Farnsworth Group Cracks Top 200 on ENR Top Design Firms List

Engineering News-Record has released its annual Top 500 Design Firms list, and Farnsworth Group has cracked the Top 200 landing at No. 166.  This marks the Company's highest ranking ever on the list.

Farnsworth Group was once again one of the biggest movers in the Top 500, moving up 47 spots from its previous position at No. 213.  The previous year saw Farnsworth Group at 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.

To see the complete ENR listing, click here.

Farnsworth Group, Inc., an employee-owned company, is a full-service engineering, architecture and survey firm, offering clients more than 450 professionals located throughout a nationwide network of offices including Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Wisconsin, California, Texas, Georgia and Indiana.

Farnsworth Group Takes First Place in Gateway Design Competition

Farnsworth Group Inc. was awarded first place in the Warehouse District Gateway Design Competition on Saturday. Sponsored by the Peoria section of the American Institute of Architects, the contest sought creative ideas for a “doorway” for both vehicles and pedestrians to the city’s historic Warehouse District. 

The design developed by Farnsworth Group’s multi-disciplinary team hints at the district’s storied past, incorporating whiskey barrels and steel I-beams to honor the district’s industrial roots. Repurposed bricks from demolished buildings help keep a sense of that history while reflecting recent renovation efforts. At night, the design comes alive with the use of multi-colored LED lights inside the steel columns and pathway lights embedded in the pavement. These elements combined embrace the Warehouse District’s potential to rejuvenate downtown’s premier urban neighborhood - where streets are animated with people living, working, and playing.

This collaborative effort by Farnsworth Group’s architects, landscape architects and civil engineers is a prime example of the comprehensive approach clients can expect with the full-service firm.

All of the submitted designs will be on display for the next few weeks at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, where visitors can cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award.

Design/Build Team of Turner, Gensler and Farnsworth Group Works with Caterpillar on Corporate Headquarters Study

Peoria, IL – The Design/Build team of Turner, Gensler and Farnsworth Group has been working with Caterpillar Inc. on the study for the modernization of the Caterpillar global headquarters. 

Caterpillar employees were integrated in the process led by Turner, with Gensler and Farnsworth Group providing the architectural design and engineering.  This integrated process evaluated options and developed solutions from a total cost of ownership perspective. 

Caterpillar announced Friday, February 20, that the study is complete and revealed a modern six-block campus design that spans 31 acres near the Peoria Riverfront.

Farnsworth Group is a national, full-service engineering and architecture firm that provides innovative design solutions to a broad base of clients and market sectors.  With its corporate headquarters located in central Illinois, Farnsworth Group is a century-old design firm that has more than 450 employees located in seven Illinois locations, including Peoria, and 10 additional offices throughout the U.S.  The firm specializes in offering multi-discipline design teams that work seamlessly together resulting in successful, innovative and complex buildings, facility systems and infrastructure.  Farnsworth Group’s philosophy is built on establishing long-term relationships with its clients, and successfully completing projects that help businesses and communities prosper and thrive.  

Turner began Illinois operations in 1924, and has grown into a staff of over 220 professionals in its Illinois business unit.  Turner annually completes more than $600 million of construction volume in Illinois.  Builders of award-winning projects in a variety of Illinois market segments, Turner has grown its presence in Central Illinois since the early 1990’s, largely in the Peoria, Champaign and Bloomington/Normal areas.   Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company and is a leading builder in diverse and numerous market segments. The company has earned recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for their clients, employees and community. With a staff of 5,200 employees who work on more than 1,500 projects each year, we offer clients the accessibility and support of a local firm with the stability and resources of a multi-national organization.  Turner’s recent accolades include 2014 Engineering News Record’s #1 rankings in nine categories including General Buildings, Green Buildings, Commercial Office and Healthcare.  More information can be found at   

Gensler is a global design firm grounded in the belief that great design optimizes business performance and human potential. Our 4,800 practitioners networked across 46 offices use global perspective and local presence to innovate at every scale. Whether we are planning a new urban district, designing a super tall building, or refreshing a retailer’s brand, we strive to make the everyday places people occupy more inspiring, more resilient, and more impactful. Gensler is challenging the conventional office with our workplace research, envisioning a better urban future with our Reimagining Cities initiative, redefining skylines as does the Shanghai Tower, and reshaping the future of retail.  Gensler’s recent accolades include the 2014 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture; #1 Most Admired Firm Interior Design 2014 Rising Giants; Architect magazine #3 Architecture Firm 2014; Architectural Record #1 Architecture Firm 2013; #3 Most Admired Firm Building Design 2015 World Architecture 100 Rankings. More information can be found at

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