsive and passionate – we provide solutions that are both practical and inventive. Our success is measured by yours.

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.

Elkus Manfredi Architects is a Boston-based design firm providing architecture, urban design, master planning, and interior architecture services. The firm has a 27-year legacy of design excellence and is recognized nationally for its work in higher education, corporate, science and technology, hospitality, residential, and retail-entertainment markets. Elkus Manfredi brings in-depth knowledge of campus environments, including student residences, diverse academic and research facilities, and performing arts venues. In addition, the firm has been at the forefront of the planning of university-sponsored commercial districts — “college towns” — integrating campuses into their surroundings by providing common ground that stimulates connection between community and institution.

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.

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.

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. With a long-standing reputation for creativity, project delivery and business acumen, JCJ collaborates with a diverse range of clients from offices in Atlanta, Boston, Hartford, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, San Diego and Tulsa. For more information about the firm and its 100+ 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 an award-winning global design, and architecture and planning firm focused on helping institutions capitalize on the relationship between mission, people and the design of physical space to enhance performance and the importance of place.

NBBJ is a leader in creating performance-based learning environments. In each project, we are committed to developing immersive learning facilities that enhance cross-disciplinary learning, adopt new technologies, and make better use of limited space and resources. Consistently recognized by clients for our creative and professional design process, our expertise encompasses multiple disciplines, with architects, lab specialists, campus planners, economists and sustainability experts working together to design innovative places for learning, research and creativity.

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 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.

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 100 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.

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.

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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.

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 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.