Canadian architect IBI Group acquires Florida’s RLC Architects

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Canadian-based architect IBI Group Inc. says it has acquired Florida-based architectural firm, RLC Architects.

RLC’s diverse team of 25 professional staff will bring significant experience across the industrial, residential, commercial, education and interior architecture sectors, IBI said in an April 4 statement..

“RLC complements IBI’s existing industrial engineering and architectural business, expands its U.S. market presence and contributes to the firm’s long-term growth strategy. The Acquisition demonstrates IBI’s commitment to prudent and accretive growth while supporting an ongoing commitment to sustainability, given RLC’s leadership in ‘green design’ across South Florida,” the statement says.

“Integrating the RLC team’s expertise and focus on industrial distribution centres — a key element of efficient supply chains — adds a unique skillset to IBI, which enhances our industrial engineering and architectural practice and expands our U.S. reach,” said IBI Group CEO Scott Stewart.

“The acquisition supports our growth strategy and contributes to revenue, backlog and ongoing margin improvement. The team at IBI is very pleased to welcome RLC and look forward to a successful integration that will enable us to efficiently grow to other regions.”

Founded in 1990, RLC specializes in planning and designing buildings and communities in South Florida. RLC’s focus on sustainable design and client-focused solutions will combine with IBI’s focus on improving urban livability and taking action on climate change, the statement says.

“The RLC team is very excited to become part of IBI Group,” said RLC president Bruce W. Retzsch. “RLC’s 32-year legacy of design excellence and client service is continuously expanding. Combining our skill sets will enable the firm to realize synergies across a broad range of services, while IBI’s technology-driven design approach will enable us to deliver higher levels of service for our clients. We see many opportunities to leverage our respective strengths, expand our service offerings and continue driving long-term growth.”

The acquisition builds upon IBI Group’s strategic focus on growing its urban environment and infrastructure design presence in the U.S, IBI says.

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