Gould Evans Associates, a Massachusetts Street design and consulting firm, more than doubled its leadership staff earlier this month by adding three new principals.
It's all part of a gradual evolution at the 20-year-old firm, co-founder David Evans said.
"Now is an appropriate time to begin to broaden our base," he said. "This formalized the relationships that have existed."
The expanded management structure will strengthen the firm's professional capabilities, Evans said.
The firm, founded in 1974 in Lawrence by Evans and Robert Gould, has grown to 120 employees in offices in Lawrence, Kansas City, Mo., and Florida, fueled by a growing workload.
Gould Evans' recent projects included the Kansas Union and Lawrence High School renovations and the new Southwest Junior High.
The firm announced Steve Clark, Glen LeRoy and Steve Carpenter are now principals.
Clark, who works in the Lawrence office, is responsible for managing projects and overseeing the office design efforts. LeRoy works in Kansas City, Mo., and Carpenter works in Tampa, Fla.
Clark, who graduated from the Kansas University School of Architecture in 1982, joined Gould Evans seven years ago.
Clark's specialty is involving clients in design, Evans said.
"We judge our success by our ability to design a solution that's most appropriate to the client," Clark said. "That way, your process has to change with each client."
Gould Evans will continue to evolve, with geographical and service diversification, Evans said.
"We're looking at providing new services, initially in the professional services area," he said. "Engineering, telecommunications and computer consulting are the kinds of possibilities. We're trying to put together an organization with the ability to put together a variety of services."