Arizona, Texas Architecture Firms Design Their New Future

Posted By Mike Padgett

June 25, 2009

PHOENIX, Ariz. – A Texas architecture firm specializing in the design of educational, recreational and religious projects announced today it has merged with SmithGroup, one of the nation’s major architecture and engineering firms with offices in Phoenix and several other major cities.

F&S Partners in Dallas now carries the joint name of SmithGroup/F&S. The company provides architecture, interior design and planning to clients throughout Texas and the Southwest. F&S Partners was founded in 1962 as Fisher and Spillman Architects.

With the merger, F&S President Robert L. Shaw Jr. becomes a SmithGroup vice president and the office director of SmithGroup/F&S. He also joins SmithGroup’s board of directors. All of F&S Partners employees have been retained and its five principals maintain their management positions.

The merger gives F&S Partners the expanded resources needed to design larger and more complex projects while allowing SmithGroup to bring its national expertise in designing higher education, science and technology, health and workplace facilities to Texas clients.

The merger follows two years of discussions between the two companies. Earlier this year, SmithGroup and F&S Partners teamed up to win several significant healthcare, university and recreation projects in Texas and Arizona.

The merger “will allow the Phoenix office to work closely with our friends in Dallas, leveraging our healthcare, higher education and municipal portfolios,” said Mike Medici, managing director of SmithGroup’s Phoenix office.

SmithGroup, which posted 2008 gross revenue of $166.1 million, was founded in 1853. The new Dallas office increases the firm’s offices to 11 across the United States.

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Jun 25th, 2009

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