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Austin Business Journal

The landscape architecture and urban planning terrain is growing more competitive in Austin and some of the bigger firms in town are securing new market share. The latest example came Thursday when RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture, which was founded here, said it has acquired Dallas firm Newman, Jackson, Bieberstein Inc


NJB executives H. Rowland Jackson and Karl Von Bieberstein previously worked with RVi CEO Bob Richardson in the 1970s and 1980s at another firm


Richardson formed RVi in Austin in 1982. He was featured in a previous Austin Business Journal article


NJB's 10 employees now join RVi's 34 employees — 25 in Austin and nine in Houston. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Neither company discloses its annual revenue


RVi ranked No. 2 on Austin Business Journal's 2014 list of largest landscape architect firms. It was based on number of employees, which at the time was 23


TBG Partners, which was founded in Austin in 1987 by Earl Broussard, is No. 1 on the list with 40 employees locally and 130 total with other offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio; Tulsa, Okla.; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Broussard has been turning leadership duties over to Principal Jim Manskey, who is based in Dallas


Design Workshop, which is headquartered in Denver and Aspen, Colorado, and has a strong presence here, also is in rapid expansion mode. Local Principals Rebecca Leonard and Stephen Spears are overseeing a growing workload throughout Texas and Louisiana. Design Workshop was ranked No. 3 on ABJ's list with 21 people in the Austin office. Recently, Design Workshop announced it will open an office in Houston along with practices in Chicago, California, Beijing and Dubai


RVi has a strong track record working on master-planned communities, including Mueller, Steiner Ranch, Cinco Ranch Northwest, Teravista, Falcon Pointe and Belterra. The acquisition of NJB presents some strategic advantages, according to RVi Project Director Paul Cozzolino, who is overseeing the integration of the two companies


"NJB has great strengths in urban design, health care, academic and institutional markets. This acquisition is an important step in the diversification of RVi's practice and will also enable us to serve our existing Dallas are clients from a more convenient geographical location," Cozzolino said in the statement



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