Architects combine: McDonald joins River Street Architects

Architects combine: McDonald joins River Street Architects

May 12th, 2015 by Staff Report in Business Around the Region

Frank McDonald Jr. delivers a personal perspective during the History Makers awards at the Convention Center where the Dismembered Tennesseans were honored.

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Thirty years after starting his own architectural firm, Chattanooga architect Frank McDonald and his associates have joined with River Street Architecture.

Frank McDonald Architects moved in with five other architects at River Street Architects earlier this year. The combined firm has a total of 16 employees at its Cherry Street office.

Rob Fowler

Rob Fowler

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"We feel the goals and standards of River Street Architects and FMA completely align," McDonald said in a statement released Monday. "Because the two firms share a commitment to design quality, professionalism, client respect and team building, the match is a strong one."

Frank McDonald Architects was involved in the design of the The Trolley Car Barns and Big River, Riverset Apartments, Hennen's, the Miller's building renovation and sections of the Riverwalk.

River Street has completed designs for four hotels, the Townhomes at Cameron Harbor, the Cambridge Square development, the new office building for Vision Hospitality Group and the conversion of a downtown parking garage into a climbing center known as The Block.

River Street began with just two architects, Rob Fowler and Terry Barker, in the basement of a North Shore business along River Street in 1999.

The firm has grown and today provides an array of architectural services from single-family homes to major commercial and industrial buildings. Fowler, Barker and Justin Dumsday and Michael McGowen are partners in the firm, which now has 15 employees.

"River Street is thrilled to have the addition of FMA's veteran designers, Christopher Humkey and Donald Sells with Frank McDonald working as a senior architect," said Barker, the senior partner at River Street Architects.

River Street is now in its third building in the company's 16-year history. But the original location name, River Street, has remained.

"It's a great name for an architectural firm in a river town like Chattanooga," Fowler said.