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Aecom buys Ellerbe Becket

Ellerbe Becket, a world-renowned architecture, interiors and engineering firm is joining the architecture, planning and engineering firm AECOM. “We’re bringing together top-notch professionals committed to building the next generation integrated design practice,” said 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 United States 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,” said Rick Lincicome, AIA, Ellerbe Becket’s chief executive officer. “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.”

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.

Ellerbe Becket, designers of the landmark Kingdom Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is also one of the world’s leading healthcare designers, accomplishing such notable projects as the Mayo Clinic Gonda Building in Rochester, Minn., University Hospital in Dubai Healthcare City; and in Seoul, Korea – Samsung Cancer Center – the largest cancer center in Asia. The firm is also well known for its sports expertise, and is responsible for the design of best-in class venues such as Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and Qwest Field for the NFL Seattle Seahawks. Projects currently underway include the new VA Medical Center in Orlando, Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, NY, and the renewal of the Minneapolis campus of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

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