Work Culture

We believe the best way to build strong communities is by connecting to the people that learn, live, and work there.

Transforming Communities Through Integrated Design & Construction Excellence

Since 1980, KAI has transformed communities across the country by prioritizing diverse perspectives.

Our mission isn’t just to design and build beautiful structures, it’s to improve the lives of people who use them.

We are determined to challenge the status quo, providing insights and innovation that improve underserved communities and provide solutions that help people achieve their very best.

We invest in our people and processes – continuously improving for better outcomes. Our workforce is driven by our core values of serving others, listening to understand, giving back, loving one another and hustling. We bring empathy, respect, honesty, efficiency and open minds to each project and each other.

Meet the people helping lead the way.

  • Michael B. Kennedy Jr.

    Chief Executive Officer

    “KAI has been a huge part of who I am since I began following in my father’s footsteps 20 years ago. And to this day, it means everything to me. At a young age, I became fascinated with the design and construction process, accompanying my father on numerous trips to project sites around the country. I realized my career ambition was to transform urban distressed environments and promote diversity within the AEC industry, and through our new structure, we are equipped more than ever to be an integral part of transforming communities.”

  • Darren L. James, FAIA

    President of KAI Enterprises

    “At KAI, we share a common purpose—to help our clients, employees and communities progress. And through our recent restructure, we are uniquely positioned to deliver on our promise of transforming communities through integrated design and construction excellence. As a leader at KAI, I look forward to continuing our strong reputation for quality, growth, stability and innovation.”

  • Michael Hein, AIA, PMP

    Chief Operating Officer

    “Since my first day, it was evident that KAI is focused on doing what is best towards meeting the needs of their customers, stakeholders, and employees. The culture is entrepreneurial where everyone works together at identifying issues, openly discussing possible causes, then goes into problem solving mode to make our customers’ end product or work environment better. I truly enjoy being part of a team where we are accountable to each other and strive for the greater good of the company.”

  • Michael E. Kennedy, Sr.

    Chairman

    “For me, KAI became my life’s work and my legacy. I have been blessed to be able to pass the business along to my oldest son, Michael Kennedy, Jr. to create his legacy. Founding KAI has been one of the proudest accomplishments of my life, but it pales in comparison to being able to work on a daily basis with my son to grow the family business. That has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

  • Matthew J. Westphal, PE, SE

    President of KAI Design & KAI Engineering

    “Since becoming part of KAI, it was immediately clear I joined a team uniquely structured with a disciplined process and purposeful vision that would allow us to provide unprecedented value to our clients. We listen to understand our clients’ needs and are faithful stewards of their resources leading to continuous project success. I’m so happy to be a part of that and part of KAI’s future.”

  • Brian W. Arnold

    President of KAI Build

    KAI Build’s President has had a long, successful career in the commercial design and construction industry that has afforded him diverse experience spanning the healthcare, institutional, hospitality, housing, senior living and commercial markets. His 28 years of experience, with significant roles in preconstruction services and project operations, enables him to effectively serve your interests and provide leadership to our team.

  • Bruce Wood, PE

    President of KAI 360 CS

    “What has always drawn me to KAI is the supportive, cohesive environment. And it’s more than just the culture, it’s the experience. Within the 360 CS group, we help and protect each other, and everyone plays a key role in our success. We are more than just a team, we are a family.”

  • Marcus Moomey, AIA, DBIA

    Director of Design-Build

    “In my career at KAI, I have always associated most closely with the “&” reflected in our collaborative Design & Build methodology. It symbolizes what makes us unique, and it connects us together. We are a fully integrated team leveraging great design and investigation, balanced with the analytics of sound engineering and the effective and timely input of cost, schedule and constructability. It is a privilege to work with our clients and partners to maximize these talents and contribute positively in our communities.”

  • Rick Stemler

    Chief Accounting Officer

    “Since joining KAI, I have enjoyed learning and contributing to the professional services aspect of the company. The faith-based and family-oriented emphasis are very important aspects of the company’s success over the years and are one of the primary reasons I am a proud to be part of the KAI team.”

  • Dan Forguson

    Chief Financial Officer

    “KAI is a unique place, and its diverse culture is one of a kind in our industry. The organization is a special blend of talent, passion, and support resulting in success for everyone involved. The versatility of our corporate structure enables us to flex and mold to the varying needs of our diverse clientele. From a finance perspective, it also insulates us from the natural ebbs and flows of the AEC market, and opens doors for continued investment in value-creating opportunities. I truly enjoy being a member of the team and look forward to our future.”

  • Cassie McMahill

    HR Manager

    “We work hard so we can play hard. Our industry can be high-stress, so working for a company that understands that employees have lives outside of KAI and encourages them to live those lives is truly refreshing. KAI offers so many great things to its employees—leadership support, support and assistance on career advancement and education, flexibility, casual dress, company-sponsored events and the list goes on.”

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are key to who we are. We are a 100% Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), and it’s embedded in our processes and procedures. We believe that diverse perspectives and backgrounds bring strength to our work in both our daily operations and our final product. As a minority-owned firm, we feel it’s important to advocate for inclusive communities, and we are committed to diversity in our workforce, clients and projects.

At KAI, giving back is built in.

  • Projects
  • Volunteering
  • Organizations

Projects

We’re dedicated to creating lasting, positive changes in the places where we live and work, both in and outside of the office.

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Volunteering

Our mission isn’t just to design and build beautiful structures, it’s to improve the lives of people who use them. We believe that giving back to our communities is key to making lasting changes.

Organizations

At KAI, Transforming Communities is about supporting each other and helping those in need. Our people don't just give their financial support, they dedicate their time and talents to support organizations of all shapes and sizes.

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