Clark Nexsen Higher Education Commercial Architect Engineering Design


Engineering News-Record (ENR) MidAtlantic has named Clark Nexsen its 2020 Design Firm of the Year. Their success on projects ranging from higher education to transportation along with an increase of more than 20% in MidAtlantic regional revenue contributed to being recognized.

In addition to growth and revenue, ENR MidAtlantic’s selection was influenced by the firm’s culture of collaboration and creativity. “Clark Nexsen has always been an innovative and entrepreneurial firm,” says Terri Hall, who has served as the firm’s president since 2016.

Gladding Residence Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is noted as an example of their multidisciplinary approach. The firm partnered with American Campus Communities, Ayers Saint Gross and W.M. Jordan, providing architecture, civil, electrical, fire protection, mechanical/plumbing and structural engineering for the 12-story student housing center.

Clark Nexsen recently created a building science group that focuses on occupant health and well-being as well as reduced energy consumption and operating costs. The group used energy modeling to inform product and system choices for the $82-million, 260,000-square-foot Ferguson Headquarters 3 project in Newport News. The Ferguson project is predicted to have a 70% reduction in energy use, compared with baseline, following completion this fall.

ENR MidAtlantic says the firm’s ability to expand markets is an asset, referring to the growth of Clark Nexsen Construction Services group that was launched in 2015, and how a diversified approach has helped the firm succeed during economic downturns. Transportation and industrial mechanical engineering have also seen market growth in recent years.

The firm has a strong commitment to giving back to its communities through charity efforts, citing the Clark Nexsen Foundation’s contribution of more than $200,000 to several organizations in 2019, including the American Heart Association, Junior Achievement, Virginia Beach GrowSmart and the Virginia Arts Festival. Since 2004, the firm reported raising more than $120,000 to support the Multiple Sclerosis Society, primarily through teams participating in Bike MS rides.

About Clark Nexsen
Founded in 1920, Clark Nexsen is a multidisciplinary architecture and engineering firm creating innovative design solutions to U.S. and global clients. The firm serves clients in more than a dozen markets including commercial, higher education and K‐12, transportation and infrastructure. Clark Nexsen is a 400-person firm headquartered in Virginia Beach with offices in Richmond, Roanoke, Vienna, as well as North Carolina, Georgia and Texas.

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