North American design firm Stantec has acquired the assets of CommArts, a 20-person design firm headquartered in Boulder, that specializes in project visioning, branding and associated conceptual architectural and environmental graphics.

Joining Stantec and its North American network of offices, CommArts staff will play a key role in creating a new client service area within Stantec’s architecture practice devoted to branding and strategic project positioning.

“The acquisition of CommArts brings a very talented group to Stantec that provides a new service offering within our architecture practice related to branding and visioning for projects,” said Bob Gomes, Stantec president and CEO. “This is a service that, in the past, we hired outside firms to complete. With the addition of CommArts, we can now provide branding and visioning services to our clients across North America.”

CommArts has played a key role in major commercial, retail, mixed-use, resort, urban, sports, placemaking and branding projects worldwide. The firm has distinguished itself locally and internationally in shaping urban communities such as Tokyo Midtown and the Prudential Center in Boston. Other projects include the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Madison Square Garden in New York, and the Anschutz Entertainment Group’s Nokia Plaza in Los Angeles and O2 Domes in Berlin and London, respectively.

Founded in 1973, CommArts shares Stantec’s commitment to sustainability by providing innovative designs and solutions.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities,” said Janet Martin, CommArts managing principal. “Our ability to team with Stantec in producing great design represents a solid future with far-reaching and meaningful creative opportunities.”

Stantec also recently announced that it completed the acquisition of WilsonMiller Inc., a multidisciplinary planning, design and engineering firm with more than 265 employees headquartered in Naples, Fla., and of Natural Resources Consulting Inc., a 60-person environmental firm headquartered in Cottage Grove, Wis.