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[November 16, 2012]

HKS Acquires HADP Architecture, Further Expanding its Higher-Education Focus

DALLAS --(Business Wire)--

HKS, Inc., a top-five national architectural/engineering firm, acquired the Miami-based education design firm HADP Architecture, Inc., expanding its current higher-education client practice.

HADP Architecture, a 30-person firm with offices in Coral Gables, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; St. Petersburg, Fla. and Fort Myers, Fla., will be renamed HKS HADP Studio and will focus on higher-education clients worldwide. The group will work in tandem with HKS's existing K-12 educational and higher-education studios.

According to Ralph Hawkins, CEO and chairman, HKS, Inc., "The merger will expand the firm's current, highly regarded higher-education practice. We've been working with HADP for more than 15 years. We've grown to know and respect the staff including David Harper, a nationally recognized thought-leader in higher-education student life facilities. Our collaboration will allow us to continue to create thoughtful and innovative designs for our clients."

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Named one of Architectural Record's "Top 250 Architecture Firms" in 2012, HADP Architecture has completed more than 1,500 educational projects. The firm has worked with 60 university/college clients to complete 133 major higher-education projects.

HADP President and CEO David Harper will serve as a principal and director of higher education, responsible for all higher-education projects and market sector operations. Harper also will serve on the HKS Education Development Committee, setting direction for HKS educational projects worldwide.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for HADP to expand its reach, and have greater resources available by joining HKS, an award-winning, global architecture firm," said Harper.

The relationship between HADP Architecture and HKS spans a 15-year history of designing educational projects together. The firms are currently teamed jointly on two major university projects: Parkview Housing at Florida International University and the Student Housing and Living/Learning Center & Dining Hall at University of Texas at Dallas.

In recent years, HKS has completed educational projects for major universities; smaller campuses, both public and private, and community colleges. The firm's higher-education clients list includes Eastfield College, the University of North Carolina, Shenandoah University, the University of Florida, Texas A&M University, University of Utah, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.

Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $73 billion in more than 1,178 cities located in 77 countries. The firm employs 1,000 staff and operates from 29 offices worldwide.

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