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Clifton Greim, P.E., became president and CEO of Harriman Architects + Engineers in 2008. He has a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine. Interesting side note: Clif was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a pitcher while still in college.


The Cecil Group www.cecilgroup.com, a Boston-based urban design, planning and landscape architecture firm, and Harriman Architects + Engineers www.harriman.com of Auburn, Maine, announced October 15, 2015 a merger of their two firms. Harriman was founded in 1870 by George Coombs, who passed the firm on to his sons Harry and Fred in 1909. In 1928, Alonzo Harriman joined the firm as a partner. In 1939, after the death of Harry Coombs, the firm became Harriman Associates. The firm has a long history of designing buildings throughout Maine: libraries; schools; city halls; churches; commercial blocks; fire stations; mill buildings; military facilities; courthouses; hospitals; utility buildings; theaters; banks and hotels.

Harriman is headquartered in Auburn, Maine in a building of its own design. The firm, which also has an office in Portland's Old Port section and in Manchester, New Hampshire, currently focuses on architectural and engineering design work throughout New England and in Northern California.

The work of The Cecil Group's multidisciplinary team includes urban design, land planning, community planning, landscape architecture, and institutional and sustainability planning. Among it landscape architecture projects is the Dover, N.H. downtown streetscape study; the Randolph, Mass. streetscape design and construction; the Salem Winter Island Park master plan; and the Salem South River Harborwalk entrance.




Steven Cecil, AIA, ASLA, is the founding principal of The Cecil Group, with over 25 years of professional experience in urban design, planning, landscape architecture and architecture projects. He was also a founding principal of Cecil & Rizvi, Inc., and severed as director of urban design and landscape architecture at CBT Architects and SOM/Boston. He earned a MArch in architecture and urban design from the University of Washington, and has had teaching assignments in urban design and urban planning programs at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.


Harriman sees the merger as extending its geographic reach and increased services to its clients through "stronger, more nimble, and better positioned resources." "We have collaborated on projects with The Cecil Group since 2009, and our mutually successful working relationship led us naturally to this decision," said Clifton Greim, P.E., president and CEO of Harriman. "With similar cultural and strategic approaches interwoven with common business goals, an expansion aimed at creating a broader, more expansive firm with a group of people we really admire resonated with us. We're very excited to continue building on these traditions together." Previous project collaboration between the two firms includes campus master plans at Bates College, Thomas College, and Maine Maritime Academy.

"We have expanded our team to help realize the full potential of our multidisciplinary perspectives," commented Steven Cecil, AIA, ASLA, founding principal of The Cecil Group. Cecil said he admires Harriman's studio structure, which allows a smaller group of designers to collaborate, rather than spreading work out among multiple departments. NH Business Review reports terms of the merger have not been disclosed, but the combined firm will have 83 employees, and expected annual revenue of $11 million.








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