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URBAN DESIGN STUDIO AND KILDAY & ASSOCIATES ANNOUNCE MERGER
Collaboration of two of Palm Beach County’s largest urban design, planning and landscape architecture firms, each with distinctive core practice areas, offers broader reach and services
WEST PALM BEACH (October 14, 2008) – Urban Design Studio (UDS) and Kilday & Associates, both of West Palm Beach, Fla., announced today that they have merged and will become Urban Design Kilday Studios (UDKS). The merger of these two firms, each with more than 30 years of experience, combines two of Palm Beach County’s largest and most recognized urban design, planning and landscape architecture firms. UDS is led by Managing Principal Ken Tuma, and Kilday & Associates is led by Kerry Kilday, founder and managing principal.
With distinctive core practice areas, UDS brings significant experience in master planning, graphics and landscape architecture, while Kilday specializes in government approvals and land planning. Both firms are also expanding their scope of services to focus on green practices and energy-efficient design, with a strong commitment to sustainable practices in site and landscape design.
“Since our individual firms had so little overlap in the market, the collective abilities and backgrounds of UDS and Kilday enable us to offer an even wider breadth of services and more substantial value to current and prospective clients,” said Ken Tuma, who has been named managing partner of UDKS and previously served as managing principal at UDS. “We believe this merger will establish UDKS as a powerful leader in the industry, while providing another compelling reason for developers, property owners, governmental entities and others in real estate to utilize our vast experience and deep-rooted knowledge of design, planning and landscape architecture.”
In addition to Tuma who will serve as managing partner, the principals of UDKS are Kerry Kilday, Anne Booth, Wendy Tuma, Nick Mihelich and Collene Walter. UDKS, which will relocate into a larger 7,000-sq.-ft. space in The Lofts at CityPlace, will have a total of 35 employees. Nine are landscape architects, 10 are planners and two are LEED Accredited Professionals.
“This merger is the right strategy at the right time, and combining two healthy companies is a logical step in order to continue to provide our clients innovative, smart-design solutions,” said Kilday, an industry veteran for more than 35 years. “With Ken now serving as the managing partner, I’m also energized by the prospect of being able to focus more of my time on individual projects, as well as individual client representation and consultation.”
UDS, founded in 1977 by the late Henry “Hank” Skokowski, focuses its projects in South Florida and along the Atlantic seaboard. Over the years, the firm has built its reputation in urban design, planning and government approvals processing, landscape architecture, design guideline preparation and graphics. Some of its clients and projects include The Sembler Company, WCI Communities Inc. and Scripps’ Phase 2 Briger DRI. Its team of professionals actively participate in many public and private organizations including the American Planning Association (APA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), PGA Corridor Association, Palm Beach County Planning Congress, Gold Coast Builders Association (GCBA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
Established in 1978, Kilday & Associates focuses on regional and master planning; site planning and design; landscape design; zoning consultation and public representation; and construction administration. Over the years, Kilday’s clients have included GL Homes, Kenco Communities, Bethesda Healthcare Systems and Palm Beach County. Its team is active in many public and private organizations including APA, ASLA and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Kilday, a renowned land planner who has resided in Palm Beach County for more than 35 years, was a key member of the design team in the competition that ultimately resulted in CityPlace.
For more information about UDKS, please visit www.udkstudios.com or call 561-366-1100.