Array Architects announced today the acquisition of DCC Design Group (Wilmington, DE), the leading healthcare-focused interior design firm in the Mid-Atlantic. The move provides strategic growth and expands Array’s interior design capacity to serve clients, adding even more talent to the award-winning group. Array’s leadership team also deepens as a result. Nicole Cocolin, formerly President of DCC Design Group, now steps into the role of Principal & Practice Leader, Interior Design.
“DCC Design Group is a perfect fit for integration with Array,” said Array Architects President Noah Tolson. “We share a mutual dedication to a process-led approach, unwavering commitment to client service, a passion for design excellence, and a relentless focus on healthcare – making it a natural synergy that is destined to shine for our clients.”
Impact on Clients and Partners
Array and DCC’s clients, many of whom were already shared, now benefit from a deeper roster of interior designers. The team’s diverse work experience advances an environment of knowledge sharing, benefiting the team’s collective projects across the country. The expanded capacity not only offers fresh collaboration prospects for clients, but also enhances the progress of ongoing endeavors. With nearly a decade of project collaboration, the two firms will seamlessly integrate.
The acquisition provides new opportunities for Array to continue its history of partnering with other designers. As Array Advisors serves as a strategic partner for design firms across the country, so too will the DCC team continue their track record of collaborating throughout the industry to assemble a client’s ideal team.
“In my work, creativity and passion are driving forces, and I aim to inspire those values,” Nicole Cocolin said. “Array, with its holistic design environment and unwavering appreciation for every discipline, was the natural choice for my team.”
A Shared History
DCC Design Group started in 2015 by partnering with Array on a project at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. However, even before then, the firm was on Nicole Cocolin’s radar.
“When I contemplated stepping in the world of entrepreneurship, I scoured the industry for women who had blazed a trail. Patricia Malick, the co-founder of Array, was a beacon of inspiration,” Cocolin fondly reflects. “Her journey became a guiding light for me as I embarked on the path of building my own firm.”
Cocolin now assumes Malick’s role prior to retirement – Practice Leader, Interior Design – a role with which she will seek to inspire other young interior designers and women to be industry leaders.
Looking to the Future
The timing of the acquisition and resultant growth is fortuitous as Array serves a growing list of healthcare clients across the country from six East Coast locations.
“In the case of Array adding DCC, the collective synergy exceeds individual components,” said Noah Tolson. “Our market reach will continue to grow, and our team will embrace collaboration and partnership, learning from each other, and elevating our client deliverables to the next level.”
Array Architects is a leading healthcare design firm serving clients throughout the U.S. Array operates from six locations across the East Coast. The firm offers knowledge-based, data-informed services, including planning, architecture, interior design, transformation and asset advisory services. Using Lean as a foundation for a unique process-led approach, Array’s deliverables use data and technology to leverage real-time patient and real estate market trends required by today’s healthcare organizations. The company’s devotion to a healthcare-exclusive practice springs from the belief in the power of design and technology to improve patient outcomes, maximize operational efficiencies, and increase staff satisfaction.