May 29, 2012
-- May 29, 2012−Colorado Springs, Colo.− Matrix Design Group, Inc. (Matrix), a Colorado-based engineering, consulting and planning firm, announces it has acquired the assets of Design Studios West, Inc. a Denver-based landscape architecture and planning firm. Design Studios West has merged into Matrix’s operations as part of its planning and design group. As part of the acquisition, Don Brandes, RLA, former president of Design Studios West, joins Matrix as vice president and director of landscape architecture and urban design. Brandes also brings his senior staff including Bob Eck, landscape architect and planner, Mark Nemger, LEED AP, AICP, planner, and Ian Anderson, LEED AP, landscape architect. The Design Studios West staff will continue to serve new and existing clients under the Matrix Design Group, Inc. corporate structure, which was founded in 1999 to provide infrastructure, planning and consulting engineering services for a variety of noted public and private clients around the world. Since 1999, Matrix has been headquartered in Colorado Springs and has expanded its planning and engineering practice to ten offices throughout the U.S. including additional Colorado offices in Denver and Pueblo.
“After working together on several award-winning projects, we are very excited to formally join the Matrix team of professionals. The ability to provide comprehensive and integrated services to our clients is very inspiring. We share a mutual respect for hard work, problem solving, adding value and delivering exceptional client service,” said Brandes. Founded in 1981, Design Studios West is well-known for its planning and design for such projects as; the Estes Park Downtown and Riverfront; the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (HARP); Boulder Reservoir Master Plan; Infinity Park in Glendale; Copper Mountain Ski Resort Master Plan and Solterra master planned community in Lakewood by Brookfield Development.
“We at Matrix are excited and pleased to expand our planning and design services for our clients. The integration of Design Studios West means Matrix’s clients will see an increased benefit from seamless, creative solutions to address their most difficult challenges,”
said Dan Schnepf, chief executive officer for Matrix Design Group, Inc. Matrix staff served in key design and consulting roles during the redevelopments of the Lowry Air Force Base and Stapleton Airport in Colorado as well as many other national and international military and community compatibility projects.
Matrix Design Group is an award-winning, interdisciplinary firm specializing in planning, engineering, and consulting to clients across the U.S. Matrix is consistently ranked as a top design firm by Engineering News Record and a “Best Place to Work” by Zweig White, a design industry management consultant. For more information, please visit www.matrixdesigngroup.com and www.designstudioswest.com.