Milwaukee’s Eppstein Uhen Architects is expanding into the Denver area with its acquisition of the 27-person interior design firm Burkettdesign.
The acquisition follows a series of expansions and investment by Eppstein Uhen, which has 180 employees in Wisconsin and Iowa. The firm recently rehabbed its 3rd Ward offices to accommodate hires in Milwaukee. In August 2016, it merged with the seven-person Kindness Architecture & Planning in Milwaukee.
The acquisition of Burkettdesign is part of a strategic decision to expand into the Denver market, according to a Monday announcement of the deal.
“For over 25 years, Burkettdesign has set the standard for design services in Colorado, and we are thrilled to add that experience and expertise to EUA,” said Greg Uhen, CEO of Eppstein Uhen.
The Denver firm will become BurkettEUA, and its 27 employees will join Eppstein Uhen.
“Burkettdesign was founded in 1990 and has established itself as one of the region’s most accomplished and recognized firms by focusing on client service and delivering high-quality, personalized design services,” said owner Rick Burkett. “Those core values and the team providing them will not change, but what will change is our ability to offer our clients even more specialized services with the added resources, expertise and support that comes from combining with EUA.”
Burkett and four other firm leaders will become shareholders in Eppstein Uhen.
“We are excited about the additional leaders joining EUA,” said EUA president Rich Tennessen. “The fact that five principals are investing and becoming shareholders in EUA demonstrates our mutual long-term commitment to our clients and each other.”
Eppstein Uhen is among the Milwaukee market’s busiest firms, and had more registered local architects than any other last year, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2016 Book of Lists. Its recent work includes the Milwaukee Bucks training center on North 6th Street, several projects on the Summerfest grounds, and developer Wangard Partners’ Freshwater Plaza development on South First Street.
Milwaukee Business Journal