Architecture firms NELSON and H2L2 have combined operations, adding H2L2’s higher education and infrastructure practices to NELSON’s account management and service delivery platform, the Philadelphia-based companies announced.
H2L2, an architecture, planning and interior design firm, will brand itself as H2L2, a NELSON company, and will operate as part of the family of NELSON companies. This marks the 17th time NELSON has merged or combined operations with another firm in the last 10 years. The combination with H2L2 will help NELSON transition from a largely interiors and engineering-focused firm to a full service A/E firm.
In its academic practice alone, H2L2 has served more than 100 institutions worldwide in 45 countries. The firm has delivered projects for institutions such as The Hun School, Penn State University, Temple University, University of Delaware, SUNY Cortland, Delaware State University, Shippensburg University, Monmouth University, American University in Cairo, International School of Amsterdam, International School of Kenya, and International American School of Warsaw.
“H2L2 has been able to leverage academic work on the global stage and deliver a broad range of project types for educational institutions worldwide,” said Barry Eiswerth, AIA, ANA, the Senior Principal of H2L2. “With the support of NELSON’s account and service delivery platform, we will be able to evolve and raise our practice by several levels.”
H2L2’s notable infrastructure portfolio includes the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, the Frederick Doulas-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge, the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge, the Palm-Jumeirah Gateway Bridge in Dubai, and one of the firm’s first projects—Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
The combined firm will be composed of nearly 400 designers, architects, engineers, planners, and strategists, and will have 38 locations, further extending the reach of the NELSON platform.