McKim Design Group was founded in south San Jose in 1996 by Kirk S. McKim. Mr. McKim worked for many years at a number of local firms and found that it was becoming more difficult to provide the personal service to which he felt the clients were entitled, while at the same time responding to the numerous and sometimes cumbersome requirements placed on senior level management within larger firms. Mr. McKim first worked with a local firm providing health-care and amusement park design, and later moved to a “general-practice” firm providing design services for residential, commercial, and specialty projects. The general practice firm expanded into K-12 educational design in 1992 with Mr.McKim providing project architect services under the principal of the firm. In 1994 Mr. McKim left the local firm along with one of the principals and helped to open and establish the San Jose office of HMC Architects. Mr. McKim led the design and management aspects for most of the educational projects and all of the commercial projects. In 1996, Mr. McKim left HMC to open McKim Design Group.
McKim Design Group has grown over the years to be as large as ten technical staff members, while maintaining a small firm atmosphere and feel. In addition to the many educational facilities projects that we have been responsible for, McKim Design Group continues a “general-practice” business model providing design and management services in all sectors of the industry including residential design, commercial design, commercial tenant improvement, restaurant design, and civic buildings. McKim Design Group has completed projects as small as school restroom remodels, as complex and environmentally conscious as the LEED GOLD certified City Hall for Rohnert Park, and as large as full campus modernizations and new schools. McKim Design Group endeavors to provide a professional yet enjoyable atmosphere that extends from its staff and office to every project they undertake. We find that because of the time and energy the entire team and owners invest, the process must not only be successful but fun. This attitude translates into the projects and into continued service.