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NELSON Expands Architecture and Healthcare Practices in the Southeast by Merging Operations with MGE Architects

by Administrator29. August 2017 09:36

August 9, 2017 (Miami, FL) -  In a move that will significantly expand architectural services in the southeast, global architecture, design, and consulting services firm, NELSON, is merging operations with Miami-based architecture firm, MGE Architects. The deal is effective immediately.

Representing one of the fastest growing areas for healthcare and related industries, the Southeast region provides a strategic growth opportunity for NELSON who is expanding their healthcare practice area.

“As we continue to grow our core and shell architecture practice, MGE offers the opportunity for us to combine our expertise and leadership in healthcare design from the interiors perspective and translate that into the exterior of the building, providing clients with the opportunity to work with one firm throughout the entire process,” said John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr, Chairman & CEO of NELSON.  “Additionally, MGE brings significant diversification to the work we already do in the Southeast.”

NELSON’s Southeast region currently provides tenant development services for 64% of Atlanta’s tenant market. Additionally, the Southeast works with some of NELSON’s largest accounts and has been recipient of numerous design awards including five ASID Awards, NAIOP Georgia’s Firm of the Year, and a Shaw Contract National Design Award.

For MGE, joining operations with NELSON allows them to spread their expertise and knowledge as premier healthcare architects throughout the U.S.

“Joining operations with NELSON allows us to access a vast network of resources and specialties we can now offer in our local market. Through the expanded geographic reach and more marketing and business development support, we are excited for all the ways our team can better serve our existing and future clients,” said Jose Estevez, Principal at MGE Architects.

MGE is the second merger for NELSON in the southeast region. The firm previously merged with Atlanta-based VeenendaalCave in 2015. MGE Architects brings 35 years of award-winning architectural experience to the NELSON network. Some of their most notable clients include the University of Miami hospitals and clinics, Broward County Health Clinics, Baptist Health South Florida, and Miami International Airport. They will be the fifth location in NELSON’s Southeast region joining existing offices Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, and Tampa. This brings the Southeast Teammate count to nearly 250. The office will be managed by Jose Estevez, Rolando Conesa, and Roberto Smith.

For more information about NELSON, visit www.NELSONonline.com

For more information about MGE Architects, visit www.MGEArchitects.com

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About NELSON

NELSON is part of a global architecture, design, engineering, and consulting services organization with nearly 700 Teammates in over 20 locations around the world and strong experience in a broad range of industries. NELSON is ranked in the top 10 overall Interior Design Magazine’s “100 Design Giants” list and NELSON is also ranked in the top 5 for workplace interior design. Building Design and Construction ranks NELSON in the top 20 for office architecture and design. For more information, visit www.NELSONonline.com.

Interior Design Magazine #3  Office Sector, #9 Overall

Building Design + Construction #6 Office Sector, #17 Overall

About MGE Architects

MGE Architects provides architecture, master planning and interior design services for healthcare, educational and transportation projects in Florida and the Southeast. Headquartered in Coral Gables, Fla., the firm has completed more than 500 high-profile projects since its founding in 1982. Current and recent projects include Baptist Health South Florida Miami Cancer Institute, Broward Health Coral Springs Medical Center Bed Tower, Leon Medical Centers East Hialeah replacement facility, University of Miami Nursing School Simulation Hospital.  For more information, call (305) 444-0413 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.mgearchitects.com.

NELSON Secures WK Design Group, Increases Architecture Presence in San Francisco

by Administrator29. August 2017 09:33

San Francisco, CA (August 22nd, 2017) – After a string of recent national moves, NELSON, a global architecture and design firm, announced it has merged operations with WK design group, located in San Francisco, CA. Effective August 1st, this addition increases NELSON’s focus on large-scale, core and shell architecture, and further expand its presence into the Bay Area.

“Our recent move actively demonstrates our dedication to increasing our architectural design services on both a local and national level,” said John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr, Chairman and CEO of NELSON, when describing the deal with WK design group. “San Francisco has been a key market on our radar for quite some time, and we believe that in combining our existing interior and exterior capabilities with those of WK, we will offer new possibilities and reach to our clients.”

Led by Gary Weske and Joel Karr, RA, NCARB, WK design group specializes in architecture, interior design, building design, core and shell architecture, and construction administration. As a passionate group focused on company culture, the firm offers a boutique approach to architecture and design – an important factor to NELSON as growth ensues. WK design group’s specialties include commercial and corporate design, hospitality and retail, multi-family, single-family, and campus master planning design. They have completed well-known projects in the Bay Area including Equity Residential Trust, Essex Property Trust, Allianz, and Harvest Properties.

