The Winston-Salem architectural firm of Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects PA has named Ken McDaniel as president.
McDaniel succeeds L. Wesley Curtis Jr. as head of the 56-year-old regional architecture, planning and interior design firm. Curtis becomes president of the company.
The company’s main areas of interest have been the design of educational, sports and community buildings.
Recent projects include: the Woodruff Aviation Technology Lab at Forsyth Technical Community College, Smith Reynolds Airport; improvements to Bowman Gray Stadium; the restoration of the NC State University Memorial Bell Tower; and K-12 schools across North Carolina, including the new Davie High School in Mocksville, Paisley International Baccalaureate School, and Lowrance Middle School, both in Winston-Salem.
“The work we do is not just about adding new buildings to the landscape,” McDaniel said in a press release. “It’s about creating structures and spaces that energize and transform people, places and communities.
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“I have worked at this company for my entire career and look forward to continuing the tradition of creativity that is at our heart.”
After earning a Bachelor of Arts/Architecture from UNC Charlotte, McDaniel joined Walter Robbs in 1997.
McDaniel’s work ranges from the Wells Fargo Linden Center in downtown Winston-Salem, to converting an RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. processing plant into a banking operations center for Wells Fargo, and designing 30 bank branch renovations early in his career.
Wake Forest University’s athletics department has been a particularly regular customer for the company and McDaniel.
“We’ve worked on every track and field project with them for the past 25 years,” McDaniel said.
Examples are Couch Ballpark, McCreary Field House, Sutton Sports Performance Center and Shah Basketball Complex. The McCreary Football Complex is currently under construction.
McDaniel said the company “strives to truly understand a customer’s needs and capitalize on our specialties. We are proud of the high number of loyal customers who continue to choose us for projects. »
Walter Robbs has 25 employees, including nine licensed architects and three interior designers.
“Our business is growing and we’re hiring,” McDaniel said.
“Our future successes depend on developing talent to continue creating exceptional work. We are led by a third generation management team, and it is important to maintain our culture as a legacy company. »