Clayco’s Announcement of Lamar Johnson Collaborative is Making an Impact

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Clayco’s Announcement of Lamar Johnson Collaborative is Making an Impact

CHICAGO – Yesterday’s announcement by top 20 constructor Clayco introducing the Lamar Johnson Collaborative, a new combined firm of more than 240 professionals in five offices with industry-leading capabilities in integrated design and delivery, is being noticed for its focus on transforming the industry. Here are some of the highlights of coverage from the announcement:

REBusinessClayco subsidiary combines with architecture firm BatesForum
Among the firm’s unique capabilities are its technical assurance group, which consults with project teams to apply lesson from the built environment to projects still on the drawing board, and the virtual design and construction team, which provides building information modeling support. The combined firm now exceeds 200 active architecture and design projects in 24 states, while together with parent company Clayco, the overall construction value of projects exceeds $4 billion.

Architect MagazineLamar Johnson Collaborative and BatesForum combine under Clayco Banner
“The inefficiency that remains in the traditional design-bid-build construction model needs to change,” said LJC CEO Lamar Johnson, FAIA.

St. Louis Business JournalClayco redesigns architecture division
The goal is to have all architecture and design services in-house rather than to subcontract to outside firms to offer a streamlined, more efficient service that saves clients time and money, officials said.

The Real Deal Cheat SheetArchitecture firms Lamar Johnson, BatesForum merging
Namesake Lamar Johnson will head up the new organization, which will continue to be based in Chicago…Clayco acquired LJC in October, several months after Clayco subsidiary Forum Studio merged with Bates. [REJournals]

REJournalsClayco architecture firms LJC and BatesForum to merge
“We will be able to use the deep bench of resources and industry-leading technology of Clayco to deliver the best solution for the project client, whether we are the designer, executive architect or providing integrated delivery and full turnkey solutions.”

St. Louis Post DispatchClayco’s BatesForum and Lamar Johnson Collaborative combining
“The inefficiency that remains in the traditional design-bid-build construction model needs to change,” noted LJC CEO Lamar Johnson. “We believe we can leverage our combined firm’s proven capabilities in integrated execution to bring a similar approach to a broader range of projects and clients.”

Building Design + ConstructionClayco combines architecture and design assets into one business unit
“The future of design is integrated,” says Clayco CEO and founder Bob Clark. “Our integrated delivery model will set a new standard by completely disrupting the inefficiency of the traditional paradigm of design-bid-build.”

Northwest Arkansas Business JournalBatesForum parent company is merging its two architecture firms
The new firm will have 240 employees combined, offices in Bentonville, Chicago, San Francisco, and Springfield, Mo., and St. Louis and more than $4 billion in projects at various stages. The merger is effective immediately.