Hampton Roads Landmark Design Group merges with Massachusetts firm

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LandMark Design Group, a 54-year-old Hampton Roads planning and design firm, has merged operations with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) of Waterton, Mass.
The companies will do business in Virginia as VHB with 140 employees in four locations: Richmond, Williamsburg, Virginia Beach and Tysons Corner.

VHB’s mid-Atlantic Regional Manager Nancy Barker said in a statement that the merger is a response to both firm’s long-term commitment to Hampton Roads. “We have prudently planned for this region’s economic rebound by growing our deep talent pool and expanding services …”

By bringing the oldest civil engineering firm in Hampton Roads into its fold, VHB broadens its design, engineering and environmental services as well as its client roster. 
Both companies have had a presence in the region and worked on major projects. Among VHB’s credits are the Historic Jamestown Visitor Center and Canon manufacturing facility while LandMark has done work at Busch Gardens, Great Wolfe Lodge and the Harbor Park Baseball Stadium in Norfolk. 

LandMark has operated a Williamsburg office in addition to a corporate headquarters in Virginia Beach. Under the merger, its executives will become principals at VHB. On July 19, LandMark’s Williamsburg staff will move into VHB’s Williamsburg office. The two companies’ Virginia Beach locations will relocate to yet to be determined combined office later this year. Larry Barry, LandMark’s president for more than a decade, said the merger “definitely puts us ahead of the competition.” 

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