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At JKAE, we Imagine, Design and Build inclusive environments that enrich the human experience.




At JKAE, we Imagine, Design, and Build inclusive environments that enrich the human experience.  Our passion is quality design.  We are rooted in California, the Sierra Nevada, and Northern Nevada.  Great design stems from our heritage as community planners in the places where we live, learn, work, and play.  We have learned to listen, engage, & interact with our clients in a fulfilling endeavor to help them realize their dreams for an enriching built environment.


  • Feasibility & Preliminary Design Studies

  • Project Financial & Budget Analysis

  • Architectural Design

  • Construction Documentation

  • Educational Design

  • Interior Design

  • State & Agency Approvals: CDE, OPSC, DSA, CGS, Local Fire, TRPA

  • 3D Models and Renderings

  • 3D Animations and Fly-Throughs

  • High Altitude Snow Country Design

  • School Site Safety & Security Analysis

  • High Performance Design; LEED & CHPS

  • Energy & Life-Cycle Cost Modeling

Design Build

JKAE is a leader in Design-Build and has teamed successfully with a variety of quality builders to deliver turn-key projects to our clients.  We are DBIA professionals who believe in the Design-Build delivery method and the power of delivering quality facilities to our clients that are on schedule, within budget, and provide added-value solutions & amenities.


  • Educational, Civic, & Private Design-Build Project Delivery

  • Pre-Construction Services Support & Teaming

  • Design Modeling | BIM | Clash Detection

  • Agency Review Support

  • Design-Build Pricing Support

  • Construction Administration Support



JKAE offers 40 years of experience in community-based planning.  Our passion for planning stems from our interest and involvement in environments that enrich the human experience.  We believe that quality planning that engages stakeholders and community yields great design solutions that reflect what a community cherishes and believes.


  • Campus & Educational Planning

  • Resort & Destination Planning

  • Civic & Community Planning

  • Library Planning

  • Educational Specifications

  • Sports Facility Planning

  • Sustainable Master Planning



Interior Design

The Interiors division at JKAE specializes in delivering creative and technical solutions within the built interior environment. Our interior design focus is to appropriately convey and enhance the design concept while bringing awareness, attention to aesthetics, and dedication to the interior experience. Collaborating seamlessly with JKAE’s team of architects and engineers, our interior design department enriches the services offered to our clients and plays a pivotal role in enhancing the overall design. For many users, the interior space is where they often live, learn, work and play, and we strive to create environments that are both meaningful and purposeful.


  • User programming, space planning, preliminary and schematic designs

  • Adherence to environmental and safety requirements

  • Design and selection of furniture, fixtures, and equipment

  • Selection of colors, materials, and finishes

  • Attention to function, maintenance, and life-cycle performance

  • Contract documentation to facilitate pricing and installation of furniture

  • Coordination and collaboration with design professionals and specialty consultants

  • Project budgets and schedules

  • Preparation of construction documents and specifications

Graphic Communication

JKAE believes that design matters and this carries through to the design and look of all elements of a project or pursuit.  Our graphics division assists our clients with quality graphic solutions that support and enhance their goals and mission.


  • Company Branding

  • Fund-Raising Collateral Development

  • 3D Virtual Flythroughs

  • Brochures & Flyers

  • Website Development

  • Event Programs & Invitations

  • Estate Branding

  • Concept Story Boarding



Civil Engineering

JKAE’s Civil Engineering division is experienced in a wide array of land entitlement, planning, and design services.  We have 40 years of experience in providing these services to the greater Sierra region.  We bring our expertise and passion for great Civil Engineering solutions to the communities where we live, learn, work, and play.


  • Project Investigations, Due Diligence and Feasibility Studies

  • Land/Facilities Planning and Design

  • Resort & High-Altitude Engineering

  • SWPPP/QSD/QSP Services

  • Permitting and Agency Processing

  • TRPA Planning and Permitting

  • Private & Public Developments

  • CEQA & Environmental Entitlements

  • Site Development and Subdivisions

  • Site Grading & Earthwork Analysis

  • Stormwater Management and Drainage Design

  • Erosion Control & Water Quality BMPs

  • Flood Control & Management

  • Utility Infrastructure & Design

  • Hydraulic Analysis

  • Cost Analysis

  • Construction Administration

Structural Engineering

JKAE’s Structural Engineering division is passionate about engineering solutions that are elegant and expressive.  We enjoy exceeding our client’s expectations with hands-on engineering support that is collaborative and creative.  We look for unique structural solutions and strive to become our client’s trusted advisors.


  • Structural Design

  • Feasibility Studies

  • Forensics

  • High Sierra Snow Loads

  • Seismic

  • Residential

  • Remodels & Additions

  • Commercial

  • Resort

  • Green Buildings


JKAE is committed to providing accurate, reliable, and comprehensive site data to our clients through the use of cutting-edge technologies, proven methodologies, and a client-centric approach. Our team of seasoned professionals leverages decades of experience, utilizing high-definition scanning and aerial drones to make informed decisions, mitigate risk, streamline workflows, and improve the overall safety of every project.

Professional Land Surveying Services:

Boundary & Land:

  • Boundary Analysis and Resolution

  • American Land Title Surveys (ALTA)

  • Due Diligence for Land Acquisitions

  • Research and Interpret Record Deeds and Encumbering Easements  

  • FEMA Flood Elevation Certificates

  • Easement Creation and Relinquishment

  • Vacation / Abandonment of Roadways

  • Site Analysis

  • Coverage Survey



  • Subdivision Plats

  • Parcel Maps

  • Boundary Line Adjustments

  • Record of Surveys

  • Right of Way / Dedication Mapping

  • As-Built / Record Drawings 

  • Topographic Mapping

  • Aerial and Orthometric Imagery

Field Survey:

  • Establish Horizontal and Vertical Control

  • Boundary Line Location

  • Sub-Grade and Pad Verification

  • Building Layout

  • Setback Certification

  • Grading and Drainage Certifications

  • Calculate Earthwork Volumes

  • Tree Inventory

  • Utility As-Builts

  • Monitor Well Surveys



  • Robotic Total Stations

  • Global Navigational Satellite System (GNNS)

  • 3D Scanning

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles / Drones

  • AutoCAD / Civil 3D

  • Virtual Surveyor / Point Cloud Drafting


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