“We look forward to accessing larger opportunities with NELSON that expand our reach in and beyond the immediate Bay Area,” said Joel Karr, Principal of WK design group. “We look forward to combining our strengths to work with current and future clients while leveraging our collective network,” added Principal, Gary Weske.

As the third location added in the Bay Area in just under a year, WK design group will provide NELSON with access to a new network of clients including those in the hospitality and retail industries, while also offering a combination of both high scale and niche services.

For more information about NELSON, visit www.NELSONonline.com.

For more information about WK Design, visit www.wkdesigngroup.com.

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About NELSON
NELSON is part of a global architecture, design, engineering, and consulting services organization with over 700 Teammates in over 20 locations around the world and strong experience in a broad range of industries. NELSON is ranked in the top 10 of Interior Design Magazine’s “100 Design Giants” list. NELSON is also ranked in the top 3 firms specializing in workplace interior design1, and in the top 20 for office architecture and design2. For more information, visit www.NELSONonline.com.

1. Interior Design Magazine #3 Office Sector, #9 Overall; 2. Building Design + Construction #6 Office Sector, #17 Overall

 

About WK design group
WK design group describes themselves as a firm that delivers experienced, creative, thoughtful, and insightful solutions that “skip the archibabble.” They “get it” in terms of transaction driven as well as high design project needs. The firm combines two award-winning predecessors to provide interior design and core and shell architecture services. Led by longtime San Francisco Bay Area residents, Gary Weske and Joel Karr, WK design group offers skills, smarts, and people to give clients what they need. They take pride in their longstanding relationships with multiple constituents – and they have fun together with clients, in doing what they do.

Graham Post - ICSC Rising Star

by Administrator7. December 2016 11:15

Graham was selected as a member of ICSC's CenterBuild 2016 class of "20 under Forty" and was recognized as a "Rising Star" in the industry.  This acknowledgement is well deserved as his design skills, creativity, ability to collaborate and commitment to success allows him to excel as an important part of our organization.

KA Wins 2016 International Architecture Award

by Administrator2. September 2016 10:10

KA and Pickard Chilton won The 2016 International Architecture Award for our work on The Eaton House in Dublin, Ireland.  This prestigious award was given out by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture Art and Urban Studies. 

ACE Mentor Program

by Administrator14. April 2016 15:28

KA and Whiting-Turner Construction met with fifteen Warrensville Heights High School sophomores as part of the nationwide Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program.  We shared our thoughts on how architects and construction managers interact on projects using Thistledown Racino as a case study. We also shared early design ideas, how the design evolved and photographs / videos of the completed project.  The students were fully engaged and benefited greatly from their time spent in KA's new office. Future architects and CM's in making.

Office relocation complete!

by Administrator26. February 2016 07:44

We've settled nicely into our new office space and we are looking forward to working on many great projects in our high-tech environment. Thanks to the entire KA team for making this a reality.

Donna Ross - ICSC Rising Star

by Administrator22. December 2015 11:30

Congratulations to Donna Ross for being recognized by ICSC as a rising star in the shopping center industry at the CenterBuild Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. She is now part of the 20 Under 40 class of 2015. Her leadership qualities, organization skills, creativity and hard work made this a well deserved honor.

KA Marshmallow Challenge 2015

by Administrator21. December 2015 16:04

 

KA had a blast at our 2015 Holiday Party participating in the Marshmallow Challenge.  Six teams feverishly designed, engineered and constructed their pasta tower collaborating to support one marshmallow from twenty pieces of spaghetti, a yard of masking tape and a yard of string all within an eighteen minute time limit.  It was a heated battle but team RAJ was the winner with their 28" tall structure!  Visit the marshmallow challenge website to learn more about the team building contest.

 Champions - Team RAJ, Andrew Wehler, Jae Cho and Rich Wilden 

 

Second Place team - Rachel, Hitomi, Ron and Kevin

 

Good effort but no cigar!

 

 Oh so close....

 

 Go big or go home!  Well guess what, they went home empty handed.

 

 Good effort, but not quite

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About KA, Inc.

KA  is a nationally recognized architecture firm based in Cleveland, Ohio, with an emphasis on providing value-added design services to clients on a range of projects, including retail centers, mixed use developments, corporate offices and hospitality venues.

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NELSON Expands Architecture and Healthcare Practices in the Southeast by Merging Operations with MGE Architects

August 9, 2017 (Miami, FL) -  In a move that will significantly expand architectural services in the southeast, global architecture, design, and consulting services firm, NELSON, is merging operations with Miami-based architecture firm, MGE Architects. The deal is effective immediately. Representing one of the fastest growing areas for healthcare and related ...

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