DESIGN-BUILD FIRM NOR-SON, INC. ANNOUNCES MERGER WITH LEADING MINNEAPOLIS ARCHITECTURE FIRM, ESKUCHE ASSOCIATES

Thursday, August 15, 2013:  Wayzata, Minnesota – This week at its 35th Anniversary All-Company Meeting, Nor-Son, Inc. announced a merger with Eskuche Associates. Nor-Son is an integrated consulting, design and construction services firm specializing in creating warm, welcoming and well-built environments for homes, hospitality, healthcare and commercial sectors. Eskuche Associates is a boutique residential architectural firm noted for designing award-winning luxury custom homes that are styled to fit the clients’ personality.

Together, the two organizations are combining to become one of the nation's most distinctive integrated design-build teams for custom luxury homes. 

“The timing of this is ideal for our customers and our company. This comes at a time when we’re expanding our Nor-Son Wayzata office in the landmark clock tower at Sunsets,” states Scott Kuehl, President and CEO of Nor-Son.  “In addition, we are celebrating our 35th anniversary, and revitalizing our logo, so there is lots of positive transformation happening at Nor-Son.  This merger shows our commitment to expanding our design-build philosophy and footprint for luxury homes, as well as our offering for integrated consulting, design and construction in the Twin Cities.

The Eskuche Associates company name will now become the Nor-Son brand name of Eskuche Design. Eskuche Design will continue to work as a design studio that operates and markets separately while under the parent company of Nor-Son. Together, Nor-Son and Eskuche Design will offer integrated consulting, design and construction services.

“As the demand rises for exceptional architectural homes, so does the level of complexity required to build them. Our “test drive before you build” model of eliminating surprises in design and costing has been an incredible success for our clients,” commented Peter Eskuche, AIA, Vice President of Design, Nor-Son Custom Homes Division.

“In merging our brand, our design style and our holistic approach with the integrated design-build process of Nor-Son, we can now provide an even more fluid process from concept through construction with a well-oiled and well-respected company."

The concept of a single source, integrated design build delivery is not a new one for Eskuche. The first 12 years of Eskuche’s career entailed building homes with a company based in Wisconsin, consisting of both architects and builders.  “Having both the design and construction team in your own office is how we were able to provide instant communication from sketch to cost intelligence.” stated Eskuche. “Clients deserve and crave that seamless level of service in the 21st century.” 

The industry certainly has other so-called integrated design-build firms; however the combination of Eskuche and Nor-Son now provides the luxury home marketplace in the Twin Cities a seldom seen holistic integration of architecture, building science, cost intelligence and craftsmanship — all under one organizational roof.

Throughout Nor-Son’s 35-year history, the company has built a Who’s Who roster of clients by designing and building high-end primary and secondary homes in greater Minnesota. “The west metro lakes area is a natural fit for the expansion of Nor-Son,” stated Eskuche, “We are excited to join forces with the Nor-Son brand of distinctive design combined with exceptional building science and craftsmanship.”

 I’m excited about the creativity, craftsmanship and convenience that we will be able to offer our clients,” said Kuehl.

About Nor-Son, Inc.:
Founded in 1978, Nor-Son, Inc., is an integrated consulting, design and construction services firm that specializes in creating warm, welcoming and well built environments for the home, hospitality, healthcare and commercial sectors.  In 2013, Eskuche Associates was acquired by Nor-Son and became Eskuche Design. Nor-Son provides Consulting, Planning, Branding, Design, Construction and Sustainability services. Nor-Son has offices in Baxter and Wayzata, Minnesota; Fargo, North Dakota; and Sioux Falls, SD.