Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects, Inc.
Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects (KBZ) has experience providing professional design services since December 1959.
We invite your critical inspection of the projects included in this website, both as they appear in presentation form and in reality. You are particularly urged to inquire about the quality and thoroughness of the architectural services rendered from the people who own and use these buildings.
What single factor do we feel is the key to our effectiveness as an architectural firm? Very simple, the philosophy of personal service. On each project, a principal member of the firm works directly with and is responsible to the client. In this way, he can conceive the design, control the preparation of plans and specifications, and supervise actual construction. this unique practice has result in better continuity of services, superior coordination and reduced costs on the job.
Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects, December 1959.
Today, We still follow and believe this philosophy of personal service. On all of our projects, both public or private, we are committed to our clients and provide the highest level of services, in terms of responsiveness, timeliness and the efficient completion of accurate contract documents.
Our commitment is to provide you with a professional team dedicated to taking your project successfully through to its completion.
JOE S. WILCOX, AIA - Principal Architect
Joe Wilcox’s knowledge of the building systems integrated with his respect for the design makes him the right choice for any project. His experience has taught him which issues require the most attention and how to meet important milestones along the way. Joe’s best attribute is the ability to communicate clearly with the entire project team and to keep the goal of an excellent final product that everyone can be proud of.
DAWN SOPHIA ZIEMER, AIA Associate, LEED AP ID+C - Principal Interior Designer
Dawn Ziemer has a strong background in the design of institutional facilities and has experience on many modernization projects including the preparation of FF&E bid documents and complete signage packages. She has worked on a number of historically significant facilities in Santa Barbara and has experience working with the City of Santa Barbara’s design review agencies. Dawn works closely with the user group to develop a program that reflects the unique identity of each project. Involved on a project from programming through completion, she will focus on the details that relate mainly to how the interior space will function and will follow through with the design to ensure that the user group’s requirements are met. The majority of projects Dawn has worked on are publicly bid so she understands the importance of creating accurate bid documents that help to minimize the need for change orders. Her comprehensive project approach enables her to bring together individual needs for a cooperative design solution.
TODD A. JESPERSEN, AIA, LEED AP BD+C - Principal Architect
Todd Jespersen has led KBZ’s LEED efforts on three recent projects: the first has achieved Gold certification; the second has achieved Silver certification; and the third is on-track for Silver as well. Since joining KBZ in 1996, he has served as either Project Architect or Principal in Charge on many municipal projects.
THIERRY H. CASSAN, AIA - Principal Architect
Originally from Montpellier, France, Thierry Cassan has been in the United States for sixteen years, he began his career as an industrial designer at Valorga, S.A., a waste management engineering firm where he was responsible for the architectural design of waste management and water purification plants. In 1989, Thierry left Valorga, S.A. to open his own practice. While in Europe, he was an active member in the group Atelier Patrix which works with the Industrial Designer/Colorist, Georges Patrix, who is internationally known for implementing design and color in the workplace. Thierry joined KBZ in 1999 and was made a partner in January 2007.
JULIE WENDT - Associate Project Architect
Julie Wendt joined Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects in 1998 and was made an associate in 2007. Julie has extensive experience in the design and construction of educational facilities in both Washington state and California. She understands the unique challenges of modernization projects and their effects on budgets, schedules and phasing.
MAT GRADIAS, AIA - Associate Project Architect
A fifth generation native to Santa Barbara, Mat began his career in high-end residential design in the office of Andy Neumann, Architect. After a brief, but valuable stint working on large scale institutional and commercial projects in the Portland office of ZGF, Mat returned to Santa Barbara to work with Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis. Mat joined the offices of KBZ in 2011, after working on his own for a number of years. Mat has worked on projects of varying scales and typologies. He brings an expert level of experience to all phases of the design process.
