Real Estate Journal — Owners, Developers & Managers — July 25 - August 14, 2014 — 15B


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A rchitects & E ngineers

Significant growth moves BL Companies up in the ranking BL Companies, Inc. named to The ZweigWhite 2014 Hot Firm List

M ERIDEN, CT — BL Companies, Inc. to announced that it has made The ZweigWhite 2014 Hot Firm List. Ranked number 45, BL Companies has been recognized as one of the 100 fastest-growing companies among architecture, engineer- ing, planning and environmen- tal co nsulting firms in the United States and Canada. In and the ability to increase density over time just as in any true urban setting, this suburban location provides opportunities for buildings to change uses, open spaces to be filled, and buildings to be added. It’s a mix of urbanism and lifestyle center, with a true spirit of place. What really draws crowds, however, is a state-of-the-art, 5,000 s/f show fountain. One of only two of its kind in the coun- try, the fountain boasts tech- nology that creates a dazzling combination of colored lights, music, movement, and 30-60 foot high dancing waters. It also features a waterfall that flows into a lower pond and misting nozzles that send fog throughout the water feature. Place-making is even evi- dent in older, smaller shop- ping centers. Improving the facades of aging buildings to reflect the community in which they are located, adding new lighting, landscaping, and signage to create a safer, more inviting environment, and cre- ating courts and outdoor cafes where patrons can linger all contribute to effective place- making in a smaller shopping center. In redeveloping existing shopping centers, the catch for designers, engineers, and ar- chitects is to keep in mind the same place-making principles that are at play in large-scale projects like Station Park. Those principles also apply to that 12-store shopping center serving the local community. Applying them effectively can reduce sprawl, stabilize com- munities, foster economic re- newal, and create memorable experiences. Dustin Watson is a part- ner and the director of sustainability at the Bal- timore-based design firm DDG. n continued from page 10B Restoring retail’s sense of “place”...

an industry comprised of over 100,000 firms, placement on the list is based on firm’s per- centage revenue growth and dollar revenue growth over a three-year period compared to the other entrants. “We are truly honored to once again be named to the ZweigWhite 2014 Hot Firm List,” said Carolyn Stan- worth , president and chief executive officer. “To have moved up from a ranking of 82 in 2013 to 45 in 2014 is an incredible accomplishment and reflects the strong com- mitment of our extraordinary

BROOKFIELD, WI — R.A. Smith National , a multi-disciplined civil en- gineering and surveying firm in Brookfield, WI., an- nounced that for the second consecutive year the com- pany has been selected as one of ZweigWhite ’s Best Civil Engineering Firms To employee-owners who have driven our significant growth by their continued dedication to our clients.” BL Companies currently

has 250 employee-owners in offices in Connecticut, Mary- land, Massachusetts, New Jersey, NewYork, Ohio, Penn- sylvania and Texas and will be formally recognized at The Zweig Letter Hot FirmConfer- ence September 25-26, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. n R.A. Smith wins “2014 Best Civil Engineering Firm to Work For” Work For.

growth and innovation at work, while maintaining a positive work-life balance. We also know that our em- ployees are the backbone of our organization, and as such, we continuously evalu- ate how we can best retain and attract top-level talent from across the nation.” n

Richard Smith , presi- dent, said, “We are honored to be recognized for the sixth time in our history as one of the best firms to work for in the United States. At R.A. Smith National we strive to provide our employees with exciting opportunities for

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