It was the year 2006. NASA launched the first space mission to Pluto, Twitter hit the social media stage, Google took over YouTube, and the LCI odyssey began.

During this time, Mergers and Acquisitions were all the rage as a means for stagnant businesses to level up in the progression plan stakes. Two Melbourne-based LCI Directors, Yogesh Raju and Ciaran Mooney, joined a roundtable discussion during a national industry conference in Adelaide.

LCI Directors

Following a blue-sky brainstorming session with key colleagues, Yogesh and Ciaran emerged with a Business Plan in hand. Touting their wares around the globe, the two leaders left a trail of hungry firms in their wake, eager to join as equity partners to bolster their existing offering.

A chance encounter in The Big Apple heralded the dawn of LCI. With financial backing from a seed funder, Yogesh and Ciaran joined forces with Val Lehr of Lehr Consultants International (LCI), New York. In 2007, as a new year commenced, LCI Australia was born. Starting as a consultancy firm from humble beginnings, LCI was one full-time employee strong, operating from a desk in the corner of the seed funder’s office in Melbourne, Victoria.

 

LCI Australia

As with any entity enjoying New York City connections, the LCI merger benefited from Val Lehr’s marketing and technical support, as well as his international exposure. Within 8 short weeks, the firm achieved full compliance, and by April it had doubled in size. The first pay cheque rolled out in April, and by the end of that month, LCI Australia had grown sixfold.

It was time for a brand-new office space.

LCI Australia’s meteoric expansion continued, boosted by LCI New York’s support in winning numerous strategic projects. With an ever-strengthening reputation, the firm began targeting high-value projects. The successful bids dictated the need for a 50-strong staff pool, and LCI Australia rose to the occasion.

By 2008, the Victorian-based business was ready to expand Nationally. In 2009, LCI Queensland emerged with full Australian ownership. This move sparked an idea that ignited an ownership vision fundamental to the longevity and success of LCI. Staff would become shareholders of LCI, building a tight-knit family with accountability and motivation to provide the best service possible.

In a strategic move, the Directors bought all existing shares from non-staff members and slowly divested ownership to key members of staff. By 2010, LCI achieved its mission: becoming a 100% Australian staff-owned and operated entity.

The company’s progress, however, did not stop there.

2012

In 2012, the LCI team upskilled to include Fire Engineering, ESD, BIM Modelling, and Facility Management Advisory.

2013

By 2013, LCI had grown to 100 staff, servicing projects across Australia, Asia Pacific, UAE, Europe, and supporting the US.

2015

In 2015, two Melbourne staff members traveled to NSW, commencing ground operations in Sydney.

2017

In 2017, a team of specialist Directors, (former colleagues of the founding members), joined LCI’s board. LCI Sydney was official, boasting a spectacular rate of expansion towards a 60-strong staff pool within 2 years.

2019

In 2019, LCI opened a Canberra office. This was followed closely by the acquisition of a Perth business in 2020.

Today

After 14+ years of operation, LCI has matured into a truly home-grown Australian entity with traditional family values. Today we’re proud to own five offices across Australia, serviced by 180+ staff. Over 40% of the staff are owners, and this proportion increases annually.

The success of LCI’s story is a testament to the dedication, aspirations, and vision of its staff. With a business built on the foundations of trust, respect, diversity, culture, knowledge, customer service, and loyalty, we look forward to many decades bringing many more successful design solutions to our Clients.

Our Story - LCI Consultants

Our Values

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We cultivate a challenging and courageous culture

We are a transparent company

We are a transparent company

Colleagues are our family

Colleagues are our family

Every idea counts

Every idea counts

We do what we say

We do what we say

We innovate and take pride in everything we do

We innovate and take pride in everything we do

We act ethically, with integrity and honesty

We act ethically, with integrity and honesty

We listen, collaborate and nurture long term relationships

We listen, collaborate and nurture long term relationships

We celebrate success

We celebrate success

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