Stephane’s role at Burt Hill/Pollock Krieg is a versatile one. In addition to being an interior designer, she functions as a project manager and CAD specialist on many of the firm’s larger projects.
“Knowing user and project-type requirements is paramount in commercial design,” says Kluesner. “That sounds simple, but commercial design covers a broad spectrum of project types: restaurants, banks, office space and retail stores to name a few, and each has its own nuances.” In her more than three decades as a designer, Stephane has tackled them all, making her exceptionally versed in the design requirements of each project type. One important aspect of her talent lies in aiding building owners and potential tenants to determine leasing needs, hence saving time and money for both parties.
Stephane has concentrated her focus in the area of healthcare design for nearly two decades. She understands how to maintain the delicate balance of health, safety, function and comfort for both patients and staff. Says Kluesner, “I attend AHCA conferences frequently to hear firsthand about new code requirements and design innovations. I also meet regularly with product representatives to keep current on new product introductions and technology. Being up to date on this type of information enables us to design projects that minimize facility maintenance costs while enabling healthcare practitioners to grow their practices.”
As a former adjunct instructor at Southwest Florida College, Stephane brings the perspectives of both a designer and an end user to her education projects. Says Kluesner, “One of the most important considerations when designing educational facilities is the durability of the finishes and furniture. These spaces endure high traffic, and most educational facilities only have funds available to renovate about every 10 to 15 years.” Stephane applies this knowledge to all her education projects, addressing the needs of students of all ages and in varied environments.