Architecture firm with Wilmington office announces mergers

An architecture firm with an office in Wilmington, where it leads some of the region’s most high-profile projects, recently announced mergers that expand its North Carolina footprint into other regions.

LS3P, which has offices in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, merged with TFF Architects & Planners LLP of Greensboro and PFA Architects PA of Asheville.

The mergers expand LS3P’s reach into the Triad and western part of the state “while capitalizing on existing partnerships with highly respected colleagues,” according to a press release.

LS3P CEO Marc Marchant said he believed the mergers would leverage the core strengths of LS3P, TFF and PFA.

“Having physical offices in Greensboro and Asheville provides us with the ability to better serve our customers and communities in the Triad and Western North Carolina,” Marchant said in the release. “Merging with these two highly respected firms allows us to deepen our relationships with our valued clients and expand our firm-wide expertise across the region.”

He said Thursday that LS3P’s growth has been spurred by a strategic plan the company developed a few years ago.

“From this plan, we have developed a vision to double down on our commitment to the South East and serve our community by ensuring the growth of the sectors we serve…to engage more deeply with our communities and our customers throughout the region. , “said Marchant.

TFF Architects & Planners LLP was founded in Greensboro in 1996 by partners Walt Teague, Ginna Freyaldenhoven and Steve Freyaldenhoven. Upon Teague’s retirement in 2020, Brian Carroll became Managing Partner. This merger creates LS3P’s office in Greensboro, comprising 13 team members and a portfolio of healthcare, education, senior living and community projects, according to the release.

Ginna Freyaldenhoven will serve as LS3P’s Greensboro office manager and director; Steve Freyaldenhoven and Brian Carroll have also been named area directors/heads for healthcare and senior living, respectively.

Ginna Freyaldenhoven said in the statement: “With 15 successful collaborations over 25 years, we are very excited about the merger of our businesses. We share a common mission/vision for our customers, staff and community.

PFA Architects PA was founded in Asheville in 1965 as Padgett + Freeman Architects. This merger creates the Asheville office of LS3P comprising 13 team members specializing in education, healthcare, government, civic and cultural projects. Notable recent works include Cherokee County Schools of Innovation, East Asheville Library, and Hendersonville High School. Maggie Carnevale will serve as LS3P’s Asheville Bureau Chief and Scott Donald will serve as Senior/Sector Chief.

LS3P’s Wilmington office is the result of a 2005 merger with Boney Architects, “and it was a fantastic opportunity to complement the great relationships and foundations Boney Architects had built in Wilmington and Raleigh,” Marchant said.

In Wilmington, Chris Boney is one of the general leaders of LS3P as Director of Relations. LS3P’s work in Wilmington includes, among many others, the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College. The company is currently working on Project Grace, a public-private partnership between Wilmington-based Zimmer Development and New Hanover County to redevelop a block in downtown Wilmington.

The latest mergers bring the current number of LS3P team members to over 400. In addition to Wilmington, the company now has offices in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach, SC; Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh; and Atlanta and Savannah.

According to the release, the firm’s primary practice areas are health care, higher education, K-12 education, workplace and urban settings; other significant markets include civic, aviation and transportation, military and government, hospitality, historic preservation, worship, parks and recreation, multi-family residences and seniors’ residences in mixed use.

Michael J. Chiaramonte