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AO Acquires in Silicon Valley

AO, formerly known as Architects Orange and the largest largest architectural group in Orange County, announced has acquired a Silicon Valley design firm.

The agency, which is based in the city of Orange, said it has merged with WHL Architects, a Sunnyvale-based science and technology design firm founded in 1987 by Douglas White. White joins AO as a principal and will spearhead a new science and technology studio alongside AO Partner Rob Budetti.

“Our merger with WHL enables us to leverage Douglas White’s extensive expertise and the legacy of his firm, which spans more than three decades delivering state-of-the-art labs and facilities to industry-leading companies nationwide and internationally,” Budetti said in a statement.

With an office also in San Diego, the firm will provide services for a range of specialty buildings, including data centers and research labs.

White, who has more than 40 years of experience, has clients including Google and Western Digital Corp.

AO reported $60.6 million in OC architectural billings for the year ended June 30, 2019. It also reported 290 employees in Orange County, including 60 architects.

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