Dunwody/Beeland, Architects, Inc. is among the oldest architectural firms in the State of Georgia. Founded in 1915 by W. Elliott Dunwody, Jr., this professional office today boasts of a multi-disciplinary practice perpetuated by the late Mr. Dunwody’s direct heirs and others. It has been incorporated since 1968 as a “C” corporation. In its early years, the practice was primarily residential, small commercial, and religious, but it has steadily grown to encompass all types of architectural design ranging from small offices to large complexes on multi-acre sites. The firm also concentrates on work in the historic, educational, medical, and industrial sectors. In the last decade, Dunwody/Beeland has worked on several college campuses including Central Georgia Technical College, South Georgia Technical College, Wesleyan College, Mercer University, Georgia College & State University, and Middle Georgia College.
The architects at Dunwody/Beeland, Architects, Inc. have over 100 years of cumulative experience in designing and overseeing the rehabilitation of historical buildings. This experience includes the rehabilitation and modernization of buildings for their original design use as well as adapting the structures for a new and higher use. Structures at Mercer University, Wesleyan College, and Middle Georgia College are prime examples buildings renovated for their original design use . The firm’s experience in the realm of adaptive reuse of buildings is best represented by the Macon Terminal Station (a train terminal to district offices for Georgia Power Company), Student Center Annex at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, and the Secretary of State’s Testing Facility in Macon. They were also architects for the complete rehabilitation of Georgia State Prison in Reidsville (Project GSP-360).
The firm’s most recent involvement in the rehabilitation of State facilities includes the Academy of Medicine at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Other State rehabilitation projects include a structure’s change of use. Projects that feature a building’s adaptive reuse are the Methodist Church conversion to a Student Center Annex at Georgia College and State University as well as creating a Testing Facility for the Secretary of State from the Bibb Manufacturing building. The company’s largest rehabilitation project is that of the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville (GSP-360). Dunwody/Beeland also restored multiple buildings in downtown Macon, at Mercer University, and at Wesleyan College. Much of the work focused on bringing the buildings into conformity with current codes as well as enhancing mechanical and electrical systems.
The staff currently numbers 10 with a core of four registered architects who have a total of more than 175 years in the practice of architecture. The company uses consulting firms for civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering disciplines.