NELSON and H2L2 Join Forces Creating a Full Service A/E firm with Corporate, Academic and Infrastructure Focus
The Commons at the International School of Kenya is envisioned to be the hub of the ISK campus and will draw students from the Elementary School, Middle School and High School.
ING Direct is making as big an impact on Wilmington as it is on the global financial services industry, while keeping in mind its Dutch origins.
ING Direct believes âsaving money should be as simple as having a cup of coffee,â so it has created a number of cafĂ©s around the nation where people can come [...]
Brookdale Community College operates its long-established main campus at Lincroft, New Jersey, along with the Western Monmouth campus in Freehold and five other facilities in Monmouth County, including Wall, Northern Monmouth, Eastern Monmouth, Long Branch and Sandy Hook Higher Education Center.Â Additionally, Brookdale leads the Communiversity, an alliance of six New Jersey colleges offering post-associate [...]
Graded, The American School of SĂŁo Paulo, one of the largest private schools in South America, is updating its master plan in celebration of its 90th Anniversary. Presently, the campus has an enrollment of 1200 students on approximately 7 hectares of land. Â In late 2010, H2L2 began to develop a new master plan that responds [...]
H2L2 is currently developing a Master Plan for ISL in order to prepare for an expanded enrollment of 50%.Â The school is located in a pastoral residential area of Lausanne and currently has an enrollment of 630 students.Â Though the existing campus was built only five years ago, the rapid regional growth has increased the [...]
The West Campus Athletic Field Development began with the master plan several years ago. Since then, it has expanded and evolved into a significant sports complex that includes a variety of synthetic and natural turf fields, tennis courts, grandstands and parking. The most notable structures in the complex include the Indoor Sports, Recreation, and Wellness [...]
One of the finest international schools in the world, the International School of Kenya sits in a beautiful 50 acre, park-like campus.Â The very pleasant blending of traditional and modern architecture in a rich tropical landscape is a stimulating setting for the students who come from 74 countries.Â Responding to enrollment demands and the need [...]
H2L2 recently celebrated 10 years of involvement with ACE and H2L2âs 100th ACE event by hosting an enthusiastic discussion of bridge structures and building design, accompanied by a few well-appreciated slices of pizza.Â Â âItâs truly one of the most rewarding parts of my careerâ explains H2L2 design architect Joanne Pizzo, AIA, who along with co-team [...]
The Flagler Memorial Bridge is one of three bridges that connect the Town of Palm Beach to Floridaâs mainland and the City of West Palm Beach. The other two bridges are the Royal Park Bridge, which was also designed by H2L2, and the Southern Boulevard Bridge which are located 0.8 miles and 2.9 miles, respectively, [...]
Seeking to create a one-of-a-kind living and learning environment, The Hun School of Princeton selected H2L2 for its new Global Commons & Resident Life Building following a nationwide search. Â An inventive mixed-use building situated on Hunâs historic Mall, the Commons boasts a student life center, classrooms, and bookstore adjacent to an upscale tech-cafĂ© with spacious [...]
Construction Today Magazine Awards H2L2 with Outstanding Achievement for Blank Rome LLP Conference Center
Construction Today Magazine has awarded H2L2’s architecture and interior design for Blank Rome LLP’s Conference Center 10th and 11th Floors in Philadelphia, PA as one of the Best Commercial Projects under $15 million dollars in their Fall 2010 issue.Â Â This is the 14th Annual Construction Excellence Awards issue for Construction Today Magazine, and H2L2’s first [...]
From Mayor Nutter’s Office of Communications:Â
Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced today the reopening of the South StreetÂ Â
Bridge to all traffic. The Mayor was joined at a ribbon-cutting ceremony by City, State and Federal government officials as well as community leaders to celebrate the major infrastructure development. The $67 million reconstruction project began on December 8, [...]
Foundation Hall, Wagner College’s newest on-campus residence, received an Excellence Award for Exterior and Natural Beauty and an Achievement Award for Interior and Interior Decorating in the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce 49th Annual Building Awards Program.
TheÂ awards will be presented at a special luncheon, to be held on December 3, 2010 at the Hilton Garden [...]
Thomas Piotrowski, Principal at H2L2 Architects/Planners was recently awarded an honorary medal from Wroclaw University of Technology in Wroclaw, Poland.Â The official presentation of the medal will be held on the day of Holy Doctrine of Wroclaw on November 15, 2010.Â Â Announcement from Wroclaw University of Technology
Thomas Piotrowski joined H2L2 in 1978 bringing his outstanding design [...]
