Firm Profile

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Firm Profile

There’s a lot we can tell you about BRR, the work we do and the clients we serve, but we’ll keep it simple: we’re a top design firm with extensive commercial design experience nationwide. Since our firm got its start more than 50 years ago, we’ve been providing high-quality design, with a collaborative approach focused on responsive service and efficient project delivery.


10 office locations


200+ professionals nationwide


experience in 3,000+ jurisdictions


licensed in 50 states
plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico & 3 Canadian Provinces


Service

Architectural Design

Successful design begins with knowing your client’s needs and goals. Our approach focuses on responsive service, and providing solutions and processes that are custom to each client.

Architectural Design
Service

Architectural Illustration

High-quality renderings have helped our clients better visualize their projects and aid the schematic design and design development processes. We provide a range of architectural graphic services, including traditional media illustration, animated walkthroughs, lighting and massing studies, and photo-realistic renderings.

Architectural Illustration
Service

Building Information Modeling

Our commitment to implementing the latest BIM standards and technologies has continually enhanced project collaboration, increased construction document quality, and eased purchasing and facilities management processes.

Building Information Modeling
Service

Construction Administration

During construction, we approach all coordination with the contractor as an extension of our client through grand opening. Services include responding to contract RFIs, site observation visits, monitoring contractor progress, and preparing change orders or construction change directives.

Construction Administration
Service

Construction Document Production

Our construction document production process is focused on providing high-quality, accurate drawings. We hold regular meetings with our consultants throughout the documentation process, and our senior-level architects complete quality control checks at the 20, 50 and 90 percent completion phases.

Construction Document Production
Service

Entitlement

Every project begins with the necessary due diligence. Our project teams identify jurisdictional requirements to plan for zoning, special use permits, any city commissions or hearings that may take place.

Entitlement
Service

Environmental Graphic Design

We believe the brand and identity a space communicates is as important as the walls surrounding it. From ideation and theme development, to print design and environmental graphics, our creative solutions help strengthen our client’s brands in the built environment.

Environmental Graphic Design
Service

Fixture/Merchandise Plan Coordination

For our retail and grocery clients, detailed fixture plans are critical to project success. We use Revit to auto populate plans and equipment and finish schedules, and regularly identify new products, materials and equipment to help our clients continually improve their programs.

Fixture/Merchandise Plan Coordination
Service

Forensic Architecture

Settlement, moisture, pests and natural disaster can all be causes of distress that impact existing buildings. Our team members conduct research and site investigations, and document existing conditions in order to suggest solutions for these types of challenges.

Forensic Architecture
Service

Green Globes Assessment

As a Green Globes Enterprise Partner, BRR acts as an extension of the Green Building Initiative to assess the design, construction, management, maintenance and/or operation of buildings in the U.S. seeking Green Globes certification.

Green Globes Assessment
Service

Interior Design/Décor

Our interior design team works collaboratively with client and project teams in the retail, commercial office and hospitality markets. From programming and space planning, to developing a color and materials palette, and FF&E selection, the design and décor of our clients’ spaces are intended to promote a strong sense of place and enhance brand identity.

Interior Design/Décor
Service

International Retail Design

In the last 25 years, our team has completed 1,000+ projects in international markets. Services we’ve provided for retailers at a global scale have included architectural design, prototype development, consultant training, third-party quality control and peer review.

International Retail Design
Service

Permitting

Our ability to expedite the permit process is due to experience in thousands of jurisdictions nationwide, long-term relationships, and a thorough understanding of planning, zoning, code and environment requirements.

Permitting
Service

Prototype Development & Maintenance

From flexible design guidelines to fully-maintained and optioned programs, our prototype experience includes developing streamlined processes for document distribution, implementing automation tools for site adapt projects, and establishing change management processes to accurately track changes.

Prototype Development & Maintenance
Service

Site-Adapt/Multi-Project Rollout

Our national presence and ability to quickly assemble teams around clients’ rollout programs has successfully aided the expansion plans of retail, grocery and restaurant clients at both a regional and national level.

Site-Adapt/Multi-Project Rollout
Service

State & Local Building Codes

Our in-house Master Code Professional is a valuable resource for both BRR projects teams and clients, and her involvement in the early stages of project design increases the quality and thoroughness of each project.

State & Local Building Codes
Service

Sustainable Design

When designing environment-responsible buildings, our approach focuses on practical solutions that will provide long-term value for our clients. Our team is experienced working with local, regional and national green building criteria, including LEED and Green Globes.

Sustainable Design
How we work

The way we work isn’t an out-of-this-world concept. Our process is simple, effective, what we’re grounded on, and all about our clients. And it works.

Four Words
01

Listen

It sounds obvious, but it’s something we’re intentional about. Our job is to provide great service, and we believe our success depends on how well we address your needs. Each project begins with getting to know what you want to accomplish, asking how we can help and understanding your needs.

02

Respond

Something we believe separates us from the rest is our responsiveness. Our Sundown Rule calls for all requests and questions to be addressed same day, with timely, accurate and thought-out responses. This practice spans all phases, from defining the scope of work and establishing a timeline, through the day a project grand opens.

