FORT LAUDERDALE, FL-The new contracts Dorsky Hodgson + Partners signed over the past few weeks on two projects in South Florida with a combined project value of about $55 million ordinarily might be big news any other time.

Such news pales in comparison, however, considering the national architectural firm is now working on five mostly mixed-use multifamily commercial developments in Fort Lauderdale and Miami with a combined project value of about $288 million.

Considering the volume of such recent growth, a client ordinarily might wonder whether the firm is exceeding its capacity.

That’s simply not the case, in the view of Granvil Tracy, president of North Miami Beach, FL-based American Land Housing Group Inc.

“I find they’re constantly coming back to me and improving on their own product,” says Tracy, who retained the firm to design phase two of the $58 million New River Village, a 410-unit multifamily-retail expansion in Fort Lauderdale.

Besides the New River project, Dorsky Hodgson has signed contracts to design the Waverly, a $40 million, 304-unit mixed-used apartment-retail project in Fort Lauderdale for Zom Development Inc.; and One Riverview Square, a $15 million, 165,000-sf riverfront office building for Panther Real Estate Partners in Miami.

The firm is also designing two other high-profile projects in Miami-Dade. One is the Coconut Grove Metro Station, a $60 million, 400-unit multifamily, hotel and retail project for Taylor Land & Development.

The other is One Aragon, a $55 million mixed-use apartment, office and retail project in Coral Gables for Starwood Urban Investments.

The new business is coming in as Dorsky Hodgson narrows its market focus more toward mixed-use residential-commercial projects, William Dorsky, the firm’s president, tells

“The primary reason we think we’ve been so successful is that we aren’t setting goals by increasing staff size or dollar volume,” says Dorsky, who has designed projects in South Florida since the 1970s. “We are focusing on the quality of our clients and projects, and staying within our niche markets of expertise–the quality of growth then follows naturally.”

When explaining the company’s growth in South Florida, Dorsky attributes it to demand from development groups that are putting an equal emphasis on quality and profits.

“There has been more of stress on quality design in recent years than in the past,” the architect says. “I think that’s a result of supply and demand, because people are competing for quality tenants. The best way to do that is through good design.”

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