|Editor-in-Chief||Janice L. Tuchman|
|First issue||April 5, 1917|
|Company||BNP Media II LLC|
|Based in||Manhattan, New York City|
Engineering News-Record (widely known as ENR) is an American weekly magazine that provides news, analysis, data and opinion for the construction industry worldwide. It is widely regarded as one of the construction industry's most authoritative publications. It is owned by BNP Media.
A magazine is a publication, usually a periodical publication, which is printed or electronically published. Magazines are generally published on a regular schedule and contain a variety of content. They are generally financed by advertising, by a purchase price, by prepaid subscriptions, or a combination of the three.
Construction is the process of constructing a building or infrastructure. Construction differs from manufacturing in that manufacturing typically involves mass production of similar items without a designated purchaser, while construction typically takes place on location for a known client. Construction as an industry comprises six to nine percent of the gross domestic product of developed countries. Construction starts with planning, design, and financing; it continues until the project is built and ready for use.
The magazine's subscribers include contractors, project owners, engineers, architects, public works officials and industry suppliers. It covers the design and construction of high-rise buildings, stadiums, airports, long-span bridges, dams, tunnels, power plants, industrial plants, water and wastewater projects, and toxic waste cleanup projects. It also covers the construction industry's financial, legal, regulatory, safety, environmental, management, corporate and labor issues.
A general contractor, main contractor or prime contractor is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of a construction site, management of vendors and trades, and the communication of information to all involved parties throughout the course of a building project.
Engineers, as practitioners of engineering, are professionals who invent, design, analyze, build, and test machines, systems, structures and materials to fulfill objectives and requirements while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety, and cost. The word engineer is derived from the Latin words ingeniare and ingenium ("cleverness"). The foundational qualifications of an engineer typically include a four-year bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline, or in some jurisdictions, a master's degree in an engineering discipline plus four to six years of peer-reviewed professional practice and passage of engineering board examinations.
An architect is a person who plans, designs and reviews the construction of buildings. To practice architecture means to provide services in connection with the design of buildings and the space within the site surrounding the buildings that have human occupancy or use as their principal purpose. Etymologically, architect derives from the Latin architectus, which derives from the Greek, i.e., chief builder.
ENR annually ranks the largest contractors and design firms in the U.S. and internationally. Its "construction economics" section covers the cost fluctuations of a wide range of building materials.
Building material is any material which is used for construction purposes. Many naturally occurring substances, such as clay, rocks, sand, and wood, even twigs and leaves, have been used to construct buildings. Apart from naturally occurring materials, many man-made products are in use, some more and some less synthetic. The manufacturing of building materials is an established industry in many countries and the use of these materials is typically segmented into specific specialty trades, such as carpentry, insulation, plumbing, and roofing work. They provide the make-up of habitats and structures including homes.
ENR traces its roots to two publications. The older magazine was first published as The Engineer and Surveyor in 1874. This publication was later renamed The Engineer, Architect and Surveyor, then Engineering News and American Railway Journal and eventually Engineering News. The second publication was first known as The Plumber and Sanitary Engineer. It was later renamed The Sanitary Engineer, then Engineering and Building Record, and finally Engineering Record. In 1917, Engineering News and Engineering Record merged to become the magazine that is published today, Engineering News-Record with E.J. Mehren as its editor until 1924.
Since the merger of the two magazines into ENR, the publication is recognized as the leading engineering and construction news magazine. Unlike its competitors, ENR is a weekly paid circulation magazine. Most of its competitors are monthlies that are primarily distributed free to qualified subscribers. The magazine has been described as iconic in the trade magazine industry.
A trade magazine, also called a trade journal, or trade paper, is a magazine or newspaper whose target audience is people who work in a particular trade or industry. The collective term for this area of publishing is the trade press.
The Engineer and Surveyor was founded by George H. Frost, who sold the successor journal, Engineering News, to the John Alexander Hill and the Hill Publishing Company in 1911. The Plumber and Sanitary Engineer was founded by Henry C. Meyer, who sold the successor Engineering Record to James H. McGraw and the McGraw Publishing Company. In 1917, following the death of Hill, McGraw merged the two companies to form McGraw-Hill Publishing.The successor parent company is McGraw Hill Financial.
S&P Global Inc. is an American publicly traded corporation headquartered in Manhattan, New York City. Its primary areas of business are financial information and analytics. It is the parent company of S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Market Intelligence, and S&P Global Platts, and is the majority owner of the S&P Dow Jones Indices joint venture.
On September 22, 2014, McGraw-Hill divested the subsidiary McGraw-Hill Construction to Symphony Technology Group for US$320 million.The sale included Engineering News-Record, Architectural Record , Dodge and Sweet's. McGraw-Hill Construction has been renamed Dodge Data & Analytics.
