One of the principals of Studio Rebus is Kel Heyl, CPBD.
I first had to wrestle with gravity when I built a platform in an apple tree in our backyard outside Philadelphia when I was seven years old.
I started as an apprentice carpenter in 1978 building new homes in Plymouth, Minnesota. A number of opportunities came my way and I ascended the ladder : lead carpenter, foreman, supervisor, superintendent and project manager. I discovered I was more drawn to remodeling.
For six years I subcontracted carpentry for an insurance restoration company. I received two lessons : how not to build and how to work with strangers who didn't want me in their homes. Much of what I did was repair other builders' poor work. The Minnesota hail and wind storms of May, 1998 presented a tremendous opportunity. With my phone ringing off the hook, I went out on my own. For the first year and a half Studio Rebus did, what a surprise, insurance restoration. I began to move the company in the direction I always wanted to pursue : design-build.
In 1993 I passed the exam and received Minnesota Contractor's license number 8700. In 2000 I completed all the requirements to be Certified as a Professional Building Designer. My National Council of Building Designer Certification number is 24-102. To be certified, three sets of construction documents were reviewed by my peers, I had to demonstrate six years of design experience, submit three letters of reference from fellow professionals and pass a two day long exam. The first day covered everything from ethics to structural design and problem solving. The second day I was given a plat with topo lines and a program. I had to design a large residence in eight hours.
In 1999 I was appointed by Governor Ventura to the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design. I chaired the Enforcement and Law Committee. I served for two years. I served as President of the Minnesota Society of the American Institute of Building Design. In 2006 I founded the Minnesota Building Green Alliance. In 2008 I created Greener is greener. In 2009 Bruce Kieffer and I co-founded VectorWorks Exchange. This is a user group for design professionals who use VectorWorks CAD software. In 2010 I became a core member of the Midwest Building Ecology Coalition. In January 2012 I was appointed to the board of directors of KFAI-FM. In October 2012 I was elected to the board of Civic Media Minnesota. In Novemebr of 2013 I was elected to chair the board of CMM.
I take care of sales, design and project management for Studio Rebus.