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Andres Presents to State Education Leaders details

Andres Presents to State Education Leaders

JANUARY 17th, 2020

Jody Andres, Hoffman’s K-12 Market Leader, will be joined by leaders from the School District of Manawa to present the session, “Being Transparent, Regaining the Trust”, at the 99th Annual Wisconsin State Education Convention in Milwaukee.

The session, which takes place on Wednesday, January 22nd, from 8 – 9AM, will explore steps that districts can take when there is a trust issue between a district and the community.

Joining Andres in presenting the session will be Manawa District Administrator Dr. Melanie Oppor, Board President Joanne Johnson, Principal Daniel Wolfgram, and Business Manager Carmen O’Brien.

More details can be found here.

Hanson Talks Solar at Education Conference details

Hanson Talks Solar at Education Conference

JANUARY 29th, 2020

Mark Hanson, Hoffman’s director of sustainable services, will present a breakout session on solar energy at the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) Facilities Management Conference February 4 – 5, in Wisconsin Dells.
Hanson will team with Dave Bohnen, building and grounds director for the Northland Pines School District, to present the session, “The Solar Energy Experience at the Northland Pines School District: Reducing Costs and Moving Towards Zero Net Energy”.

The session will discuss:

• on-site solar PV (photovoltaic) system options to enable schools to achieve cost savings and even Zero Energy (net basis)
• how solar is educationally and financially beneficial
• how solar has been successfully implemented in the Northland Pines School District

The session takes place on Wednesday, February 5, from 10:20 – 11:15AM.

Hanson Authors Book on Solar Schools details

Hanson Authors Book on Solar Schools

JANUARY 30th, 2020

Mark Hanson, Hoffman’s director of sustainable services and a nationally recognized green leader, has added to the national sustainability conversation by authoring “The Inevitable Solar School: Building the Sustainable Schools of the Future, Today” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

When commenting on his goals for the book, Hanson said, “I hope it empowers school districts and private schools to take a second look at on-site solar power, and even pursue zero energy buildings.”

“The Inevitable Solar School” is available through,, Barnes & Noble, and other bookstores and outlets.

Click here for more details.

Religious Leader Joins Hoffman details

Religious Leader Joins Hoffman

FEBRUARY 14th, 2020

Sr. Nancy Conway, who most recently served as president of the Congregation of St. Joseph, has joined Hoffman as a Facilitation & Engagement Specialist.

In her position with Hoffman, she will provide another dimension and unique perspective to the firm’s planning efforts with religious congregations.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to support and assist leaders and their congregations as they deal with the challenges of future planning,” said Sr. Nancy.

Learn more about Sr. Nancy’s arrival here.

Hoffman Honors Women Religious details

Hoffman Honors Women Religious

MARCH 8th, 2020

In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8 - 14, Hoffman would like to thank all women religious congregations for their important contributions to society in the United States and around the world.

Many individuals at Hoffman have been positively impacted by Catholic Sisters personally and professionally. Through our work, Hoffman is honored to assist women religious congregations every day.

In appreciation for all that women religious have done and continue to do, Hoffman has made a donation to the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) to help fund the elder-care needs of religious congregations.

In addition, some Hoffman staff members have shared their thoughts on how they've been positively impacted by Catholic Sisters:

“I grew up in a small, farming community in rural Wisconsin where the Sisters were our teachers and our neighbors. They were a part of our family. I am a product of the schools in which they taught. I learned from them that that you do what needs to be done for all those in need of help. Today, I feel I have come full circle with the Sisters in our communities across the nation. I am an architect working for a company that is helping to build their homes, their schools, and their hospitals in the spirit of what they have always done: responding to the need that is greatest. I am truly grateful for what the Sisters have taught me and that they are still a part of who I am to this very day. Thank you!” — Chad Ulman, vice president of architecture

“Any project with the Catholic Sisters comes with extra special meaning and a great sense of service. I welcome and value the faith-based influence that their members and missions bring to my workplace on a daily basis.” — Jon Rynish, project architect

"It is an honor to work with Sisters throughout the country. To be such an important part of several congregations' vision for their future is extremely rewarding. The relationships I’ve developed with the Sisters stay with me long after our work is completed and means so much to me." — Julie Heiberger, senior project architect

