“We basically created super teams of people with very few weaknesses.”
KAI Design & Build’s Michael B. Kennedy on how building design can benefit from business acumen—and vice versa

Looking back on his childhood, Michael B. Kennedy can still recall watching his father design projects in the basement of their family home. In 1980, when Kennedy was just three years old, his father started what would become KAI Design & Build, a leading architecture and construction firm based in St. Louis that was making LEED-certifiable buildings before the USGBC emerged. Kennedy is now president of KAI Design & Build and uses his background in business to foster a company culture emphasizing communication and collaboration. 

Lessons From My Father

My Father’s voice and the lessons he taught me in the past inspire me today. When you are young many times you really don’t know what you are learning and especially how much it will influence you in the future. As I spend time mentoring young kids who have charisma, athletic talent, intelligence, musical gifts, but no father figure, I hear my voice reflecting my Dad’s voice speaking to me as I was growing up.

Construction begins on $17.4M O’Fallon Park Recreation Complex
St. Louis American

Construction has begun on the $17.4 million O’Fallon Park Recreation Complex in North City. KAI Design & Build, the architect and M/E/P engineer on the project, designed the facility to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification. KAI Design & Build is a St. Louis-based minority business enterprise.

Troubled west St. Louis neighborhood to receive major facelift
News 4 St. Louis, kmov.com

The troubled Wells-Goodfellow area in west St. Louis is showing strong signs of making a remarkable recovery-
The area has been littered with criminals and prostitutes who took over an abandoned school. But a $34 million project designed to restore the neighborhood is looking to turn the 22nd Ward around.
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KAI, Kwame complete $7.5M Harrison Education Center
The St. Louis American

KAI Design & Build, a St. Louis-based minority business enterprise, provided architectural,mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering; interior design; and cost estimating services on the $7.5 million Harrison Education Center for St. Louis Community College.