US architectural firms merge and target ME

US-based architectural, engineering and consulting firms HDR Architecture and CUH2A are set to merge by the end of this month.

Two firms specialising in health and science project development will merge this month.
Two firms specialising in health and science project development will merge this month.

US-based architectural, engineering and consulting firms HDR Architecture and CUH2A are set to merge by the end of this month.

The move will link more than 40 offices and 1,700 staff internationally.

Once the deal is completed, the science and technology groups of each company will merge into one business unit.

HDR Architecture has made its name through healthcare design, and employs around 1,300 people while CUH2A, which specialises in the design of science and technology facilities, employs around 400 people.

The merged businesses will focus on the emerging field of translational research, which converts scientific discoveries into practical solutions.

Merle Bachman, HDR architecture president, said: "CUH2A's science and technology portfolio provides immediate growth and diversity to HDR's practice, while allowing us to penetrate even further into the healthcare markets in the Northeastern and Southeastern US as well as the Middle East and other critical locations.

Both firms create sustainable facilities that allow researchers to discover cures, healthcare providers to deliver medical solutions, and government agencies to defend against bio-threats.

The combined science and technology unit will be led by Scott Butler.

Scott Butler, CUH2A president, said: "HDR adds internationally recognised specialisation in areas that round out our science and technology practice, and its extensive network of offices establish a platform to deliver our combined expertise around the world.

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