Fort Worth’s Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford Architects Acquired by Louisiana Firm

Founded in 1963, HHS has been acquired by Baton Rouge-based Grace Hebert Curtis Architects, which has a Dallas office. Grace Hebert is a leading architecture, engineering, and construction firm.

Fort Worth-based Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford, one of the largest independent architecture firms in Dallas-Fort Worth, has been acquired by Grace Hebert Curtis Architects of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Grace Hebert, which has a Dallas office, is a leading architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firm.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

“HHS’s experience in every aspect of design—coupled with its relationship-centric service philosophy—has made the firm the partner of choice for customers in the Texas region for more than 60 years,” Grace Hebert Curtis CEO Jerry Hebert said in a statement. “The HHS team shares our values and focus on delivering exceptional results for customers. As we continue to grow and expand our industry-leading platform in key markets, we are confident HHS will play an immediate and meaningful role in enhancing our expertise in the K-12, higher education, and civic segments.”

Since its founding in 1963, Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford has provided architecture, master planning, and interior design services, including building information modeling, to clients primarily in the higher education, K-12, and commercial markets.

Expanding private equity firm’s AEC platform

In September 2022, Bernhard Capital Partners, a services- and infrastructure-focused private equity management firm, launched a dedicated AEC platform in connection with an investment in Grace Hebert Curtis.

With the addition of Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford, GHC will add deep and meaningful education and civic market expertise to its platform, while establishing a presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

The AEC platform utilizes Bernhard Capital’s Blueprint investment framework, designed to partner with the best-in-class businesses that are positioned to meet the growing demand for modern, sustainable infrastructure across the country, the firm said.

“We’re pleased to partner with an industry-leading firm like GHC, and to have the ability to leverage the expertise and resources of Bernhard Capital’s growing AEC platform to provide enhanced service for our clients,” HHS Principal Eric Hahnfeld said in a statement. “With our shared commitment to investing in deep client relationships and providing outstanding architecture and design services, we are excited about this next chapter for HHS and our team.”

Citing HHS’ ‘leadership in the Texas region over more than six decades’

Bernhard Capital Partner Jeff Koonce said HHS was a good candidate for acquisition.

“As we expand the AEC platform in partnership with Jerry and the GHC team, we are focused on partnering with market-leading businesses that have strong reputations and the right expertise to capitalize on the most attractive near- and long-term opportunities in key verticals and geographies,” Koonce said in a statement. “HHS leadership in the Texas region over more than six decades differentiates the business and strengthens the overall platform. With consistent, significant population growth and favorable demographics, as well as increased funding for the educational sector in the region, we look forward to working together to support existing customers and identify new commercial opportunities.”

Grace Hebert Curtis, which also has locations in New Orleans, Lafayette. and Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Pensacola, Florida, aims to provide in-depth insight and a broad range of innovative design and development solutions for a wide range of end markets, including education, civic, healthcare, commercial office, and industrial.

Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford is one of the largest independent architecture firms in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, delivering innovative projects designed with an eye toward the future while meeting the real-world needs of clients.

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