Frisbie Architects, Inc., 215 N. Second St., an architecture firm specializing in senior housing, commercial, church and government projects, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in business.

Founded in 1997 by architect Matt Frisbie and wife Shari of River Falls, the two were the only employees for five years.

The firm launched with one client and one job. Meetings were held either around the couple's dining room table or at a client's site.

Today, the firm has nine people, and has worked with over 150 clients on 618 projects located in Minnesota, Wisconsin and around the world.

"The past decade has been a very rewarding experience," says Matt Frisbie. "We've been so blessed with great clients, fun projects and talented employees. We are excited to see The River Falls Area Ambulance Facility was Frisbie's first local commercial project.

Other recent projects include the Keller Williams Building, Ban Tara Retail Center, Carmichael Center and M & I Bank at Hudson, and Comforts of Home Senior Living at several locations.

Also, several projects at UW-River Falls and UW-Superior; S&C banks at Osceola, River Falls, and Amery; a church in Lakeville, Minn., and various projects for Starkey Laboratories in Eden Prairie, Minn., along with their retail and service facilities in Ireland, Italy, Australia, China and India.

Project sizes have ranged from $50,000 to $14 million in construction costs.

The owners expect their firm will continue to grow.

"We love the size we are now with about 10-12 people," Frisbie said. We are big enough to work on large, complex projects, yet small enough to give personalized attention to each client. We do plan to add a few talented architects over the next couple years."

The firm also looks forward to using more sustainable design practices in clients' projects by specifying more environmentally friendly building materials, systems and processes.

"We are so thankful to each of our clients, consultants, contractors and friends that have been part of our success," Frisbie said. We look forward to seeing what the next decade brings."

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