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Shive-Hattery Continues Expansion with Helix Design Group Acquisition 

Tacoma, Wash. Acquisition Expands Reach into Pacific Northwest

Shive‑Hattery announces that it has acquired Helix Design Group, a 24-person architecture, interior design and graphic design firm in Tacoma, Wash. and establishes the firm’s footprint in the Pacific Northwest.  

This strategic acquisition strengthens and diversifies Shive‑Hattery’s service capabilities and portfolio to better serve clients at the local, regional and national level. In addition, the firms share complementary design experience with clients in the commercial, government, healthcare and industrial markets.  

The opportunity to work with four-time WNBA Championship winners, the Seattle Storm, took Shive-Hattery out to the West Coast and officially brought the firm’s footprint coast-to-coast.

Seattle Storm Center for Basketball Performance exterior rendering

The Seattle Storm Center for Basketball Performance is the first practice facility of its kind and is dedicated solely to female athletes and uniquely programmed to provide everything needed to support a WNBA player’s day. The two-story 50,000-square-foot facility was designed by Shive-Hattery and ZGF.  

“The cultural harmony shared between Shive‑Hattery and Helix Design Group is a direct result of the value we place on our long-term client relationships,” said Shive-Hattery President Jennifer Bennett. “We invest in our employees knowing they’ll take great care of our clients.”  

Helix Design Group will operate as Helix Design Group, a Division of Shive‑Hattery, with Bruce McKean continuing as leader of the Tacoma office. 

“We are delighted to be joining Shive‑Hattery during this exciting time in their growth journey,” said Bruce McKean, AIA, Managing Principal of Helix Design Group. “Becoming part of a larger network means we’ll be able to provide our clients with enhanced architectural and engineering capabilities and solutions along with expanded career opportunities for our staff.” 

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