WHR Architects Announces Opening of North Carolina Office

Charles H. Griffin AIA, FACHA, EDAC Named Principal-in-Charge of Healthcare

Raleigh, NC, April 30, 2015 --(PR.com)-- WHR Architects, one of the nation’s leading healthcare architectural practices, has expanded its healthcare presence in North Carolina, establishing an office in Raleigh. While WHR has been working with clients in the region since 2009, the strategic decision was based on increased demand for healthcare services in North Carolina, as well as WHR’s dynamic growth and its recent merger with EYP, a recognized leader in the design of facilities for higher education and government. WHR’s office is located at 811 West Hargett Street.

Charles H. Griffin AIA, FACHA, EDAC, WHR’s senior principal who has been actively engaged with REX Healthcare on the new North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital, will lead the healthcare practice. “Our involvement in the region has shown us that there is an exceptional opportunity to combine our national experience with North Carolina’s accomplished healthcare organizations and leaders to meet the needs of the market. We look forward to collaborating with the finest minds in the Research Triangle and beyond.”

The healthcare studio leaders for the Raleigh office are Michelle McNutt AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, senior project architect, and Terence McCabe AIA, CSI, LEED® AP, senior project manager. Together, they oversee all WHR healthcare projects in North Carolina. McNutt and McCabe bring two decades of experience working with leading North Carolina healthcare and research institutions including Duke University Medical Center, East Carolina University, Morehead Memorial Hospital, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Randolph Hospital, REX Healthcare, Sampson Regional Medical Center, Triangle Physician Network, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine, UNC Healthcare and multiple UNC Hospitals.

In keeping with WHR’s approach to delivering the highest levels of expertise on projects wherever they are located, additional WHR specialists will work with the Raleigh team. Mark Vaughan AIA, ACHA, a nationally known senior medical planner who has worked extensively with REX Healthcare alongside Charles Griffin, will be the senior medical planning resource for the Raleigh office.

“Our new healthcare office allows us to provide focused healthcare design solutions responsively throughout North Carolina and the southeast,” says David Watkins, FAIA, Founding Principal of WHR, the healthcare practice of EYP. “We see an increased demand for specialized healthcare expertise and are already building a team in Raleigh that can deliver the high level of service our clients deserve.”

WHR’s recent national healthcare and research project experience includes work with CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Stamford Hospital’s New Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut; Jersey Shore University Medical Center Cancer Center in Neptune, New Jersey; Children's Medical Center Dallas; Houston Methodist Hospital’s North Campus expansion and Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Texas Trauma Institute in the Texas Medical Center. Internationally, WHR is working on the Bispebjerg New Hospital Laboratory and Logistics Building in Copenhagen, Denmark.

About WHR:
WHR, based in Houston, Texas, with additional offices in Dallas, Raleigh, New York City and Copenhagen, Denmark, is a full-service architecture and interior design firm, currently ranked No. 1 in healthcare renovation and the 13th largest healthcare design practice in the United States. The firm’s commitment to critical thinking is balanced by an ingrained empathy that results in both improved project outcomes and positive working experiences for their clients. With over 180 people, the healthcare practice group is working on projects worldwide for top tier public and private education and medical institutions. WHR is the healthcare practice group of EYP Inc. For more information about WHR Architects, visit http://www.whrarchitects.com.

About EYP:
EYP is a renowned global provider of high-performance building design, research, and consulting services to higher education, government, healthcare, and corporate clients. Ranked No. 1 in sustainability and fifth overall on Architect magazine’s prestigious Architect 50, the company provides seamless project delivery with access to the award-winning expertise and resources of its family of practice groups, which includes sustainable design leader EYP Architecture & Engineering; WHR Architects, healthcare design specialists; and The Weidt Group, building energy performance specialists. More than 550 professionals in architecture, engineering, energy, and interior design collaborate across 15 offices in the United States and Europe to deliver expertise-driven design. For more information, visit http://eypaedesign.com/.
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