RICHARD KRYSTIAN - Project Architect
LAURIE HAMMACK, LEED AP ID+C - Interior Designer
JOHN PATRICK PANLAQUI, AIA Associate - Project Manager
JASON CONNER, LEED AP BD+C - Project Manager
SHANNON BLOMST, AIA Associate - Project Manager
ANNA GUENTHER - Project Manager
JONATHAN LEE, AIA Associate, LEED Green Associate - Project Manager
CAITLIN MILICH - Project Manager
SHELBY ORTIZ - Graphic Designer
1967 - The County Bank Headquarters' Building - Santa Barbara, CA
The contemporary design of this building resolves all of the problems related to the site, satisfies the function of the bank, and is consistent with the architecture of the area. The building contains 8,144 square feet on two floors and provides parking for 17 cars. Some of the features are mission tile roof, quarry tile floors, sandblasted concrete structural frame and generous redwood detailing. The structure stands by itself on the property and is visible from all four directions. Therefore, each elevation was carefully treated as a major elevation. Two prominent design elements are the concrete vault and the transparency of the building.
1968 - Theater for U.S. Naval Battalion Center - Port Hueneme, CA
A two-story structure with 768 seats on the ground floor, 120 seats in the balcony and 112 seats in a future balcony extension provides the basic seating configuration. In order to provide the maximum use for this building, sight lines have been established to allow good visual access with minimum distortion at the platform level. This will allow multiple use of the facility for movies, lectures, concerts and other stage productions. Acoustics have been studied to provide reverberation times in keeping with these activities. In general, materials are incombustible and have been selected for low maintenance.
1969 - The John Wright and Sons Building - Santa Barbara, CA
Located within a stone’s throw of the beach and picturesque Cabrillo Boulevard, on a 21,600 square foot lot zoned CM (commercial manufacturing) the Wright building — 13,600 square feet — is designed as integrated headquarters for Wright’s plastics development and rigging firm founded in 1950 by Mr. and Mrs. John S. Wright and now operated by their two sons. The first floor (warehouse level) contains space for storage, light manufacturing and research, in addition to an office, customer area, building entrance vestibule, elevator, stairs and mechanical space. The second floor (office level) is devoted to clerical and management offices, served by an elevator and two stairways. The third floor (penthouse level) with its magnificent vistas of beach and mountains is self contained and designed for use of top management and important clients.
1970 - Westminster Presbyterian Church - Port Hueneme, CA
Among the primary reasons for designing the sanctuary as shown was the client’s challenge: “Our plan should seat the congregation around an easily accessible communion table.” The seating capacity of the sanctuary is approximately 365, including the choir which is located at the rear, above the narthex (main entrance). Contrary to the traditional approach, no seat on the main floor is further than 50 feet from the pulpit. Acoustics have been studied to allow each person to clearly hear music as well as the speaking voice. Materials were selected at the suggestion of the client to create a warm, natural building. Rough cut stone, laminated wood arches, resawn redwood trim and quarry tile floors provide an effective environment for worship. Future administration building to the right of the sanctuary will enclose the central court and repeat the materials of the main structure.
1974 - Clyde P. Fisher Science Hall California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, CA
The three story, reinforced concrete structure encloses nearly 76,000 square feet of floor area. The construction cost of this project was nearly eighteen percent lower than the project budget. Contributing to the reduction in cost are the basic forms, the directness of the construction system and the centralized utility core. Floor and roof construction includes concrete planks, which are precast and prestressed. These span between interior corridor and exterior poured-in-place walls. For ease of maintenance, as well as economy, all heating and ventilating ductwork, and all electrical and plumbing piping, are exposed in the laboratory ceilings. The building is essentially a teaching facility, comprised of lecture classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, a dean’s complex, a department head’s complex, a museum and other related support spaces. It is connected to the existing Science North building with a bridge at the second floor.
1982 - Raytheon Company Industrial Complex - Goleta, CA
For a period of fifteen years, Kruger Bensen Ziemer has been designing buildings for Raytheon Company, Electromagnetic Systems Division, at their site in Goleta. The total floor area of these buildings is in excess of 200,000 square feet. The two most recent structures are Buildings No. 4 and 5, located on the north portion of the complex. Both of these buildings utilize tilt-up concrete walls, glulam roof beams and a panelized roof structure. Building No. 4 is a light electronics manufacturing facility, providing space for 350 to 400 employees. Building No. 5, immediately to the east of Building No. 4, was constructed for storage, shipping and receiving of large shipboard countermeasures systems. It houses from 150 to 200 employees in 74,000 square feet.