On July 1, 2015, the magazine was sold to BNP Media, along with Architectural Record and SNAP (a bi-monthly print product associated with Sweet’s).
Engineering News-Record compiles and publishes rankings of the largest construction and engineering firms annually, measured by gross revenues.
The rankings include the largest 400 U.S. general contractors, the largest 500 U.S. design firms (architectural and engineering firms), the largest 600 U.S. specialty contractors, the largest 100 construction management firms, the largest 100 design-build firms, the largest 200 environmental engineering firms, the largest 40 program management firms, the largest 200 international design firms, and the largest 250 international contractors, based on general construction contracting export revenue—generated from projects outside each firm's respective home country, and the largest 250 Global Contractors, both publicly and privately held, based on total construction contracting revenue regardless of where the projects were located. Since well over 90 percent of these firms are privately owned, most of the financial breakouts contained in these ranking tables are not available elsewhere.
The editors of Engineering News-Record collectively decide each year to recognize 25 individuals who they feel have served the best interests of the construction industry and the public. To be eligible, a person, or the project they worked on, must have been covered in the pages of the magazine or the magazine's website. No outside nominations are allowed. The 25 award recipients, called "Newsmakers", receive brief write-ups in the first issue in January.
After choosing the 25 Newsmakers, the editors then pick the single Newsmaker they feel has made the most significant contribution during the year, and designate that person to receive the ENR Award of Excellence. The Newsmakers and the Award of Excellence recipient are all recognized at a black-tie gala held each year in New York City in March or April, considered to be the premier event for the engineering and construction industry.
The Newsmaker awards, which were originally called Marksmen awards, have been issued annually since 1964. The Award of Excellence, originally called the Man of the Year award, has been issued annually since 1966. Award of Excellence recipients include Robert Boyd, who brought engineering and managing excellence to Hydro-Québec's $15-billion James Bay Project, Fazlur Khan, avant-garde designer of tall buildings, and Vinton Bacon, whose fearless fight against graft in the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago brought an attempt on his life.
Engineering News-Record, as a service to its readers, compiles and publishes an extensive amount of data on building material prices and construction labor costs. Each month it publishes prices for 67 different building materials, in each of 20 major U.S. cities. The first weekly issue each month contains a table of cement, ready-mix concrete, and aggregate (crushed stone) prices, the second weekly issue contains a table of pipe prices, the third issue contains lumber, plywood, drywall, and insulation prices, and the fourth issue contains steel and other metal product prices.
A small amount of this data is then used to calculate two monthly index figures, the Construction Cost Index and the Building Cost Index. Both indexes are calculated using a formula made up of fixed amounts of four components—Portland cement, 2x4 lumber, structural steel (steel beams), and labor. The only difference between the two indexes is in their labor component. The labor component of the Construction Cost Index is common (unskilled) labor, while the labor component of the Building Cost Index is skilled labor.
The Construction Cost Index has been issued since 1908, while the Building Cost Index has been issued since 1915. Each index is widely used throughout the U.S. construction industry as a benchmark for measuring inflation.
The ENR cost indexes were created by ENR's director of market surveys, Elsie Eaves.
Engineering News-Record publishes quarterly cost reports, which are eight to twelve page collections of articles analyzing the most critical factors impacting construction costs. Topics may include lumber prices, personnel shortages, copper prices, fuel costs, and workers' compensation insurance. The December cost report is always devoted to international construction costs.
|Company||Origin||Int'l Revenues 2014|
|China Communications Construction||15,827.0|
|Power Construction Corporation of China||11,653.4|
|Construtora Norberto Odebrecht||10,199.7|
|Hyundai Engineering & Construction||9,687.4|
|Samsung C&T Corporation||7,845.0|
|China State Construction Engineering||7,239.1|
|Royal BAM Group||6,165.0|
|Consolidated Contractors Company||5,481.6|
|China Railway Group||5,464.2|
|GS Engineering & Construction||5,115.5|
|China National Machinery Industry Corporation||5,035.1|
|Lend Lease Group||3,467.1|
|China Gezhouba Group||2,823.0|
|Jan De Nul||2,715.0|
|China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation||2,690.5|
|China Metallurgical Group||2,669.0|
|Larsen & Toubro||2,490.6|
|China Railway Construction||2,450.0|
|POSCO Engineering & Construction||2,309.9|
|Toyo Engineering Corporation||2,251.4|
Leslie Earl Robertson is an American engineer. He was the lead structural engineer of the Twin Towers of the original World Trade Center in New York City. He has since been structural engineer on numerous other projects, including the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong.
Architectural Record is an American monthly magazine that is dedicated to architecture and interior design. Published by BNP Media, it is generally considered "The Record" of Architectural History. Throughout its 125 years in print, Architectural Record has fostered readership among architecture, engineering, and design professionals by featuring articles that showcase noteworthy architectural works throughout the global landscape. News, commentary, criticism, and continuing-education sections outline the scope of content. Of note are the glossy, high-quality photos that accentuate the featured projects, an attribute which makes the magazine accessible to the general public as well.
