Humphreys & Partners' CEO Mark Humphreys tells GlobeSt.comhis company has been working toward bringing a landscape architecton board for awhile. "It's hard to do these types of expansionswhen you're in a hot market, like we were two years ago," hecomments. "No one is interested in leaving. But now's a great time.Just like our developer clientele is looking for distressedproperties, we're looking for people and companies to come underour umbrella."

Not that the Scottsdale, AZ-based Studio Sprawl required muchconvincing to join up. Humphreys & Partners regularlyoutsourced landscape architecture work to Studio Sprawl. WhenStudio Sprawl principal Dan Erlandson had the idea of coming onboard, Humphreys was willing to listen. "The more we talked aboutit, the more it made sense," Humphreys says. "We used to just giveaway that landscaping business, unless the owner asked us to selectsomeone, then we'd give it to Studio Sprawl. Now we have aquality-level service that's in-house."

Humphreys says the new division, along with his company'sinterior design division, is targeting different markets by workingwith clients to reposition already built properties. While thosetypes of jobs are not necessarily sought after by architecturefirms, "if you are buying a property, or you currently ownproperty, the landscape and interior design can get tired,"Humphreys says. "Repositioned landscape and interior design canchange the entire look of a property."

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