NWH Company NELSON to establish one of the largest integrated design networks in Atlanta

November 27
NWH Company NELSON to establish one of the largest integrate...

NWH, the Minneapolis-based holding company of renowned design firm NELSON, is continuing on its growth path with its largest acquisition to date and has announced its intention to merge operations with Wakefield Beasley & Associates (WBA) and WB Interiors (WBI).

On the heels of six acquisitions earlier this year, the consolidation of WBA – which is ranked third on Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top Architecture firms list– with NELSON and WBI – which are ranked third and eighth respectively, in the ABC Top Commercial Interior Firms – will create one of the nation’s largest design firms in the region. The firm has grown 150%in the last five years, and with WBA and WBI, NELSON will add nearly 200employees to its regional team.

Founded in 1980, WBA offers architectural design services to more than nineteen private and public sector markets. WB Interiors was founded in 1985 to serve as WBA’s interiors partner and has since grown the business to serve clients in more than a dozen separate markets in the southeast and nationally.

By offering architectural and interior design services to a diverse and loyal client base, WBA and WBI have grown their combined professional portfolio and expanded regionally, with offices in Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL, Dallas, TX and Charleston, SC.

“WBA and WBI are strong brands with specialized expertise in markets that are complementary to our business,” said Ozzie Nelson, Jr., Chairman and CEO of both NELSON and NWH. “This strategic merger will take NELSON to the next level in architecture and add manpower and bench strength to our well-established interiors practice. As a combined business, we can increase our capacity to provide client-based and experience driven integrated design services throughout the Southeast and nationally.”

“Culturally, our companies align perfectly,” says Lamar Wakefield, CEO of Wakefield Beasley & Associates and Vice President of WB Interiors. “We both prioritize relationships with our clients to deliver positive outcomes. With NELSON’s resources and national footprint, together, we have a tremendous opportunity to expand into new markets and better serve our clients.”

The combined firm will employ nearly 900, with more than 350 sitting in NELSON’s Southeast Region. The firm expects to exceed $160 Million in revenue in 2018, with an unprecedented percentage of revenue from mid-and high-rise architecture. 

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