PHOENIX-As the final part of a three-prong strategic plan, KKE Architects has opened offices in Phoenix and Tucson. The move will help KKE have a presence in the Arizona market, while expanding its overall presence in the southwest.

In Tucson, KKE acquired Gresham & Beach Architects Inc. which will be called KKE Gresham & Beach. Meanwhile, KKE joined forces with independent architect George Sheller with Sheller Architecture Inc. of Tempe, AZ. KKE also hired Ken Lufkin and Nader Kavakeb from Phoenix-based Jacobs Carter Burgess to fill out the metro Phoenix office.

Tom Gerster, KKE’s president and Chief Operating Officer says the Arizona offices are the final part of a three-pronged, five-year strategic plan that targeted three southwest areas. KKE offices are already up and running in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Gerster says the Phoenix area, and Tucson to the south, represent an ideal area for the company’s growth because of the high growth factor, strong fundamentals and continued population growth.

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