NELSON Acquires EHS Design to Expand Services in Seattle Office

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Effective January 1, EHS Design will become EHS Design, A NELSON Company

EHS Design is joining operations with NELSON

Mia Marshall, Managaing Principal, on EHS Design joining NELSON, "This is a terrific opportunity to bring EHS to amazing new heights."

In a move that unites a Seattle boutique architecture and interior design firm with a global multi-discipline powerhouse, EHS Design is joining operations with NELSON. An exciting, immediate benefit is a combined firm that can truly bring a “one stop shop” to clients, combining EHS’s excellent interior design, architecture and planning with NELSON’s branding, engineering and other consulting services.

EHS Design, a fully integrated interior design, architecture and strategic planning firm and NELSON, a global full-service design, architecture, engineering and consulting services firm are joining forces to expand EHS Design’s reach and NELSON’s services to clients in the Seattle office and in the surrounding West Coast region.

Founded by Jack Emick and Mindy Howard in 1977, EHS Design developed an impressive client list and reputation through dedication to their clients and a unique and empowering culture. Rapid success ensued, and with the firm merging with Paul Seibert & Associates in 1992, continued its evolution into a full-service design firm with emphasis on corporate interiors and architecture for retail, financial, civic, government and multi-family residential clients. From this newest endeavor with NELSON, EHS will not only expand their service offerings, but will also fuse the resources of a global firm with the client-focused boutique experience that is one of EHS’s trademarks.

“Our vision for NELSON has led to just under 30 mergers throughout the past 14 years,” said John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr., Chairman and CEO of NELSON. “This joining achieves one of NELSON’s goals to continue to expand our services to new geographies and, with the EHS team, continue to build on their strong presence in Seattle and their relationship with clients across North America. EHS’s ability to quickly move into action and respond to clients’ needs with our network of nearly 500 Teammates will bring enormous opportunities on a national scale.”

An exciting part of the transition is the shift of firm management to Mia Marshall, who will take over the reins as Managing Principal of the Seattle office as part of the expansion. “This is a terrific opportunity to bring EHS to amazing new heights, and I am thrilled to see our firm taking this step”, stated Marshall. “I am delighted that all of the EHS principals are moving forward together on this new path, and the legacy of EHS’s leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and responsiveness to our clients will continue seamlessly through this transition.”

The management transition will allow Jack to shift his focus back to how EHS began – through building and maintaining client relationships. “By making this powerful decision to join operations with NELSON, we will be able to reach existing and new clients on a national and international level while offering an expanded array of services,” said Jack Emick. As Director of Operations, Mindy’s primary role will be to manage the day-to-day operations of the Seattle office in conjunction with corporate policies.

“We are thrilled to bring a greater depth of services to our projects while continuing our client-driven philosophy that got us where we are today,” said Paul Seibert, Principal, Financial and Retail Design, EHS Design. Paul will continue his award-winning work for financial institutions while expanding his expertise to retail environments on a national scale.

Effective January 1, EHS Design will become EHS Design, A NELSON Company, and operate as a division of NELSON before fully transitioning into the NELSON brand and becoming a major hub office for the firm.

NELSON was founded in 1977 and has grown to 35 locations across the globe. With expertise in a broad range of industries, NELSON works with more than 20 percent of companies in the Fortune 100 and is nationally ranked as one of the top firms specializing in Corporate Office Design on Interior Design Magazine’s Top 100 Giants list. For more information, visit

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