After working in the construction industry on the mainland as a tradesman, Conrad moved to Hawaii in 1975. From 1975 to 1979 on Kauai he worked in the residential construction industry as an independent subcontractor.
From 1979 to 1988 he worked as a project manager/superintendent for a local Kauai general Contracting company on residential, commercial, institutional, and light industrial projects. It was during this time he honed his skills as a construction manager on residential, commercial, institutional, and light industrial projects in the private sector, and also on county, state, and federal construction contracts. During this time he also began to realize his passion for design and drafting and began to offer these services for residential projects.
In 1988 he started and operated C. Schmidt Construction, Inc., a Kauai based licensed general contractor and began specializing in providing design and construction services for upscale high-end residential design-build projects. His previous experience in construction management and preparation of design documents enabled him to design and deliver projects on time and on budget, forging life-long friendships with clients in the process.
In 2007, after phasing out of construction services, his full focus was lent exclusively to applying his 25+ years of experience solely to design, project management, and contract document preparation. Design Consultants was born and operates today to provide a full range of architectural design and consulting services on Kauai.
Born and raised on Kauai’s North Shore, Nathan graduated at the top of his high school class in 1998. Between 1998 and 2002 he pursued his education and obtained a B.S. degree in Industrial Technology at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, California.
Returning home to Hawaii, Nathan worked for a time as a Project Engineer for Construction Management & Development (CM&D) Inc. on Oahu, before eventually settling back on Kauai where he began working in the Architectural Design field. He joined Design Consultants in 2007.
Nathan brings his local knowledge, experience as a world traveler, and keen design sense to Design Consultants where he translates his creativity, efficiency, and technical know-how to making projects successful.