History of the Firm
Sears Design Group, P.A., Research Triangle based firm with offices in downtown Raleigh, was founded in June of 1979 by Dan C.L. Sears. The mission of Sears Design Group then and now is to create high quality, user-driven public and private space projects. Our goals for these projects is to reflect the environment in which they are found, be low maintenance and cost effective. The size of the firm is maintained at a level where our principals participate in all the firm's projects. These goals guide our design decisions and services proposals
As to our record since 1979, Sears Design Group has never had a public project under the control of the Owner and our office that did not come in within the budget and on schedule. We are proud of that record.
Our project base is primarily North Carolina and coastal South Carolina but we have served clients in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Atlanta, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia and Kingsport, Tennessee. Professional and specific project study has led us to England several times and to Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Turkey and Greece.
Our staff is a lean and solid unit of complementary personalities and skills. We have three landscape architects, three landscape architect technicians and an administrative person. Our four key staff members have a combined experience in streetscapes/landscape architecture of over 100 years. When projects require additional skills, such as engineering, architecture, etc., we collaborate with other design professionals with whom we have a history of successful projects.
Sears Design Group's offices are in downtown Raleigh close to many of our projects such as Exploris (now Marbles Kids Museum), and the 14-square block Moore Square Historic District Streetscapes project in Raleigh's CBD in which all overhead utilities were placed underground, completely transforming Raleigh's downtown with new street pavements, curbs, brick walks, street trees and new street lighting. Our design for a similar streetscape renovation of 6 blocks of Glenwood South has recently been completed and 2 more blocks of our design for 7 blocks of Hillsborough Street is nearly completed. We also designed a 3.5 block streetscape for Morgan Street and prepared programming for the master plan for Exchange and Market Plaza Connectors and Transit Mall Pedestrianway in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Additional streetscape clients include the Town of Spencer, the Town of Apex, the Town of Fuquay-Varina, the Town of Mint Hill, F&M Bank: Easy Street Streetscapes in Salisbury, North Carolina, the campuses of North Carolina State University, Ravenscroft School and the City of Winston-Salem. The range and variety of streetscapes has taught us to keenly focus on the history, politics and goals of each individual project.
Our longest client relationship is with Fitch Creations, Inc. Dan Sears has provided land planning and landscape architectural services for The Village of Fearrington since 1976. Fearrington grows by 30-40 dwellings per year and is now one of the larger communities in Chatham County. Fearrington Village is the first of our projects to obtain the distinction of being added to the map of North Carolina. Streetscapes and the land plan of Camden Park and The Village Center have received several design awards and notations.
It is Sears Design Group's goal to establish a long term relationship with clients based on performance and trust.