Heery’s Bob Edney Celebrates 44 Work Anniversary

Monday, March 14, marks a major milestone in the life of our Heery family. Bob Edney, our employee with the most years, celebrates 44 years at Heery.

Heery sat down with him and talked with him about his journey.


Where are you from?

I’m originally from Hendersonville, NC

Where did you go to school and what did you study? 

I went to Clemson 1965 – 1970 and earned my degree in Architecture (5-year Professional Degree Program). I later took Graduate course work in Landscape and Urban Design at the University of Georgia.

Tell us about the beginning.

I started at Heery on 14 March 1972 in the Athens, Georgia, office. I was hired as a “Designer” and my first project was:  Trailor / Crosbey / Hardaman Physician’s Offices.

And since then? 

I worked in Athens for almost 4 years and was involved with projects in healthcare, banking, educational institutions and adaptive renovation of historic properties. When founder C. Wilmer retired and closed the Athens office, I came to Atlanta.

Tell us about some of the more memorable projects you’ve enjoyed working on.

  • “The Empress Lilly” – a full-sized 1875 riverboat replica that was actually a 225’ long, three-story restaurant for Disney World.
  • The Greenville Memorial Medical Center in Greenville SC. It’s a 662 bed tertiary care teaching hospital complex project that lasted for 15 years from programming to fully developed 135 acre campus. I worked on the Master Plan through 72 Contracts.
  • Jacksonville Baptist Children’s Hospital and the Mayo Clinic, also in Jacksonville, FL.
  • I’ve been involved in all aspects of Healthcare projects totaling around $2 Billion.

What is your current position and what are you working on?

Senior Project Manager, Executive Associate.  

I’m currently Design Manager of the $55 million Seymour Johnson AFB, NC Medical Clinic Replacement.

What do you like about what you do?


Any interesting hobbies or interests?

Golf and Antiques.

Tell us something we might be surprised to know about you.

For about 10 years I trained, showed, and bred American Saddlebred horses.

I used to drive a Lotus … a lot faster than I do now!

What have you liked about working at Heery?

Diversity and innovation possibilities of our projects.

Any final words?

No final words yet. I still love building buildings!


Congratulations Bob on this major accomplishment