Stantec says that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Anshen + Allen, one of North America�s leading health care architectural firms with more than 200 employees and offices in San Francisco, Columbus, Boston and London.

�The combination of Anshen + Allen and Stantec will create a global architecture practice with particular expertise in the design of health care and education facilities,� says Bob Gomes, Stantec president and CEO. �One of our objectives is to expand and strengthen our building design practice across North America, and the addition of this internationally recognized and respected firm will help to fulfill that goal.�

Anshen + Allen�s portfolio of health care, education and research facility projects reflects its belief that good design transforms lives. Notable assignments include the new University of California, San Francisco Medical Center at Mission Bay; the Veterinary Research Tower renovation at Cornell University; the Physical Sciences Building at the University of California, Santa Cruz; and major projects for the Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System, Palomar Pomerado Health district, Stanford University and Kaiser Permanente.

Stantec and Anshen + Allen recently worked together on the LEED silver-certified Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco.

In addition to being a successful firm in the United States, Anshen + Allen is considered to be a leader in health care facility design in the United Kingdom. Noteworthy projects delivered out of the London office include the Octav Botnar Wing at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, the Sir Henry Wellcome Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre at the University of Mancester, a new wing at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and The London Clinic Cancer Centre.

�We chose Stantec because it offers a strong platform for us to compete for projects that have significance and impact worldwide,� says Roger Swanson, Anshen + Allen CEO, who will continue with Stantec in a leadership position. �As one of the world�s top health care practices, joining together allows us to plan strategically for our future as our industry undergoes profound global changes.