On our opening day we had some great coverage from the Telegraph Herald! Here's the story and link to the article...
"Three years after returning to their hometown, Emily and Andrew McCready are fulfilling their dream of opening their own architectural firm in Dubuque.
The couple will open 563 Design PLLC at 240 W. 2nd St. today. The firm will operate out of the same location where the McCreadys have run a branch of Selser Schaefer Architects since November 2013.
“Ever since we got married (in 2007), we knew that we wanted to be business partners,” Emily said. “We kind of eased into it with a branch office, where we weren’t completely on our own. ... It is kind of exciting and a little unreal that we have really arrived at where we always thought we would be.”
Prior to returning to Dubuque in late 2013, the McCreadys worked at Selser Schaefer Artchitects in Tulsa, Okla. The Dubuque office represented the first-ever branch location for the firm.
Upon the move to Dubuque, the McCreadys and the owners of Selser Schaefer agreed to embrace the branch concept for three years before re-evaluating, Emily said.
Having recently passed that three-year anniversary, Andrew and Emily decided it was time to go it alone.
The McCreadys believe their commitment to the Dubuque area is exemplified in the firm’s new name, which incorporates the Dubuque area code.
“We really wanted to find something that was more local and focused on the local community,” Andrew said.
Over the past three years, Selser Schaefer Architects has worked on the recently completed Maker Space at Carnegie-Stout Public Library and helped RSM US LLP and Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque expand tenant spaces in the Roshek Building.
The McCreadys, who will transition customers to the 563 Design business, also are working with the city to determine future uses for the Colts Community Center at 1101 Central Ave. They also will work to rehab the exteriors of the Five Flags Theater and the Mathias Ham House.
The McCreadys also are working with Paramount Oncology Group CEO Bobby Koneru to develop plans for the Avery Railing building on the corner of 10th and Jackson streets in the Millwork District.
Koneru said he hopes to close on the property soon. His plans for the building include a wellness center and office space for Paramount Oncology Group.
“I think their biggest asset, outside of being very knowledgeable in architecture, is that they are very personable,” Koneru said of the McCreadys. “They spend a lot of time with you face-to-face, and they made it a lot easier to walk through all the steps.”
While they no longer are affiliated with Selser Schaefer, the McCreadys feel they still have the support of their mentors.
On Tuesday, the McCreadys received a ficus tree from the owners of Selser Schaefer — also a husband-and-wife-team — with a card that said “Congratulations! Go out on a limb, that’s where all the fruit is.”
Emily believes the congratulatory gesture is one befitting the broader relationship they formed with their mentors.
“Our story is one of families investing in families,” Emily said."