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Robert James Klob
As the son of an elementary teacher & general contractor in a small farming town in Southeastern Colorado, Robert Klob has been around construction sites for most of his life. His passion escalated when he was in his teens and met William “Bill” Nielsen, the only architect in nearly a 100 mile radius. Although he initially had aspirations to teach and follow his mother and grandmother, Robert became Bill’s apprentice and his 30+ year journey in Architecture began.
Robert attended several colleges in his quest to learn more about architecture, design and drafting. During this time, he maintained a full time position in an architectural studio & graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
Prior to starting his own design studio, Robert worked with both public and private design organizations. Some of these include USPS Facilities and the worldwide firm of DMJM. Robert also worked with smaller firms offering that one-on-one service. This experience allowed Robert to hone his skills on a variety of design projects - from new Post Offices to Hotels, Apartments, Condominiums, Churches, High-Rises, Shopping Centers, Restaurants, Offices, Retail, and his true love, Homes.
In 1992 Robert opened what would become Robert Klob Designs. This new endeavor was started to provide consulting services to architects and builders. It quickly grew into a full service design firm. Since 1998 he has specialized in the residential sector providing designs for Custom Homes, Production Homes, Remodels & Additions. Since RKD’s inception, they have designed or consulted on over 3,000 homes.
In 2005, Mr. Klob became interested in the growing popularity of Insulated Concrete Forms. Having negative experiences on two previous ICF projects, he vowed to make the process different. Robert became one of the few design professionals in the country that was also a certified ICF installer. While he had no intentions of actually installing the systems, Robert reasoned that “If you don't know it works, how can you possibly design with it correctly or solve problems in the field?”
He started writing about ICFs for regional and national publications, speaking at industry events and giving lectures at universities. Robert has also provided ICF training for builders, municipalities & Inspectors. Last year, he gathered a team of ICF industry leaders and started the ICF Builders Group, a grass-roots trade organization to support the entire ICF industry.
Robert prides himself in listening to his customers needs & their desires. He also digs into his roots and educates them about the processes and pros & cons of the building experience.
Robert has been involved in many exciting projects. Some of the more notable are:
But his most important accomplishment? 100s of happy customers!
When not designing, Robert loves to travel with his childhood sweetheart & wife, Paula. They have 2 furry friends at home - an 11 yr old Bichon and a new Bichon puppy. Robert & Paula also have 4 grown children that are scattered across the globe and becoming wonderful adults that make them proud every day.
Pro-Bono ICF plans for Disaster Recovery Victims
In-Fill Housing Development
Low Income Volunteer for Remodel Designs
Habitat for Humanity - Design & Building
Arizona Masonry Guild - “It Makes a Village”
Municipality Planning Design Consultant
Picnic Pavilion Design for Assisted Living Community
Youth Baseball Coach
Career Day Presenter