Barge Design Solutions acquires Gould Turner Group, Nashville-based healthcare and education architectural design firm

November 8, 2019


AEC Advisors advised Barge Design Solutions on their acquisition of Gould Turner Group (GTG), a Nashville-based architectural, planning, and interior design firm specializing in healthcare and educational design.


Barge Design Solutions is a multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, consulting, and surveying firm headquartered in Nashville, TN with 470 employees across 16 offices throughout the southeast US. In the past two years, Barge has experienced nearly 38% growth, adding more than 180 new employees and opening two new offices.

“GTG has set the standard in the architecture and interior design world for nearly 40 years,” said Bob Higgins, CEO of Barge Design Solutions. “This is a partnership that will double the size of our architectural team, adding top-tier professionals with expertise in health care and higher education design."


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