Chances are you haven’t heard of Axiom Architecture.
But you’ve seen some of the buildings the 3-year-old company has designed.
• The glass-enclosed Alorica Building at Third and Frederica streets.
• The 10,000-square-foot Reid home at 723 Griffith Ave.
• The operations center on the east side of Independence Bank at 25th and Frederica streets.
Ben Grove, senior architect, and Aaron Nacey, senior project manager, opened Axiom Architecture in the Centre for Business & Research, 1010 Allen St., in January 2014.
They hired their first employee in April 2016.
Since then, the company has grown to a staff of five, including Rebecca Davis, who they say is the “only female architect in our region.”
“Aaron and I had known each other for five years and decided it was time to go out on our own,” Grove said. “It takes awhile to get started. We have a ton of experience, but people always look at the firm’s experience. They ask for a three- to five-year history of your firm. So, we started with small projects.”
“Normally, you stay with a company and buy your way into a firm,” Nacey said. “But we wanted our own firm.”
“It takes so long to build a client base,” Grove said. “But we sowed a lot of seeds and things are really taking off now. We have projects in Owensboro, Bowling Green, Henderson, Kentucky state government, Murray State University, Independence Bank and Gulfstream Development.”
The design for turning the brick-faced BB&T Building into the glass-covered Alorica Building was a big selling point for Alorica choosing Owensboro for its 840-employee customer service center, officials said when the announcement was made last year.
Jeff Pappas, managing director of Emmitt Smith Realty Partners in Dallas, scouted locations for Alorica across the Southeast.
“Matt (Hayden) and Jack (Wells, the building’s owners) stepped up with a…