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BUSINESS NEWS WARE MALCOMB EXPANDS TO SOUTH AMERICA, OPENS NEW OFFICE IN SAO PAULO, BRAZIL Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, announced the opening of its newest office, in Brazil, located at Rua Florida 1703, Conjunto 62, São Paulo, SP, 04565- 001. The new office brings the total number of Ware Malcomb offices across the Americas to 25. Andres Galvis, regional director, Latin America, for Ware Malcomb will lead the office and the overall growth and management of the company’s operations in the region. To this point, he has been responsible for the firm’s Mexico City office and all Latin American projects. “We are pleased to announce the opening of Ware Malcomb’s new office in the dynamic Brazilian market,” said Galvis. “We’ve had excellent, rewarding client partnerships in Latin America over

the years, and we look forward to new partnerships in Brazil.” “Our company’s growth and expansion into South America is a testament to our team’s hard work and dedication,” said Matt Brady, executive vice president, Ware Malcomb. “We are pleased to open this office to continue serving our clients in the region with innovative, high quality design solutions to maximize their real estate portfolios.” Ware Malcomb has conducted significant work in Latin America since 2003 for clients including Prologis, Emerson, DHL, GLP and LOG, among many others. The firm’s international work includes a wide range of projects spanning five continents including industrial, office, interior architecture and design, healthcare, retail, science & technology, public/institutional facilities and renovations. Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is a contemporary and expanding full service

design firm providing professional architecture, planning, interior design, civil engineering, branding and building measurement services to corporate, commercial/residential developer and public/institutional clients throughout the world. With office locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, Ware Malcomb specializes in the design of commercial office, corporate, industrial, science and technology, healthcare, retail, auto, public/ institutional facilities and renovation projects. Ware Malcomb is recognized as an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company and a Hot Firm by Zweig Group. The firm is also ranked among the top 15 architecture/engineering firms in Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms and the top 25 interior design firms in Interior Design magazine’s Top 100 Giants.

TZL: A firm’s longevity is valuable. What are you doing to encourage your staff to stick around? SD: We offer a variety of quality benefits that keep our employees happy and healthy. These benefits are flexible in response to employee needs and current events, such as COVID-19. We also provide countless opportunities for personal and professional development and a competitive salary with annual performance reviews. Our family-like company culture also makes every employee feel special and appreciated. Employee engagement is at an all-time high thanks to virtual and in-person activities such as bingo, trivia, themed birthday Fridays, employee appreciation lunches (including live music and games), comedy shows, Food Truck Fridays, Spurs and Ranger games, our annual picnic for employees and family members, and our annual Christmas party for the entire company. We also have a very active networking program, PD Connect, that offers a variety of opportunities for employees to learn and connect through project site visits, sports teams, professional speaker series, and social gatherings. Employees and family members are kept up to date on company happenings and employee achievements (both professional and personal) through a quarterly magazine, weekly “See What’s Happening” emails, and an employee intranet. Our leadership team and I try our best to ensure Pape-Dawson is the last company listed on each employee’s resume. “Doing our job right is critical for our profession. The environment, the quality of life and safety of individuals are in our hands – we must get it right.”

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however, I have no doubt it will go smoothly because of the transparent and frequent communication within our officer group. I will make sure the next generation is well prepared, and let go when it’s time to let go. We are also building a loyal and trusted team that is not part of the family, and really listening to them, and sharing success with them. As long as our mission and unwavering dedication to our community remain intact, Pape-Dawson will continue to succeed. On the other side of things, we recently acquired a phenomenal firm to expand our footprint in the Dallas-Fort Worth area: Dowdey, Anderson & Associates. The key to that smooth transition was rooted in the fact that DAA shared Pape-Dawson’s dedication to demonstrating integrity and putting clients’ needs first. When your technical capabilities and core values align, acquisitions become more like the joining of families than the taking over of business. Once legal and financial decisions were made, top-level leadership from both firms met to discuss goals and functional changes. We all recognized that patience would be key in the transition, as hasty changes can be disruptive and costly in so many ways. All DAA employees were informed of the changes and assured of their job and financial security before any real transition took place. Then we conducted small group orientations with the employees to have the opportunity to get to know them and answer their questions. Other little things to help the transition included welcome gift baskets, a group breakfast, a happy hour, and meet-and-greets with other Pape-Dawson employees to foster that sense of family. From the earliest possible point, we made it known to all that DAA and Pape- Dawson would be stronger together.

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