SOUTH BEND - South Bend-based architecture design firm Epoch has joined Shive-Hattery, an Iowa-based architecture and engineering firm.

Epoch will operate as Epoch, a Division of Shive-Hattery. The company says the acquisition broadens the company’s presence in Indiana, which also has an office in Valparaiso.

“Both of our organizations value being a trusted part of our communities and have an unwavering focus on earning and keeping long-term relationships with clients,” said Jim Lee, Shive-Hattery president.

Lee says because of this strategic move, client offerings will be enhanced with the ability to provide a full suite of in-house design services including architecture, engineering, interior design and landscape architecture.

“We have a solid foundation built upon our cultural fit with Shive-Hattery,” said Epoch founder, Kyle Copelin. “We can now expand our reach to better serve clients and create new opportunities for our designers.”

Shive-Hattery’s addition of Epoch expands on the firm’s growth in 2019. Earlier this year, it purchased Lincoln, Nebraska-based studio951.

In addition to Nebraska and Indiana, Shive Hattery has three offices in Iowa and three in Illinois, including Chicago.