Harley Ellis Devereaux Merger Expands Health Care Practice


tHarley Ellis Devereaux — a full-service design firm based in Southfield — has merged with BFHL, a San Francisco-based architectural firm that specializes in health care and senior living projects.

tThe merger with BFHL adds 15 health care architects to Harley Ellis Devereaux’s Bay Area practice, bringing the staff there to 32 professionals with expertise in both health care and science and technology. With the partnership, Harley Ellis, founded in Detroit in 1908 as Harley and Atcheson, will have 300 professionals.

t“The merger enhances Harley Ellis Devereaux’s strong credentials in the health care market, and the increased staff size in the Bay Area will improve the firm’s capabilities in the health care market sector,” says Gary Skog, chairman and CEO of Harley Ellis Devereaux, which has designed numerous buildings in Detroit, including the former Globe Theatre, The Ashley (formerly Milner Apartments), the Rackham Building, the Belle Isle Peace Carillon, and the Veteran’s Memorial Building.

tThe newly merged San Francisco practice will continue to operate from separate office sites, and plans are underway to combine the two offices in the future. BFHL’s principals, Ralph Lotito and Brett Paloutzian, will maintain their roles at Harley Ellis Devereaux as well as serve as health care studio leaders.

t“We are excited about joining Harley Ellis Devereaux and expanding the firm’s Healthcare Studio’s presence on the West Coast,” Paloutzian says. “The combination of BFHL’s experience and reputation in the Bay Area and Harley Ellis Devereaux’s extensive health care portfolio will provide our clients with an even broader range of services.”

tHarley Ellis Devereaux, which also has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Diego, announced in December that it will be part of the development team for the University of South California – Village at USC in Los Angeles.