HISTORY

2001


Tom Retnauer strikes out on his own to achieve his goal of owning his own design firm at age 35 by starting Retnauer Design Associates, P.C. out of his home. RDA's focus at this time is to introduce local builders to home designs that are carefully crafted. For too long, Hampton Roads homes were designed by builders or designers, not architects. RDA set out to educate not only the local builders, but the public, about historical architecture principles. For the first year, Tom used his own, newly designed home as an example on proportion, vistas, detailing and other features that had gone missing from homes built in the later 20th century. Building on his early success,Tom decided to begin building a team that would change the face of residential architecture in Hampton Roads and beyond.

2010

Sandra Baynes was presented with Chesapeake Economic Development Business Leadership Award for outstanding Vision, Dedication and Commitment to Excellence in the Hampton Roads Business Community.

2011


We celebrate our company's 10 year anniversary. The company continues to grow over the years in regards to projects and staff, but the passion to serve our clients remains strong and continues to serve us well.

2016

 

RBA wins The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Chesapeake Small Business of the Year 2016.This award validates the passion and leadership that the RBA brings to the Hampton Roads Community.

2017-2018

 

RBA undertakes its most complex project to date, converting the 24-story historic Bank of America Building in downtown Norfolk to The Icon Apartments.  This repurposing project literally changes the face of Norfolk for years to come.  When you arrive in Norfolk, look up.  You will see the Icon logo and the ultimate rooftop amenity in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

2003


Sandra Baynes joins Retnauer Design Associates as business partner and the company name changes to Retnauer Baynes Associates, LLC. Utilizing Sandra's legal background and excellent communication skills, growth is steady and RBA begins to expand beyond the residential sector into multi-family, commercial, government, and religious sectors.

2012


RBA earns its certified Female Minority Owned Micro Small Business classification. The Senior Management Team expands their efforts to explore new project market sectors. Utilizing our diverse staff experience, the team successfully enters the new sectors and continues to attract new clients who understand the passion and drive we bring to their projects.

2013

Sandra Baynes was appointed to the Virginia Board of Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors by Governor Terry McAuliffe.  

2016


RBA wins HR ACRE Award of Merit for The Law Building with Best Multi-Family/ Commercial Housing Project.

2019


RBA opens up our state of the Art Design Center and Virtual Lab.  Recognized nationally for our use of technology in the design process, the new Virtual Lab allows our clients the ability to walk through their projects in life size photographic quality using our room-scale sensors.

THE FUTURE

 

RBA has situated our team to be the Leading Residential Architect in Hampton Roads, Virginia.  We will continue to expand our focus and explore new opportunities outside of the residential arena. We envision RBA becoming a leader in the public sector, developing relationships with public entities throughout the area.

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