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Darden Collins Acquisition 2019-08-12T18:25:11+00:00

Darden Company Announces Investment in Leading PM Company, Collins Project Management

August 12, 2019

ATLANTA Darden & Company, LLC (Darden), an Atlanta-based development and project management company, announced the acquisition of Collins Project Management, Inc. (Collins), one of the Southeast’s leading construction project management consulting firms, effective August 1, 2019.   

Jason Hughes, President of Darden, stated, “Our team is very excited to join forces with Collins. Our combined cultures and portfolios will allow our firm to continue to grow and become the leading development and project management company in the industry.”

Joe Collins, President of Collins, and Hughes have had a 20-year relationship with mutual respect for each other’s projects and companies. “Collins has an outstanding reputation in the industry and its culture complements Darden’s,” stated Hughes. “Culture is everything to our firm and the culture that Joe Collins has fostered within his organization furthers our vision for Darden’s growth and success.” 

“Both firms have achieved tremendous success by focusing on getting the best outcomes for clients and fostering teamwork and having shared respect for all project team members,” said Collins. “Knowing that we can continue to serve Collins’ clients in the same manner that we have for the last 28 years, and that we have additional resources and expertise to bring to bear on those projects, is exciting for the entire Collins team.”

Following the acquisition, Hughes will remain President, with Matt Dale and Kyle Taylor as Executive Vice Presidents. Joe Collins and Marcus Vess, Collins’ Vice President of Operations, will continue to be integral members of the combined company’s new management team.

Bill Darden, founder of Darden Company, recently sold the company to its three officers: Hughes, Dale and Taylor. Mr. Darden noted, “When I sold the company to Jason, Kyle, and Matt I knew they would carry on the Darden traditions while maintaining the company’s level of prominence. The Collins investment will serve to strengthen and grow the company while it maintains the day-to-day care for each of their clients.”

To accommodate its growing team, the company has relocated its corporate office to 900 Circle 75 Parkway in Atlanta, located next to The Battery.

About Darden & Company

Darden & Company was formed in 1999 to provide detailed project management with a high degree of sophistication for projects across Atlanta. Today, the company continues to provide the highest level of quality project management for its development within a multitude of markets. One of the company’s most notable projects includes the project management of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Darden’s expertise has been sought after for projects across the Southeast and the country. The firm is committed to delivering its signature high-level of service no matter the size, scope, or location. 

About Collins Project Management

Founded in 1991, Collins Project Management is one of the Southeast’s premier construction project management consulting firms. Over its history, Collins has helped approximately 350 projects come to life as a trusted construction project management partner. The firm serves as owner’s representative to help mission-directed project leaders achieve better outcomes for their projects, helping its clients keep their promises – even when things change. Collins’ primary markets include healthcare, public and private K-12 schools, higher education, private clubs, faith-based, and SPLOST funded projects.

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