Friday, January 26, 2007

Ellerbe Becket: No. 1
Every January, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal lists the area's Top 25 architectural firms. Ellerbe Becket, ranked the second largest firm last year (as measured by "architecture revenue") edged up to the No. 1 slot with $67 million in billings. The rest of the top seven looked like this: RSP Architects, KKE Architects, Cuningham Group Architecture, BWBR Architects and Hammel, Green and Abrahamson. HGE suffered the biggest drop in the rankings, falling from the top position in last year's rankings to number six. The newest entry to the listings is Collaborative Design Group of Minneapolis. The 39-employee firm had architectural revenue of $4 million and ranked 23 on the the Top 25 list. Building Minnesota radio featured an interview with Collaborative Design's Phillip Waugh and architect Lee Sepping about the firm's work on the Midtown Exchange. Rebirth of the 1928 Sears Building is available for listening online. (Photo of Augsburg Fortress Publishers office design courtesy of Ellerbe Becket website.)

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