“I am so thankful that Hoffman has the privilege of assisting so many congregations that do a tremendous amount of good for the communities that we live in. It is an honor to be their partner. Thank you for your trust, and God bless you!” — Sam Statz, president

“Having grown up with aunts who were Catholic Sisters, I was fortunate to witness first-hand the important work they did and the lives they touched. I feel privileged to have the opportunity now to assist Sisters when they’ve placed their trust in Hoffman.” — Scott Pigeon, director of marketing

"The small community on the southern Door Peninsula in Wisconsin where I grew up was blessed to be served by women religious from the time of its settlement in 1853. For generations, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross were essential for education, caring for the sick and disabled, and perpetuating the Catholic faith. In the early days, they even taught in the public schools. I have the pleasure of working with Sister Claudette Jeanquart to record oral histories about the countless ways they have contributed to our community. The more we learn, the more grateful we become." - Sandy Orsted, vice president of administration

“I have been blessed to have worked with Catholic Sisters over the past fourteen years. In addition to allowing me to deepen my own Catholic faith while in their presence, I am amazed at the dedication and passion they possess for issues such as care of the environment, care of immigrants and refugees, working to end human trafficking, and the care for all people. Being able to witness them putting their faith into action is inspiring.” — Terry Ellenbecker, vice president of field operations

“I have supervised building projects for the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, Cenacle Sisters, the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, and the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. What always comes to mind when I reflect on these projects is that it was always a pleasure to work for the Sisters. They really appreciated our efforts in creating facilities that met their needs. They also prayed daily for the well-being of all the workers working on the project site.” — Curt Thiel, field project manager

Koldos Discusses BD Efforts During Global Pandemic details

Koldos Discusses BD Efforts During Global Pandemic

APRIL 3rd, 2020

Hoffman’s Barbara Koldos (Market Development Leader) will address members of the Greater Green Bay Chamber on the topic of business development engagement in the midst of a global pandemic.

Koldos, teaming with Melinda Morella-Olson, Imaginasium’s Director of Strategic Engagement, will present the webinar, “Keeping Business Development Strong in a Socially Distanced World”, on Monday, April 13, 2020, at 1PM.

Koldos and Morella-Olson will discuss how the notion of business development fits in our current COVID-19 reality of fear, uncertainty, disrupted supply chains, new virtual and remote working situations, and social distancing and isolation.

Register for this Chamber @ Home webinar here.

Truehart to Head Construction Group details

Truehart to Head Construction Group

JULY 22nd, 2020

Joe Truehart, Hoffman senior project manager, has been named the firm’s new Vice President of Construction.

Since joining Hoffman in 2012, Truehart has served in both a project manager and senior project manager capacity. In 2017, Truehart became part of the firm’s ownership group.

Truehart will be responsible for overseeing Hoffman’s construction staff and services, including estimating, scheduling, and project delivery.

Click here for more details.

Prospera Credit Union Breaks Ground details

Prospera Credit Union Breaks Ground

AUGUST 19th, 2020

Prospera Credit Union held a groundbreaking ceremony today (Aug. 19) for their new Grand Chute Branch.

Expected to be complete in spring of 2021, the new 5,000sf facility will offer a full range of branch services and amenities for members, such as multiple teller stations, interior and exterior Interactive Teller Machines, and a 24-hour drive-up ATM.

The one-story building will be located on West Integrity Way near the Fox River Mall in Appleton.

Hoffman designed the new branch for Prospera and is overseeing the construction of the facility.

Hoffman to Present at Religious Conference details

Hoffman to Present at Religious Conference

OCTOBER 20th, 2020

For the tenth time in the past 12 years, Hoffman has been invited to speak at the Resource Center for Religious Institutes (RCRI) National Conference, which this year is going virtual.

Hoffman's Sr. Nancy Conway (facilitation & engagement specialist) and Julie Heiberger (senior project architect) will present the workshop "Know When to Hold Them, Know When to Fold Them" on Friday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. EST / 2 p.m. CST.

More details can be found here.

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