One name that will be absent from RECORD’s 2008 list of the top 150 design firms is New Jersey-based CUH2A. The 400-member firm, which specializes in science and technology (S&T) projects such as hospitals and research facilities, is merging into HDR Architecture, in Omaha, Nebraska, to form what both companies say will be the world’s most comprehensive S & T design program.
HDR has 1,300 employees and is the tenth highest grossing architecture and engineering firm in the world, with reported revenues of $260 million in 2007. The merger spawned from the company’s desire to expand its portfolio without slowing the growth of its signature healthcare design program—the top one of its kind, according to Modern Healthcare magazine. To accomplish this, it sought out a company to team up with, and CUH2A emerged as the winning candidate, says HDR’s Senior Vice President Roger Stewart. “We knew them as tough competition and as the leader in the S & T market,” he says. “We had always admired them.”