Bob Higgins, CEO of Barge Design Solutions, and Linda Marzialo, CEO of Gould Turner Group - Photo

Design firm with Dayton-area ties announces acquisition

Barge Design Solutions has acquired Nashville-based Gould Turner Group, the companies said recently.

Nashville-based design firm Barge has worked with clients such as Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the city of Miamisburg, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others. The company has offices in Miamisburg and Cincinnati.

“We are thrilled to announce that Gould Turner Group has officially become part of Barge,” Bob Higgins, chief executive of Barge, said in a release.

Barge said it has seen nearly 38 percent growth in the past two years, adding more than 180 new employees and opening two new offices. Barge’s staff count grows to 470 with the merger.

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“By becoming part of the Barge family, we sustain our brand and become part of a very well-run organization with hundreds of building and design professionals with offices in six states, as well as a fantastic administrative support team, all of whom share our commitment to excellence and commitment to creating a great work environment,” Linda Marzialo, CEO of Gould Turner Group, said in the same release.

As part of the merger, Gould will retain its name and become a division of Barge.

The merger provides Gould with a partner “with deep engineering expertise, as well as ancillary services like landscape architecture. It will also receive administrative support in HR, financial management, marketing and other back-office services,” the companies said in their joint release.

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