Richard L. Bowen + Associates (RLB+A) is the namesake of Richard L. Bowen, who founded the firm in 1959 after his graduation from the Western Reserve University School of Architecture in Cleveland, Ohio. Now, more than fifty years later, the firm has built an impeccable reputation on a strong foundation of client service. This foundation is showcased through imaginative design, technical excellence, and proactive project management.
During its start-up decade, RLB+A quickly established itself in the commercial design sector. An early local client later emerged as one of the nation's largest developers of shopping centers. RLB+A subsequently designed hundreds of retail projects across the U.S. for developers and national retailers during this period and has remained a leader in retail design ever since.
RLB+A transformed itself into a multi-disciplined firm by adding a full range of structural, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering services. Tighter integration of architectural and engineering drawings under one roof helped speed up the design process. This diversification allowed us to better meet the needs of existing clients while reaching out to a wider market, including the housing, education and government sectors.
RLB+A was quick to implement computer-aided drafting (CAD) and enjoyed significant gains in productivity and quality control. Aside from an ever-expanding portfolio of retail projects, our architects and engineers designed several high-rise office buildings during this period. RLB+A also led several multi-million dollar infrastructure improvement projects for local water and sewer districts as well as the multi-year expansion of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
During this era of increased environmental awareness, our designers adopted architectural and engineering techniques that resulted in eco-friendly designs and more energy-efficient buildings. Expanded governmental services led to our involvement in several justice and correctional projects. Late in the decade, the firm expanded its services to include construction management.
2000 and Beyond . . .
Since 2000, RLB+A has continued its commitment to sustainable design by adopting standards developed by USGBC (LEED) and the U.S. EPA (EnergyStar). Our firm has embraced Building Information Management (BIM) as a tool for data-driven design of high performance buildings. In 2007, the firm initiated an Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP) when Richard L. Bowen sold 30 percent of his shares to employees. As a firm, we continue to enjoy the challenge of expanding into newer markets as such opportunities arise.