Treanor Architects adds GLPM

Two design firms are joining forces, will move downtown

January 25, 2008


Mike Treanor and Dale Glenn discuss the acquisition

Mike Treanor, principal for Treanor Architects, and Dale Glenn, longtime principal for GLPM Architects and now a principal at Treanor, discuss how their firms came to combine. Enlarge video

Architecture firm to grow

Lawrence's largest architecture firm is getting even bigger. Enlarge video

Mike Treanor, principal of Treanor Architects, at left, and Dale Glenn, a principal at GLPM Architects, have agreed to Treanor Architects' acquisition of GLPM. The combined company's personnel in Lawrence plan to move downtown next year.

Mike Treanor, principal of Treanor Architects, at left, and Dale Glenn, a principal at GLPM Architects, have agreed to Treanor Architects' acquisition of GLPM. The combined company's personnel in Lawrence plan to move downtown next year.

Treanor Architects is doing more than expanding its standing as Lawrence's largest design firm.

It's also expanding its reach.

Treanor, 110 McDonald Drive, this month acquired GLPM Architects, another Lawrence-based firm. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition gives Treanor - which already has offices in Topeka, St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo. - another 24 architects, designers and office personnel, leaving the combined firm with 93 professionals ready to tackle any project, no matter how large.

Or where it might be.

"It allows us to get in front of a lot of people," said Mike Treanor, principal, who noted that the firm had been attracting interest on projects in South Korea, elsewhere in southeast Asia and in Kazakhstan. "It allows us to stand up in front of people and say, 'We have this experience, and this is all these people do, in our firm.'

"And that's a powerful statement."

Part of that statement: The GLPM acquisition now gives the firm a new design specialty - life sciences and research laboratories - to go along with existing divisions that focus on projects involving student life (greek houses, residence halls and others), justice (jails and courthouses) and historic preservation (such as renovation of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka).

David Livingood, a GLPM principal, will serve as Treanor's director of operations, freeing up Dale Glenn, GLPM's other principal, to focus on designing and managing projects in the world's growing bioscience and academic-research markets.

"The work is out there," said Glenn, whose experience includes the Kansas Life Sciences Innovation Center at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. "Now, with the combined forces that we have : the size of the project becomes a little less problematic."

The combination also will trigger some twists in Lawrence's real-estate market:

¢ Treanor Architects already has leased space in Scotch Plaza, at 1501 W. Sixth St. - the former home of Movie Gallery - to serve as temporary accommodations for GLPM employees and a handful of Treanor personnel. Renovations are ongoing.

¢ The GLPM operation - now known as Treanor's "New Hampshire" group - will relocate from 1001 N.H. at the end of February. Glenn said that the former GLPM space would be occupied by GPW & Associates, now at 10 E. Ninth St.

¢ All of Treanor's personnel in Lawrence will relocate next year to a new home: 1040 Vt., the former home of Strong's Office Systems, onetime home to Wild Oats and early home to Dale Willey Automotive.

The office on Vermont Street will be renovated to include a number of energy-efficient features, Glenn said.

"I think we're going to do something that's really dynamite for downtown, and for us," he said.

Firm ownership

Partners in Lawrence-based Treanor Architects, which acquired GLPM Architects this month: Mike Treanor, Nadia Zhiri, Daniel Rowe, Steven Malin, Vance Kelley, Andrew Pitts, Sharon Schmitz, Joseph Stramberg and, from GLPM, Dale Glenn and David Livingood.


not_dolph 10 years, 4 months ago

Well, cool. What do you have to say for yourself? cool? crickets

Tom McCune 10 years, 4 months ago


Your OCD is showing. Knock it off.

The original point of this article was the merger of Treanor and GLPM. They're both good architects and good guys. The general public may think an article about two design firms merging is no big deal. But everybody who lives or works in Lawrence spends far more time in builidngs designed by these guys than they ever realize.

Moderateguy 10 years, 4 months ago

GLPM has over 50 years worth of history in both buildings for this community as well as other contributions "mr. cool" could only dream to acheive in 10 lifetimes. This new combination with Treanor creates the ability to do even more important work in this and other communities across the country. And for those of you complaining about about monies earned by local design firms on public contracts, would you prefer those dollars go to Kansas City and across the border to Missouri? I personally am thankful we have the ability to keep that money locally. Seventy plus employees in Lawrence means seventy plus families paying taxes and buying groceries etc. right next to you. Now that they can pursue larger national contracts, it can only create more benefits for the Lawrence community. Alright, I'm stepping down from my soapbox.

ModSquadGal 10 years, 4 months ago

Nice comments guys. Way to slam honest business people who are doing a great job in your city. If you are so high and mighty, tell us how YOU are contributing to the eco/green, profitable, benefits of the people in Lawrence through YOUR job.


rumor_man 10 years, 4 months ago

It's too bad that Sven aka Cool never graduated from architecture school.

jayharchitect 10 years, 4 months ago

I would like to point out that most of my former professors (Columbia GSAPP) were not registered. Yet they had more published buildings than any of the firms in the Kansas City. shrug That's what architects of record are for.

On the flip side, the United States architecture licensure I consider a good thing: It is like a residency for a doctor.

One final note, I plan on getting registered, then becoming a professor (students take you more serious in most undergrads)

Tom McCune 10 years, 4 months ago

There are other formulas. Kansas used to allow sitting for the architectural license exam based 8 years of apprenticeship or something like that. You still had to pass the exam.

jayharchitect 10 years, 4 months ago

I think in 1996, they stopped allowing apprenticeship to architects. You must graduate with a NAAB accredited degree now. Yes it could be a professional masters, but they have to be accredited. Also, the profession is shifting entirely where by 2012 I believe, every school will be masters only.

As it stands now, there are two methods, the 5 year Bach (soon to be only 5 yr Masters) or a 3 yr (though sometimes compressed into 2 years plus summers) Professesional Masters. They are sometimes referred to as MArch I and MArch II.

Many architects, such as Europeans or some schools in Canada, cannot become registered without jumping through a ton of hoops. So, they just hire a local architect to sign of on the drawings. Rockhill does this (though not foreign) so does Peter Pran and Wojciech Lesnikowski.

rumor_man 10 years, 4 months ago

Sven aka Cool,

It says here that you graduated from KU in 1975.

Is this true? Yes or no.

Thanks, Rumor_Man

oldgoof 10 years, 4 months ago

Congratulations to the firms. A lot of talent here, and I wish them the best. I think the niche of biological labs is a good idea.

Flap Doodle 10 years ago

Somebody used the "a-word" in a headline & cool is on the case like white on rice.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 1 month ago

I wondered who revived this thread. Relax and have a popsicle, bronze. It's a cool and fruity treat on a spring day.

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