Shive-Hattery acquires Helix Design Group

Deal expands reach in Pacific Northwest


Iowa-based Shive-Hattery announced Wednesday, Feb. 28, it acquired the Helix Design Group, a 24-person architecture, interior design and graphic design firm in Tacoma, Washington.

The move establishes a footprint in the Pacific Northwest for Shive-Hattery, which is headquartered in Cedar Rapids. Among Shive-Hattery’s 16 U.S. office locations is a Quad Cities office in Bettendorf. Among its latest local projects was the Iowa 80 Truckstop’s new Distribution Center in Walcott. 

In a news release, Shive-Hattery said the strategic acquisition strengthens and diversifies its service capabilities and portfolio to better serve clients at the local, regional and national level. In addition, the two firms share complementary design experience with clients in the commercial, government, health care and industrial markets.

“The cultural harmony shared between Shive-Hattery and Helix Design Group is a direct result of the value we place on our long-term client relationships,” Shive-Hattery President Jennifer Bennett, a Quad Cities native, said in the release. “We invest in our employees knowing they’ll take great care of our clients.”

Helix Design Group will operate as Helix Design Group, a Division of Shive-Hattery, with Bruce McKean continuing as leader of the Tacoma office.

“We are delighted to be joining Shive-Hattery during this exciting time in their growth journey,” said Mr. McKean, who has been Helix Design Group’s managing principal. “Becoming part of a larger network means we’ll be able to provide our clients with enhanced architectural and engineering capabilities and solutions along with expanded career opportunities for our staff.”

Shive-Hattery employs 550 people company-wide and has 16 design offices in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Washington and Wisconsin.

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