BKV Group adds two design experts to Minneapolis office

BKV Group, a multidisciplinary design firm, has added two design industry experts to its national leadership team. Working out of the firm’s Minneapolis practice site, Paul Michell joins as government practice leader and partner, and Rachelle Schoessler Lynn joins as director of sustainable design and senior associate.

Michell brings nearly 25 years of experience to the firm as an accomplished public safety, government and community design practice leader, with a specialty in police facility projects. His diverse national work includes facility needs assessment studies, police headquarters, fire stations, municipal courts, city halls and other community-focused work.

BKV projects that Michell will lead include a $175 million, 200,000-square-foot public safety development in Lansing, Michigan, that includes police, court and fire facilities; a new police and fire station for the city of Winona, Minnesota; and a study of municipal facilities for South St. Paul, Minnesota.

He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and National Council of Architectural Registration boards. Michell was previously a member of the City Planning Commission in Independence, Missouri, and a board member and active participant in several economic development organizations in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Schoessler Lynn has more than 25 years of experience in design with an emphasis on its impact on the health and well-being of building occupants. She is a national leader and frequent lecturer on workplace issues and sustainable design and was previously an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota. Her project work has garnered numerous national and state awards. In this newly created role, she will lead the firm’s national sustainability platform, which is focused on the delivery of healthy, low-carbon, equitable and resilient projects and materials across all market sites and sectors.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Iowa State University and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, CoreNet board of directors and the American Society of Interior Designers, where she was previously national board chair and currently helms the organization’s Fellow Committee and Sustainability Committee.