Kling and The Stubbins Associates have announced the merger of their two firms into KlingStubbins, effective Jan. 1, 2007. This merger is the culmination of an affiliation, which began in 2003. The new organization is over 500 people strong, with offices in Cambridge, MA; Las Vegas, NV; Philadelphia, PA; Raleigh, NC; San Francisco, CA; and Washington, DC.
KlingStubbins provides professional services in all major disciplines within the realm of architecture, engineering, interiors, planning and landscape architecture. Its areas of market focus and specialization include Corporate/Commercial, Government, Health Care, Higher Education, Hospitality/Entertainment, Institutional/Civic, Mission Critical, and Research and Development.
To commemorate this merger, KlingStubbins has established a new Hugh Stubbins scholarship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design; and has renewed scholarships in the name of Vincent Kling at The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and Penn State’s College of Engineering.
“KlingStubbins is committed to excellence in design, building technology and client service. This commitment is the common bond that has brought the two firms together into this merger,” said KlingStubbins CEO Robert G. Thompson, AIA.
“Our designs represent who we are. Our artistry creates exciting and inspirational environments for our clients and the public,” said KlingStubbins Director of Design Bradford White Fiske, AIA.
“Engineering is an integral part of the overall design process. In today’s world of concerns regarding energy usage and cost control, our creativity and expertise in the engineering of technically complex facilities (from exterior envelope to central plant) is an essential ingredient,” said KlingStubbins Director of Engineering Michael R. Lorenz, P.E.
“KlingStubbins is a national leader in sustainable design and innovative project delivery technologies, including BIM. This merger enables us to assemble an enormous array of talent, experience and creativity to be the firm of the 21st Century,” said KlingStubbins Senior Principal for Strategic Growth Scott Simpson, FAIA.
KlingStubbins has a remarkable history. The two firms were separately founded decades ago-Vincent G. Kling, FAIA, founded his firm in Philadelphia in 1946 and Hugh A. Stubbins, FAIA founded his fi rm in Cambridge in 1949. Contemporaries, both established very successful practices through the decades, each garnering hundreds of major design awards. Both firms became noted for technically sophisticated and innovative projects-Hugh Stubbins with such renowned works as the Berlin Congress Hall, Citicorp Center, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Landmark Tower of Osaka (Japan’s tallest building); Vincent Kling with Lankenau Hospital in suburban Philadelphia, Bell Laboratories, several major R&D campuses worldwide, and several office towers and cityscape for City Planner Ed Bacon in downtown Philadelphia. Both firms have built successful projects throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firms continue to win many prestigious design awards, extending the design legacy of their founders, focused on design excellence and innovation for technically sophisticated buildings.
KlingStubbins’ new website is www.klingstubbins.com.
Design Giants Merge
January 1, 2007