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Founded in 1961 as Glaus, Pyle, Schomer, Burns and DeHaven, Inc., today GPD Group (GPD) has grown from only a handful of people at the original offices on Akron-Peninsula Road, to over 325 professionals working in ten offices located in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Marion, Youngstown, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Louisville, Phoenix and Seattle.
The founders of the company placed a high importance on values such as family and fulfillment from work. An employee buyout of the original partners in early 1986 ensured the continued success of the company. This philosophy has helped the company grow, with the efforts of valued employees.
This group is a collaborative effort of companies that specialize in areas of architectural design, engineering design, construction, telecommunications and environmental services. Each company services various market sectors that include public buildings, education, housing, parks and recreation, power generation, public works, transportation, retail/commercial and wireless systems.
GPD's growth strategy was fortified and expanded with the acquisition of Cleveland-based engineering firm, Adache Ciuni Lynn Associates, Inc. (ACLA), in early 2007. ACLA was an excellent surveying and civil engineering firm that serviced municipal and private clients in Northeastern Ohio.
On January 1, 2011, GPD Group acquired Jester Jones Schifer Architects based in Marion, Ohio. Jester Jones Schifer Architects was an established architectural services firm that had been providing quality services to their clients for over 30 years. Combined with GPD Group's eight engineering disciplines and an already strong architectural program that has served clients for over 50 years, GPD now offers comprehensive architectural and engineering services to an even broader client base in the Central Ohio market.
In January 2012, GPD added geotechnical services to their growing list of in-house capabilities. The company is pleased to offer services such as borings, testing and subsurface mappings to their existing client base.
This company history is a testament to GPD's talent to re-invent and regenerate while adapting to an ever-changing market. The current leadership is committed to developing business within the framework of specialized market sectors, all of which contribute to the company's stability in the long-term. With this strategy, GPD continues to grow and remain stable as an area leader and "the firm of choice" in providing professional services.