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Confluence Expands Through Simultaneous Acquisitions of Fargo and Chicago Firms

The landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm, with an office in the NewBo District in Cedar Rapids, enters the North Dakota and Chicago markets with their seventh and eighth office locations

Published Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Cedar Rapids, Iowa: January 7, 2020—Confluence, a landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm, announced two simultaneous firm acquisitions. The award-winning firms of Land Elements in Downtown Fargo, North Dakota and Wolff Landscape Architecture in Downtown Chicago, Illinois are now part of Confluence.

With a growing network of office locations throughout the Midwest (Cedar Rapids, Omaha, Minneapolis, Des Moines, Kansas City, Sioux Falls, Fargo and Chicago), Confluence is known as a design-forward firm that creatively engages and collaborates with their clients and a wide array of stakeholders in the design and planning process. “Increasing our office locations and capabilities is a natural next step in Confluence’s planned growth.” says Chris Della Vedova, President and CEO of Confluence. “We’re excited to integrate the talent and expertise in Fargo and Chicago to help our clients and projects achieve their potential.”

“We reviewed both markets for several years looking for the right strategic opportunities – ones that were consistent with who we are at Confluence and the way we work,” says Wm. Christopher Cline, a Senior Vice President with Confluence leading the firm’s marketing efforts. “As we reviewed Wolff Landscape Architecture and Land Elements’ portfolio of work and client relationships – it became clear our priorities of quality design, creative collaboration and client-focus were in total alignment. We regularly work with a variety of allied professionals in the architecture and engineering fields, and we welcome the opportunity to provide more services throughout the Fargo and Chicago markets and beyond.”

The entire staff at both Wolff Landscape Architecture (WLA) in Chicago and Land Elements in Fargo will continue with Confluence, ensuring a smooth and seamless transition.

“Confluence brings a wealth of urban design and planning expertise to the Wolff team,” says Ted Wolff – founder of WLA in Chicago. “We’ll be able to provide our clients with a higher level of service than ever before. With the integration of Confluence and WLA, we believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Wolff Landscape Architecture was founded in 1993 and regularly collaborates with owners, architecture and engineering firms, and beautifully crafts structural landscapes, open space areas and rooftop amenity spaces that enhance the quality of life while increasing the value of urban properties in Chicago and throughout the country.

“The Land Elements team and I are excited to join Confluence,” says Mike Allmendinger – founder of Land Elements in Fargo. “We look forward to continuing to create a unique sense of place in each new project for our clients, and to offering more design and planning capabilities throughout the region in the future.” Land Elements was founded in 2003 and provides a diverse array of landscape architecture services to create a unique sense of place through design of a variety of public and private sector projects.


One of the largest and most creative landscape architecture and planning firms in the Midwest, Confluence combines proven urban design, landscape architecture and planning excellence with decades of practical experience.

The firm now has 8 offices and over 70 team members in Cedar Rapids, Omaha, Des Moines, Kansas City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Fargo and Sioux Falls. Major projects include the Iowa State Capitol, Creighton University Campus Master Plan, Sioux Falls Riverfront Greenway Revitalization, the Minnesota Vikings Headquarters and Practice Facility, and the Downtown Kansas City “Beyond the Loop” Urban Design Study exploring replacing a section of I-70 with future infill redevelopment.
Confluence is the point where everything comes together—people, energy and ideas—to create places full of life.

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