Graves & McLean is a firm with a tradition of architecture and a commitment to service. The firm, representing the partnership of Victor R. Graves and David J. McLean, is the continuation of a company history dating back to 1932.
The firm began as Button & McLean, with the partnership of Lamont Button and Paul F. McLean. That partnership, from the 1930’s through the 1950’s, was one of
’s most prolific architectural firms. The company began a tradition of educational architecture, with the design of schools throughout Pittsburgh Western Pennsylvania. The firm established a reputation for service and commitment that extends into the present. Other notable works of Button & McLean included work at the original in Kane Hospital , Saint Mary Magdalene Church in Scott Township , numerous school buildings in Homestead ’s Pittsburgh , and the original Mon Valley in Fort Couch School Upper St. Clair.
In 1957, the firm was succeeded by Victor R. Graves and John G. Kaclik. Victor Graves, a relative of Paul McLean, is a graduate of The Carnegie Institute of Technology, now
. The firm of Kaclik & Graves furthered the firm’s history and reputation with the completion of a considerable volume of work from the late 1950’s into the 1990’s. Some of their projects include the Carnegie Mellon University , the Kane Long Term Care Facility in Glen Hazel, the complete transformation of Steel Valley High School into the Clairton High School for grades K through 12, and a number of very successful hi-rise housing facilities for elderly residents of the Allegheny County Housing Authority. In 1992, V.R. Graves & Associates was established, and designed one of the most recognizable school projects in Clairton Educational Center : the Renovations and Additions to Pennsylvania , including the new Stadium and Athletic Facility. West Mifflin Area High School
EXPANDED HORIZONSThe year 1998 brought the partnership of Victor R. Graves and David J. McLean. Mr. McLean is a direct descendent of the firm’s original partner, and had worked with the firm prior to other architectural positions. Mr. McLean is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and also studied classical architecture in
, and traditional works in Rome, Italy Western Europeat large. Graves & McLean is a firm that brings this history together in the tradition of success through service that has become a trademark of the company.
MISSIONThe firm’s partners have long maintained that it is through service this firm has succeeded, and it is through service that Graves & McLean advances today. One or both of the partners personally handles each of the firm’s projects. This ensures control of the design, and clarity in communication with clients. The firm is very intentionally a mid-sized practice, to facilitate the practice of architecture by the principals on each and every project. The firm does not accept work it cannot handle with every level of professional care.
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATIONAL DESIGN
Graves & McLean has clearly established itself as one of
’s premier architects in educational design. The firm and its predecessors have designed over $100 million in new and renovated educational buildings throughout Pennsylvania . These include a $70 million dollar district wide building program for Hazleton Area School District in Northeastern Pennsylvania; New school buildings for the Clearfield Area School District in Central Pennsylvania; A new elementary/middle school for the School District of the City of Jeannette, and the renovation of the Senior High School for that same district, and the complete revitalization of the original firm’s West Mifflin North High School including an athletic complex that is one of the most impressive in Pennsylvania. Most recently, Graves & McLean has designed a comprehensive renovation and expansion of Pennsylvania , completed a Feasibility Study for the Montour Senior High School , and is currently designing the additions and renovations to both of Upper St. Clair School District Upper St. Clair’s Middle Schools.
CAPACITY AND TECHNOLOGY
Gravesand McLeanhas a staff of architects, CADD technicians, executive assistants, as well as accounting and clerical support. The firm utilizes state-of the art technology with software and equipment recognized as the best in the practice of architecture today. The practice utilizes the most prominent consultants available for structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering, landscape architecture, code analysis, acoustics, and technology. The work of the firm has benefit of the very best professionals available.
SUCCESS THROUGH EXCELLENCE
The architectural practice of Graves & McLean has the tradition that comes from history, the vision that comes from creativity, and the expertise that comes from experience. Victor Graves and David McLean are proud to offer architectural services that help turn the dreams of their clients into reality. The success of Graves & McLean results from the fact that its principals truly enjoy the practice of architecture, have a wealth of experience, and offer clients service that is without parallel in the profession.