Shive-Hattery acquires KdG Architects

Shive-Hattery, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with offices in Bettendorf, has announced its acquisition of St. Louis-based KdG Architects. 

Company officials with Shive-Hattery announced in a news release Friday, July 22, that the firm has acquired the 20-person architecture, engineering and interior design firm.

Jennifer Bennett
Jennifer Bennett

Positioning itself in one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas, the St. Louis acquisition further deepens Shive-Hattery’s reach in the regional and national markets while strengthening its design capabilities for hospitality, gaming, commercial and government clients, the company said. 

“KdG Architects’ strong national portfolio in hospitality and gaming was very attractive to us as these are the markets we currently serve regionally,” Shive-Hattery President Jennifer Bennett said in the release. “Clients across the nation can expect an unparalleled experience as our people work collaboratively across a network of 14 design offices.”

W. Peter Maruska
W. Peter Maruska

KdG Architects will operate as KdG Architects, a Division of Shive-Hattery, with company president and CEO W. Peter Maruska continuing as leader of the St. Louis office.

“Past teaming on projects helped build relationships between the two firms,” Mr. Maruska said. “The clear cultural fit and energy to grow markets like higher education and services like civil engineering and land surveying, made this a seamless transition.”

Shive-Hattery is a 450-person architecture and engineering firm headquartered in Iowa with 14 design offices in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The KdG acquisition marks the second significant expansion of the year for Shive-Hattery, which acquired WSM Architects, Inc., in April. WSM, a 13-person architecture firm in Tucson, Arizona, expanded Shive-Hattery’s reach to the Southwest. It also marked Shive-Hattery’s first office outside the Midwest. 

In September 2021, Shive-Hattery opened its new Quad Cities design office at 2144 56th Ave. West, Bettendorf. Shive-Hattery has been a part of the Quad Cities community for more than 50 years beginning with a location in Davenport in 1966, and then moving to downtown Moline in 1986 before relocating to Bettendorf.

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