Our Architects, each with unique experience and specializations, work together using an explorative design process that weaves together the distinct characteristics of each site, program, and client. Through the values of hard work, a respect for human needs, and an enthusiasm for finding solutions, this results in original notable buildings that represent the client and their community.

Our interior design staff are vital members of the KDF team. They are actively involved throughout the design process. The interior designers analyze the clients needs and goals to generate design concepts, aid in space planning, and to select, specify, and coordinate finishes that enhance the function and quality of the interior spaces.

Lean Design was made popular by Toyota and is used in manufacturing as a way to eliminate costly wastes by streamlining their processes. Often, subtle shifts in how a task is handled can have a huge impact on work flow, employee satisfaction, and, as a result, the bottom line for the business. Healthcare is one of many industries that have recently tapped into Lean Design. Healthcare providers have been using it as a means of improving patient satisfaction, reducing errors, and cutting overhead costs. To put it simply, the goal of Lean Design in Healthcare is to identify and eliminate costly waste that doesn't create value for your patients.

Collaborating with Lean Healthcare West, we have incorporated Lean Design methodologies into the early facility programming and design phases for Tri-State Memorial Hospital. These hands-on and highly interactive methodologies helped the client identify opportunities for improving their operations and is in turn helping guide the design team during the design of their new facility. As a result, we are helping them build a more efficient and profitable business that better meets their patients needs.

We have been designing sustainable buildings since the 1970's. Beginning with passive solar homes, we built the foundation of our sustainable design vocabulary on principles such as solar orientation, sun screens, thermal storage and daylighting. Add to that the long list of sustainable features identified in todays metrics such as LEED and WSSP (Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol) and our ability to design sustainable buildings is reaching new heights.

Whether it be the lure of being socially responsible, the desire to be a good steward of the environment, or simply being fiscally responsible, many clients are asking us about and choosing to apply the principles of sustainable design . Although not all sustainable principles add cost and many fall into the category of providing good quality design, we recognize that not every client wants to pay the up-front costs of building a net zero energy building. Therefore, we work closely with our clients to determine the approach and level of sustainability they would like to accomplish with their project.

Link to Select Sustainable Projects in the Portfolio

John I. Haas Innovations LEED Case Study