About Us

PROCESS

Our body of work speaks to the close relationships we cultivate with our clients, and our solutions are thoughtful value driven, reflecting our clients’ desires and aspirations.

First, we collaborate with our clients to understand their needs and goals; the context within which we shape our designs.  The space needs process we follow emphasizes dialogue with the building occupants. We ask the employees of the facility to participate in the space needs process by completing a questionnaire that we have tailored to the project.  For existing facilities, we identify issues that are currently not supporting our client’s goals.  Once the surveys and interviews are complete, we analyze the data we’ve gathered and review our findings with the client.

Next, we provide our client a budget opinion for the project that is based on the space needs assessment, our professional experience and the project estimating experience of a certified cost management consultant.

Once design work begins, our team creates a clear direction for the project.  During construction, we work with builders to follow the design direction and produce the construction quality we all require. Finally, we turn the completed project over to the client.

HONORS

While we design buildings with our clients in mind, and while their satisfaction is reward enough, it is encouraging to receive honors and recognition for our work.

320 Chestnut Street

Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Coalition, 2016 Development Awards, Outstanding Stewardship
Historic Wilmington Foundation, 2016 Preservation Awards, Excellence in Rehabilitation

 

Halyburton Memorial Park

Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Coalition, 2006 Development Awards, Outstanding Stewardship

 

 

Hannah Block Historic USO

Wilmington Downtown Inc., 2009 Restoration Leadership Award

 

 

James E.L. Wade Park

Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Coalition, 2010 Development Awards, Outstanding Stewardship

 

 

Ogden Elementary

University of California at Berkeley, Center for the Built Environment, 2009 Livable Buildings Awards, Finalist

 

 

Winter Park Elementary

Wilmington Downtown Inc., 2011 Restoration Leadership Award

 

 

Wilmington Street Sweeper Facility

Recognized by City of Wilmington Stormwater Services for Outstanding Services in the Design of Street Sweeper Facility, Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Coalition, 2009 Development Awards, Significant Achievement, featured on the 2009 Cape Fear Green Building Alliance Green Building Tour

PRINCIPALS

John Sawyer, AIA

President

Licensed Architect, North Carolina
Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture, NC State University
Graduate Study of Architectural Design Process, Duquesne University
john@s2a3.com
Since 1981

Doug Sherwood, AIA

Vice President

Licensed Architect, North Carolina
Bachelor of Architecture, Louisiana Tech University
doug@s2a3.com
Since 2002

Scott Spike, LEED AP

Vice President

LEED AP Building Design + Construction
Bachelor of Industrial Design, NC State University
scott@s2a3.com
Since 2005