The HFW Companies forms strategic growth partnership with Kansas City-based architectural firm GastingerWalker

ST. LOUIS and KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The HFW Companies (HFW), in its continuing drive to build a nationally focused “House of Brands” within the architecture and engineering (AE) industry, has added a sixth strategic growth partner to its expanding portfolio, GastingerWalker&, a Kansas City, Mo.-based architectural firm with its own national presence.

GastingerWalker&., beginning its 43rd year in business, employs 55 professionals in Kansas City and in its Chicago office and is licensed to practice in 45 states, thanks to national clients such as AMC Theatres, Allstate Insurance Company, SunLife Financial, Amsurg America, and Spectrum Retirement Communities, among others. The firm’s services include architecture, interior design, construction management, space planning, and historic rehabilitation, which are implemented through their Live, Work, Learn, Heal, and Play sectors of expertise.

Michael Hein, AIA, PMP, chief executive officer of HFW, describes the new growth partner as an ideal strategic fit for HFW in its continuing quest to develop its “House of Brands” concept. That is, a network of growth-oriented AE firms that share best practices, strong design focus, economies of scale, unique areas of expertise, and other synergies, while continuing to build their own legacy brands regionally and beyond.