Team H2L2 is the 2010 Architectâs Softball League CHAMPIONS!!!!
Final Score:Â IPS â 10, H2L2 -11
Thatâs right!Â For the first time ever in our 103-year history!Â Itâs an amazing win, weâre an amazing team, and itâs a victory for the whole firm and anyone who ever wore an H2L2 Softball T-shirt, and thatâs a lot of people.Â [...]
H2L2âs design approach centers foremost on the critical reading of the site and context as well as the aspirations of bringing a new building of this size to ISL.Â H2L2âs envisions our design as a âUnified School, in a Parkâ, which explains the overarching idea to bring to ISL a new building that not only [...]
Earlier this month, H2L2âs Director of Global Initiatives, Natalia Olson-Urtecho, traveled to China for a trade mission in conjunction with the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia.Â The mission gives participants an opportunity to meet face-to-face with prospective pre-screened business partners, explore export opportunities for their products and services, and get first-hand experience in the [...]
On Tuesday, January 12th, tragic struck the island-nation of Haiti.Â A catastrophic earthquake left hundreds of thousands killed and about a million people homeless.Â A quarter of a million residences were either destroyed or damaged and about fifty-thousand commercial properties.Â One of the properties was The Union School of Haiti.Â
Douglas Steele, Principal at H2L2 Architects/Planners, [...]
Wagner College, a private college in Staten Island, New York, dedicated their first residence hall in over forty years a few weeks ago.Â H2L2 designed the 4-story, 200-bed, $24-million residence hall which maxed out at 72,000 square feet.Â Construction lasted approximately 2 years and the building was dedicated in March 2010.Â The new residence hall [...]
In 2007, H2L2 celebrated our centennial as a firm, which was founded over a hundred years ago by renowned, architect-educator Paul Philippe Cret.Â Cretâs firm would have never gotten off the ground without his first major project.Â That project was the House of Americas for the Organization of American States.Â In 1907, the Organization of [...]
Bruce Chamberlin, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, will present, “Facilities Planning and Design – An Overview” at the upcoming European Council of Independent Schools (ECIS) April Administrator’s Conference between April 8th-11th, 2010 in Malta. Below is a short abstract from Mr. Chamberlin’s presentation.
Mr. Chamberlin will provide an update on current trends in school planning and [...]
As a charter member of The Greater Philadelphia Green Business Commitment, H2L2 Architects Planners recently completed 75 sustainable initiatives and became the first architectural firm to achieve Gold status.Â The firmâs office policies were reformatted to adhere to more sustainable practices to reduce its carbon footprint: the firm officially put into place practices such as [...]
H2L2 Principal Thomas Piotrowski and Architect Bruce Chamberlin were selected to present a paper at the International Bridge Conference in May, 2009.Â Â The paper, entitled âUrban Planning and the Design of Bridgesâ, addressed Americaâs need to rehabilitate miles of highways and interstates over the next few decades while keeping safety, planning, efficiency, community impact, and [...]
Detailing in the recently completed law offices of Ashby & Geddes in Wilmington, Delaware, designed by H2L2 and executed by C. Erickson & Sons, Inc., was recently awarded an âExcellence in Craftsmanshipâ by the General Building Contractors Association.
H2L2 focused on capturing and expressing the firmâs personality.Â Â Natural light and a warm neutral color palette set [...]
NELSON and H2L2 Join Forces Creating a Full Service A/E firm
NELSON and H2L2 Join Forces Creating a Full Service A/E firm
with Corporate, Academic and Infrastructure Focus
PHILADELPHIA â October 23, 2012 â NELSON, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, and H2L2, a leading international architectural design firm widely known for its higher education and infrastructure practices, have announced that they will combine operations effective immediately. Effective October 15, 2012, H2L2 will brand itself as H2L2, a NELSON company and will operate as part of the family of NELSON companies. While both firms are based in Philadelphia, the combination is foreseen to have world-wide impact in the industry.
Founded in 1907 as the practice of master architect Paul Phillipe Cret, H2L2 is one of the few architectural design firms to remain in continuous operations in the United States for more than 100 years. With regard to its four primary practice areas â architecture, planning, interior design and infrastructure â the firm was built on the belief that successful structures and spaces should not merely perform, they should transform, to create enriching environments. H2L2 is best known for its global academic and infrastructure practices with an ongoing reputation for inspired solutions that produce inspiring results. In its academic practice alone, H2L2 has served over 100 institutions worldwide in 45 countries and delivered landmark projects for institutions such as The Hun School, Penn State University, Temple University, University of Delaware, SUNY Cortland, Delaware State University, Shippensburg University, Monmouth University, American University in Cairo, International School of Amsterdam, International School of Kenya and International American School of Warsaw.
