Large C&E Firms (more than $100 million)


Gold Medal ► Tetra Tech, Inc. (Pasadena, CA; for a record fiscal 2009, during which gross revenue increased by 6.6% to $2.3 billion and operating income increased by 11.3% to $121.9 million. Tetra Tech, a publicly traded company, recorded a 40% increase in diluted earnings per share to $1.43, a significant indicator of the firm's strong financial performance. Tetra Tech grew to more than 10,000 employees for the first time, worked in more than 86 countries around the world, and won important new water infrastructure programs in global hot spots such as Afghanistan and sub-Saharan Africa. In fiscal 2009, Tetra Tech increased its governance and consulting services work with the U.S. Agency for International Development by 30%. Also during 2009, Tetra Tech began work on the $600 million Fox River remediation program in Green Bay, Wisconsin; the project was Midwest Construction's Environmental Project of the Year and is considered the largest polychlorinated biphenyl river remediation project in the world.

Silver Medal ► WSP Group USA (Reston, VA; for continued growth in the U.S. market. An affiliate of one of the world's fastest growing design, engineering, sustainability, and management consultancies, WSP Group USA has rapidly developed its operations over the last five years with a strong mix of organic and acquisitive growth, and now employs more than 1,100 people. U.S. acquisitions since 2000 include Flack + Kurtz, Environmental Strategies, Chas. H. Sells, SEi Design and CEL. As a result of its growth trajectory, WSP Group USA was listed third on The Zweig Letter's 2009 "Hot Firm" list, following up the company's first-place position in 2008 when WSP Group USA's revenues more than quadrupled from 2004 to 2007 from $46 million to $197 million. Although revenue growth was more modest in 2009, increasing from $209 million in 2008 to a projected $218 million, the company is proud of its resilience in harsh economic times.

Bronze Medal ► Environmental Resources Management (ERM; London, U.K.; for maintaining a high volume of M&A-related work despite the tightening of the credit markets and the subsequent downturn in the M&A market over the past couple of years. A 25-year veteran at guiding transacting companies through the maze of environmental, health, safety, social, and sustainability risks and liabilities associated with deals, ERM is seeing a significant demand for due diligence services related to bankrupt and distressed assets, project finance, and the privatization of state-owned assets. The company is on target to complete over 2,500 due diligence projects in 2009. Due to changes seen in the market in 2007 and 2008, ERM's transaction services teams have worked on a large number of this year's industry-altering mergers, divestitures, and acquisitions of distressed companies or divisions, and provided critical support in the largest environmental claims in bankruptcy history.