BCA Architects acquires Schenectady-based firm

WATERTOWN — BCA Architects & Engineers has acquired a Schenectady-based architectural firm, which expanded its staff and clientèle in the Capital Region.

The Watertown firm announced its merger with Griffith Dardanelli Architects on Monday. The acquisition brings BCA five employees, six education clients, which increases the number of school districts and BOCES organizations it serves statewide to 50; and other clients, such as a couple of housing authorities in the Capital Region, said Kelly E. Reinhardt, director of business development for the company.

“We’re looking for new talent all the time, and we had a mutual friend who introduced us, so (the merger) happened naturally,” she said. “We had a champagne toast at lunch today, so we’re very excited.”

Griffith Dardanelli has completed hundreds of projects since it opened in 1953, and while it has served a variety of public and private sector clients across the state, it has a strong focus on project design and planning for primary and secondary education institutions, according to BCA.

“This will strategically position us to continue our service to our clients well into the future, and significantly increase the expertise and resources we can offer our clients,” said Griffith Dardanelli President Sandra Dardanelli in a statement.

BCA plans to replace its office in Saratoga Springs, 19 Railroad Place, with a new one slated to open in the fall at 516 Broadway Ave. Griffith Dardanelli’s Schenectady office will close and its staff will relocated to the BCA’s new Saratoga Springs office, Ms. Reinhardt said.

“It’s a great location and it’s directly across from the city conference center,” Ms. Reinhardt said.

The Watertown-based firm opened in 1970 and has since expanded to 100 employees across three offices, including one in Ithaca.

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