ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – A staple in the Alaska architecture and design community for 31 years, Anchorage-based kpb architects now has a new leadership team in design and architecture veterans Jeff Koonce and Michael Prozeralik.
Koonce and Prozeralik, who both served on kpb’s previous leadership team, recently purchased the company from their colleagues. Koonce is a founding partner of kpb architects, and Prozeralik has been with the company since 1999. Together, they have nearly five decades of experience in the industry, which makes them the perfect duo to lead kpb architects into this new chapter. While the firm plans to continue its work on large-scale, start-to-finish construction projects, the new leadership team hopes to expand their portfolio to represent the full gamut of architecture and design work, including more remodeling and restructuring projects of small and large scale.
“At kpb, our work speaks for itself, with a wide portfolio of projects, collaborating on everything from K-12 schools in rural Alaska to healthcare facilities such as the state-of the-art Primary Care Centers for South Central Foundation in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley, a recently completed project pending LEED Silver certification,” said Prozeralik. “As we write the future of kpb, we plan to continue working on these kinds of projects and strengthening our strategic partnerships while also bringing our integrated design skills to an even wider range of clients through repurposing existing spaces and structures.”
“There is something particularly exciting about the challenges and opportunities that come with renovation projects, “Prozeralik continues. “With the distinctive skill set of our kpb team, we can take a structure and completely alter the building envelope and interior space, turning it into an architecturally and visually new environment, similar to the old Unocal Building we are working on to house offices for an Alaska Native corporation. This is a great option for companies wanting to make a positive impact in our community by revitalizing existing facilities or for those who are looking to create their own original space but that may not have the budget to build from the ground up.”
With a deep understanding of Alaska’s unique environment and what it takes to design communities that are sustainable as well as aesthetically timeless, kpb architects offers its clients a service unmatched in the state. The company brings all elements of design under one umbrella, providing client-centered guidance through planning and programming services, architecture, interior design and landscape architecture.
“Many firms measure success by annual billings or number of employees, but at kpb we are more focused on the quality of our work, the culture we create and expanding our portfolio to include new, more varied projects,” said Koonce. “That has been our goal since we founded kpb in 1981, and I am confident that with this restructuring the pieces are falling in place for us to be the best we’ve ever been.”
Kpb architects employs approximately 20 people and has experience designing everything from government facilities to residential communities and retail space to corporate buildings across Alaska.