MHM Celebrates 50th Anniversary


Premier East Tennessee architectural firm McCarty Holsaple McCarty is celebrating 50 years of design in 2015.

Out of 15 projects identified by the East Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as the best examples of architecture in the region in the past 150 years, six of these projects either were designed by or underwent significant renovations under McCarty Holsaple McCarty.  The firm has made a transformative mark on Knoxville’s built environment.

“Over the past 50 years, our firm has been fortunate to work with great clients who are leaders of some of the most visible organizations in the area,” said Doug McCarty, president and CEO of McCarty Holsaple McCarty.  “Because our clients expect the absolute best, our buildings have been able to stand the test of time.”

MHM has been involved in the design of some of Knoxville’s most iconic projects including the 1982 World’s Park, the Tennessee Amphitheatre, L&N Station renovations, restoration of the historic Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville Convention Center, Lawson McGhee Library, the Bank of American Building, Volunteer Landing, Knoxville Convention Center, City-County Building and the McGhee Tyson Airport Terminal.

In addition to its impact on downtown Knoxville, MHM has designed numerous buildings on the campus of the University of Tennessee.

“The University of Tennessee has offered us a chance to work on many projects through the years,” McCarty said.  “We chose to hold our anniversary celebration at Neyland Stadium’s West Club, because when you look out the window, the campus is dotted with our firm’s buildings in all directions.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to have an impact on a first-class institution that educates students from across the nation and around the world.”

MHM designed the John C. Hodges Library, Andy Holt Tower, Clarence Brown Theatre, Neyland-Thompson Sports Center, Art and Architecture Building, Taylor College of Law, Howard Baker Center and the Neyland Stadium renovations among projects.

The design for the Art and Architecture Building was selected in a competition from among 42 other design submissions from firms across the country.  The building was especially significant as the firm’s founder, Bruce McCarty, helped to establish the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture in 1965.

The architectural firm’s relationship with the university endures to this day.  MHM is in a joint venture to design the Student Union Building, which will replace the old University Center at Cumberland Avenue and Volunteer Boulevard.  Design and construction of the facility was a $160 undertaking – the largest single project in the university’s history, with completion of all phases expected in 2017.

The firm was founded by modernist architect Bruce McCarty 50 years ago with longtime business partner, Robert Holsaple.  In 1983, when Doug McCarty became president of the firm, the company took the name McCarty Holsaple McCarty.

“My father built a foundation of excellence and innovation that we have built 50 years of design upon, “ Doug McCarty said.  “Our strong team of young, up-and-coming architects are ready to build on that legacy and design East Tennessee’s built environment over the next 50 years.

Shareholders in the firm include Doug McCarty, Jeff Johnson, David Collins and John Gaddis.  MHM recently announced that several of its young leaders would take new roles as shareholder in the company including Nathan Honeycutt, Barbara Tallent, John Thurman, Li Wang and Scott Webb.

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