Gardner PLUS Proudly Announces Joining LaBella Associates!

Gardner PLUS is proud to announce joining LaBella Associates, effective October 31st.  We’re excited about the opportunity to share our knowledge with our new colleagues, and start a collaboration that will be beneficial to our team, our clients, and our friends.  We'll make the transition as seamless as possible - you can still reach any of us at our Gardner phone and email addresses.

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LaBella Associates announces the acquisition of Gardner PLUS Architects today.  The acquisition will be effective October 31st.  Both firms are headquartered in Rochester.

Founded in 1990, Gardner PLUS celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015 with an appearance on the Rochester Top 100.  The firm’s largest practice area is a specialty in healthcare design.  “We’ve developed relationships with over a dozen healthcare systems,” Gardner PLUS President David Gardner said.  “Our growth is a direct result of our clients’ continued trust in the firm.”

2015 also marked LaBella Associates’ 13th appearance on the Top 100, the result of a growth rate of 20% annually over the past five years. “Healthcare design has become an important part of our company’s growth,” LaBella President Robert A. Healy said.  “Our Cleveland team, and their relationship with the Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth, has created exciting opportunities.  In Buffalo, we’ve developed a positive working relationship with Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Adding Gardner PLUS’s expertise to our Rochester studio will enhance our ability to serve the healthcare industry.”

The combined team will be well positioned to share expertise and take on larger projects. All Gardner PLUS employees will be retained in the acquisition, although physically relocating to LaBella’s office will occur in the coming months.  “Plans are underway to relocate everyone to our High Falls headquarters as soon as possible,” Healy said.  “We’re looking forward to collaborating and providing Gardner clients a seamless transition.”

In addition to specialty healthcare design services like medical planning, wayfinding design, and Certificate of Need (CON) assistance, Gardner PLUS clients can benefit from LaBella’s full service approach if they desire.  LaBella offers in-house mechanical, electrical, plumbing and civil engineering, bridge and highway engineering, planning, and environmental consulting.  “We’ll always respect and value the relationships we have with other consultants, and their knowledge of our clients’ facilities,” Gardner said. “LaBella’s approach has always been to put the right resources in place, whether in-house or using outside expertise.”

Outside of healthcare, Gardner’s projects in the commercial, recreation and government markets will fit into LaBella’s diverse portfolio.  “LaBella has always been focused on long-term relationships, not individual projects,” Healy said.  “We’re pleased Gardner PLUS has chosen to continue their success as part of our team.”


LaBella Associates is a 450+ person consulting firm specializing in architecture, engineering, environmental consulting, surveying, planning and grant writing.  Headquartered in Rochester, the firm has a total of 15 locations and was recently named a Rochester Top Workplace in 2016. Learn more about the firm by visiting or watch a short video.