WHO WE ARE
ABOUT THE FIRM
Franus Architectural Associates, Inc. is a western Pennsylvania-based architectural firm specializing in renovation and new construction design, construction management, and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) design for commercial, municipal, and residential projects. The firm began as a solo endeavor of Architect Daniel Franus and has expanded to a staff of experienced professionals and boasts more than 800 projects successfully completed.
Over the course of the firm's 25+ years, we have developed a collaborative approach to working with our clients.
We don't begin a project with assumptions. We don't try to categorize or pigeon-hole a client or project. Each client is unique. Each project is unique. Therefore, each design is unique. A careful process is followed for us to get to know each client and what their goals and wish lists are for their project. We will offer suggestions based on our experience -- and local building codes -- but we will never force a design through for the sake of a particular look or trend. We have come up with some distinctive solutions to
out-of-the-ordinary situations. Ultimately, we offer user-friendly designs that fit within budget.
We know every project site is dynamic and things don't always go according to plan. That's why we do all we can to be responsive to questions and concerns that arise during the project. Our office staff answers phone calls personally, e-mails are responded to, questions do not go unanswered and concerns are not brushed off. This is standard not just for our clients, but for the engineers and contractors involved on projects, as well.
We design in detail -- lots and lots of detail. Our clients' projects are planned, designed, and drawn with meticulous attention to detail. Our drafters take the time at the beginning of a project to produce a highly-detailed set of drawings so that the majority of material and labor costs can be determined up front with a high degree of accuracy. We also shy-away from using custom-building material. As long as we can use standard, easy-to-find material that is attractive and appropriate for a project, we feel that is the best use of funds. Practical planning and the level of detail in the drawings eliminate the guess work and minimize questions throughout the course of the project.
At Franus Architectural Associates, Inc. we stand by our mission statement:
Franus Architectural Associates, Inc. strives to develop innovative designs that meet the demands of the real world by utilizing our team's extensive experience, talents, and open communication style and by providing our clients with the personalized attention they deserve. Our collaborative approach to building design allows us to work hand-in-hand with clients and contractors by developing creative solutions and highly-detailed plans that bring projects to completion as close as possible to established schedules and budgets. This results in our clients' dreams being realized in the form of attractive, easy-to-maintain, and energy-efficient buildings.