Frankfurt Short Bruza has exceeded expectations and contributed iconic structures to the fabric of Oklahoma and around the country since it was founded in 1945. As its reputation and client list has grown nationally, the firm has grown from its Oklahoma roots under the watchful eye of three generations of leadership.
By keeping its operations in Oklahoma City, the firm has become a dynamic business and community leader. Despite calling the metro area home, the firm has ongoing projects across the country. Being centrally located, FSB provides the highest-quality service to clients wherever they might be, while at the same time keeping its people local to enjoy the high quality of life in Central Oklahoma.
And people seem to like working there. A vibrant and rewarding work environment has led to 23 of the firm’s 110 employees having been with the company for more than 20 years.
The firm specializes in high-quality architecture and engineering services that exceed client expectations in the areas of aviation, education, health care, Native American projects, transportation and technology at federal, corporate, civic and community levels.
Clients can count on familiar faces and the longevity of the firm and its leadership to know they are hiring the best. That reputation for quality and service has led the firm to compete and often win projects when going up against much larger national firms. But at the end of the day, the company is still proud to call Oklahoma home.
“FSB is known for designs that withstand the test of time, as well as its legacy of the highest-caliber industry leadership across three generations,” says Laure Majors, FSB’s director of business development.
In a word: Visionary
Vision, ethics and knowledge are three key components to the mission of The Architectural Partnership. Established in 1988 by John Ward and Anthony McDermid, who combined their individual firms, TAP now employs a 14-member team, conducting design and business with an ever-growing portfolio.
Recently awarded projects include the John W. Rex Elementary School and the COTPA parking garage, both located Downtown. Other projects include the under-construction aLoft Hotel and work at City Rescue Mission and WestTown Resource Center, to include just a few.
“We seek to make a difference by doing work that matters,” McDermid says. “Because most of our projects are local, our team is able to witness on a daily basis how our projects come to life. It is an amazing feeling to see Central Oklahoma thrive and grow through the built environment and even more exciting to know that we contribute to it every day.”
In a word: Multi-dimensional
Starting as a sole proprietorship more than 47 years ago, HSEarchitects has developed into the partnership of Larry Herzel, Dan Skaggs and Todd Edmonds. The staff includes professionally seasoned architectural and interior designers whose ever-evolving experience and creativity contributes to the company’s success in fostering purposeful designs.
“By having a strong team, we have shaped our firm to become a constructive work environment that encourages collaboration and communication,” says Todd Edmonds, principal. “This positively affects how we work with our clients and strive to produce successful projects.”
The firm’s experience stems from a broad range of project types, including educational, commercial, residential, mixed-use, health care, civic, historic, LEED-based and interiors.
Finalists: Elliott + Associates Architects, Fitzsimmons Architects