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292 Design Group Merges with JLG Architects

PRESS RELEASE

Contact:

Tracy Nicholson, (701) 640.3284 or tnicholson@jlgarchitects.com

MINNEAPOLIS, MNSEPTEMBER 14, 2022 JLG Architects announced today that Minneapolis-based 292 Design Group has joined JLG’s employee-owned firm of over 170 team members across four states. JLG currently has 10 offices and is highly ranked on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies.
 
“We are two firms that truly believe in the capacity of great design – inclusive design that reflects the culture and aspirations of its stakeholders – to positively impact the health, well-being, and future growth of every community. This is a powerful alliance that will take community, education, and sports-focused design to the next level.”
Michelle Mongeon Allen, CEO, JLG Architects
 
292 Design Group was established in 2009 by three partners who had worked together for several years in a previous firm: Pam Anderson, AIA, CID, LEED AP; Tom Betti, AIA, NCARB; and Mark Wentzell, AIA. Prior to the merger with JLG, 292 was a full-service architecture and planning firm that provided feasibility and assessment studies, comprehensive planning, architectural and interior design, and environmental graphics. Their team brings over three decades of experience to JLG in a range of facilities design, including ice arenas, community and wellness centers, healthcare clinics, and educational spaces.
 
“The decision to merge 292 with JLG provides a great opportunity for two firms that value great design to come together and elevate the human experience in the education, community, healthcare, recreation, and sports sectors. When two companies unite with shared values, expertise, and the desire to raise our game, the sky is the limit for not only JLG but our clients!”
Tom Betti, AIA, NCARB - 292 Design Group Partner
 
The transition marks the fifth merger in JLG’s company history, focused on elevating the firm’s collective expertise, accessibility, and Design for Life approach. “Design for Life is all about the betterment of community – we focus on the human experience – how people use spaces, what design can bring to its users, and how it can work to transform the surrounding community,” said Dave Dimond, JLG’s Director of Design. “The decision to merge with 292 was simple – their approach is so much like our own – if it’s not designed to make life better, engage the community, and elevate its function, it doesn’t move forward.”
 
JLG is currently recognized by Inc. Magazine as a Top 50 Best Places to Work, a 2022 Great Place to Work®-Certified company, one of MSN Money’s 50 Most Admired Companies, and a Sports Architecture Giant by Building Design+Construction.
 
JLG’s merger leverages 292 Design Group’s broad experience with higher education, PK-12, and healthcare with current and ongoing projects with Minnesota State, St. Louis Park School District, and Park Nicollet Clinics. 292 also brings distinct ice arena, sport, and recreational experience with award-winning projects spanning the Midwest and across the country.
 
“We are very excited to bring 292 into the JLG family – not only do they bring a diverse portfolio of education, healthcare, and community-focused projects, but they also have fantastic ice arena, sport facility, and recreational experience. Their strong work ethic, relationship-based culture, and expertise aligns perfectly with JLG’s current and future ambitions.”
Dave Dimond, Director of Design, JLG Architects
 
 
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About JLG Architects
In 1989, JLG Architects emerged in the Midwest as a two-person firm founded by Gary Johnson and Lonnie Laffen. With a “DESIGN for LIFE” approach to architecture, their integrity and vision became the firm’s catalyst for national growth in leadership, peer education, and client connectivity. Today, JLG is a national pacesetter and home to over 170 employee-owners across 10 offices. The firm is expertly engineered to advance the sectors of higher education, K12, medical, sport, wellness, and community design.
 
Through collaborative solutions, nurtured relationships, and environmental stewardship, the firm invokes a lifelong approach to design with unified goals at the helm: increase clients’ well-being, brand, bottom line, and sustainability. We take our clients’ success personally, driving design that engages occupants, elevates architectural standards, and enriches the lives of our clients and community. 
 
For more information about JLG Architects, visit jlgarchitects.com.
 
For additional information, please contact:
Tracy Nicholson
(701) 640.3284
tnicholson@jlgarchitects.com