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 For Immediate Release

Susan Vanbenschoten

FHI Studio acquires To Design, LLC New England/Mid-Atlantic planning and engineering firm expands design services HARTFORD, CT (March 7, 2022) – FHI Studio, a Hartford-based transportation, environmental, and community planning firm with offices in New York City and Greater Philadelphia, is pleased to announce the acquisition of To Design, LLC, a landscape architecture company in New Britain, CT.

Susan VanBenschoten, PE, President and CEO of FHI, said, “We are so excited about the opportunity to expand our growing design practice to offer landscape architecture. The ability to offer licensed landscape architecture design services will greatly complement our conceptual planning and placemaking consulting services. These services will allow FHI Studio to enhance our community and land planning services and complement our conceptual design in the areas of active transportation and complete streets. We are thrilled to be bringing onto the FHI Studio team the established, well-respected professionals from To Design.”

Phil Barlow, PLA, AICP, LEED AP, who founded To Design, LLC in 1987, said, “Today’s complex world demands an interdisciplinary approach to project delivery and I am very pleased that we can now offer that with To Design @ FHI Studio. Our clients and colleagues can expect the same professional expertise and personal care that they have come to expect from us over several decades of successful efforts. I look forward to this new collaboration – and I am sure our clients will too.”

FHI Studio was founded in 1987 in Hartford and has grown significantly over the past 35 years both in geographic reach and range of consulting services offered. FHI Studio staff has expertise in transportation planning and engineering, environmental planning and permitting, community planning, land use, community engagement, marketing, branding, and strategic communications. FHI currently provides comprehensive planning consulting services throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and south into the mid-Atlantic and South-East region.

This acquisition is effective immediately. FHI Studio welcomes five new staff who will work out of FHI Studio’s Hartford office. Led by Phil Barlow, the new staff bring a stellar reputation for landscape architecture in the areas of public spaces, park design, recreation facilities, streetscapes, and housing. ### Engage |