[Brett] has brought to our discussions and decisions a sense of purpose, insight, humor, dedication, and perhaps most importantly, an understanding of what [building] committees are all about and an ability to work well with a diverse group of individuals.
Robert F. Cutting
Chair, Building and Program Committee
Christ Congregational Church - Brockton, MA
They are both good listeners. More importantly, Brett [has] the capacity to execute a design solution that is so responsive to each constituency that each group claims the result as their own. Very few architectual firms know how to implement, much less believe in, this community approach to architecture.
Lyme Properties - Cambridge, MA
My office chose Donham & Sweeney because of their reputation for high quality design coupled with the ability to meet a budget. They achieve this often juxtaposed set of goals by paying close attention to project schedule and having the ability to be flexible in the design and construction process.
Monsignor Michael F. Groden
Planning Office for Urban Affairs
Archdiocese of Boston
I found Mr. Donham to be an imaginative, committed and sincere professional. Brett Donham works well in... gaining the confidence of the decision-makers and the general public. The quality work performed by [Donham & Sweeney] was critical to the Town recognizing its space needs and ultimately addressing them.
Former Town Administrator
Town of Walpole
I'd like to compliment you on your work - without a doubt, this report is the best we've seen from a consultant in recent history. It is well written, concise, accurate, and thorough; suffice to say, we are pleased!
Nancy T. Colbert
City of Melrose
Your professionalism, attention to detail and diligent application of planning as well as community relation skills was an invaluable asset.
Deputy Commissioner Intergovermental Affairs
Oyster Bay, NY
Donham & Sweeney Inc. is an outstanding firm. I couldn't recommend them more highly. They have a unique quality of organizing and designing new facilities that fit in and meld with "old facilities" in a really terrific way.
James F. Carlin
Mass. Department of Transportation and Construction
They turned a rather dreary piece of property into the neighborhood jewel. This was achieved, in the rehab portion, by carefully adhering to historic preservation guidelines. They also interpreted these guidelines and provided a new addition, which is truly a testament to their design capacity.
Monsignor Michael F. Groden
Archdiocese of Boston
The most important work of an architect is to translate the dreams of the client into a satisfying reality. Our experience with Brett Donham is one of great success in this regard.
George M. Chapman, Rector
St. Paul's Church - Brookline, MA
At Tower, Donham & Sweeney designed our new library and science labs. The building has worked extremely well for us. It blends effectively into the rest of the physical facility and provides our students and faculty with all of the appropriate space that we had hoped for.
James K. Bonney
Tower School - Marblehead, MA
Your contribution to our new branch, from the planning stages to the present, has been immense. We are forever grateful to you for your hard work and for the beautiful product of your labors, which is our new main branch. We at Asian American Bank & Trust Company are very proud to be able to contribute to the economic growth and beautification of Chinatown through the opening of our Harrison Avenue branch.
Vivien Wenhuey Chen Huang
Asian American Bank & Trust Company
We were impressed by Brett Donham's forthright approach and careful assessment of Cohasset's needs and our Committee's expressed desires. He was patient and endlessly helpful. He worked well, not only with our committee, but with State agencies and the Town.
Former Chair, Town Hall Building Committee
Town of Cohasset, MA
I cannnot sufficiently express my admiration for the renewal you accomplished under the most challenging circumstances. St. Paul's [Church] was a masterpiece of mid 19th century architecture. You have preserved all that could be saved and without violation. In addition you have created a most stimulating modern interior. Especially admirable is the elegance of the execution.
John Coolidge, Professor
Fogg Museum, Harvard University
From the inception of this project, Donham & Sweeney clearly set itself apart by its inclusionary design process - a process which encouraged the active participation of the building committee and all fire personnel in each step of the design. Beyond its design services however, it was the often-neglected discipline of construction administration that Donham & Sweeney clearly excelled in this project. The project manager, Margaret Kundert, was extremely well organized - conducting weekly meetings throughout the construction, with a clearly typed agenda and a list of action items detailing the outstanding responsibilities of the contractor, architect and owner. This service proved to be essential in keeping the project moving forward.
Fire Chief, Fitchburg Fire Headquarters