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Fawley Bryant Architecture Under New Ownership

Friday, January 26, 2018

SARASOTA — Fawley Bryant Architecture, an architecture and interior design firm with a 24-year history in Sarasota and Manatee counties, has new owners through a management buyout.

After a 32-year career and two years after the death of co-founder and partner Rick Fawley, Mike Bryant has retired. Following a plan drawn up by Fawley and Bryant years ago, Steve Padgett and Stu Henderson purchased the firm in December.

In 2013, Fawley and Bryant created a company management team to prepare for the long-term growth and sustainability of their company. Padgett and Henderson have been members of that management team ever since.

“I have the utmost confidence in Steve and Stu,” Bryant said Thurs day in a news release. “They have essentially been running the firm for the last year. That was done strategically so they could learn on the job and I could support them when necessary.”

With a combined 24-year history at Fawley Bryant Architecture, the new owners share the values and beliefs that helped build the firm. Padgett, who previously was the company’s executive vice president, will now be a firm principal and the managing partner. Henderson will also be a principal and will continue his role as director of design.

Currently employing 20 full-time staff, the company has grown to be one of the largest architecture firms in the area. Padgett and Henderson say they plan to remain mindful of the strong foundation Fawley and Bryant created, reconfirm the firm’s commitment to the local community, and stay focused on smart, beautiful design.

“We have to continue nurturing the fundamental building blocks that got us to this point,” Padgett said: “great work, a strong community emphasis and smart people. Even though clients will see new faces, we’re still a legacy firm with a history that will help direct our future.”

“Rick and Mike were both wonderful mentors and leaders,” Henderson said. “Steve and I are forever grateful for the chance to work and learn from them, and we’re honored to take FBA into the future.”

Fawley Bryant was created in 1994 when Richard Fawley Architects and Michael P. Bryant Architects joined forces.

The firm is known for its success with major public projects throughout the region from its offices in Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton. It designed the Out-of-Door Academy, Booker High School in Sarasota and buildings at Manatee High School. Some of the company’s other highlights include the Nathan Benderson Park finishing tower; renovations at McKechnie Field (now LECOM Park); the IMG Academy campus; the Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch and Manatee Technical College.

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Rick & Coni Fawley Scholarship Fund Grows

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Fawley Bryant honors Co-Founder Rick Fawley by living out his vision

Thursday, September 03, 2015
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Pirates improving Manatee baseball facilities

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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Tourism and leaders applauded in Manatee

Thursday, May 08, 2014
Three local tourism supporters were honored Wednesday by the Bradenton Area Convention Center and Visitor's Bureau....Fawley who led the redevelopment of McKechnie Field -- a $10 million renovation that included a boardwalk that circles the ballpark and more seats overlooking left field -- and renovations at the IMG multi-sports complex, received the bureau's tourism outreach award. The award is given for promoting green sustainability and global more ...

Lauren Stockman Joins the Fawley Bryant Team as Interior Designer

Monday, May 05, 2014
May 2, 2014, Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida – Fawley Bryant announces that Lauren Stockman joined our firm as an Interior Designer in March of 2014. With a background in healthcare, hospitality, corporate and mixed-use projects, Lauren brings over eight years of national and local experience in commercial interiors to Fawley more ...

Rick Fawley honored with 2014 Kent Schultz alumni award

Friday, May 02, 2014
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Darwin Brewing, Designed by Fawley Bryant sets opening for Bradenton brewery

Friday, May 02, 2014
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Young and hungry

Friday, February 28, 2014

Rick Fawley and Mike Bryant are the wise greybeards of the architecture firm they founded 20 years ago, but they leave the office when they want the young’uns to really learn something. That happens every Friday. Fawley and Bryant, principals behind Lakewood Ranch-based Fawley|Bryant, have lunch catered that day. Then they take off so the staff of 18, including seven employees who joined the firm in the last year, can connect with each other. The employees talk about work, current projects and personal lives. “The irony of the firm growing older is the staff has really never been younger,” says Bryant. “I think the staff is the best it’s ever been.”

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Manatee architecture firm is growing

Monday, February 24, 2014

When Rick Fawley moved from Vermont to Bradenton in 1983 to open an architectural firm, he saw these calling cards of Florida architecture everywhere. It wasn't much to look at, especially since most of the buildings going up at the time were vacation homes, low-slung retail stores and strip malls.

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Rick Fawley Named Suncoast Leader of the Month by Living on the Suncoast Magazine

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The January Suncoast Leader of the Month is Rick Fawley, AIA, NCARB, President, Principal of Fawley Bryant.

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Sports Feed Growth at Fawley Bryant

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Whether it’s a baseball stadium in downtown Bradenton, a BMX track in Sarasota or a rowing facility at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, architecture firm Fawley Bryant has played a critical role in designing many of Southwest Florida's sporting venues. As the firm approaches its 20-yearanniversary this year, principals for the firm say sports is only playing a greater role, both for the company and the community as a whole.

