To be considered for this award, firms must fill out a short application and are ranked by a score comprised of both dollar and percentage revenue growth rate over a three-year period. Any AEC, planning, environmental consulting, or related industry firm, based in the United States or Canada can apply to the Hot Firm List. See full entry criteria.
- 50% of 2015 fiscal year and 2018 fiscal year revenue must be derived from the design industry (one of the following: Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Environmental Services, Architecture, Surveying, Construction, MEP, or any combination)
- Public entities such as departments of transportation or municipal public works offices are not eligible.
- Firms must have made at least $1 million in revenue in 2015
- Firms must have been founded on or before December 31st 2013
September 15, 2018 | Award registrations open
May 15, 2019 | Application deadline and survey deadline
Winners will receive awards at the 2019 ELEVATE AECConference held October 2-4, 2019 in Las Vegas and be featured in Zweig Group’s weekly management newsletter, The Zweig Letter, Zweig Group press releases, and promoted through Zweig Group’s other marketing channels.
Zweig Group will not, under any circumstances, disclose the names of firms that apply but do not make the list of winners. Zweig Group also understands the confidential nature of receiving financial information from participating firms and will not, under any circumstances, disclose specific confidential information. Data gathered will be presented in an aggregate format only.
All survey data will be made available to publication editors for the purposes of editorial coverage. Additionally, all judges sign a confidentiality agreement since they will be privy to detailed information about participating firms.