Gilbane Building Company, based in Providence, Rhode Island, is a national construction and facility management company. Gilbane Building Company operates as a subsidiary of Gilbane, Inc. Gilbane Building Company was officially incorporated in 1908.
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) is an American corporation of architects, engineers, and materials scientists specializing in the investigation, analysis, testing, and design of repairs for historic and contemporary buildings and structures. Founded in 1956, WJE is headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, and has over 600 professionals in twenty offices across the United States. WJE personnel are specialized in architectural, structural, and civil engineering; materials conservation, chemistry and petrography, and testing and instrumentation.
Nabholz Construction is just one of the commercial general contactors/construction managers in the United States. It has been listed by Engineering News Record (ENR) magazine as one of the Top 400 General Contractors every year since 1986, currently the company is ranked #121.
John Hillman, P.E., is a structural engineer, invented the hybrid composite beam (HCB) and founded the HC Bridge Company. In 2010, he was recognized with the Award of Excellence from Engineering News-Record.
Fast-track building construction is construction industry jargon for a project delivery strategy to start construction before the design is complete. The purpose is to shorten the time to completion.
Stellar is a privately owned design, engineering, construction and mechanical services firm headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, and founded in 1985. The June, 2018 issue of Florida Trend magazine listed Stellar as Florida’s 94th-largest private company. Stellar employs more than 750 people, including architects, engineers, constructors, refrigeration specialists and technicians.
Frank P. Moolin Jr. (1934–1982) was the senior engineer in charge of the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.
China Construction America (CCA) was established in 1985; it is a subsidiary of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. (CSCEC) — the world's largest construction and real estate conglomerate and the biggest global contractor — that operates on the East Coast of the U.S and the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin America, having many finished and ongoing projects worldwide. CSCEC was ranked the 26th on Fortune Global 500 list.
Chemical plant cost indexes are dimensionless numbers employed to updating capital cost required to erect a chemical plant from a past date to a later time, following changes in the value of money due to inflation and deflation. Since, at any given time, the number of chemical plants is insufficient to use in a preliminary or predesign estimate, cost indexes are handy for a series of management purposes, like long-range planning, budgeting and escalating or de-escalating contract costs.
Collins Engineers, Inc. is an ENR Top 500 Design Firm and provides civil, structural, water resources, waterfront, program management and underwater engineering services to government agencies, contractors, and private sector clients. The firm was founded by Thomas J. Collins in April 1979. It is a privately held company with eighteen offices in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland. Collins Engineers, Inc. is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
Collins Engineers, Inc. was an early advocate for the use of professional engineers as diving inspectors in the evaluation of underwater structures. Using this service, the firm provides underwater engineering services performed by in-house engineer-divers around the world to clients including the United States Navy and state departments of transportation. Collins Engineers, Inc. has also developed reference manuals on the subject for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and National Highway Institute (NHI).
Collins Engineers, Inc. also provides design and analysis services for railroads, waterfront facilities, and transportation structures, as well as site development engineering for commercial and institutional concerns.
In 2006, Collins Engineers, Inc. acquired MacIntosh Engineering and Development Co.. In 2008, Collins Engineers, Inc. acquired Charles Keim & Associates, Inc..
Magnusson Klemencic Associates is an American structural and civil engineering consulting firm with its headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The company has completed projects worth more than $99 billion in 48 states and 54 countries. Significant MKA projects through its history include the World Trade Center, the Columbia Center, Aqua, the Doha Convention Center Tower, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and Salesforce Tower.
Symphony Technology Group is an American private equity firm based in Palo Alto, California. Its managing partner is Romesh Wadhwani, who founded the firm in 2002.
Stacy and Witbeck is a construction firm operating in the United States. It has received contracts to build several rapid transit lines.
HT Tran, is an American construction contractor, and war veteran who has received awards for his support for other veterans by hiring them in the construction industry. He is CEO of Anvil Builders. In 2015, he received the Award of Excellence from Engineering News-Record.
Clyde N. Baker Jr. is an American geotechnical engineer who has received awards for his work to design advanced foundations supporting tall structures. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2008, he received the Award of Excellence from Engineering News-Record.
The Construction Marketing Association (CMA) is an association for marketing professionals in the construction industry, based in Naperville, Illinois, in the United States. CMA offers educational resources through its training division, the Construction Marketing Institute. The association was established in 2010 and has around 1,000 members throughout North America and abroad.
Engineering News-Record is a consolidation of Engineering News and Engineering Record, effected in 1917
Dodge Data & Analytics, a data provider formerly known as McGraw-Hill Construction
Arguably the construction industry's premiere black-tie gala, Engineering News-Record will be hosting this very special event for the 50th and possibly last time.