01-23-20 | News

Des Moines Landscape Architecture Firm Acquires Two Others

In Chicago and Fargo, N.D.

One of the largest firms of its kind in the Midwest, Confluence combines urban design, landscape architecture and planning with decades of practical experience, eight offices and over 70 team members.

Confluence, a landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, announced the simultaneous acquisition of two award-winning firms: Land Elements of Fargo, North Dakota and Wolff Landscape Architecture of Chicago.

This adds to their network of office locations, which also include Minneapolis, Kansas City, Sioux Falls, Omaha and Cedar Rapids.


"Increasing our office locations and capabilities is a natural next step in Confluence's planned growth," says Chris Della Vedova, president and CEO of Confluence. "We're excited to integrate the talent and expertise in Fargo and Chicago to help our clients and projects achieve their potential."

"We reviewed both markets for several years looking for the right strategic opportunities - ones that were consistent with who we are at Confluence and the way we work," says Wm. Christopher Cline, a senior vice president leading the firm's marketing efforts. "As we reviewed Wolff Landscape Architectures' and Land Elements' portfolio of work and client relationships - it became clear our priorities of quality design, creative collaboration and client-focus were in total alignment. We regularly work with a variety of allied professionals in the architecture and engineering fields, and we welcome the opportunity to provide more services throughout the Fargo and Chicago markets and beyond."

The entire staff at both newly acquired company will continue with Confluence, which prides itself as a design-forward firm, ensuring a smooth and seamless transition. Wolff Landscape Architecture was founded in 1993. Land Elements was founded in 2003.

"Confluence brings a wealth of urban design and planning expertise to the Wolff team," says Ted Wolff - founder of WLA in Chicago. "We'll be able to provide our clients with a higher level of service than ever before. With the integration of Confluence and WLA, we believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts."

"The Land Elements team and I are excited to join Confluence," says Mike Allmendinger - founder of Land Elements in Fargo. "We look forward to continuing to create a unique sense of place in each new project for our clients, and to offering more design and planning capabilities throughout the region in the future."

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