This week, Kris Coyan, senior designer, celebrated his 30th year at FSI. In his role, he assists corporate facility managers with space planning; provides design assistance for office expansions, regional test-fits and acquisitions; and helps with real estate consolidation, when needed.

An avid Royals fan, he spends his free time woodturning. He’s been a member of the Kansas City Woodturners Club for six years and can make ornaments, boxes, vases, hollow forms and wooden bowls. To honor his time with us, we interviewed him about working at FSI. Here’s what he had to say:

What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned since working at FSI?
Don’t hesitate to voice an opinion, even if it does not necessarily align with your client. You have to allow the confidence of your personal experience and practice to direct them to the best solutions.

What has changed the most about your workday since you started?
Technology has caused the speed of the design process to increase exponentially, ever since the advent of the fax machine. Now, with the use of tools, such as the internet, Cloud and smart phones, the work day can continue well past quitting time.

What do you like most about working at FSI?
I love the family atmosphere that exists here. It feels much more like a happy family than it does a business.

What has been the most memorable project you’ve completed?
One of my most memorable projects was designing, specifying and coordinating the installation of 1,600 work stations in Atlanta, Georgia for Sprint – without ever stepping foot into the facility. The project was completed pretty much seamlessly, and the project manager with whom we were working was very happy with the finished product.