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Stantec To Acquire Denver Design Firm RNL

The Spire, an RNL design in Denver

Global design firm Stantec, which is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is acquiring RNL, a 134-person architectural, interior and urban design firm based in Denver. RNL's practice encompasses a wide range, including transit facilities, urban design, workplace, civic, higher education and mixed-use facilities. 

Locally, RNL designed Spire, a 41-story Denver high-rise residential project completed in 2009. 

Besides its HQ in Denver, the company has offices in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Abu Dhabi and Phoenix. The deal is expected to close in late July.

“Combining talents with Stantec offers an opportunity to collaborate on projects within a larger, established global network," RNL Chairman and CEO Joshua Gould said.

RNL Chairman and CEO Joshua Gould

RNL represents the most recent in a series of strategic U.S.-based acquisitions for Stantec within recent years, including ADD Inc., SWH Group and VOA Associates.

“RNL provides us with a critical geographic buildings design hub between our coasts, with service to civic, transit and commercial clients throughout the United States and Middle East,” Stantec President and CEO Bob Gomes said.

Within public transit design, RNL provided architecture, interior and sustainable design for the 540K SF Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Division 13 Bus Operations & Maintenance Facility, the first ground-up bus operations and maintenance facility for Metro in 30 years. 

In the Middle East, the firm provided master planning services for the Dubai-based Burj Khalifa development, which includes a high-rise workplace and residential towers, as well as retail and urban streetscape elements.