IRVINE, CA—Locally based international design firm Ware Malcomb has merged with Connell Design Group of Seattle. The merger allows Ware Malcomb to create a new presence in the Pacific Northwest and brings the total number of its regional offices spanning the US, Canada, Mexico and Panama to 15.
The transaction also bolsters the architecture and design capabilities of the combined office to better serve corporate and commercial real estate clients in the Seattle market. Terms of the transaction, which closed last month, were not disclosed.
Ware Malcomb’s merger with Connell—which was founded in 1990 with a focus on interior architecture and design for commercial tenant offices, retail spaces, medical and dental clinics and industrial facilities—also allows the firm to expand its depth of resources to include planning, exterior architecture, graphic design, civil engineering and more.
The Seattle office is located at 22002 64th Ave. W. in Mountlake Terrace, WA. Alan Lambert, president and general manager of Connell Design, will take on the role of regional director of the combined office, and Cindy Kang will serve as studio manager for interior architecture and design services.
“This merger dramatically expands and enhances our capabilities, allowing us to offer our clients an even broader array of architecture and planning services,” says Lambert. “By combining with Ware Malcomb’s international team and brand, we intend to build a stronger reputation for architecture and design services while maintaining our focus on commercial-tenant improvement for offices, medical clinics, retail spaces and industrial-warehouse space throughout the Seattle market and beyond.”
According to Larry Armstrong, CEO of Ware Malcomb, “This merger gives Ware Malcomb a strong presence in the dynamic Seattle market. We and Connell Design share a passion for quality and client-centered design, and we look forward to building on that legacy to expand our combined presence in the Pacific Northwest.”
GlobeSt.com was unable to reach Armstrong prior to deadline to discuss the firm’s plans for the Seattle/Pacific Northwest market. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
In addition to that region, Ware Malcomb has also been bolstering its Orange County presence of late. As GlobeSt.com reported in August 2013, Jay Todisco, EVP for the firm, relocated from its Chicago office to the company’s corporate headquarters here. Leading the Chicago office for more than seven years, Todisco has focused on expanding Ware Malcomb’s national corporate accounts, along with growing the firm’s business throughout the Midwest.