City Design Group and Marcad Lighting Design have merged to become CD+M Lighting Design Group, LLC. The union of the two companies broadens their fields of expertise, strengthens their support services, and improves their ability to serve clients nationwide.
With offices in Atlanta and Orlando and a joint-venture office in Tianjin, China, City Design Group was established in 1986 by Ted Ferreira. The scope of its work has covered the full spectrum of architectural and specialty lighting design in the US and worldwide. Marcad Lighting Design, based in Mission Hills, California, was launched by Marc Rosenberg in 1993 with a focus on hospitality, gaming, and cruise ship markets.
“There was not a great deal of overlap between our two companies; we complement each other very well,” notes Ferreira. “With the merger, each of us gains expertise in new markets in addition to a presence on both coasts.”
“We are a good fit,” Rosenberg agrees. “By coming together as CD+M we’ve rounded out the company and become truly full service. We now have the opportunity to grow the business in all markets of the industry.”
CD+M principals Ferreira and Rosenberg have elevated Terry Bell, formerly an associate principal with City Design Group and manager of its Orlando office, to full partner status with the new company. "Terry has done an excellent job of managing new projects nationwide since establishing our office in Florida and I look forward to extending our successful partnership and friendship in the years to come," adds Ferreira.
Individually, City Design Group and Marcad Lighting Design have carved out distinguished reputations in architectural lighting design.
City Design Group recently finished the Da Gu Bridge in Tianjin, China, a six-lane auto and pedestrian thoroughfare in the heart of the city and one of six bridges in Tianjin's redevelopment plan that CDG has designed to date. The firm netted an IIDA Merit Award for its work and the project was featured on the cover of ASCE Civil Engineering Magazine in March 2006.
City Design Group also received an IIDA Merit Award and the GE Edison Award of Merit for its lighting design of the Georgia State Capitol Rotunda, part of the Georgia Building Authority’s multi-year, $70 million renovation of this historic monument.
Ted Ferreira is a frequent speaker at domestic and international trade conferences. He just returned from addressing the PALME Conference in Dubai, UAE where he discussed lighting for leisure projects; he is slated to speak at Light Middle East in May on a similar topic.
Currently, Marcad is developing interior lighting for atria, restaurants, bars, lounges and other public spaces aboard Cunard Lines’s new Queen Victoria - sister ship to the Queen Mary 2 slated for its maiden voyage in 2007. Other recent Marcad work includes the latest phase of The Forum Shops at Caesar’s and THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, both in Las Vegas and the relighting of Jan Styka’s 195’ x 45’ Crucifixion painting at Forest Lawn Glendale, California which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the artwork’s initial public display.
Marcad received IIDA Merit Awards for its lighting design for the Rio Hotel Convention Center and the Hard Rock Hotel’s Palapa Hut & Grotto Bar, both in Las Vegas, as well as a GE Edison Award of Merit for the Venus Fort Shopping Mall in Tokyo.
Currently, CD+M is engaged in facade and interior lighting design of the new Seoul International Finance Center, which will house the Asian headquarters of AIG International, and completing site lighting for the Worlds of Wonder amusement park in New Delhi, one of the largest projects of its kind in India.
Closer to home, CD+M is providing interior lighting design in the $140 million transformation of the former Aladdin Hotel into the new Planet Hollywood Casino, in Las Vegas.