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Architectural design

The Korte Company has always been about innovation in construction. From our humble roots building for our neighbors in Highland, Illinois to becoming one of the nation’s largest integrated Design-Build firms — we’ve always built smart. 

Building smart since 1958, designing smart since 1977

Through the years, we’ve worked tirelessly to refine our approach, improve our methods and deliver exceptional results for our clients. In 1963, that led us deliver the first known commercial Design-Build project, Helvetia Nursing Home, right in our hometown of Highland, Illinois. In the years that followed, we helped pioneer the Design-Build method, serving as a founding member of the Design-Build Institute of America.

In 1977, we founded Ralph Korte Planning and Management, one of the nation’s first full-service in-house design firms associated with a commercial contractor. Through the years, our design arm has evolved, changing names to Ralph Korte Architectural Services (RKAS) in 1980, and AIS, Inc. in 1986 before taking on the Korte Design, Inc. name in 1998. As we’ve developed, we’ve always stood at the forefront of design, adopting computer assisted design in the 70s, detailed Building Information Modeling a decade before it became standard practice, green design when it first entered the market and Macro 5D BIM and VR technology today.

Now, we employ a complete team of the most knowledgeable, experienced design professionals. Our team’s expertise spans:

  • Architectural design
  • Technical detailing
  • Sustainable building science
  • Interior design
  • Medical planning
  • 3D animation/visualization
  • And more

Together, we account for more than 200 years of combined experience and have architects licensed in more than 20 states. Our team includes DBIA professionals and exceptional individuals who are NCARB, AIA, CDT and NCIDQ certified.

Smarter design = smarter construction

Korte Design takes a holistic approach to the design process. We start with our most powerful tool: our ears. We take the time to listen to our clients and help our clients prioritize strategic architectural design goals within real-world project constraints.

We’re dedicated to providing professional design services that fulfill our clients’ needs, adhere to our clients’ budget and schedule parameters and provide buildable solutions that create functional spaces within enriched aesthetic environments.

With a commitment to excellence, we foster a trustworthy relationship with our clients. Our knowledgeable staff is quality-focused to provide reliable services in a timely manner. We’re thorough. We’re efficient. We’re enthusiastic. And above all, we’re driven by the goal to exceed our clients’ expectations.

We provide innovative design solutions implemented using state-of-the-art technology throughout all phases of our design services. And we’re still continually refining our process to deliver exceptional designs that lead to on-time, on-budget projects.

Total team coordination, exceptional quality

Our multi-skilled team is experienced in the fast-paced Design-Build construction delivery method. We know materials, costs and the realities of construction. With that knowledge, we provide the best-value solutions to our clients. Through total coordination and precise communication, we keep all project team members on the same page through every phase of design and construction. Owner, builders, designers, subcontractors and vendors — everyone works together to complete projects on-time, on-budget and to Korte-built quality.

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Our work speaks for itself

We’ve completed more than 3,000 projects throughout the U.S., including 25 LEED-Certified projects that cover LEED Gold, Silver and Certified standards. We’ve designed healthcare, education, distribution, manufacturing, recreational, professional, retail, senior living and many other types of facilities. Our work includes eight DBIA award-winning designs and projects for the Department of Defense, Walgreens, Hershey, the U.S. Postal Service, Nestle Waters and other Fortune 500 companies. From detailed tenant finishes and interior design to $50 million Design-Builds, we’ve designed — and built — it all. There’s no project too big or small for Korte Design. We can talk about design aesthetics for hours, but we’ll let you judge our work for yourself.

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