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Joining forces

image Staffelbach’s Jo Heinz, DLR Group CEO Griff Davenport and Staffelbach’s Andre Staffelbach

DALLAS/FT WORTH -DLR Group is ready to go big in the Big D. In August, Dallas-based design firm Staffelbach joined the integrated design firm, enabling it to establish a Dallas base to serve Texas clients, expand its interiors expertise, and reach new clients for its courts, education, healthcare, hospitality, performing arts, retail, sports and workplace studios.




    Staffelbach’s reputation as a strong interior architecture firm caught the attention of DLR Group, who wanted to expand its range of design services to include full service architecture and engineering as part of an integrated design process. Hall of Fame Swiss-born interior designer Andre Staffelbach FIIDA founded the firm in 1966, and was joined in Dallas 19 years later by Jo Heinz, FIIDA. Together, they grew the firm to include 70 design professionals, including 23 licensed architects and interior designers. DLR Group has made its mark on major Texas cities with substantial design projects, most recently Dallas’ Canopy Hotel by Hilton, which will be complete in November.
    Operations will be immediately merged with full integration, and the firm will change its name to DLR Group/Staffelbach effective Oct. 2. Staffelbach joins DLR Group offices in Austin and Houston and maintains a Dallas office led by Heinz.
    “Everyone in the firm is so excited about it,” Heinz says. “Staffelbach is 51 years old, and DLR Group is also celebrat-ing it’s 50th, so this is an exciting way for Staffelbach to evolve. It elevates our firm to the next level. There are more services, more sectors more prominence nation-ally, internationally and globally. It allows us to ensure the continuity of the Staffelbach design legacy we are so proud of and we are so excited to be a part of DLR Group.”
    DLR Group is an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, inte-riors, planning and building optimization for new construction, renovation and adap-tive reuse. Staffelbach is a specialized group of interior designers, architects and plan-ners. –mjm. Photo credit: DLR Group

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net