For the second consecutive year, Fluor Daniel Inc. was named the nation's top engineering and construction company for 1988 with a hefty $12.1 billion in contracts.
Fluor Daniel, the principal subsidiary of Fluor Corp., retained its top spot with a 38.1% increase in total contract dollars, according to ENR, the engineering industry trade journal that compiles the annual ranking.
Fluor Daniel's increase compared to an industrywide average increase of 21% for the year. Last year, Fluor knocked Bechtel Corp. out of first place with $8.8 billion in contracts.
Bechtel, of San Francisco, retained its second-place ranking with $10.9 billion in contracts.
The two companies rank as undisputed giants of the U.S. construction business, accounting for 15% of the $154 billion in new contracts logged by all 400 companies on the ENR list.
The rankings are based on the total value of each company's prime construction contracts, shares of joint ventures, subcontracts, design and building and construction management contracts.
Rounding out the top five contractors for 1988 were M.W. Kellog Co., Houston, at $9.3 billion; Parsons Corp., Pasadena, at $6.2 billion, and Lummus Crest Inc., Bloomfield, N.J., $4.4 billion.
Six other Orange County companies also made the list. Koll Construction Co. of Newport Beach ranked 52nd at $475.2 million in new contracts and Birtcher Construction of Laguna Niguel, with $242.2 million in contracts, ranked 100th. The others, all from Irvine, were the Brinderson Corp., 111th place and $221.6 million; Mission Power Engineering, 159th and $161.1 million; Snyder Langston Builders, 161st and $158.1 million, and Breton Construction, 346th place and $64 million.
COUNTY CONTRACTORS IN TOP 400 Orange County-based contractors ranked in the top 400 nationally by ENR, a trade publication in the engineering and construction industry.
1988 Contracts 1988 1987 Company Location (in millions) Rank Rank Fluor Daniel Inc. Irvine $12,169.4 1 1 Koll Construction Co. Newport Beach $475.2 52 55 Birtcher Construction Laguna Niguel 242.2 100 121 Brinderson Corp. Irvine 221.6 111 78 Mission Power Engineering Irvine 161.0 159 275 Snyder Langston Builders Irvine 158.1 161 277 Breton Construction Irvine 64.0 346 336