DEARBORN, Mich. — Michael Durand, PE, LEED AP has joined Ghafari Associates as director of its healthcare practice. Durand, a seasoned professional with nearly 20 years of engineering and project management experience, brings to the firm a wealth of diverse project and technical experience. In his new role, he will be responsible for strengthening and expanding the firm’s presence in the healthcare sector and providing principal oversight of healthcare projects.
“For years, Ghafari has been known in the automotive and aviation industries as a global leader in providing lean design solutions for highly technical and complex facilities. I am excited to be here at Ghafari and lead in the continuous progress of leveraging this expertise and applying it to our healthcare projects,” says Durand. “I lookforward to collaborating with our healthcare clients and partners, and to expanding Ghafari’s reputation for innovative design solutions into the healthcare market.”
“We are very pleased to welcome Mike to Ghafari,” says President and CEO Kouhaila Hammer. “With his extensive engineering background and proven leadership capabilities, he brings valuable experience and an energized strategic vision to our team as we look to broaden our healthcare design portfolio.”
Durand joins Ghafari from Detroit, Mich.-based Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., where he served most recently as a principal and strategic board member. During his 15-year tenure with Kahn, he gained valuable experience in principal oversight, business development and project management. His industry knowledge includes the design and implementation of healthcare, automotive, industrial, commercial, government and adaptive reuse projects.
A graduate of Lawrence Technological University, Durand holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with honors and is a professional engineer and LEED AP. His industry affiliations include the Engineering Society of Detroit and U.S. Green Building Council.