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Firm Profile

Heffner Architects, P.C. began in 1989 by James C. Heffner, III its original principal and manager. The firm has continued consistently on a course of design and technical acumen paired with exceptional personal service established by its founder.  Outlined herein is a profile of the firm that describes its character, quality and history.


The firm is led by James C. Heffner, III, who came to the Washington Metropolitan area 35 years ago to design the Mid-Atlantic multi-family projects of Oxford Development Corporation.  Since that time, he has designed housing valued at over $1 Billion in construction volume with individual projects ranging from $4 million to $100 million.  Project locations extend from Florida to Connecticut, and westward into the Ohio Valley and Northwest Coast.


Historically, the firm has specialized in mixed use and housing of all types, including apartments, condos, detached single family, townhouses and retirement communities.  We have designed projects totaling over 20,000 units in the last ten years.  Over the years, we have expanded and diversified our practice to include mixed-use, resort communities, educational, institutional and commercial developments such as housing / retail mixed use, schools, group homes, office buildings, adaptive re-use, interiors and commercial renovation. Through our talented and diversified staff, we can provide our clients with a full range of services.  These services include programming, predesign planning, architecture, land planning, space planning, and interior design.  We routinely assist our clients with concept preparations and presentations for re-zoning efforts and lender loan packages, utilizing our 25 years of Computer Assisted Design (CADD) experience, our hand-drawn graphic presentations and our BIM technical abilities to our client’s benefit. We take pride in the high quality of our drawings and our competence in the field. We are pleased that through the cooperation of our clients, many of our projects have received awards for design excellence, and recognition in well-known publications. We have developed a solid reputation for responsiveness to our clients, who comprise both the public and private sectors.  Many of our clients are national in stature and require nothing less than accurate, cost effective documents.


We have earned a solid reputation in the housing industry with designs of award winning mixed use, senior living, urban and garden condominiums, apartment and single family detached projects located from Connecticut to Florida.  Our residential projects range in size from a single custom home to developments of over 1,000 multi-family units. Building types range from two, three and four story wood frame to eight story steel and concrete structures.  You will find Heffner Architects to have design and technical strengths associated with larger firms plus the personality and service of a small local firm.

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