Carter Lake Elementary School Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA

Designing for Community

Building communities is what we do — and we think of community in two linked ways. First, we build community internally, giving everyone a seat at the decision-making table, listening to all insights, and developing plans that represent our team vision. Then, we create beautiful spaces for communities to use and enjoy, spaces that bring people together and improve their lives. Our commitment to community doesn’t stop with our projects, either — we’re always looking for new ways to elevate and serve. After all, this is our home.

A Collaborative Approach

Every client, designer, engineer, architect, and project manager has a voice on our projects. We know that principled collaboration is simply how the best, most inspired work gets done, and we’ve got the experts in-house to provide it on every project. Before a single line is drawn, we consider each unique perspective, including those of the community and user. In this way, we all collaborate to design and deliver something truly special.

our approach

Our Services

With multiple disciplines under one roof, we offer expert service in the following areas.

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It’s no mystery that creative and analytical minds approach problem-solving differently. Our clients routinely get the benefit of both approaches since all design disciplines here at BCRA rub elbows daily in our work together.

Kent McLaren Senior Associate, Architect

Prairie Line Trail Tacoma, WA

Grace and Grit

Our work ethic is informed by twin values. One is the mental toughness and strong work ethic owing to our roots in Tacoma; the other is the compassion we extend to our colleagues and client partners. Together, these values make us a motivated and empathetic team, ready to tackle tough challenges and deliver results for our clients. Between grace and grit, you’ll find BCRA.



NAIOP Community Impact Development of the Year


NAIOP Retail Development of the Year


NAIOP Retail Development of the Year


IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition Winner


WRPA Spotlight Award for Outdoor Space


SHPO Valerie Sivinski Award for Historic


Tacoma Landmarks Commercial Renovation


Doug Oberst

Managing Principal, Architect

Doug is a Managing Principal and Registered Architect who oversees our multifamily residential, retail, and workplace design markets. His favorite aspect of our firm is the daily collaboration between disciplines, a process which brings the client alongside and delivers creative outcomes. Doug knows that what truly drives innovation that supports our clients and their users is being able to understand their business and anticipate those areas where design can provide the greatest impact.

Stuart Young

Managing Principal, Architect

Stuart, a Registered Architect and Managing Principal, has spent the last 21 years guiding the culture and vision of BCRA. With a strong belief in a ‘better together’ philosophy, he explores and identifies partnerships that benefit our community. He believes BCRA brings significant value to our clients through our participatory design thinking process that spans all disciplines to integrate form and function equally. Stuart currently serves on the boards for University of Washington-Tacoma’s Urban Studies Advisory Board, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, and Graduate Tacoma.

Don Mellott

Managing Principal, Civil Engineer

Don serves many important roles at BCRA. A licensed Professional Engineer and Managing Principal, Don oversees our engineering and landscape architecture disciplines and provides direction for BCRA’s financial and business operations. In this role, he loves to provide entrepreneurial spark to the business of design. In his 17 years at BCRA, he has enjoyed working on a wide variety of complex public and private projects and helped grow our engineering presence throughout the Puget Sound region. Don credits his military service as an Army officer for laying the foundation for his leadership style. He currently serves on board of the Economic Development Board of Tacoma Pierce County and is a school board member at Covenant High School.

How Can We Help?

If you’re ready to see your space transformed, we’re ready to get started. Contact us today and together we’ll bring something amazing to life.