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Legat Architects Acquires Columbus, Ohio-based Legat Kingscott

Press Release from Legat Architects Inc.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Legat Kingscott, LLC (Columbus, Ohio) has transitioned to a fully-integrated studio of Legat Architects, Inc. (Chicago, IL). The Columbus location will become Legat Architects' fifth Midwestern studio.

Since its founding in 2001, Legat Kingscott has provided architectural and interior design services for clients throughout Ohio. Legat Architects' acquisition of the studio strengthens the firm and offers Ohio building owners more resources.

Patrick Brosnan, president/CEO of Legat Architects, said, "Although the Columbus studio's name will change slightly [to Legat Architects], it will offer building owners throughout Ohio the same talented people, along with greater resources. It will allow for a more agile and responsive team in Columbus."

The acquisition strengthens the Columbus studio's value to clients:

  • Streamlined work efforts: Legat Architects' 53-year history, experienced practice leaders, extensive project database, technology, and deep portfolio are now more readily accessible.
  • Enhanced expertise in specialty areas: sustainability/energy, interior design, roofing/building envelope, master planning.
  • Expanded access to alternate facility solutions: corporate, governmental, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, mixed-use, preK-12 education, recreation, transportation.

The studio will remain on the fifth floor of the historic building on 22 E. Gay Street. This space provides room for growth and access to the heart of Columbus.

Central Ohio and Beyond
Legat Kingscott, LLC was founded in 2001, when Legat Architects (Chicago, Illinois) and Kingscott Associates (Kalamazoo, Michigan) opened a small Columbus studio to address the growing preK-12 and higher education marketplace in central Ohio. The studio started with one school district client.

Today, the studio has has provided services for 23 school districts, 6 higher education institutions, and 4 municipalities. Over the last five years, the studio has expanded its reach to the Cleveland region with clients such as Orange Schools (Pepper Pike) and Shaker Heights Schools.

Among the studio's high-profile projects are Kent State University's Performing Arts Center at the Tuscarawas campus, extensive work at Newark City Schools including over 300,000 square feet of additions and renovations at Newark High School, New Boston's preK-12 school (three schools in one facility), and The Ohio State University's Spine Research Institute.

Brosnan, who strategized the studio's inception, attributes much of its success to long-term client relationships. "Projects often start with research, master planning, and community engagement," he said. "We learn about communities' values and goals, we listen, and then over the next several years, we help them implement a plan that captures their vision. It's about building trust."

Paul Garland, leader of the Columbus studio, cites partnering with local architecture firms as another success factor: "For several projects, we united our expertise in education with local firms who have established relationships and a strong understanding of their communities. These partnerships helped us learn and grow and resulted in an improved product."

About Legat Architects
Legat Architects ( is one of few Chicago-based, employee-owned architecture and interior design firms. Its 80 employees average 16 years with the company. The firm's portfolio includes corporate, governmental, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, preK-12 education, recreation, and transportation facilities.

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