We are excited to introduce you to our newest team member, Kiley Baham. Kiley brings 17 years of experience as architect, project manager and builder to his new role at KGA. Originally from Louisiana, he is an avid outdoorsman and mountain biker, father to a 2-year old son and an all-around good guy. Kiley is a well-versed architect and project manager who has experience in a variety of project types, including commercial, mixed-use, multi-family and residential. Most recently he was a Project Architect and Project Manager for 8 years at OZ Architecture. During this time he collaborated with KGA to successfully design the Candelas Swim and Fitness Club in Arvada, CO, which recently achieved LEED Gold Certification. We are thrilled to have him on our team, and can’t want for you to get to know him!
Q: In addition to residential architecture, you have experience with a variety of project types. Tell us about some of the different projects you’ve worked on.
A: I’ve worked on a wide range of project types, from mixed-use and multi-family to a project in Antarctica. My goal is always to design buildings that are woven into the area they are located in and reflect the context of the community. What this means to KGA and our clients is that we will be able to offer an expanded range of expertise for residential based projects including community centers, multi-family, adaptive re-use, and infill.
A few examples of my past projects include:
Gold Hill Mesa Community Center
This was a 20,000 SF community center for Gold Hill Mesa in Colorado Springs. This project was an infill project on a brownfield site that became the central gathering place for all the residents. It contained the post office boxes, community meeting spaces, gym, and office space for the residents to use.
1299 Washington Ave
1299 Washington Ave is a mixed-use development project that was developed as an urban infill project in downtown Golden. We worked with a private developer and the local urban renewal authority to design a multistory building with successful retail located on the first floor and for sale condominiums above. The project aimed to fit into the local vernacular and become part of the downtown landscape.
McMurdo Station Redevelopment
This was a once in a lifetime project! I was part of the team that worked on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) redevelopment of McMurdo Base in Antarctica. This project involved rebuilding the main core of operations for the NSF’s scientific mission at the South Pole. The design team was tasked with improving living conditions and efficiency for the various user groups in one of the most inhospitable climates on the earth.
Q: You have degrees in both architecture and interior design. How does that help you/influence you as an architect?
A: Architecture is just as much about the inside of a building as it is about the outside! The duality makes me consider not only what you see from the outside but also how you will live or work on the inside. It gives me a better understanding for what happens on the interior of a building and how design choices affect how people feel as they use their spaces.
What that means to you, as the client, is that my designs take into account creating both efficient and effective spaces that live well on the inside, as well as delivering thoughtful elevations that contribute to the over-all quality of the neighborhood. When you take into consideration the amount of development that’s going on in the Denver metro area, I believe this is more important than ever.
Q: What else should the building community know about you?
A: I have always had a passion for working with my hands. There is something about the tactile response to a material that can’t be appreciated by just looking at it. You have to pick it up, learn what it feels like, and realize what it can be used for. I’ve worked in the field and enjoy working with craftsmen and tradesmen who know how to build. My time in the field helped to bring into perspective how materials are constructed and what they can and cannot do.
This is important for our clients because it means my designs are buildable, which helps save time and expense on projects. I understand the role that architecture plays in avoiding unnecessary delays in the field. This is also inline with KGA’s mission to hire staff that have worked in the field. Because of my experience, I’m able to serve as a mentor for some of the younger staff with less experience in the field.