WARREN, Ohio – The design and construction industry was dampened by supply chain issues and labor shortages in 2021.
While these concerns impacted some markets more than others, Phillips Sekanick Architects of Warren experienced significant growth during one of the most challenging years in its 105-year history.
With businesses and organizations re-evaluating their needs, the demand for architectural and design-build services saw a significant increase over 2020, according to Jennifer Carnahan of the firm.
While projects often extend over several years, Phillips Sekanick saw an increase of new projects launched in 2021 of just over 38%. This rise equated to an increase in overall billings of just under 28%, according to Carnahan.
Many projects remain open or in progress. And projections for 2022 are encouraging, even with the ongoing material shortages and construction delays.
Projections for the new year indicate a strong start in the first quarter, with 2022 projects under contract exceeding the total 2021 billings, Carnahan says.
Phillips Sekanick Architects, also known as PSA Architecture, worked on a wide range of building types and project delivery methods in 2021.
Some of the more recognizable projects include the Oh Wow! Children’s Center in Youngstown in association with CambridgeSeven Architects; the Morgan History Center; food service operations on the Ohio Turnpike; and Panera Bread, Dairy Queen and Dunkin’ stores in the area.
Continuing in 2022 is the Warren City Schools Wellness Center and the sports complex for the Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools.
The 10-person firm is expanding its market in both project type and area, with designs being developed for projects in eight states. This year, the firm hopes to add staff and expand its leadership, Carnahan says.