BMA donates $22k to United Way

This holiday season, employees at BarberMcMurry Architects are giving $22,563 to the United Way of Greater Knoxville through an employee fundraising campaign. 

“BMA has been blessed to be a part of this community for over 100 years. We’re honored to be able to give back through the United Way, which makes such a huge impact in the lives of our friends and neighbors,” said Chuck V. Griffin, President & CEO of BarberMcMurry. 

“I’m incredibly proud of our employees, who have given so selflessly to support others.” 

BarberMcMurry has been a longtime supporter of the United Way, with one hundred percent participation in employee fundraising campaigns for decades. Since 1998, the firm has donated more than $355,000 to the UWGK. This year’s donation is the firm’s largest-ever single year contribution. 

The funds will support Big Brothers and Big Sisters of East Tennessee, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, Centro Hispano, Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Emerald Youth Foundation, Knox Area Urban League, Metro Drug Coalition, Second Harvest Foodbank of East Tennessee, Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, Susannah’s House, The Muse, tnAchieves, Wesley House, and the Williams Creek Youth Foundation. 

Since 1922, the United Way of Greater Knoxville has raised awareness and money, and mobilized volunteers, to meet community needs in the greater Knoxville area. The UWGK invests donations in programs focused on health, education and financial stability.

To donate to United Way, visit 

Heidel earns WELL AP

Portrait of A.J. Heidel

A.J. Heidel, AIA, WELL AP, a project manager at BarberMcMurry Architects, has earned the credential of WELL Accredited Professional. 

He joins eight other WELL APs at BarberMcMurry. WELL is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness in the built environment, marrying best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research on human health and wellbeing. 

BarberMcMurry has more WELL APs than any design firm in the greater Knoxville area — a credential purposely chosen as part of the firm’s commitment to common-sense sustainable design with real impacts on everyday health and wellness.

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