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NORR expands U.S. design practice

NORR has announced the acquisition of Chicago’s DM Design Group. Led by Peter Dubin, AIA, IIDA and Dick Mann, AIA, DM Design Group has more than 35 years of leadership in the design of hospitality and retail facilities, multi-family and senior housing, education and a wide range of other public sector projects.

DM Design Group’s portfolio includes luxury, boutique, full-service, and select-service hotels, ranging from renovation and conversion to adaptive re-use and new hotel design in low-, mid-, and high-rise configurations. Their single-site and multi-location restaurant spaces, from cafes to custom-fine dining establishments encourage food and beverage sales and deliver maximum value per square foot.

NORR’s president, and president and CEO of its parent organization, the Ingenium Group, Victor Smith, says, “NORR’s planned, steady expansion in U.S. regional markets has proven to be a successful strategy, bringing our clients the benefits of additional skills and capacity, with superior local service. The acquisition of DM Design Group adds to our strengths in business sectors that will be increasingly important to the American economy and expands our reach into the Midwest.”

Smith adds, “Peter Dubin and Dick Mann bring with them a talented team dedicated to client service. They have been extremely successful at building a strong network of repeat clients, as evidenced by their long term relationships with some of the nation’s leading brands.”

The group’s current projects include hospitality work in Asia and a major new prototype project for an international hotel client, including three hotel designs for projects across Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. Ongoing senior housing projects include market rate and affordable developments for independent living, assisted living and supportive living facilities for both profit and not-for-profit clients.

“Joining with NORR, a strong organization with a long stable history, secures a sustainable future for our firm and its clients. My partner, Dick Mann, and I believe that joining NORR gives us the ability to expand our business, resources and corporate profile worldwide and allows us to provide new areas of expertise to support our clients,” says Peter Dubin.

DM Design Group will now operate as NORR Illinois Inc., a member of the Ingenium Group of companies, which is a global architecture, engineering, planning and construction organization.

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