ST. LOUIS — Pamela Todd, whose career as an interior designer included such projects as the renovation of the Casino Queen hotel in East St. Louis, has retired as part of the team at KAI Design & Build.
Staff gathered on March 2 to say farewell and to celebrate the career of Senior Interior Designer Todd, who holds RID and LEED AP certification. She officially retired from the firm after 28 years of service.
Todd's career in design spans nearly 50 years, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 1970. Joining KAI in 1989, when the firm was known as Kennedy Associates, Inc., Todd refined her skills throughout the decades, adapting to the changing times and design trends, to become one of KAI's most valuable assets.
Todd specialized in move management, interior design, furniture selection, interior specifications, cost estimating and ensuring that the design was maintained throughout the construction document and implementation phases of a project.
"Staying at KAI all these years was more about the great people I worked with and the clients we served. I am grateful to have been able to use my creative gifts on so many diverse project types," said Todd.
Todd's design influence can still be seen in the more than 50 projects she worked on during her career at KAI, which include:
• O'Fallon Park Rec Complex, O'Fallon, Mo.
• Highland Hills Branch Library, Dallas, TX
• Better Family Life Cultural, Educational and Business Center, St. Louis
• North Sarah Redevelopment, St. Louis
• Lewis & Clark Branch Library, St. Louis
• Gateway Transportation Center, St. Louis
• FUSE Advertising Office Renovation, St. Louis
• Hotel renovations, Casino Queen, East St. Louis
• KAI Design & Build Headquarters
• Black Jack Bar, Busch Stadium, St. Louis
• Lucas Crossing Elementary Complex, Normandy School District, St. Louis
• Kiel Center Marketing Suite, St. Louis
• KETC -Channel 9 offices, St. Louis
• Harmony Oaks HOPE VI Redevelopment, New Orleans
• Club Aroma, Hollywood Casino, St. Louis
• Carondelet Park Rec Complex, St. Louis
• Southeast Community Center, Kansas City
"Pam has this wonderful ability to read and understand a client and convert their ideas to colors, textures and materials," said Marcus Moomey, director of Architecture at KAI Design & Build. "I think back at projects like Club 7, the O'Fallon Recreation Center and the Highland Hills Library - all so very different in final solution, but all spot-on with what the client wanted."
Todd said her plans for retirement include getting married and starting a second career in yoga therapy.
"She was a tremendous asset to KAI and to our many clients, and we are saddened to see her go. I know that wherever life takes Pamela in her retirement, she will find great success, accomplishing her goals with grace, and of course a lot of style," said Kennedy. "We wish her well in her retirement and thank her for her many years of service with KAI."
KAI Design & Build is a national 100-plus person design and build firm headquartered in St. Louis.
— From the Illinois Business Journal via KAI