PRIME AE Acquires Braun & Steidl Architects

February 2018 | PRIME

PRIME AE is pleased to announce that it has acquired Akron, Ohio-based Braun & Steidl Architects, now operating as a Studio of PRIME AE Group, a 25-person architecture firm focused on hospitality, housing, religious, higher education, K-12 schools, public, corporate, and historic restoration markets.

“The addition of Braun & Steidl Architects’ impressive nation-wide portfolio will contribute to PRIME AE’s continued journey to become a top architecture and engineering firm in the mid-west and mid-Atlantic parts of the US,” said Kumar Buvanendaran, PRIME AE President and CEO. “Braun & Steidl Architects brings new markets, a respected industry reputation, and most importantly, shared values in their dedication to communities.”

Braun & Steidl Architects Project Portfolio

With 35 years of industry history, Braun & Steidl Architects’ work has supported many significant projects including:

  • Edge 1120, Toledo, Ohio – Design Architect for an eight-building mixed-use residential complex for university students and young professionals.
  • FirstEnergy Center for Advanced Engineering Technology, Akron, Ohio – Design Architect of an 88,000 SF state-of-the-art laboratory to support training and evaluation of new technology to support the region’s transmission service needs.
  • Cuyahoga Community College Advanced Technology Training Center, Cleveland, Ohio – Design Architect of this LEED Gold building that includes new classrooms and laboratory space to support Tri-C’s advanced and sustainable engineering and workforce development program. This project won the 2015 AIA Akron Honorable Mention Design Award for New Construction of this project.
  • The Natatorium, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio – Architect of Record for the development of a 116,000 SF new community recreation and wellness center featuring medical wellness, fitness, aquatics, and community meeting spaces.
  • Renaissance North Hills Hotel, Raleigh, North Carolina – Interior Designer that created a sophisticated and expressive interior for the hotel located in a premier shopping, dining and entertainment complex.

“By combining resources and talents of our staff with PRIME AE’s, we are stronger than ever allowing us to address our clients’ most challenging projects,” said Chas Schreckenberger, Braun & Steidl Architects President. “Together by design, we can offer more services for our clients, more possibilities for our employees, and responsive solutions to our communities.”

Combined Team, One Strategy
This merger represents a pooling of the expertise of two leaders in the architecture industry with a common goal to fulfill the expanding service needs of our clients and to positively impact the communities in which they serve.

In addition to the markets that Braun & Steidl Architects currently serves, PRIME AE’s architects will continue to service the federal and healthcare markets. With a combined staff of over 75 registered architects, interior designers, architectural designers, registered roof consultants, registered roof observers, professional engineers, and LEED® specialists, PRIME AE and Braun & Steidl Architects are developing a unified strategy that unites the combined strength of both firms to best fulfill the goals of our clients’ and of our employees.

“This merger not only supports our strategic plan for growth in Northeast and Central Ohio” said Dana Mitchell, Senior Vice President of PRIME AE’s Architecture & Engineering Practice, “it also provides us with a solid platform for future growth nationally.”

Jenna Silverstein
Chief of Staff
Ph: 240.461.6918

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