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We had a building, needed to make it into a library, and asked someone to help us build a dream. Franus Architectural Associates and Dan Franus gave us our dream. Someone once summarized it by saying, “It was like when Dorothy’s house settled down in Oz - the door opened and we went from black and white to color.”

The level of professionalism and attention to detail from the entire team was evident from the first planning session. Their continued success is a tribute to their outstanding care and understanding of client needs.”

   Harry W. Dilmore
   Manager, Avalon Borough

Why would I go back to Franus Architectural Associates for future architectural work?  Because Dan Franus listens to client needs, then proposes imaginative but practical, state-of-the-art design solutions.  All while being very attunded to a client’s budget constraints.”

   David Barensfeld
   President and CEO, Ellwood Group, Inc.

Over the past several years, Franus Architectural Associates has been a key partner on two major projects. The firm’s ability to listen to our needs and incorporate those into the design is one of their major strengths. Every day I appreciate the ease-of-use and functionality that they achieved with their design for both projects. As with most municipal projects, cost control for the borough was a big issue. On both projects, you were able to meet our budget limitations and deliver a quality project.

What else can I say? Excellent communication skills, good design, effective budget control, active project management and a great support staff. Thanks for being a partner and doing it right!

   Larry R. Morley
   New Brighton Borough Manager

I have been associated with Franus Achitectural Associates for 20 years as a general contractor, subcontractor, vendor supplier, and also as a client.  Dan Franus and Steve Paxton, along with the rest of the support staff, create a “big firm feel” in a small town office in all of their efforts. I appreciate their accessibility and attention to detail that they offer each client.

It was the attention to design detail and willingness to explore and develop new concepts and methods that allowed me the confidence to recommend this firm to my clients. There is not the least air of “untouchableness” that exists in the building process between architect, client and contractors that so often plaques a project. I have witnessed time and again the focus on solutions - not problems - along with a genuine concern that all parties have primary financial budgets.

I admire Dan’s personal community involvement, along with his firm, in the countless hours spent helping to resurrect a small town’s struggle to physically and mentally cope with the loss of the steel industry in the 1970s. Through his efforts, the community has benefited, the most current being the complete of the Ellwood City Area Public Library.

I would recommend Franus Architectural Associates as your design team and construction process representative, and even more I would recommend them as your friends.

   Dennis J. D’Angelo
   Interiors by Denny D’Angelo, Inc.
   Ellwood Construction Mgt.
   Chapel Valley Estate

You were always available to answer any questions that needed consideration during the project.  Your attention to details was truly appreciated and allowed our building construction to proceed in a cost-effective manner. Thank you, Franus Architectural Associates, for partnering with me on our office remodeling project.

   Ed Rosiak
   Director Environmental Services, Gateway Rehabilitation Center

We have partnered together on many projects over the past 17 years.  What stands out most in my mind is that your drawings give enough detail so our contractors can easily determine what is expected of them when bidding the project and then during construction. Also, we have never had a building permit submittal rejected.

Your attention to detail and budget friendly designs are the primary reasons I have turned to Franus Architectural Associates for many projects ranging from exterior facades to tenant suite build-out engineering. You also have provided complete and accurate drawings used for lease agreement negotiations and site drawings for marketing. Every project that you have done for me has been completed when you said it would be, and completed 100%.

I look forward to partnering with you on future projects.

   Russell (Hank) Forney
   Managing Partner, North Lawrence Partners, L.P.