Minneapolis-based architectural/engineering firm Ellerbe Becket was acquired by AECOM.
Ellerbe Becket, which also has offices in San Francisco, Dallas, Kansas City and Washington, D.C., as well as Doha, Qatar, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will be called AECOM Ellerbe Becket.
“We’re bringing together top-notch professionals committed to building the next generation integrated design practice,” says Joe Brown, FASLA, chief executive of Planning, Design + Development for AECOM. “Together, we have an opportunity to forge new responses to better serve clients in a world where resource scarcity, urbanization, environmental change and economic uncertainty factor into projects of every scale. These challenges demand the reinvention of the roles of architect, interior designer, landscape architect, scientist, ecologist, engineer, planner and economist.”
A broad range of AECOM professionals work from local studios on four continents, combining regional knowledge and global expertise in a connected approach to creating, enhancing and sustaining built and social environments. Ellerbe Becket adds 450 professionals practicing from seven offices in the U.S. and Middle East.
“With the AECOM global platform of services, we’re broadening the expertise and knowledge that we can apply to our clients’ projects,” says Rick Lincicome, AIA, Ellerbe Becket’s CEO. “Increasingly, projects of all sizes are affected by the global environmental and economic issues. The added resources that we can apply to these projects from the earliest stages will allow us to deliver exemplary local solutions for clients while making a difference in the world. We’re thrilled to be a part of the AECOM team.”
According to AECOM, the union of Ellerbe Becket and AECOM fortifies a platform of connected expertise. AECOM services address the complete building lifecycle, from design, to operation, to maintenance and post-occupancy—as well as integrating buildings into a community, region and environment through economic analysis, urban design, environmental and ecological planning, and cultural understanding.
AECOM projects include the largest LEED-certified building in China, the low-energy NASA “Sustainability Base” at Moffett Field, renovation of the historic Lafayette and Eisenhower executive office buildings in Washington, DC., the award-winning Los Angeles Police Department Administration building and Giant Interactive Headquarters Phase 2 in Shanghai.
Other AECOM work includes landscape design for the Tokyo Midtown development, program management of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi and market analysis for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong.