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Health Care Design Firm WMBA Joins DLR Group in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC — DLR Group CEO Griff Davenport announces the acquisition of Charlotte-based health care design firm Wright McGraw Beyer Architects. DLR Group established its Charlotte office in 2016 and provides K-12 Education, Higher Education, Performing Arts, Sports, and Workplace design for public and private clients in the region. WMBA and DLR Group will merge operations to create a 45-person Charlotte office.

Founded in 1996, WMBA practices solely in health care, specializing in the planning, design, and interiors for acute care facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, behavioral health, bio-medical centers, and medical office buildings for health systems across the Southeast. In Charlotte, WMBA has delivered multiple projects for both Atrium Health and Novant Health.

“A fundamental part of DLR Group’s growth strategy is adding firms with a focused design expertise in markets where we have an established DLR Group office,” Davenport said. “Our Charlotte office is experiencing rapid growth in K-12, Higher Education, and Workplace. Adding WMBA and an established health care practice to the office enables us to develop a significant footprint in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas.”

Founders Todd McGraw, NCARB, and John Beyer, AIA, will join DLR Group as Principals, along with Studio Director Damian Huneycutt, AIA, and Director of Interior Design Wendy Ferlisi, NCIDQ and continue to lead the office’s health care design practice, which will operate as DLR Group | WMBA.

The Charlotte office will provide clients an array of integrated design services including planning; architecture; structural, electrical, and mechanical engineering; and interior design. WMBA clients will also have access to a depth of design expertise — laboratory planning, clean room design, acoustics, lighting, high performance design, and more — as part of DLR Group.

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DLR Group is an integrated design firm providing architecture, engineering, planning, interior design, and building optimization across the United States, China, the Middle East, and Eastern Africa. Core areas of design expertise include Civic, Courts, Energy Services, Higher Education, Hospitality, Justice, K-12 Education, Mixed-Use, Sports, and Workplace.

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