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HOK tops annual ranking of green design firms

New York, NY — For the second consecutive year, HOK ranks as the greenest design firm on the planet. A recent survey published in the July 6, 2009, issue of Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine ranked the global architectural design practice as the firm engaged in the most sustainable work.

July 8, 2009  By Newswire

The survey is based on revenue for design services generated in 2008 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 $197.54 million, or 26 per cent of total revenue, from sustainable projects in 2008.

In the magazine’s individual rankings by sector, HOK ranked first in the "Education" sector; second in the "Commercial Offices" sector; second in the "Sports, Entertainment & Civic" sector; and third in the "Government Offices" sector.

As a group, the Top 100 firms generated $2.85 billion in design revenue in 2008 from projects registered with, and actively seeking certification from, third-party ratings groups. This marked a 63.9% increase over $1.74 billion in revenue from 2007 for the group.


Despite the economic downturn that has slowed global construction, HOK’s green expertise and impact have continued to increase. "While the business has shifted dramatically in the past year, sustainable design continues to resonate among clients across all sectors and regions," says HOK Sustainable Design Director Mary Ann Lazarus. "We are continuing to broaden our expertise to help clients solve their environmental, economic and social challenges through traditional and non-traditional strategies. And through our exclusive alliance with the Biomimicry Guild, we are applying nature’s innovations to the planning and design of buildings, communities and cities worldwide."

A pioneer in the green building movement since the erly 1990s, HOK’s sustainable design expertise has led to 43 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 24 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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