By: dgardner

BCRA adds shareholders and enhances leadership


Rory Connally, Interim President  

To mark the beginning of a new path for BCRA, the 24-year-old design company is expanding its ownership with the addition of four shareholders. This builds on a well-established foundation as a multi-disciplinary design firm and leaves BCRA poised to serve clients better.

The firm’s new shareholders are:

Stuart Young is an architect and principal who joined BCRA in 1998. He is a creative visionary with design roots in recreation, housing, and education.

Don Mellott is an engineer and joined the firm in 2001 to substantiate the firm’s multi-disciplinary strategy. He oversees the firm’s engineering practice and brings a substantial background in management.

Doug Oberst, an architect and principal, joined in 2000 and guided the company’s growth in the residential and retail markets.

As part of the planned leadership transition, BCRA president Jeff Brown stepped down from his position with the design firm and will pursue new aspirations. Rory Connally, BCRA’s CFO, assumed the role of interim president on January 1, 2013. Ken Rowan will maintain his current role. The addition of new shareholders and movement in leadership has been planned for a number of years and is part of BCRA’s long-term leadership transition strategy.

Additional leadership transitions will be announced in the coming months.

“This company has been my life’s is the time for other leaders to carry this company forward,” says Brown in a memo to BCRA staff.

The design firm has a number of exciting opportunities they are currently working on to support the high quality work for which BCRA is known, including office expansion in Seattle and improvements in Tacoma. The leadership of Young, Mellott, and Oberst will provide additional spark to the firm’s future.

BCRA is headquartered in Tacoma and has offices in Seattle, Wenatchee, and Alexandria, VA. The firm offers Architecture + Interior Spaces, Science + Engineering, and Planning + Resource Management,  More at

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