03

Create

This is where we answer your needs. From developing a concept, through grand opening, we partner with you to design and produce a solution that maximizes ROI and achieve your goals. We’ll introduce efficiencies where we can, challenge the status quo when it makes sense, and establish best practices that ease the process for your team. We know the final result represents your brand, and our solutions recognize and respect that connection.

04

Accelerate

There’s no ‘One size fits all’ mentality here. Every project is different, and we leverage the appropriate accelerators to fit each project. Our multiple locations bring both national strength and a regional presence, and the diversified experience of our 200+ team members brings many unique areas of expertise under the same roof. Whether you have a single location, or a rollout program, our 11,000+ completed projects brings the needed experience to achieve your goals.

Awards & Recognition

2016

2015

  • AIA Central States Region; 2015 Outstanding Emerging Professional Friendly Firm
  • Children's Mercy Hospital's Adele Hall Campus Gift Shop; AIA Kansas; Merit Award for Excellence in Interior Architecture
  • Arvest Bank, 13th & Grand Branch; Kansas City Construction Specifications Institute; Honorable Mention
  • Country Club Bank Headquarters; Kansas City Construction Specifications Institute; 2nd place “Excellence in Design”
  • Architectural Records; No. 1 Retail Design Firm Nationwide (Based on Retail Construction Starts)
  • Ingram’s; ‘Best Companies to Work For’, Medium-Size Company
  • Ingram’s; No. 4 Top Architect in Kansas City
  • Canstruction Competition – Kansas City; “Best Meal”

2014

  • Ingram’s; No. 3 Top Architect in Kansas City
  • Phoenix Best Businesses; “Best Architect”
  • Architectural Records; No. 1 Retail Design Firm Nationwide (Based on Retail Construction Starts)
  • Queen's Price Chopper; 2014 Progressive Grocer; Best Remodel Over $6M
  • Kansas City Business Journal; #5 Top Area Architecture Firm

2013

  • Architectural Record; No. 1 Retail Design Firm Nationwide (Based on Retail Construction Starts)
  • Kansas City Business Journal; #3 Top Area Architecture Firm
  • IIDA Mid-America Design Awards; Gold Award in ‘Hospitality’

2012

  • Monsters of Design; People's Choice Award for 601 Residence
  • Uptown Grocery Co.; Progressive Grocer's Store Design Contest; First in Overall Store Design: New Construction, Over 50,000 sq ft Category
  • Ingram's Best Companies to Work For
  • AIA IDP Outstanding Firm Award 2011-2014
  • AIA IDP Firm Award 2011-2014

2011

  • AIA IDP Outstanding Firm Award 2011-2014
  • AIA IDP Firm Award 2011-2014
  • AIA Central States Intern Friendly Firm
  • AIA IDP Firm Award 2008-2011
  • AIA IDP Outstanding Firm Award 2008-2011
  • Canstruction Competition Kansas City; Best Meal
  • BRR’s Bentonville Office; Qualified Remodeler Master Bronze Design Award in the Light Commercial Category
  • BRR’s Bentonville Office; Qualified Remodeler Master Bronze Design Award in the Green Remodel Category

2010

2009

  • AIA IDP Firm Award 2008-2011
  • AIA IDP Outstanding Firm Award 2008-2011
  • IIDA Color+Couture; Haute Couture Award
  • Arizona Business Magazine; Top Ten Architectural Firm (Phoenix Location)
  • Canstruction Competition Kansas City;  Honorable Mention
  • Cosentino's Downtown Market of Kansas City, MO; Kansas City Business Journal; Capstone Awards
  • Kansas City Business Journal; Top Area Architecture Firm
  • Cosentino's Downtown Market of Kansas City, MO; KC Home Design and Midwest CJ Magazine; Gold Design Excellence Award in the Architecture/Interior Category

2008

  • Canstruction Competition Kansas City; Structural Ingenuity Award
  • AIA Kansas City Intern Friendly Firm Designation
  • Retail Construction Magazine (Jan/Feb); Top Retail/Architects/Engineers Report Ranked 3rd in Retail Square Footage Designed
  • Kansas City Business Journal; Top Area Architecture Firm
  • AIA IDP Firm Award 2008-2011
  • AIA Diversity Best Practice Firm
  • Walmart of Highland Village, TX; AIA Kansas; Merit Award for Excellence in Masonry
  • AIA IDP Outstanding Firm Award 2008-2011
  • Walmart of Highland Village, TX; AIA, Central States Region; Building Design Finalist
  • BRR Architecture, Inc. Bistro; Commercial Journal and Kansas City Home Design Magazine; Bronze Design Excellence Award in the Commercial-Tenant Finish, Architecture/Interior Space Category

2007

  • Retail Construction Magazine (Jan/Feb); Top Retail Architects/Engineers Report Ranked 4th in Retail Square Footage Designed
  • Canstruction Competition Kansas City; Juror's Favorite Award and People's Choice Award
  • Kansas City Business Journal; Top Area Architecture Firm
  • IIDA Color+Couture; Best Integration of Finish and Fashion Award