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Buxton-Kubik-Dodd acquires Creative Ink

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Buxton-Kubik-Dodd Inc. is acquiring Creative Ink Architects LLC, with the deal expected to close by Sept. 1. The resulting firm will be named BKDCreative, according to a news release.

The Springfield-based architecture firms worked together on projects such as the Missouri Crime Lab, the Jasper County Crime Lab, the new Greene County Morgue and the Springfield Regional Public Safety Training Center.

With the joint projects, the companies realized that an acquisition would help to better serve the companies' clients and create a more competitive firm for the rough market, the release said.

"We've worked with them on a ton of projects, and we've always had a great relationship with them," said Brian Kubik, president of BKDCreative. "Blending together seemed to make sense."

Creative Ink has felt the waves of the tough economy. Despite attempting several tactics to avoid it, Creative Ink's founder Bob Stockdale in October 2009 had to cut his staff in half from 10 to five employees, including two licensed architects.

Before the acquistion, Creative Ink was down to just Stockdale, he said.

"I feel actually it's a great move for both of our firms," he said. "It's a very positive move for me personally."

Stockdale joined BKDCreative and will work in business development, feasibility consulting, site/facility master planning and architectural design, the release said.

He said his new position will allow him to return to doing what he loves - working directly with architecture and design, something he found himself doing less of at Creative Ink over the years.

Kubik said he is thrilled to have Stockdale on board.

"He's been a mentor for me for several years," Kubik said. "He's just a fantastic individual."

The Creative Ink office, located at 4064 South Lone Pine Ave., was renovated in 2006 to accommodate 20 personnel. Wilhoit Properties has the building listed for $590,000.

Kubik and Stockdale declined to disclose financial terms of the acquisition.
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