RESUME: KENNETH A. KARKAU, RA
Began with 2 years intern in Michigan and 5 years of extensive experience as a licensed architect with MNT Architects & Engineers, Edmond, OK. On 12/1981 Karkau Associates (KA) began in Edmond, OK, for 7 years, managing 11 employees, developing new clients, and providing excellent service. KA performed unique work with a substantial number of projects for Native American Tribes, passive and active solar projects and many Federal projects with DOD military, DHHS and also local commercial, churches and schools. Shut down business-1988 due to recession and moved to Nashville in 1988.
Managed 25 employees for Architecture Department with Barge -Waggoner-Sumner-Cannon for 2yr. Took similar position in 1990 with Lockwood-Greene and managed 12 employees for 2 years working on industrial and municipal projects until 1992. Resumed KA part time in 1990 with permission.
Resumed full KA in 1990 in Brentwood, TN for 20 years with up to 6 employees, building expertise with Medical and Nursing Homes, & major project types: Educational, Industrial, Hospitality, Commercial, Government (Fed/State/Municipal), Religious, and Multifamily and Custom single family homes, successfully with full service for 300+ projects with total over $400 million value of construction costs.
Being a staunch self starter and tireless worker, I insist on accurate and thorough documents to avoid construction problems and changes for my consulting engineers and contractors. My experience as a Construction Manager on 2 Office buildings, and 7 residences designed and built in Oklahoma and Tennessee enhances my understanding and my credibility with contractors. Developing & maintaining strong relations with clients is a priority, working within schedule and budgets and introducing unique design options for better results. Client retention is a priority, with several with 15-20 year relations. Full list. of projects and selected photos can be sent on request. Clarksville Manor Nursing Home 120 beds Clarksville, TN is my most recent large project. Construction administration was completed 10/2009. Construction cost: $11 million+. AutoCadd proficient since 1994, current working on 2007, Micro Office Word 2007 and Office Outlook, also Excel.
ASSOCIATIONS & HONORS
Member of NCARB - Held license in 18 states, 3 are currently active. 6 dropped in 2009
Honored for design for projects listed below:
Student Wellness Center for Tennessee Technical University, Cookeville, Tennessee
Altus AFB Consolidated Maintenance/ Operations Facility, Altus AFB, Oklahoma
Bargerton Elementary School (Henderson County) Bargerton, Tennessee
EDUCATION : University of Michigan w/ Bachelor of Architecture, & Master of Architecture (3.014 GP)