Bentonville A&E Firm Harrison French & Associates Announces Acquisition

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Bentonville-based architectural and engineering firm Harrison French & Associates (HFA) announced Tuesday the acquisition of Allevato Architects Inc., a small firm headquartered in the Boston, Massachusetts, suburb of Franklin.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The purchase will establish HFA’s third office. The company, founded in 1990 by Bentonville native Harrison French, also has an office in Fort Worth, Texas.

“Allevato is a very solid architectural firm with a creative and talented staff,” French said in a company news release. “Going forward, I know our clients will have many positive experiences as our teams learn from each other and bring different perspectives and solutions to our collaborative process of design.”

HFA is the largest architectural and engineering firm in Northwest Arkansas, reporting 184 employees when the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal published its annual list of Largest A&E Firms in February. The firm offers a variety of services to the education, retail, commercial and assisted living markets throughout the U.S.

Allevato has more than 20 employees, according to the release. Principal and founder Lou Allevato will continue as will continue his leadership role as a principal within the HFA organization.

Allevato was represented in the deal by Fayetteville-based Zweig Group, a media, publishing and consulting company for the A&E industry.