Harley Ellis Devereaux, BFHL Architects announce merger

Move will enhance HED's credentials in the healthcare market and the San Francisco Bay Area.

September 09, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, CA— Effective January 1, 2014, Ralph Lotito and Brett Paloutzian have merged BFHL, comprising 15 healthcare architects, with Harley Ellis Devereaux. A national architecture and engineering firm in practice since 1908, Harley Ellis Devereaux has offices in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, CA. The new combined firm will provide Ralph, Brett and their San Francisco team with deep resources for enhanced project delivery and cutting edge expertise. The newly expanded Bay Area practice will constitute 32 professionals with expertise in both Healthcare and Science and Technology. As part of a 300 member firm, they will become a vital component of Harley Ellis Devereaux’s National Healthcare practice.

“The merger enhances Harley Ellis Devereaux’s strong credentials in the Healthcare market and the increased staff size in the Bay Area will improve the firm’s capabilities in the Healthcare market sector.” reports Gary Skog, Chairman & CEO of Harley Ellis Devereaux.

BFHL is an architectural and planning firm that has specialized in healthcare & senior living projects since its inception in 1980. With two complementary Principals who have worked together for the past 15 years, the leadership and direction is defined by a unique combination of both technical and planning expertise. Their passion is creating healing environments for patients, residents and staff that have their foundation in efficient, long-term and flexible planning. They thrive with complex projects that are technically challenging and are at the forefront of new technologies in medicine. In the end, what many of their clients and partners appreciate the most is that they are personable and easy to talk to. They value their relationships and work with Clients, pushing them at times, to discover new ways to connect with their patients, residents and staff.

The firm’s principals, Ralph Lotito and Brett Paloutzian, will continue on as principals at Harley Ellis Devereaux with each taking on the role of Healthcare Studio Leader.

Brett Paloutzian says of the new HED affiliation, “We are excited about joining Harley Ellis Devereaux and expanding the firm’s Healthcare Studio’s presence on the west coast. The combination of BFHL’s experience and reputation in the Bay Area and Harley Ellis Devereaux’s extensive Healthcare portfolio will provide our clients with an even broader range of services, thought leadership and design excellence.”

The newly merged Bay Area practice will continue to operate from both office locations while plans are made for co-location at a later date.

About Harley Ellis Devereaux

Harley Ellis Devereaux was founded in 1908 and is one of the few design firms in the nation to reach their 100-year milestone. The longevity of the firm is important because it has fostered the financial stability which has served the firm well through the recent economic downturn. Harley Ellis Devereaux has a wealth of experience to draw from and to build upon, a quality-focused approach, a clear sense of its roots, culture and, most importantly, a clear vision for the future. Today, the firm is a full-service design firm with 300 professionals located in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco serving clients in the Corporate & Commercial, Educational, Healthcare and Science & Technology markets.

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