Orcutt | Winslow acquires Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock
Orcutt | Winslow, a Phoenix-based design firm, has signed an agreement to acquire Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock (HHCP) Architects, an international planning/architectural firm in Orlando, Florida, to expand its offering and better serve its customers in new complementary markets. Bringing together over 100 years of architectural practice, the experience-driven collaboration strategy will mark a new opportunity to create unique design offerings and “new” competition in an ever-changing playing field. Both companies view this as a fusion of talent, aligned with their values of authenticity, and will maintain a company size that emphasizes global agility and personal attention.
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In a world that constantly yearns for new ways to innovate and collaborate, companies are responding with an intentional approach that will benefit emerging customer expectations through cross-pollination of markets. HHCP brings a wide range of offerings to its portfolio spanning 36 countries, with globally recognized projects in Orlando and as far as Southeast Asia and the MENA region. HHCP will be known as “HHCP | a Orcutt | Winslow Company” and leverages the wedding’s presence in the entertainment and hospitality markets in the United States and abroad, adding a front-row seat in experiential innovation to Orcutt | Winslow’s current award-winning healthcare, senior living and education spaces.
“This merger will encourage a very direct focus on improving the customer experience within a new ‘collaboration’ that will challenge tomorrow’s expectations in the workplace, healthcare, education and our everyday life”, Orcutt | Neil Terry, Winslow’s partner, said. “Current and future generations seek authentic and transformational experiences in everything they encounter – as architects, that’s what we live to give.”
By joining forces, the company and its clients benefit from expanded resources and a broader workforce as it enters new market sectors with cross-expertise between project types. As a company, Orcutt | Winslow offers increased capability for integrated interior design and planning; greater geographic connections closer to customers; ability to leverage global design influences; broader networking opportunities; and focus on customer experiences across all markets.
Consumer preferences towards experiential purchases over material purchases are not a new concept, but they are related to the unique perspective HHCP | a Orcutt | Winslow Company has for its clients and their projects. In fact, authenticity has been a core value for both companies, as they focus on people seeking authentic human experiences in the environments they create, rather than simply viewing architecture as a commodity. .
“We want to be a living laboratory that translates what is happening in the world around us into spaces that are often considered more institutional. It is a continuous trend for several decades, with a peak in a breaking movement. We’ll see fresh new ideas coming from places we didn’t expect,” said Daily Wright, Director, Head of Interior Design at Orcutt | Winslow.
The company will also raise recruitment expectations amid the current labor shortage and generational divide in the workforce, serving as an incubator for future industry leaders. With 52 percent of Orcutt | Winslow’s team belonging to the Millennial or Generation Z categories, HHCP’s transitioning presidents Michael Chatham and Gregory Dungan have embraced mentorship as a primary role in their mission within the new corporate structure. In addition, the company overall benefits from a deep and diverse group of more than 50 permanent employees ranging in age from 5 to 30, promoting a full range of thought leadership to best meet the individual perspectives of each client.
“Collaborating with a firm that shares values is an absolute priority for us because we are proud to remain medium-sized. We need to be nimble, but competitive with big architecture firms and mega-corporations,” said HHCP’s Chatham. “In fact, HHCP has been considered a ‘best kept secret’ as a boutique company capable of winning large-scale projects. At the end of the day, what really matters to us is continuing to help customers make decisions quickly and find innovation in their own applications. We believe Orcutt | Winslow shares these same beliefs, and we will bring in great new talent and leadership. »
Another exciting service offering embraced by HHCP is the Construction Litigation Support Group, known as CASE (Construction Analysis, Support and Evaluation). This team helps attorneys, landlords, design professionals, contractors, risk insurers and sureties engaged in dispute resolution efforts to find, grow and win their business. CASE Division Will Bring Expertise to All Orcutt | Winslow offices, with the ability to expand nationally.
For more information, visit owp.com.