Wheeler & Goodman Architects is founded by Howard Wheeler and Chuck Goodman as a division of John E. Harms Jr. & Associates. One of the firm’s very first healthcare projects is the renovation of a floor of North Arundel Hospital (Baltimore Washington Medical Center) for use as a surgical pre-op and phase II recovery unit. Immediately following the successful completion of this project, the firm is given additional projects by North Arundel and other medical clients soon followed. During this timeframe Howard Wheeler retires.
Chuck Goodman and Ed Masek purchase the architectural division from Harms and names the new firm Wheeler Goodman Masek & Associates (WGMA). Over the next eighteen years, Chuck continues to grow the healthcare studio. During this period the firm’s largest project is the design of Anne Arundel Medical Center’s new replacement hospital on their Jennifer Road Campus.
Chuck and Sandy Goodman form CR Goodman Associates, comprised of WGMA’s healthcare studio staff and healthcare clients. The strategic move allows the firm to focus on their true passion - healthcare design.
Sandy Goodman purchases the controlling interest of the firm and CR Goodman Associates earns distinction as a federally certified Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), an MBE/DBE/SBE certified by the State of Maryland Department of Transportation, and a Women-owned and Minority-owned Business (SWaM) certified by the State of Virginia.
Recognizing commitment to staff and equally important to the firm’s clients, the process of placing the firm in the hands of the next generation begins. As part of this successful transition, Rolf Haarstad, AIA, LEED AP, ACHE joins the firm. Rolf has been a healthcare architect for the past twenty-five years, working on projects at both a regional and national level. Rolf will serve in the capacity of Senior Vice President and team with Sandy, the firm’s President, to manage the firm. As part of the transition to the firm's next generation, the current name, CR Goodman Associates, will be phased out and rebranded with a shortened name, CRGA Design, reflecting the firm’s heritage with Chuck's initials, but also reflecting a future of broader employee ownership. It is the sign of a successful firm that can make this transition and continue to provide the same high standards and quality services to our clients. Chuck will continue to focus on healthcare planning, project management, client relations, and most importantly, leading the effort to pass along the knowledge he has gained during the past thirty-five years to the younger staff.