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Ware Malcomb And Connell Design Announce Merger

Move Expands Ware Malcomb's North American Presence to 15 Offices; Bolsters Capabilities in Seattle Market (May 01, 2014)

IRVINE, Calif. and SEATTLE, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm based in Irvine, Calif., and Connell Design Group of Seattle today announced a merger of their firms. The move gives Ware Malcomb a new presence in the Pacific Northwest and brings the total number of Ware Malcomb regional offices spanning the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Panama to 15. The transaction also bolsters the architecture and design capabilities of the combined office to better serve corporate and commercial real estate clients in the Seattle market. Terms of the transaction, which closed last month, were not disclosed.

"This merger gives Ware Malcomb a strong presence in the dynamic Seattle market," said Larry Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer of Ware Malcomb. "Ware Malcomb and Connell Design share a passion for quality and client-centered design, and we look forward to building on that legacy to expand our combined presence in the Pacific Northwest."

Connell Design Group was founded in 1990 with a focus on interior architecture and design for commercial tenant offices, retail spaces, medical and dental clinics, and industrial facilities. The merger with Ware Malcomb will expand the firm's depth of resources to include planning, exterior architecture, graphic design, civil engineering and more.

The Seattle office is located at 22002 64th Avenue West, Suite 2C in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. Alan Lambert, President and General Manager of Connell Design, will take on the role of Regional Director of the combined office, and Cindy Kang, LEED AP, will serve as Studio Manager for interior architecture and design services.

"This merger dramatically expands and enhances our capabilities, allowing us to offer our clients an even broader array of architecture and planning services," said Lambert. "By combining with Ware Malcomb's international team and brand, we intend to build a stronger reputation for architecture and design services while maintaining our focus on commercial tenant improvements for offices, medical clinics, retail spaces, and industrial-warehouse space throughout the Seattle market and beyond."

About Ware Malcomb (

Ware Malcomb offers planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design and civil engineering services to commercial real estate and corporate clients. Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is an international design firm with 15 office locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Panama. The firm specializes in the design of commercial office, industrial, science & technology, healthcare, retail, auto dealerships, public/educational facilities and renovation projects.Ware Malcomb was among the top 25 architectural firms in Engineering News-Record's national ranking of the Top 500 Design Firms of 2014, while the firm's interior design group was recognized as one of the nation's 2014 Top 100 Giants in Interior Design magazine.

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