Two architectural firms with impressive portfolios are joining forces in the city.
Quinn Young Architects, established nearly 30 years ago in Calgary and firmly rooted in this community, has merged with Group2 Architecture and Interior Design, which has busy practices in Red Deer, Edmonton, Saskatoon as well as Calgary.
Sheldon Quinn and Rob Young will remain as active mentors and principals with the new Group2/QYA. They're joined by the newly appointed managing principals in the Calgary studio: architects Susan Taff from Quinn Young and Stacy Christensen from Group2.
The two companies share a mutual respect for each other, says Taff, who got to know Craig Webber, managing principal of Group2, at conferences and other meetings, and established a relationship that recognized their shared reputations for high quality work and long-term relationships with clients.
They also shared many areas of expertise including portfolios in education and recreation, and realized that their combined strengths would create positive synergies and a stronger organization with greater opportunities for all staff.
Taff has been with Quinn Young since 1997, and Christensen left Zeidler Carruthers Architects to join the new Group2 Calgary office in 2004.
The merger brings together other expertise available to the Calgary studio, including an interior design team led by Kari Anne Gaume, another newly appointed principal in the Red Deer office. In Edmonton Barry Johns, who merged his Edmonton practice with Group2 five years ago, has been appointed executive director of design and Alan Partridge, an expert in Building Information Modeling, has been named executive director of integrated practice.
Group2 in Calgary has been working on a number of projects for Alberta Health Services and the University of Calgary, including the Cochrane Community Health Centre and in association with Perkins + Will on the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. At the university, it designed the Black Box Theatre in Craigie Hall and is working on the main floor of the tower.
The firm's recreation experience is evident in projects such as the G.H. Dawe Community Centre and the Collicut Centre in Red Deer and the Meadows Community Recreation Centre and Public Library in Edmonton.
Quinn Young in Calgary designed the impressive and very busy South Fish Creek Educational/Recreational and Library complex, which is undergoing an expansion. It was also responsible for the new Centennial Arena and recreation centre in Okotoks and was sub-consultant with Gibbs Gage Architects on the YMCA portion of the Genesis Centre of Community in northeast Calgary.
The facility expansion Quinn Young designed for the Calgary Winter Club is under construction .
The Calgary office is also currently responsible for designing seven schools in the Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement-3 program while it has worked for many years designing Canadian Tire stores from Victoria to New Brunswick.
The merger will bring together more than 30 staff in the Second Street S.E. studio - making it the largest of the Group2 offices.
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