The firm also has an established history of delivering prominent interiors projects for a diverse range of corporate clients such as AAA Mid-Atlantic, ING Direct, DuPont and SAP; and legal clients including Drinker Biddle and Reath, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads and Blank Rome.
The addition of H2L2âs infrastructure capabilities will expand NELSONâs offering into a new market sector and service line. H2L2âs notable infrastructure portfolio includes the extraordinary Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, the award-winning Fredrick Douglas-Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge, the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge, the Palm-Jumeirah Gateway Bridge in Dubai and one of the firmâs first projects â Philadelphiaâs renowned Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
The combination of the firms will be most transformational for NELSON due to the addition of H2L2âs architecture, planning and infrastructure design capabilities, adding broad experience and an expanded client base to NELSONâs existing practice areas. In addition to the work NELSON delivers in its local markets, both domestically and internationally, NELSON is best known for its established account management and service delivery platform. Representative clients include Bank of America, Citi, HSBC, Duane Morris, Seyfarth Shaw, Astra Zeneca and Google.
âDue to the global reach, size and composition of the H2L2 practice, the combination of these firms will immediately evolve the NELSON brand beyond what we have achieved with previous mergers,â says NELSON President and CEO John âOzzieâ Nelson, Jr. This will mark the 17th time NELSON has merged or combined operations with another firm in the past 10 years. The combining of the firms will help NELSON to transition from a largely interiors and engineering focused firm to a full service A/E firm. Perhaps the most noteworthy impact is the addition of a world class educational practice group. âH2L2 has been able to leverage academic work on the global stage and deliver a broad range of project types for educational institutions worldwide,â said Barry Eiswerth, AIA, ANA, the senior principal of H2L2. âWith the support of NELSONâs account and service delivery platform, we will be able to evolve and raise our practice by several levels.â
The firmsâ coming together is largely the byproduct of a common vision of both leaders. Mr. Nelson was educated in business and has 25 years of experience with the interiors firm that his father, John Nelson, Sr., founded in 1977. He assumed the helm by becoming president of NELSON 10 years ago. Mr. Eiswerth joined H2L2 directly after college and followed the more traditional path as an architect becoming senior principal in the firm in 1990. While they may have chosen somewhat different paths, their common vision has been to build organizations that are excellent and relevant within the industry, meaningful for their clients and increasingly global reach. Combining operations will dramatically expedite this vision. While Mr. Nelson and his NELSON leadership team will lead the combined operations, Mr. Eiswerth and his partners, Thomas P. Piotrowski, AIA, Mykhaylo S. Kulynych, AIA, and Douglas E. R. Steele, AIA, AICP, will assume significant roles in the combined organization. The combined firm will be comprised of almost 400 designers, architects, engineers, planners and strategists and have 38 locations further extending the reach of the NELSON platform.
NELSON, currently preparing to celebrate its 35th Anniversary, was formed in 1977 as an interior design firm. Since that time, the company has grown to an integrated services firm offering a full range of architecture, design, engineering and strategic services. With more than 400 Teammates in 32 locations around the world and strong experience in a broad range of industries, NELSON works with more than 20 percent of companies in the Fortune 100 and is nationally ranked as the #3 firm specializing in Corporate Office Design on Interior Design Magazineâs Top 100 Giants list. The firm also specializes in sustainable design and advisory services, professional services spaces, the financial industry, advertising/media firms, retail design, higher education and multi-family housing. For more information, visit www.nelsononline.com.
H2L2 Architects/Planners is a Philadelphia-based architecture, planning and interior design firm, founded in 1907 as the office of internationally renowned architect-educator Paul Philippe Cret. Cretâs partners carried on the practice after Cretâs passing in 1945, changing the firmâs name to Harbison Hough Livingston & Larson (later shortened to H2L2). The firm focuses its design and planning talent on the academic, healthcare, corporate/commercial and infrastructure (bridges and roadways) market sectors throughout the United States and abroad. Guided by a rich history and the commitment that each project must address the specific context, culture, goals and aspiration of the individual client for which it is made, H2L2 creates buildings and environments that are informed by experience, by clientsâ tastes and preferences and by the talent and vision of the firmâs professional staff and leadership. For more information, visit www.H2L2.com.