|[November 16, 2012]
HKS Acquires HADP Architecture, Further Expanding its Higher-Education Focus
DALLAS --(Business Wire)--
HKS, Inc., a top-five national architectural/engineering firm, acquired
the Miami-based education design firm HADP Architecture, Inc., expanding
its current higher-education client practice.
HADP Architecture, a 30-person firm with offices in Coral Gables, Fla.;
Atlanta, Ga.; St. Petersburg, Fla. and Fort Myers, Fla., will be renamed
HKS HADP Studio and will focus on higher-education clients worldwide.
The group will work in tandem with HKS's existing K-12 educational and
According to Ralph Hawkins, CEO and chairman, HKS, Inc., "The merger
will expand the firm's current, highly regarded higher-education
practice. We've been working with HADP for more than 15 years. We've
grown to know and respect the staff including David Harper, a nationally
recognized thought-leader in higher-education student life facilities.
Our collaboration will allow us to continue to create thoughtful and
innovative designs for our clients."
Named one of Architectural Record's "Top 250 Architecture Firms" in
2012, HADP Architecture has completed more than 1,500 educational
projects. The firm has worked with 60 university/college clients to
complete 133 major higher-education projects.
HADP President and CEO David Harper will serve as a principal and
director of higher education, responsible for all higher-education
projects and market sector operations. Harper also will serve on the HKS
Education Development Committee, setting direction for HKS educational
"This is a tremendous opportunity for HADP to expand its reach, and have
greater resources available by joining HKS, an award-winning, global
architecture firm," said Harper.
The relationship between HADP Architecture and HKS spans a 15-year
history of designing educational projects together. The firms are
currently teamed jointly on two major university projects: Parkview
Housing at Florida International University and the Student Housing and
Living/Learning Center & Dining Hall at University of Texas at Dallas.
In recent years, HKS has completed educational projects for major
universities; smaller campuses, both public and private, and community
colleges. The firm's higher-education clients list includes Eastfield
College, the University of North Carolina, Shenandoah University, the
University of Florida, Texas A&M University, University of Utah, Texas
Christian University and the University of Texas.
Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects
totaling more than $73 billion in more than 1,178 cities located in 77
countries. The firm employs 1,000 staff and operates from 29 offices
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