About Us

Award Winning Consultancy.

Bringing over 30 years of expertise in commercial interior design, construction management and sustainable design consulting

Jennifer Simpson
Director of Design & Sustainability
Keith Furones
Director of Construction Management
& Project Development

Jennifer Simpson has been a professional

interior and facilities designer for over three

decades, working on large-scale commercial

projects. Eight years of her career were

spent in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia as an interior

space architect for the Arabian American Oil

Company (ARAMCO). She was part of a

small team responsible for the design, tenant

finish, FF&E and move coordination for

4,000,000 square feet of facilities: office buildings, medical facilities, schools and executive housing, including the home of OPEC Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi. She also functioned as a project manager for the construction of ARAMCO’s Light Industrial Park. The ARAMCO experience allowed her to traverse the globe over 20 times and fine tune her passion for tropical and ethnic design.

 

Another nine years were spent as a facilities designer and project manager for the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, most notably at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where she designed twelve buildings, including the National Wind Technology Center, the DOE Visitors Center and the Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF) which was dedicated by Vice President Al Gore and later awarded a National Endowment for the Arts. Her years at NREL established a career in sustainable design.

 

In 1998 she and Keith Furones formed Simpson Furones Partnership. In 2006 the company opened an office in Panama, expanding as Simpson Furones International. 

 

2007-2014, she led the Environmental Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama as President. Her accomplishments through the committee included the creation of the Panama Green Building Council (PGBC) and the advancement of the recycling movement in Panama City, resulting in a Corporate Social Responsibility award for SF International. She later held the position of President of the AMCHAM Tourism Committee.

 

Panamanian projects included the design, FF&E specification, procurement and logistics for Panama Pacifico’s Visitors Center, Caterpillar Inc’s Customer and Training Centers, Lacoste Corporate Headquarters, Under Armor Headquarters, and two historic hotels in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Casco Antiguo. The past seven years her work was focused on the Sofitel Legend Hotel Casco Viejo. 

 

Her work has been published in Contract Design, Green Building & Design, Interiors & Sources, Panama Green and Photon. She has lectured throughout the United States and Panama on green building, including NEOCON/The Building Show in Chicago, two consecutive years at the Sustainable Building Practices Conference in California and at Panama’s Expo CAPAC and COCAL. Her professional affiliations have included the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Institute of Business Designers, the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA).

Keith Furones achieved a well-respected

career in Project Management 1985-2002

along the front range of Colorado. Clients

included Federal, Technology, Manufacturing,

and University sectors of the state’s rapidly

growing economy.

 

In 1998, he formed Simpson Furones

Partnership, LLC where he practiced

Project Development in a consultant’s role. As a member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) he implemented CSI practices in all his projects and has a broad-based background in green building construction methods and materials. He developed expertise in environmental issues, as they pertain to water purification, when he headed up the highly sensitive University of Colorado Mountain Research Center’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. For this project, he coordinated six different government agencies by implementing virtual construction management, a novel tool at its time, and daily project updates via a dedicated website. The environmental focus of this project was the protection of the habitat for the endangered species Colorado Native Greenback Trout in nearby Como Creek. 

 

The latter part of his career has been devoted to Resort, Mixed Use, and Infrastructure projects in Latin America, all with an emphasis on green building and sustainable design. For the past 24 years, work has led him to both coasts of Mexico as well as Belize and Ecuador. A permanent office was established in Panama in 2006 as Simpson Furones International. In 2022 an additional office was opened in Mexico.

 

He worked for both international and Panamanian clients helping the local business community adapt to the increased expectations of direct foreign investment in the robust economy. This role has focused on the reduction of risk for international companies, and implementing cost and schedule improvement through design, procurement, and construction efficiencies.

 

Panamanian projects included the Panama Pacifico Visitors Center, three LEED projects at the City of Knowledge, the historic Hotel Herrera, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Gamboa Labs, and numerous projects in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Casco Antiguo including the Sofitel Legend Hotel Casco Viejo. 

 

The company has been featured in a variety of publications including Photon Magazine, the international journal on solar energy. Additional areas of expertise include the design and development of luxury prefab structures for resort and residential applications. These structures eliminate tropical degradation such as rust, mold and mildew. They incorporate many green building features including minimum impact foundations, a major benefit in tropical terrain. 

 

From 2012-2014 he was the Director of the Architecture, Construction and Engineering Committee (ACE) for the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama (AMCHAM). Due to this role, he was frequently called upon to speak to foreign investors and introduce top foreign companies to the markets of Panama.