WCL Interiors Merges Into NELSON
WCL Interiors Merges Into NELSON
MINNEAPOLIS – March 4, 2014 – NELSON, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, has reached an agreement to merge the operations of WCL Interiors, Inc. into NELSON in the Twin Cities market. WCL Interiors provides specialty interior design/planning services to corporations, building owners, commercial real estate brokers and asset/property managers. After a brief period of transition, WCL Interiors will operate under the NELSON brand and consolidate into NELSON’s current office space in Minneapolis.
WCL Interiors, Inc. was founded in 1996 by Harold Ness and David Silus who have 50 years of combined industry experience. The firm’s primary areas of expertise are tenant leasehold improvement planning and building area management for commercial office and industrial buildings. Services include facilities programming, interior design plans and finish selection, furniture and workstation design and facilities services for clients such as Arctic Cat Inc. (corporate headquarters), Medtox Laboratories Inc. and Epicor Software Solutions.
“Perhaps more than in any other region of the country, Upper Midwest clients want to know that firms like NELSON have local roots that are strong and deep,” said Claudia Reichert, CID, LEED® AP, Managing Principal of NELSON’s Upper Midwest operations. “They also want to be confident that they have chosen to work with talented subject matter experts who are engaged with national trends and employ industry leading best practices across a broad range of categories, including a specialty area like tenant improvement. By combining our substantial strengths in each of these areas, NELSON and WCL Interiors will be able to continue and extend our shared traditions of innovative solutions delivered with excellent service.”
“WCL Interiors and NELSON are perfect partners,” said David Silus, CID, Principal of WCL Interiors, Inc. “While we both have broad experience in what has been WCL’s specialty niche of tenant improvement, WCL Interiors now can offer clients a greater range of resources, expanded services and specialty capabilities that NELSON has developed locally and across the country. The diversity in our client bases and the long-standing relationships that WCL Interiors enjoys will open the combined firm to new opportunities throughout the Upper Midwest region and with companies whose needs extend nationally and internationally.”
NELSON has 35 locations and is comprised of almost 400 designers, architects, engineers, planners and strategists. The local team, which includes 36 Teammates and approximately $5 million in annual revenue, will continue to be led by Claudia Reichert while David Silus and Harold Ness will join NELSON as Principals.
“Our vision for NELSON along with our understanding of how our industry has changed and continues to evolve has led to more than 20 mergers throughout the past 14 years,” said John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr., Chairman and CEO of NELSON. “As someone who leads a global organization from Minneapolis, it makes me proud to be able to bring these companies together in this market. I know that clients throughout the Twin Cities and the region will benefit, and I am confident that Claudia, David and Harold will make the transition seamless for existing clients. In addition, I know that the value of this new local team will quickly ripple across the highly collaborative NELSON network of offices and Teammates.”
The deal is effective immediately and WCL Interiors moved into NELSON’s existing office space at 1201 Marquette Avenue South on Monday, March 3.
NELSON was founded in 1977 and has grown to an integrated services firm offering a full range of architecture, design, engineering and strategic consulting services. With Teammates in multiple locations around the world and strong experience in a broad range of industries, NELSON works with more than 20 percent of companies in the Fortune 100 and is nationally ranked as one of the top firms specializing in Corporate Office Design on Interior Design Magazine’s Top 100 Giants list. The firm also specializes in sustainable design and advisory services, the legal workplace, the financial industry, advertising/media firms, retail design, academic buildings, healthcare, government projects and multi-family housing. For more information, visit www.NELSONonline.com.
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