292 Design Group merges with JLG Architects

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.

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 architecture 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 how our communities experience education, healthcare, recreation, sports, and public space. 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