About Us

Merge was founded in Nevada in 2008 and expanded into Arizona under Merge Design & Construction (aka MDC) in 2018. Benjie Swenson, President & Creative Director of Merge and MDC, began as an in-house designer and project manager for Prime Group out of Los Angeles and San Francisco. With 15 years of experience in the design field, Merge expanded into construction in 2017. Benjie and her standout team of design and construction professionals provide exceptional results with an understanding of the market, to ensure clients are getting the best value for their investment.

Core Values:

  • Partnerships: We value our interactions with our clients as they are at the heart of everything we do. We are only successful if our clients are, so that drives us to do our best work.
  • Accountability: We work with a sense of purpose and responsibility. We build and own our collective results together. We honor our commitments. We do what we say we will do.
  • Curiosity: We like people who are open minded and are willing to learn and grow. We ask questions, study and look for new solutions in order to always get better at what we do.
  • Transparency: We are open, clear and direct. We build trust through candid communication and honesty.

Benjie Swenson

President & CEO

Benjie has been in love with art and design her entire life. After graduating from SDSU, she landed the position as the in-house designer with a large multifamily ownership group. In 2008, she ventured out on a solo career and Merge was born. When she isn't spending time with her sweet family, she is looking to wander off the beaten paths of the world with her husband, Golden.

Our Professionals


Viviane Vernon - Senior Designer

This native of Brazil graduated from BYU with a degree in interior design. Viviane always digs in deep and has a Brazillion ideas to create thoughtful, gorgeous designs. She also has cool shoes.


Edgar Hernandez - Construction Manager

Our construction manager is the strong, silent, jujitsu-practicing type. This family man is the backbone of Merge. Smart and solid, Edgar is always pushing forward to ensure that projects are done right, on time and that our clients are satisfied with the final product.


Golden Swenson - CFO/COO

As well taking care of business as Merge's CFO/COO, Golden works behind the scenes on film & television projects. A traveler at heart, he has been to 50+ countries and counting. Always ready with a funny quip or an obscure fact, Golden is also a fan of Afrobeat, rare groove, electroclash, acid jazz, psychedelic art metal soundtracks. And Lady Gaga.