Farnsworth Group Hits No. 213 on ENR Top Design Firms Ranking

Bloomington, IL … April 29, 2014…Farnsworth Group, Inc., a national full-service engineering, architecture and survey firm, has been recognized as one of the Top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine.

Farnsworth Group landed at No. 213 on the ENR annual listing of the Top 500 Design Firms for 2013, marking the firm's highest ever ranking on the list. Farnsworth Group was one of the biggest movers, moving up 32 spots from last year’s ranking of No. 245. The Top 500 Design Firms list ranks the 500 largest U.S. based engineering, architectural and environmental design firms, both publicly and privately held, based on annual revenue at home and abroad by each company. 

“We always look forward to ENR’s annual ranking of the top design firms, and we are proud to be listed as one of the Top 500 firms in the nation,” said Farnsworth Group President and Chief Executive Officer Karen M. Jensen, PE. “Our move in the rankings is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees, and the quality of services that we provide to our clients. We know that our success is dependent on the level of service we provide, and the close relationship we develop with our valued clients.”

Farnsworth Group, Inc., an employee-owned company, is a full-service engineering, architecture and survey firm, offering clients nearly 400 professionals located throughout a nationwide network of offices including Illinois, Missouri , Colorado, Wisconsin, California, Texas and Georgia.

Larry Gabriel Bridge Gains ACEC Merit Award

Farnsworth  Group was recently awarded a merit award by the American Council of Engineering  Companies (ACEC) in the 2014 Illinois Engineering Excellence Awards  Competition.

Farnsworth  Group's award winning project, Larry Gabriel Bridge on the Fox River Trail, was  selected in the Small Projects category. Entries are judged on the basis of engineering  excellence, the degree to which the client's needs are met and the benefits to  the public welfare and private practice of engineering.

When the Fox River Trail System was  developed in 1981, it included an existing bridge that was constructed in 1931  and located at Island Park in Geneva, Illinois.  By 2004, the superstructure had deteriorated beyond repair. Farnsworth Group designed a new  superstructure for the Geneva Park District that maintained the historical  aesthetics, while incorporating modern design standards.

Approximately 200' of the trail itself  north and south of the bridge was replaced and a pedestrian overlook area was  added. Decorative metal railings were  included as an additional safety feature. The rehabilitation of the Larry Gabriel Bridge  not only provides aesthetic and safety improvements, but also preserves an  essential connection to this 100-plus-mile trail system for pedestrians and  bicyclists.


The  award was presented during a luncheon on February 7, 2014 at the Marriott in  Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.

Farnsworth Group Named a 'Best Engineering Firm to Work For!'

Farnsworth Group has been named one of the "Best Engineering Firms to Work For" as part of a recent survey and competition conducted by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE).


More than 40 Illinois engineering firms participated in the competition, with the top six firms earning the designation of "Best Engineering Firms to Work For."


"The Illinois Society of Professional Engineers is proud to celebrate the exceptional professional engineers and engineering firms in Illinois. This competition is intended to shine the spotlight on engineering firms that receive the highest marks from their employees," said ISPE President Claude H. Hurley, P.E. "ISPE congratulates the winning firms and others who took part in the competition. They are advancing the practice of engineering in the state of Illinois."


The competition included an initial overview of the Company followed by an employee survey where Farnsworth Group’s Illinois Professional Engineers and ISPE members answered questions ranging from employee benefits to the workplace environment and overall job satisfaction.


"I believe Farnsworth Group employees are among the best and brightest in the industry," said Karen Jensen, PE, Farnsworth Group President and Chief Executive Officer. "It is our mission to create an exceptional workplace that is not only productive, but creates an exciting work environment. We strive to provide our employees with a competitive benefits program and encourage them to continually advance their professional careers. I am honored that our employees are proud to work for our company. We are pleased to have been selected as one of the ‘Best Engineering Firms to Work For’ by our employees and are proud to support the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers."


Firms will be recognized at ISPE’s annual convention in July.

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