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SLAM expands in sports with Heery acquisition

The S/L/A/M Collaborative and CBRE have announced SLAM’s acquisition of five Heery Architectural Design Practices from CBRE.

The transaction includes the CBRE | Heery sports design practice in Atlanta, the justice design practice in Orlando, and the healthcare design practices in Denver, Iowa City and Philadelphia. Approximately 70 Heery professionals will join SLAM’s team.

Heery’s sports design group has completed several marquee projects in the Collegiate Athletics market, such as University of Texas DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium renovations/expansions, University of Cincinnati Nippert Stadium expansion, Georgia State University’s conversion of Turner Field to GSU Stadium, University of Arizona Lowell Stevens’ Football Facility, Georgia Tech Football Locker Room renovation, and West Virginia University Puskar Football Operations Center renovation/expansion, to name a few.

Heery has designed over 300 sports projects on 97 campuses. Heery’s sports portfolio (previously mentioned) will be combined with SLAM’s sports portfolio that includes University of Notre Dame’s Campus Crossroads project and Dunkin’ Donuts Ballpark, plus other ice hockey arenas, ballparks, and recreation centres.

The agreement also includes the stand-alone Heery Design offices associated with these practices, as well as the respective architectural book of business.

Going forward, the five Heery practices will be known as Heery Design, a SLAM Studio. CBRE, which acquired Heery in 2017, will retain full ownership of the Heery interior design and engineering businesses, which are part of their project management services offering.

The deal significantly increases SLAM’s size (now 210 employees), functional expertise and geographic footprint.

SLAM is nationally known for its design of healthcare, education, corporate and sports facilities, including groundbreaking work for leaders like the University of Notre Dame, United Technologies, Pfizer and Johns Hopkins Hospital & University.

The firm also offers integrated landscape architecture, structural engineering and interior design. Prior to the Heery Design acquisition, SLAM had offices in Connecticut, New York, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles.