Moody Nolan Celebrates 30 Years

WASHINGTON — Columbus, Ohio-based architecture firm, Moody Nolan has recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary, as well as its five-year anniversary of its Washington D.C. office.

Moody Nolan has been involved in a number of educational facility designs throughout the country. Since opening its office in D.C., the firm has worked on several local projects including the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School, University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clark School of Law and projects throughout the District of Columbia Public School system.

Prior to opening its Washington D.C. office, the firm had six other locations around the country, including its headquarters in Ohio. The company is the largest African American owned and managed design firm in the country, with more than 160 employees. The firm was founded in 1982 by Curtis J. Moody, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, and Howard E. Nolan, PE. Since its formation they have grown tremendously and have worked on projects in more than 40 states.

The event honored the founders, employees, the company’s design commitments, as well as its continued success. The firm specializes in higher education, sports/recreation, student-focused, health care and public service facilities. They have also been recognized with more than 194 local, state and national design citations, according to Moody Nolan.

Of the many design awards, Fisk University was one of the most recent projects completed by the firm. Moody Nolan won three design awards for the John Wesley Work House historical renovation project at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.

“We have enjoyed working with Fisk University for many years and were excited when they were awarded the grant for this historic renovation. We worked closely with Fisk, the National Park Service and the contractor, Rock City Construction for this remarkable transformation back into a valuable building,” said Brian Tibbs, partner and director of the southeast operations for Moody Nolan in a statement.

Moody Nolan has been in business for 30 years — and has shown no signs of slowing down. Along with their design awards, they have also won new project bids, including the new student recreation center on the campus of Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas.

The firm was recently awarded the $31 million project, estimated to begin in early 2013, and has a tentative design plan in place.

“Designing and building recreation facilities allows us to work with the client and discover a design that best fits their needs, and for the university projects, the needs of the students and staff,” said Moody. “We can really apply responsive architecture features to student recreation facilities and create innovative, functional and aesthetically pleasing buildings.”

The celebration featured friends, clients and family of the Moody Nolan firm. They toasted to success over the past 30 years, the company’s five-year anniversary in Washington D.C., and to many more successes in the years to come.

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