Hord Coplan Macht announced today that Charlotte, North Carolina-based architecture firm FWA Group has joined the firm. The move combines FWA’s vast portfolio and knowledge base in K-12, higher education, and healthcare with HCM’s innovative design approach and client service expertise. The addition of FWA will also extend HCM’s geographic reach, including its first South Carolina office in Hilton Head Island.

“We share similar areas of expertise and cultures, as well as a strong sense of commitment to a client-focused practice, which made this move a natural fit,” says Gary Hubler, president of the former FWA Group (now Hord Coplan Macht). “We look forward to continuing to provide the same high level of service to our clients that we have delivered for the past 69 years with enhanced capabilities and expertise in additional project types.”

“Adding the FWA team to the HCM family is an important milestone in HCM’s strategic growth plan,” says Tim Barnhill, COO of HCM. “We are excited to have such a strong group of experienced design leaders join our firm.”

HCM has worked closely with FWA Group for a year prior to this merger. Seeking to diversify its core capabilities, FWA brings a wealth of experience and a wide range of project types to HCM. The combined teams will resume their efforts on various initiatives, including the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and the University of North Carolina Charlotte.