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Darwin's Brewery tanks delivered, eyeing March Opening

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A week after one brewery opened in Bradenton, another one is taking shape.Darwin's Brewery, 803 17th Ave. W., received a truckload of key beer-making equipment Wednesday morning that will help put the microbrewery on schedule to open during the last week in March."It's the heart of the brewery," owner and chef Darwin Santa Maria said, smiling at the tanks readying to be lifted into the building.The truck's delivery included the brewhouse, keg washer and a glycol pump that helps keep the beer cold in the 6,000-square-foot warehouse -- all key equipment for brewing.The former Bradenton Press building is being remodeled with high ceilings for the 15-tank system, a tasting room, lab room for the brewmaster, and side garage doors that open up to the beer garden with a stage for bands on the east side. Fawley Bryant Architects designed the building.

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Fawley Selected as AIA Florida 2013 Citizen Architect

Monday, January 20, 2014

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) recognized Richard W. Fawley, AIA, NCARB along with 31 additional individuals as the 2013 AIA Florida Class of Citizen Architects.

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FAWLEY|BRYANT Forms CANstruction Team

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fawley Bryant has formed a team to assist people in need. With your help we hope to collect 3,500-5,000 canned food items to build a large structure that will be on display at the Westfield shopping mall. After deconstruction of the structure, all canned food items will be donated to the All Faiths Food Bank. Donations to the Fawley Bryant CANstruction team may be made via:

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Groundbreaking ceremony for Goodwill Manasota's new corporate campus

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Goodwill Manasota President & CEO Bob Rosinsky speaks to guests gathered during a groundbreaking ceremony for Goodwill Manasota's new corporate campus. This facility will replace its current headquarters at 7501 15th St. E. in Tallevast, where it's been located for 31 years. The 27,000-square-foot building, designed by Fawley Bryant Architects, is expected to consolidate administrative, service and a international training center for 50 or 60 employees working throughout the region in six offices. Another 50 to 60 people will be working in a 35,866-square-foot retail store, job connection center, community room and drive-through donation center attached to the administrative complex. 

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Manatee Chamber wins award

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Jason "J.B." Taylor, an architect/interior designer with Fawley Bryant and chairman of the Manatee Chamber's Green Business Initiative Committee, and Neil Spirtas, vice president, Public Policy & Small Business at the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, received the Sustainable Florida's 2013 Best Practice Award.

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McKechnie renovation a big hit with Ballpark Digest

Friday, November 08, 2013

McKechnie Field's major overhaul was a hit with baseball fans during the spring and summer. Now it is getting some national attention, too. On Thursday, Ballpark Digest named the project the year's Best Ballpark Renovation (over $1 million). "We're proud that a national publication would recognize our project," said Trevor Gooby, senior director of Florida operations for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have played spring training games at McKechnie Field since 1969."And we agree -- the project came out just the way we wanted to." Fawley|Bryant Architects did the design and NDC Construction did the construction, which included a 19,000-square-foot, 360-degree boardwalk featuring a tiki bar, restroom, concession stand, party decks and a new set of bleachers in left field.

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2013 Best Ballpark Renovation Over $1M: McKechnie Field

Thursday, November 07, 2013

It’s the most historic venue in spring training, a place where Roberto Clemente worked his way into shape, Henry Aaron honed his craft and the exciting 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates jelled as a team. A 2013 renovation, designed by Fawley|Bryant Architects complete with new outfield seating and Tiki bar, brings McKechnie Field to a comfort level equal to or surpassing other Grapefruit League facilities, helping both the Pirates and Class A Bradenton Marauders set attendance records in 2013. For both aesthetic and business reasons, McKechnieField is the choice as the Best Ballpark Renovation (Over $1 Million) of 2013 by Ballpark Digest, the leading guide to baseball and ballparks on the Internet. 

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Booker High School Enhances Building Strength, Efficiency

Monday, November 04, 2013

A complete rebuild of the Booker High School campus in Sarasota, Fla., required that construction activities safely co-exist with the activities of more than 1,000 students and staff over a three-year period. That meant scheduling heavy construction activities around major test periods and campus sporting events as well as rerouting utilities multiple times to accommodate the project's phasing. The Booker High School Rebuild won ENRSoutheast's Award of Merit in the K-12 Schools category.

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USF Sarasota-Manatee, Mote Unveil Teaching Labs

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The 4,600-square-foot space, designed by Fawley Bryant Architects, includes a biology lab, chemistry lab and student teaching area. The project, including construction and lab equipment, cost $1.5 million and is part of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s transition to a full, four-year undergraduate program.

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Darwin's Brewery Receives Unanimous Approval

Friday, October 11, 2013

Darwin's Brewery is one step closer to opening after receiving unanimous approval for its alcohol beverage license Wednesday morning during the Bradenton City Council meeting.

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Sarasota's Selby Gardens Flourishes With Renovations

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is abloom with renovations and upgrades designed to modernize and heighten the aesthetic quality of the beloved Sarasota landmark.

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Behind the scenes photos from IMG Academy

Friday, October 04, 2013

An inside look into the nation's top high school football facility, one that features a Gatorade Sports Science Institute. 

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Manatee Schools apply for Race to the Top grant to expand MTI

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Manatee County School District is hoping to win a $28.7 million grant through Race to the Top to expand the Manatee Technical Institute and to add more science, technology, engineering and math education to elementary school classrooms...

