Award Winning Consultancy.
Bringing over 30 years of expertise in commercial interior design, construction management and sustainable design consulting
Director of Design & Sustainability
Jennifer Simpson has been a professional
interior and facilities designer for over three
decades, working on large-scale commercial
projects. She received her BFA in Interior
Design from the University of Denver in
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. Their clients included many state and Federal agencies as well as nationally known corporations. In 2006 the company permanently relocated to Panama, becoming Simpson Furones International. In addition, she became the President of the Environmental Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama, which she led for seven years. 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. In 2011, Simpson Furones International received an AMCHAM CSR award for promoting sustainability. She later held the position of President of the AMCHAM Tourism Committee.
Panamanian projects include design, FF&E specification, procurement and logistics for Panama Pacifico’s Visitors Center, Caterpillar Inc. Customer and Training Centers, Lacoste Corporate Headquarters, Under Armor Headquarters, and two historic hotels in Casco Antiguo; Hotel Herrera and the Sofitel Legend Hotel Casco Viejo.
Her work has been published internationally in magazines including 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 2009 at Panama’s Expo CAPAC. Her professional affiliations include the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the Institute of Business Designers, the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA).
Director of Construction Management
Keith Furones enjoyed a well-respected
30-year career in Project Management along
the front range of Colorado following
graduating from the University of Colorado
and Colorado State University. Clients
included Federal, Technology, Manufacturing
and University sectors of the rapidly growing
economy of Colorado.
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 of 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 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 fourteen years, work has led him to both coasts of Mexico, Belize and Ecuador, prior to focusing on Panama twelve years ago. A permanent office was established in Panama in 2006 as Simpson Furones International. He has 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 cost and schedule improvement through design, procurement, and construction efficiencies.
Panamanian projects include the Visitors Center for Panama Pacifico, three LEED projects at the City of Knowledge, the historic Hotel Herrera, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Gamboa Labs, and numerous projects in UNESCO World Heritage Site Casco Antiguo including the Sofitel Legend Hotel Casco Viejo. The company has been featured in Green Building & Design and Interiors and Sources magazines for their work at Panama Pacifico. Other publications include Photon Magazine, the international journal on solar energy. His projects include the first Platinum LEED Certification in Panama, the Dormitory Project at Ciudad del Saber.
Concurrently, 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 is frequently called upon to speak to foreign investors and introduce top foreign companies to the markets of Panama.