What is FRCH 50?  Simply put, a company is only as good as its people. Which is why it’s safe to say we’re a pretty remarkable company. Our passion for our work and creativity is echoed in how we celebrate – unexpected, dramatic, but always fun! We’ve transformed our back lot into a farmyard (complete with animals), created a music festival pop-up in OTR, and hosted a karaoke happy hour in our lobby (it was for a good cause). We have employees that have met their spouses, raised their children and started a lifelong career here. Our mantra ‘See Something New’ is embedded in our culture – we don’t always get along, but we challenge each other with differing perspectives and celebrate originality. Which is why, as we turn 50 this year, it only seems appropriate to celebrate our people. The people who have not only made their mark on FRCH, but those who have been transformed by FRCH in the process.

Happy Anniversary FRCH! 

Name:  Monica Lowry

Title / Studio: Retail Mixed Use

1. How long have you been at FRCH?

12 years.

2. What has been your favorite FRCH project you’ve been involved in, and why?

The renovation of Plaza Rio Hondo in Puerto Rico has been my favorite.  It was a project of ‘firsts’- my first time experiencing Puerto Rico and very first mall renovation.  We were able to transform the space from dark and outdated to clean, bright, and modern. 

3. What was your favorite FRCH social event, and why? The Holiday Party.  Yes- it is hot, crowded and a bit awkward having everyone crammed into the office but it is such a special time.  The floors are transformed into a literal winter wonderland.  My kids love being able to come into the office, see the decorations and most importantly Santa.  FRCH is always so generous and hand selects a gift for every kid 0-18 whether they are at the party or not.  One year I was pregnant with my daughter (with a due date of seriously any day now) and Santa even had a present for her!

4. What is your funniest FRCH memory? The random goofy moments make working here so much fun.  Funny pages on the intercom, watching activity on 3rd street, Keeneland, miniature barn animals in the back lot, random e-mail chains, and the list could go on!

5. What is your biggest hope for the future of FRCH? I remember when I first started at FRCH and someone was describing the culture of the company as ‘one big family’.  Being from a family of 5 kids, and having over 30 first cousins that really resonated with me.  I hope that FRCH stays the loyal, close-knit family that we are today that continues to do amazing work executed at every single level.