DALLAS JUNE 14, 2002 The Texas practice of Chicago-based Perkins & Will, and Dallas-based Collins/Reisenbichler Architects (CRA), announced today the merger of the two industry leaders forming Perkins & Will/CRA. With combined award-winning histories and reputations for exceptional customer service, the merger creates one of the largest healthcare- and education-focused architecture, interior design and planning firms in the nation. More than 85 employees will work from existing offices in Dallas and Houston.
Named principals of the new firm are Tom Reisenbichler, David Collins and Steve Milner, formerly of CRA; along with Doug Demers and Wayne Cage, formerly of Perkins & Will. Phil Callison, Paul Donaldson and Randy Hood, formerly of CRA; and Rick Polvino, formerly of Perkins & Will, were named associate principals.
Tom Reisenbichler will serve as managing principal, and along with David Collins and Doug Demers, will oversee the yearlong integration process.
"This merger, strengthens our presence in the Midwestern and Southwestern geographic markets and capitalizes on the market segments in which both firms have excelled: healthcare, science and technology, education, interiors, corporate/commercial, institutional and senior living," said Tom Reisenbichler, managing principal, Perkins & Will/CRA.
Perkins & Will and CRA began discussions based on the desires of both companies to expand capabilities and increase market share. Perkins & Will¹s international presence and depth complement CRA¹s established 14-year local presence and mature practice.
"The strength of Perkins & Will‡CRA is born from the outstanding success of each individual company," said Doug Demers, principal, Perkins & Will/CRA. "We are in a position to add additional talent and continue exploring growth opportunities."
This merger is part of the Perkins & Will overall strategy, that began with the Dallas opening of Perkins & Will¹s Texas office just one year ago in Harwood International Center. Other firms successfully aligned with Perkins & Will include: Eva Maddox and Associates in Chicago, DTS Shaw Associates in Boston, Gary Wheeler Associates in Minneapolis and Nix Mann Associates in Atlanta.
The Perkins & Will/CRA client roster includes HCA, Baylor Health Care System, Good Shepherd Medical Center, Marriott Senior Living Services, TRIAD Hospital Corporation, The University of Texas at Arlington, Harwood International, Sears, Trammell Crow Company, Texas Health Resources, IASIS Healthcare Corporation, City of Carrollton, City of Cedar Hill, MedCath, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Capital Senior Living, UBS Warburg, The Staubach Company and Cambridge Healthcare Development.