One Year Later: Reflecting on HOK’s Acquisition of 360 Architecture
One year after HOK’s acquisition of 360 Architecture, Tom Waggoner, managing principal of the Kansas City practice, and Peter Sloan, a director of design, interiors, reflect on the opportunities created by this union.
“Tapping into new areas of expertise will provide a wealth of additional opportunities, Tom Waggoner said. For years, 360 Architecture had been looking for ways to continually evolve its practice by tapping into new markets like healthcare, aviation, justice, and science and technology. And almost overnight, HOK became the solution.
“‘When HOK reached out to us, it solved all of those things for us,’ Peter Sloan said. ‘With one fell swoop, it solved all of those things that we were really challenging ourselves to solve.’
“Sloan says HOK’s vast network allows the firm to tap into additional resources, thought leadership, and new areas of expertise, which opens up the team’s ability to enter new markets and work on additional types of projects.
“For example, Sloan has tackled numerous local projects with Polsinelli – including Plaza Vista – but with HOK, he is now able to travel with the law firm to other parts of the country as needed.
“‘Very few people are doing work in one city; our clients are looking at other places,’ he said. ‘With this new network, we’re just beginning to flex these muscles and learn what these muscles are about, but in the 12 months we’ve been doing this, I personally have been absolutely loving it. It’s been great for myself and my clients in terms of hitting the ground and leveraging those aspects, and working in other offices and seeing how things are going.’”