Why PRIME AE

Connecting. Creating. Conserving. Community. These are the words we live by.

PRIME AE is a multi-discipline engineering and architecture firm that connects with clients to find solutions for their complex challenges, while making the most of client resources.

Our professionals have decades of experience in working with the toughest of issues. They creatively design, develop, implement, and maintain the infrastructure, facilities, and amenities needed to create world-class communities, while conserving our shared natural resources with sustainable design practices.

We incorporate these ideals into our projects: to serve our local communities, and to make them better places to live, work, and thrive.

Awards Rankings

2020/2021

2020 ACEC/MD Engineering Excellence Award Finalist, Rehabilitation of Anacostia Freeway Bridges over Nicholson Street

Ohio Business Magazine – 2020 Best Workplaces in Ohio (4th year in a row!)

2021 ACEC/OH Engineering Excellence Award for South Main Street Corridor and State Street Bridge

National Recognition Award in the ACEC 2021 Engineering Excellence competition for South Main Street Corridor and State Street Bridge

Engineering News-Record (ENR) National Design Firm (#236)

Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top Design Firm in Transportation – Bridges (#21)

Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top Design Firm in Environment – Water Treatment, Desalination Plants (#19)

Engineering News-Record (ENR) Regional Design Firm – MidAtlantic (#62)

Engineering News-Record (ENR) Regional Design Firm – Midwest (#74)

Engineering News-Record (ENR) Regional Design Firm – Midwest by Sector – Ohio (#13)

Engineering News-Record (ENR) Regional Design Firm – New England (#45)

Engineering News-Record (ENR) Midwest Top Design Firm Market Sector in Entertainment (#2)

Architectural Record Top 300 Architecture Firms (#192)

2021 Baltimore Business Journal – Engineering Firms (#14)

2020 Baltimore Business Journal – Architecture Firms (#21)

2021 Columbus Business First – Busiest Central Ohio Architecture Firms (#17)

2021 Columbus Business First – Largest Central Ohio Engineering Firms (#18)

2020 Columbus Business First – Fast-growing Central Ohio Private Companies (#48)

2021 Crain’s Cleveland: Engineering List (#34)

2021 Crain’s Cleveland: Architecture List (#12)

2007

  • 42
  • Prime Engineering, Inc. (PEI) was founded by Kumar Buvanendaran and Jay Jayanthan as a spinoff of the Maryland and Pennsylvania offices of Prime Engineering and Architecture (PEA) with 42 employees.

    2008/ 2012

  • 110
  • 7
  • PEI acquires United International Corporation (UIC) and Prime Engineering and Architecture, and increases its employees by 160% (from 42 to 110 employees).

    2013

  • 150
  • 10
  • PEI renames to PRIME AE Group, Inc. (PRIME AE). PRIME AE acquires Gulf Coast Architectural Group and merges with 3SG Corporation, further growing the number of offices and staff.

    2014

  • 255
  • 11
  • PRIME AE acquires MEP Engineering Solutions, Inc. and MCS Consulting, Inc.

    2015/ 2016

  • 330
  • 13
  • 10
  • PRIME AE acquires John M. McDonald Engineering, PC and Ward Associates. PRIME AE is ranked #329 on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms for the very first time and wins numerous awards.

    2017

  • 400+
  • 13
  • 16
  • PRIME AE acquires P&L Systems and wins a record number of awards, including one of Ohio’s Best Workplaces, a 2017 Fast 50 Honoree from Columbus Business First magazine, and is ranked #228 (previously #329) on ENR’s List of Top 500 Firms in the nation for 2017.

    2018

  • 400+
  • 14
  • 8
  • PRIME AE expands its Virginia operations by adding an office in Richmond, VA.

    PRIME AE expands its architecture operations with the acquisition of Braun & Steidl Architects.

    2019/ 2020

  • 400+
  • 17
  • PRIME AE enters into a strategic partnership with NewHold Enterprises LLC.

    PRIME AE acquires Integrated Engineering.

    2021

  • 400+
  • 17
  • PRIME AE acquires Penza Bailey Architects

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    Architectural Department Manager, Stanley Consultants