Skip Main Links
exterior of American University School of Communication
firm news

DLR Group Invests in Four Key Markets

(MINNEAPOLIS, October 4, 2021) – DLR Group added specific sector expertise and expanded its local presence in four key markets through strategic acquisitions during the summer of 2021. Adhering to a defined model for growth in existing markets, DLR Group added Salus Architecture (Seattle) and BakerNowicki Design Studio (San Diego) on the West Coast, and Bowie Gridley Architects (Washington, D.C.) and Wright McGraw Beyers Architects (Charlotte) on the East Coast.

In May, healthcare design firm Salus Architecture joined DLR Group in Seattle. Salus is exclusively dedicated to healthcare design, specializing in the delivery of complex acute and ambulatory care facilities.

a healthcare corridor divided by a triangular nurses station

Evergreen Health Progressive Care Unit in Kirkland, WA. Image courtesy of Salus Architecture.

Salus was founded in 2014 by R. David Frum, FAIA, FACHA; together with Dale Anderson, AIA, EDAC; and Douglas McNutt, AIA. Salus will continue to serve the needs of healthcare clients in the Pacific Northwest as DLR Group|Salus while actively collaborating with DLR Group’s Healthcare sector to enhance healthcare design for clients nationwide.

multi level pathways in courtyard of Design39 campus. White building with multicolor glass in double height window section

Design39Campus in San Diego. Photo courtesy of BakerNowicki.

DLR Group established a presence in San Diego with the acquisition of BakerNowicki in August. Formed in 2011 by architects Jon Baker, FAIA, and Richard Nowicki, AIA, the firm’s sole practice is educational architecture for K-12 and higher education clients. It also brings specific expertise in education funding to benefit all DLR Group K-12 school district clients in California.

The firm will operate as DLR Group|BakerNowicki in the San Diego market and joins with DLR Group K-12 studios in Los Angeles, Riverside, Sacramento, and San Francisco to serve the interests of education clients throughout California. A San Diego office also enhances the ability of DLR Group’s Hospitality, Mixed-Use, Transportation, and Federal market teams to meet the needs of local and national clients in the market.

a brick building with white detailing and a brick pathway lead to a pillared entrance

St. John Hall Student Center at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. Photo courtesy of BGA.

On the East Coast, Washington, D.C.–based design firm Bowie Gridley joined DLR Group in August. Founded in 1981 by Calvert S. Bowie, AIA, and William C. Gridley, FAIA, Bowie Gridley specializes in master planning and design for K-12 independent school clients along the Atlantic Coast and throughout the Northeast.

Bowie Gridley’s focused expertise in master planning and design of K-12 independent school campuses are a natural complement to DLR Group’s globally leading K-12 Education practice. It will operate as DLR Group|Bowie Gridley in its core independent school market and will join with DLR Group’s existing Washington, D.C. office in a new location to establish an office of 65 design professionals.

dining space with white tables and chairs, wood panel ceiling, and white round bulb pendant lighting

Octapharma AG North American HQ in Charlotte, NC. Photo courtesy of WMBA.

Also in August, DLR Group further enhanced its healthcare design capabilities with the addition of Charlotte-based healthcare design firm Wright McGraw Beyer Architects. Established in 1996, founders Todd McGraw, NCARB, and John Beyer, AIA, built a firm that practices exclusively in healthcare. WMBA specializes in planning, design, and interiors for acute care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, behavioral health, bio-medical centers, and medical office buildings for health systems across the Southeast.

DLR Group established a Charlotte office in 2016 that provides K-12 Education, Higher Education, Performing Arts, Sports, and Workplace design for public and private clients in the region. WMBA and DLR Group will merge operations to create a 45-person Charlotte office.

As the design industry evolves, DLR Group’s multi-discipline, integrated design approach is appealing to firm leaders seeking scale to improve their competitive position in both local markets and core sectors. DLR Group offers those firms access to in-house structural and MEP engineering, interiors, high performance design, acoustics, lighting, advanced design technology, and the full suite of design resources available within a 1,200-person design firm.

DLR Group is a 100% employee-owned firm. The employee-ownership opportunity for staff also provides firm leaders with a proven method of ownership transition to ensure a firm’s design legacy as part of DLR Group. All the design professionals joining the firm will have the opportunity to purchase stock in DLR Group in December during the firm’s annual stock exchange.

Lead image: American University School of Communication. Photo courtesy of BGA. 

DLR Group Senior Principal and Brand Communications Manager andy ernsting
For media queries, please contact: Andy Ernsting, Brand Communications Leader

Firm News

The Latest


In the Media

Contact Us

Contact Us

  • Ready for the latest updates, delivered right to your inbox? By checking Subscribe, you agree to receive DLR Group’s weekly newsletter.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.