We are passionate about helping solve the puzzle of providing Safe / Therapeutic Environments for behavioral health patients and staff.

Kimberly Newton McMurray, AIA, EDAC, MBA


Kimberly N. McMurray is principal of Behavioral Health Facility Consulting.

Kimberly N. McMurray is Principal of Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, LLC. of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  McMurray is a practicing architect and healthcare planner with 32 years of leadership experience in healthcare and academic medical campus architecture; she has been responsible for the implementation of large architectural projects located within complex medical campus sites, delivering the highest quality for each project initiative.  McMurray has a decade of experience from the owner’s perspective and working with multi-disciplinary user groups, thereby embracing a unique perspective and response to client needs; applying her knowledge of clinical operations, evidence-based design, lean operational planning and conceptual design to architecture.

Amongst McMurray’s three decades of healthcare architectural expertise, she brings a high-level of experience with behavioral health project types.  During her experience on-staff architect at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System Center for Psychiatric Medicine, and development of the Psychiatric Treatment Unit for the UAB Emergency Services department.  She has assisted 26 behavioral health facilities since joining BHFC in 2017.

James M. Hunt, AIA,


James M. Hunt, AIA, the founder and Senior Consultant of Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, LLC and is a practicing architect with over 49 years’ experience.

He served as director of facilities management for the Menninger Clinic for 20 years which allowed him to develop an in-depth understanding of the day-to-day operation and management of behavioral health facilities.  He is the co-author of the Behavioral Health Design Guide which has been updated many times since it originated in 2003.

Mr. Hunt has worked with over 100 hospitals in 35 states in the last ten years alone.  He is now concentrating his efforts on helping organizations improve the level of safety while enhancing the therapeutic environment of their behavioral health facilities through consulting directly with the providers and their design professionals.  He also assists manufacturers with developing new products to assist with meeting these objectives.