Most Innovative Companies


The World's Most Innovative Companies 2018

With offices in Boston and New York, SGA Architects specializes in virtual design and construction. The 70-person firm uses building information modeling software to help teams collaborate efficiently on projects—a method that’s designed to reduce errors and costs. SGA’s approach, used on biotechnology company Biogen’s global headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., trimmed the construction schedule by seven months and the project’s price tag by $2.5 million. Biogen generated an additional $80 million in revenue as a result, because it was able to start providing therapy to people sooner. In 2017, SGA completed 50+60 Binney Street, a $230 million, 530,000-square-foot, laboratory development also in Cambridge, on schedule and under budget. The project had zero requests for information (RFIs)—a common industry practice that eats time and leads to cost overruns—and change orders were curtailed to 1%, compared with the industry average of 4%. More recently, SGA won a commission from the NFL’s Green Bay Packers and Microsoft to design a tech hub near Lambeau Field, Wisconsin. That project, slated for completion in late 2018, will be entirely designed, presented, and critiqued in real time, using virtual methods. 

headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts