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 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.”
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.
The January Suncoast Leader of the Month is Rick Fawley, AIA, NCARB, President, Principal of Fawley Bryant.
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.
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.
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: http://www.aiagulfcoast.org/donations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Design Excellence Award recognized McKechnie Field's redevelopment for exhibiting superior form and function.
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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A new residence hall is adding a touch of community and sense of home for students at IMG Academy.
Goodwill Manasota unveiled plans Wednesday to create a corporate campus in Manatee County that will cost more than $10 million.
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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McKechnie Field in Bradenton has a whole new look while keeping its 90-year-old historic charm.
The $44 million career and technical school opened its doors in January to great expectations and raves.
Manatee Technical Institute presented its new main campus to the public with a grand dedication ceremony.
Manatee Technical Institute's new campus dedication ceremony.
The new main campus of Manatee Technical Institute will be open for students Jan 2013.
The inaugural students of LECOM School of Dental Medicine became the first class to use the school's new $52 million dental building.