News Alert: Buyouts are Big Business
ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest privately held landscape
construction firm, is casting its net into design.
By Susan Hines
Last year, MSD Capital, a private-equity investment firm
formed exclusively to manage the capital of computer magnate Michael Dell and
his family, purchased a majority ownership interest in ValleyCrest Companies,
the nation’s largest privately held provider of integrated landscape services.
With its influx of computer-generated capital, ValleyCrest
didn’t buy more John Deere tractors or purchase another landscaping or lawn
care company. Instead they went after design, buying some of the best landscape
architecture offices they could find to meet client demand for new services—commercial
design/build of the very highest quality through a new company division called
ValleyCrest Design Group and high-end residential design/build through Estate
Gardens by ValleyCrest, a division they debuted in 2006.
Composed of five distinct landscape architecture design
studios—JamesHyatt Studio, Denver; Comstock Studio, Calabasas, California; HRP
Studio, Santa Ana, California; SiteWorks Studio, Fairhope, Alabama; and Phil
Graham Studio, St. Petersburg, Florida—ValleyCrest Design Group is being promoted
as offering a unique “integrated design/build service” and “the only company to
propose such a holistic and efficient approach to completing landscape
Certainly ValleyCrest is not the only landscape construction
firm offering design/build. But with 57 years in the landscape industry and an
experienced cost-estimating team and due diligence department, as well as
in-depth knowledge of what to expect during the construction process,
ValleyCrest is aiming for high design, sound construction, and satisfied
clients. By instituting a collaborative approach, the company aims to make
money from stringent accountability in cost management and project
administration. Ultimately, a shorter construction time provides lower costs, a
higher profit margin, and increased customer satisfaction.
What do industry experts and other landscape architects
think about the construction company’s move? What’s in it for ValleyCrest, and
what’s in it for the design studios they have acquired?
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