National architecture and engineering firm HED has announced a deal to merge with Puchlik Design Associates, an award-winning architectural firm specializing in healthcare facility design headquartered in Pasadena, California.

"We have partnered with PDA on several occasions and have not only been successful but gratified in the similarity between our two cultures,” HED CEO Peter Devereaux, FAIA, said in a statement. “HED has a large presence in southern California and we have been serving clients in the healthcare sector in other parts of the country for decades. Bringing in PDA was a natural step towards deepening our commitment to southern California and to our expansive set of healthcare clients to provide greater, nationwide service."

The deal is part of an ongoing effort by Southfield-based HED to invest in its healthcare clients in the region and nationally.

"Our firm will always seek out methods to provide greater depth and nuance in our services to our clients,” Devereaux added. “This is especially important in technically complex, mission-driven sectors like healthcare, which stand to create the greatest impact for our communities. By bringing PDA into the HED family we are continuing our commitment to design excellence and creating positive impact for our clients and communities. PDA's decades of knowledge in California, a geography that leads the nation in healthcare trends and standards, combined with our existing depth of talent and national reach will bring tangible benefits to our healthcare clients."

The PDA leadership and staff will join the HED Los Angeles team in its expanded location in 2020, punctuating the firm's success and expansion in the region. They join other teams working in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco, bringing the firm's total staff to over 470 people.

PDA Principal Gerry Puchlik added: "We believe that this merger is one of complementary cultures. Like PDA, HED advocates that the role of the designer is to directly and positively impact end users, and they seek to produce designs that create this positive impact for clients and communities through deliberate decision making that contributes to care delivery, health, and wellbeing of the people who inhabit these spaces. I can't imagine a better fit for the future of our talented team."