Perkins+Will Canada Launches as Unified Firm with Addition of Vermeulen Hind Architects

Federation of three practices under the Perkins+Will Canada name will strengthen offerings, deepen healthcare expertise

ONTARIO, April 28 /CNW/ - Perkins+Will Canada launches today as a unified national practice. The launch sees Ottawa and Hamilton (Dundas)-based Vermeulen Hind Architects, one of Canada's leading healthcare architectural firms, merge with Shore Tilbe Perkins+Will, celebrated for its focus on civic and recreation architecture, and Vancouver-based Busby Perkins+Will, widely regarded as one of North America's leading green practices. The combination marks the official launch of Perkins+Will Canada, establishing the firm among the pre-eminent interdisciplinary design practices in the nation.

"The addition of Vermeulen Hind supports the Perkins+Will strategy to grow by targeted merger, creating a larger pool of expertise and talent in key practices that complement our existing strengths," said Peter Busby, Managing Director, Vancouver. "The establishment of Perkins+Will Canada translates into greater access to the Canadian and international marketplace, while maintaining our commitment to the local communities where we operate."

"Now is the right time to solidify the Perkins+Will brand in Canada," said D'Arcy Arthurs, Managing Director, Ontario. "Not only does the Vermeulen Hind merger expand our Ontario market with highly regarded healthcare experience, something we've been anticipating for some time, but it gives us a strategic foundation to build a broader presence across the country and across specialties."

Founded in 1992, Vermeulen Hind provides a depth of experience in designing specialized healthcare facilities, including cancer centres. The firm's portfolio ranges from smaller, adaptive re-use and restoration projects to larger, multi-phase institutional transformations. Vermeulen Hind, along with Perkins+Will's current Toronto office, will comprise the Ontario practice of Perkins+Will Canada.

"Each Perkins+Will Canada office shares a common philosophy of design excellence, and combining the knowledge, expertise and resources of our legacy firms will result in one of the strongest and most innovative architecture practices in North America," said Fred Vermeulen, Healthcare Market Sector Leader, Ontario. "By collaborating with our colleagues across Perkins+Will, we will be able to strengthen our offering and better meet the growing needs of our diverse client base."

About Perkins+Will
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will (www.perkinswill.com) is an integrated design firm serving clients from offices in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, Dundas, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Research Triangle Park, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, DC. The firm practices architecture, interiors, branded environments, planning + strategies, Preservation + Adaptive Reuse, and urban design for clients in the aviation + transit, corporate + commercial + civic, healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, science + technology and Sports + Recreation markets. Perkins+Will routinely ranks among the world's top design firms and has received hundreds of awards, including the prestigious American Institute of Architects' "Firm of the Year Award." Social responsibility has been a driving philosophy at Perkins+Will since the firm's beginnings in 1935. The firm has committed to the 1% Solution through Public Architecture, promising to donate time pro bono to non-profit organizations in need of design services. With more LEED® Accredited Professionals than any design firm in North America, Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the preeminent sustainable design firm in the country. Perkins+Will was the first multi-office company to commit to the 2030 Challenge, in which the firm has pledged that all of their projects be designed to carbon neutrality by the year 2030.

About Vermeulen Hind Architects
Founded in 1992, the firm specializes in cancer centre, healthcare and research facility design. The firm provides a full complement of comprehensive services - architecture, interior, urban and landscape design, and master and space planning - across two Ontario offices: one in Dundas and one in Ottawa.

Vermeulen Hind is bound by a common thread - to provide comfortable, healthy and stimulating experiences that celebrate life, promote wellness, contribute positively to community and heighten cultural awareness, all with a high degree of professionalism and social responsibility.

SOURCE Perkins+Will Canada

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Ian Roberts, 416-642-7906 iroberts@webershandwick.com

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