WB Brawley is experiencing growing pains. The design and construction firm was founded 25 years ago by Bruce Brawley, who designed world-class living quarters and officers’ clubs for the armed forces and set up a small office in Wilmington to be near Fort Bragg, Camp Lejeune, and Cherry Point. To date, the $21 million firm accommodates 17 employees in the same small office while servicing contracts in 27 states and seven countries. Brawley retired in 2014, and the business has since expanded into the hospitality and senior living sectors, creating award-winning projects such as the Lake Shore Commons facility. Under Brawley, the business only expanded as fast as solid relationships could be formed. It remained low-key, providing expensive, eye-catching architecture for intentional and human-scale workspaces. Brawley would listen to what a client wanted philosophically, and in turn worked out the real-world logistics, from general contracting to interior design. In January, the company announced the launch of its new commercial division, and leadership now struggles with satisfying demand to expand while preserving its corporate culture.