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Fawley Bryant Designs Renovation for Selby Gardens Great Room by the Bay

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fawley Bryant Architects in co-operation with Tandem Construction and Milton Shenk LLC, have completed the renovation of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Great Room by the Bay.

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Darwin's design is set

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The owners and developers of Darwin's are on track for opening their microbrew in time for next year's spring training games.

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Fawley Bryant designs pediatric clinic in Sarasota

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fawley Bryant and Tandem Construction recently completed design and construction of an office for Pediatric Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Associates, located in IntegraClick Park on North Honore Avenue in Sarasota.

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If You Build It...

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Fawley|Bryant Architects, Samantha Cummins, Stuart Henderson, Rick Fawley, Mike Bryant, Steve Padgett and Sarah Colandro all stand on the first phase of a multi-sport complex now open at IMG Academy in Bradenton that will host numerous events.

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Sarasota design firm's phones abuzz with recovery

Monday, September 02, 2013

IMG Academy was just minutes away from the kickoff to its inaugural football game on a recent Saturday night when rain began pouring...

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IMG Academy opens first phase of multi-sport complex addition

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Steve Padgett, Vice President of Fawley|Bryant Architects believes, “The Community has begun to recognize the value of the sports performance industry as an important economic engine that until recently was not fully capitalized upon...”

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Fawley Bryant tapped to design brewery

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Darwin's Brewing Company of Sarasota has contracted with Fawley Bryant to plan and design its new microbrewery in downtown Bradenton.

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Economic Development Corp. to move into HuB building

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County will be moving its headquarters to downtown Sarasota at the end of September. The county’s primary economic development organization which includes the Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office will be taking 4,000 square feet.

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Fawley Bryant Selected for Two Country Club Master Plans

Monday, July 29, 2013

Fawley Bryant was recently hired by two local country clubs to prepare their master plans.The architecture, interior design and planning firm has been engaged by Tara Golf and Country Club for Phase II of their master plan to analyze space utilization in the 16,000+ square foot clubhouse, the pro shop and fitness center. Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club also selected Fawley Bryant to evaluate existing conditions in their 29,000+ square foot clubhouse, welcome center, and community center.

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McKechnie redevelopment wins Design Excellence Award

Friday, June 14, 2013

Local officials with the City of Bradenton, Pittsburgh Pirates and Fawley Bryant Architects gather Thursday at McKechnie Field for a photograph after winning the Design Excellence Award from the Florida Planning and Zoning Association for the McKechnie Field redevelopment.

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McKechnie Field wins Design Excellence

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The recently renovated and vastly improved McKechnie Field, equipped with a wide boardwalk bordering the outfield and a large tiki bar, has won the Design Excellence award given by the Florida Planning and Zoning Association.

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McKechnie Field renovations win Design Excellence Award

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Design Excellence Award recognized McKechnie Field's redevelopment for exhibiting superior form and function.

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IMG Academy holds ribbon cutting for new state-of-the-art Student Residence Hall

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Last evening IMG Academy held a ribbon cutting for the latest addition to its expanding campus - a five-story Student Residence Hall.

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Changes at IMG Academy are more than just physical

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

IMG Academy, one of the premier sports training centers in the world, is undergoing substantial change in structural appearance and community philosophy.

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IMG celebrates $15M dorms in Bradenton

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A new residence hall is adding a touch of community and sense of home for students at IMG Academy.

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Goodwill targets Manatee site for corporate campus

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Goodwill Manasota unveiled plans Wednesday to create a corporate campus in Manatee County that will cost more than $10 million.

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State-of-the-art dental school celebrated in Lakewood Ranch

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Even though it officially opened its doors to students in July, administrators and trustees from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine joined with local, state and federal leaders Friday for the grand opening ceremony of the LECOM School of Dental Medicine.

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Bradenton's McKechnie Field charm has been improved and expanded

Sunday, February 24, 2013

So what does $10 million in renovations look like at McKechnie Field?

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Bradenton's McKechnie Field ready for its new-look debut

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The new-look McKechnie Field was unveiled, replete with a 360-degree boardwalk that spans the entire outfield, and 2,000 more seats.

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Pirates' McKechnie Field gets facelift

Monday, February 18, 2013

McKechnie Field in Bradenton has a whole new look while keeping its 90-year-old historic charm.

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A grand day of ribbon-cutting at new Manatee Technical Institute campus

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The $44 million career and technical school opened its doors in January to great expectations and raves.

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Manatee Technical Institute celebrates new campus

Friday, February 15, 2013

Manatee Technical Institute presented its new main campus to the public with a grand dedication ceremony.

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Celebrating Manatee Technical Institute's new main campus

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Manatee Technical Institute's new campus dedication ceremony.

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Take a tour of the new MTI main campus

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The new main campus of Manatee Technical Institute will be open for students Jan 2013.

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LECOM Dental School is one of a Kind at Lakewood Ranch or Anywhere

Monday, July 30, 2012

The inaugural students of LECOM School of Dental Medicine became the first class to use the school's new $52 million dental building.

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