An 8% uptick overall

Almost 200 public works professionals participated in our ninth annual reader survey regarding architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms. Their responses show that:

  • 90% used AEC firms over the past year. That’s 8 percentage points higher than last year, and 12 and 13 percentage points higher than in 2012 and 2011, respectively.
  • 64% completed up to 10 projects with the help of firms, up from 58% last year.
  • 17% spent more than $1 million on consulting services.
  • 31% expect to spend more on consulting over the coming year, a 10% increase.

Although the increases are good news, we also believe they are double-edged. Supporting the results of our annual survey in March, public works is outsourcing more project elements because departments employ fewer people.

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