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Confluence has acquired Land Elements, an architecture landscape firm in downtown Fargo, N.D. This image shows one of the company’s projects, the VA Hospital in Fargo. Image: Courtesy of Confluence

Midwest landscape architecture firm expands into North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. – A Midwest landscape architecture and urban design company is expanding into North Dakota.

Confluence, which already has offices in South Dakota and Minnesota, among other states, has acquired Land Elements, an architecture landscape firm in downtown Fargo. 

“We reviewed the North Dakota market for several years looking for the right strategic opportunity – one that was consistent with who we are at Confluence and the way we work,” Senior Vice President Wm. Christopher Cline said in a statement. 

“As we reviewed Land Elements’ portfolio of work and their relationships – it became clear our priorities of quality design, creative collaboration and client-focus were in total alignment. We look forward to joining forces to provide even more design and planning services in the future throughout the Fargo market and beyond.”

Land Elements founder Mike Allmendinger and associate principal Brian Reinarts will serve as leaders in the Fargo office. Allmendinger will serve as a principal and Reinarts as an associate principal. The entire Land Elements staff will continue with Confluence, ensuring a smooth and seamless transition, the company said in a news release. 

“Confluence brings a wealth of urban design and planning expertise to the Land Elements team,” Allmendinger said. “The Land Elements team and I are excited to join Confluence and continue to provide landscape architecture services to the region.”

Land Elements was founded in 2003 and has done projects in both the Dakotas and Minnesota, according to Reinarts. He told Prairie Business that the team will continue to serve clients in all three states.

“I think this will give us a deeper bench as far as capabilities go, allowing us to go after projects with a larger scope,” he said. “We’ll have additional people in the fields of planning and architecture to tape into. I think this will be a really good thing for Fargo, the state and the region.” 

Allmendinger said the Land Elements team appreciates the business relationships it has developed over the years and looks forward to building even more client/customer partnerships in the future. 

“We’re grateful for the relationships and projects we’ve created together over the past 16 years,” he said. “The Fargo team looks forward to continuing to create a unique sense of place in each new project for our clients, and to offering more design and planning services in the future.”

The Fargo expansion is part of two simultaneous acquisitions by Confluence: it also is adding Wolff Landscape Architecture, an award-winning landscape architecture firm in Downtown Chicago.