SANTA ANA, CA—Planning anddesign firm MVE Institutional hastransformed itself into SVA Architects Inc. Therebranding, which comes as the firm recently observed its 10-yearanniversary as its own entity distinct from MVEGroup, solidifies the firm's identity in the designworld.

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The newly named firm will be led by ErnestoVasquez and Robert Simons. Known forcreating environments that are socially and environmentallyresponsible as well as economically viable, Vasquez is widelyrenowned as a community advocate and leader. His designsincorporate smart-growth principals, specializing in public/privatepartnerships with universities, cities, county governments, housingauthorities, transit authorities, K-12 schools, mixed-use complexesand international developments.

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Simons leads the firm's design practices in creating learningand living environments that aim to improve the quality of localcommunities while enhancing the experience of all participants. Hespecializes in the design and planning of higher-education and K-12facilities, expansion and modernization programs and planning andarchitecture for student housing, civic, recreation, cultural,community, public safety and commercial spaces.

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According to Vasquez, “This rebranding will help our firm bemore reflective of who we are today. We will continue to offer ourexpertise to give outstanding service to our clients.”

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Simons adds the firm will strive to offer the best of bothworlds to its clients. “The experience of our leaders is typical ofthat found at the larger design firms, but we are smaller, allowingus to be more nimble and accommodate our clients in ways thatlarger firms often can't.”

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As GlobeSt.com reported in November 2013, Vasquez, a foundingpartner of MVE Group, moved from his position as officer of thefirm to become chairman and CEO of related company MVEInstitutional. Vasquez had served in his former capacity for 37years.

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The move was to allow Vasquez to focus exclusively on MVEInstitutional. His transition to full-time leadership at the firmwas a result of the company's rapid growth over the past decade.MVE Institutional has received numerous awards, including severalGold Nuggets and LEEDcertifications.

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.