Local firm wins big: Goodwyn Mills Cawood named ENR Southeast 2024 Design Firm of the Year

June 12, 2024

Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC) is honored to be named the ENR Southeast 2024 Design Firm of the Year. This recognition follows a year marked by substantial growth through revenue, acquisitions, procurement of some of the firm’s largest contracts to date, and expanding the firm’s footprint, all while maintaining a high caliber of work and commitment to feeling local in the communities they serve.

Engineering News-Record (ENR), a benchmark publication for the architecture, engineering and construction industry, bestows the honor of Design Firm of the Year upon engineering and architecture firms across their ten different regions of the United States. The ENR Southeast region includes Alabama, the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Puerto Rico. The publication covers top design firms, both architects and engineers, as well as projects in the United States and worldwide.

In 2023, GMC grew in revenue by more than 30% from the previous year through high-profile projects and successful collaborations. The firm acquired two design firms, Walker Concepts Architecture of Charleston, South Carolina and Commercial Site Solutions of Greenville, South Carolina and Lutz, Florida, which bolstered its expertise and expanded its footprint with an additional office in Florida.

With 25 offices in seven states throughout the Southeast along with a wide array of services and an extensive portfolio, GMC has grown to be a leading firm in the region that keeps deep roots in the communities it serves. As referenced by the publication, the firm notably exceeds in “thinking locally while succeeding regionally,” emphasizing the team’s strength of providing service at a local level through valuing relationships.

“When you can combine strong local personal relationships with high technical expertise, we call that our superpower,” GMC CEO Jeffrey Brewer said.

The firm is involved in several notable projects throughout the Southeast. Recent local projects include Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority’s Purrysburg Water Treatment Plant; City of Aiken Shaws Creek Water Treatment Plant; Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority’s Bull Creek Surface Water Treatment Plant Expansion; Clemson University Alumni and Visitor’s Center and Littlejohn Coliseum and Swann Pavilion Renovations; as well as various projects for Richland District 2 Elementary Schools, Greenville Technical College and Medical University of South Carolina, among others.

The Firm of the year recognition is released in tandem with ENR Southeast’s Top Design Firms list, an annual ranking of firms by revenue in states within that region. GMC rose two spots to #14. In addition, the firm was ranked on market sector-specific lists, including #1 Top Alabama Design Firms, #21 Top Georgia Design Firms and #4 Top Education Design Firms.


About Goodwyn Mills Cawood

Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC) is one of the largest architecture and engineering firms in the Southeast. Whether designing schools, parks, hospitals and other commercial developments, or providing clean water, safe streets and restoring resilient environments, GMC takes great pride in serving our communities through the transformative work we do. Every project is guided by the foundational concept that communities are built by people, not companies, and we strive to serve our communities with quality, integrity, creativity and care. One of the Southeast’s most comprehensive multi-disciplined firms, GMC is equipped to provide all the services associated with architecture, interior design, civil engineering, environmental services, landscape architecture, planning, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, electrical engineering, surveying and disaster recovery. www.gmcnetwork.com