VHB is Named New England Design Firm of the Year by ENR Magazine

Watertown, MA

May 22, 2024

Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine, a leading source of news and information for the engineering and construction industry, has named VHB the 2024 Design Firm of the Year in New England. VHB is playing a significant role in major development and infrastructure projects throughout New England, weaving sustainability through everything we do. Our work to improve mobility and enhance communities across the region is exemplified by projects such as:

  • The South Coast Rail project to restore commuter rail service between Boston and southeastern Massachusetts. South Coast Rail will reconnect this region to jobs and generate economic development.
  • The “Move New Haven” on-street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system project in Connecticut. The BRT will enhance safety, community connectivity, and multi-modal mobility between the New Haven Green, Hamden, and West Haven enclaves.
  • The strategic study to reimagine Massachusetts’ Tobin Bridge, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform mobility, improve access to Boston via the North Shore, and strengthen the community fabric in the vicinity of the existing structure—while addressing climate-related and environmental justice concerns.

“What an honor to be named the Engineering News-Record 2024 New England Design Firm of the Year! This is a testament to the incredibly talented and dedicated team who made this possible through their commitment to building strong client relationships and maintaining close awareness of what's happening in and impacting our communities,” said President and CEO Mike Carragher.

Aerial view of 495/90
I-495 interchange at I-90 in Hopkinton/Westborough, MA

ENR cites VHB’s prioritization of environmental sustainability as a deciding factor in its selection, celebrating recent work on big-impact energy projects like the Brayton Point submarine transmission cable manufacturing facility in Somerset, MA, as well as our integration of environmental resilience into all our projects. VHB recently launched the Energy Evolution Practice, reinforcing our commitment to help clients achieve a net-zero carbon emissions future.

“To take a site that was literally polluting and transform it to deploy all of the offshore wind cable that we’re going to need up and down the East Coast—it’s really exciting,” says New England Regional Manager Meredith Avery about the Brayton Point project via ENR.

Aerial view of Brayton Point
Brayton Point offshore wind cable manufacturing plant in Somerset, MA

The article also notes that the firm has continued attracting top talent in a competitive job market. Factors such as our commitment to sustainability and the opportunity to work on large, complex projects—such as the 495/90 interchange improvements design-build at Hopkinton and Westborough, MA—help draw curious, talented professionals at every stage in their careers. Moreover, our team members are attracted by the ability to work on projects that directly and positively impact the communities in which we live, work, and play.

Read the full ENR New England Design Firm of the Year feature.

Rendering of Volpe
MIT Volpe Center