Boothbay Knickerbocker design/build business expands with landscape architecture

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Knickerbocker Group, a designer and builder of high-end homes and commercial spaces, said Wednesday it would launch a landscape architecture firm as part of its services.

With nearly 45 years of designing and building custom homes and buildings throughout Maine, the new practice is expected to integrate with the company’s current architecture and interior teams, alongside property management, enabling everyone to serve and strengthen existing services.

Landscape architect Kerry Lewis, who has spent two decades running her own practice as well as years of experience at firms in Boston, New York and San Francisco, was tapped to spearhead the expansion.

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Kerry Lewis

Lewis said collaboration is a key principle.

“Working with architects and designers, the landscape architecture team will elevate each project from initial site consultation with potential clients, through design and construction, and continuing with our property management services” , she said.

Danielle Betts, president of Knickerbocker, said Lewis’ interest in biodiversity, customer education and climate protection aligns with the company’s mission.

The landscape architecture team also works with the company’s interior design firm to select outdoor furniture and accessories that complement selections inside a home.

The landscape architecture firm will provide master planning and design to support Knickerbocker projects. It will also collaborate with external suppliers.

The announcement comes a year after the employee-owned company Promoted Bettsa 14-year veteran of the company, to chairman, taking over the role held by founder Stephen Malcom.

Malcom founded Knickerbocker in 1978. The company has two headquarters in Boothbay and Portland.

Knickerbocker is among the largest women-led design-build firms in Maine, along with Augusta-based Ganneston Construction, led by Stacey Morrison, and Auburn-based HE Callahan Construction, led by Christine Kendall. On the design side, Portland-based SMRT is Maine’s largest architecture firm and is led by CEO Ellen Belknap.

In addition to its Boothbay location, Knickerbocker has a 6,500 square foot Portland location in the Bayside neighborhood.

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