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Washington, DC –Today, the ACEC Research Institute announced a major donation from RS&H, an employe-owned architecture, engineering, and consulting firm based in Jacksonville, Fla., with offices nationwide.

The contribution continues the Institute’s growth through founder-level donations.

“We’re extremely grateful for the vote of confidence RS&H has shown in the Institute with this donation,” said ACEC Research Institute’s Chair, Michael J. Carragher, PE, and chair and CEO of VHB. “The Institute has worked hard since its inception three years ago to create engineering industry data that was not available elsewhere. This contribution reinforces just how valuable that research is for the industry.”

The ACEC Research Institute is the independent research arm of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The Institute places an emphasis on real-time snapshots of the engineering industry sentiment quarterly and longer-term efforts to grow diversity initiatives and forecast the engineering firms of the future.

RS&H President & CEO David Sweeney, PE, said, “As an employee-owned company, we’re thoughtful about where we devote our resources. The value of the Institute’s research makes this contribution well worth it.”

The ACEC Research Institute’s data has been shared by outlets including Yahoo! Finance and Engineering News-Record and has been cited by the White House.

RS&H joins a growing list of donors that have stepped forward over the past three years to support the ACEC Research Institute at the highest level, Founder Circle. Many of these organizations were early contributors that helped launch the Institute:

ACEC Florida

ACEC Life/Health Trust

ACEC Minnesota

ACEC North Carolina



John and Karen Carrato

Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine




POWER Engineers


Stanley Consultants


T. Baker Smith


The Joni & Gary Raba Family Foundation


The ACEC Research Institute, through the generous support of all its donors, will continue to expand its research activities. By harnessing the collective expertise of its members and stakeholders, the Institute aims to develop transformative solutions that address the pressing challenges of our time, ensuring a safer, more sustainable, and resilient built environment for future generations.

Individuals, firms, and foundations interested in supporting the ACEC Research Institute should reach out to Daphne Bryant, executive director, at



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January 30, 2024

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