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Hoffman Empowers Employees details

Hoffman Empowers Employees

JANUARY 10th, 2017

Giving back to the community has always been a staple at Hoffman. In 2016, the company introduced a new program designed to give employees more ownership in determining which organizations received support from Hoffman. That program, Positively Impacting Our Communities, enabled employees to direct monetary donations to organizations that were near and dear to them.

You can click here to learn which organizations employees selected and why they were chosen.

Orsted to Present at WI State Education Convention details

Orsted to Present at WI State Education Convention

JANUARY 12th, 2017

Sandy Orsted, Hoffman’s vice president of administration, will be joined by Berlin Area School District superintendent Dr. Robert Eidahl and M3 Insurance account executive Kevin Miller, to present the session, “Construction Contracting 101: A Basic Primer”, at the 96th Wisconsin State Education Convention in Milwaukee.

The group’s session, which takes place on Wednesday, January 18th, at 1:30pm, will discuss:

1. How contracts for construction projects allocate risk to everyone involved.

2. The key risk management issues and how to manage them.

3. The terminology used when discussing the risk of school facility construction projects.

Please click here for more information.

Veldt to Speak at Assisted Living Conference details

Veldt to Speak at Assisted Living Conference

MARCH 1st, 2017

Clay Veldt, Hoffman’s director of business development, has been invited to speak at the 2017 WALA (Wisconsin Assisted Living Association) Spring Conference March 15 – 17 in Wisconsin Dells.

Veldt will present the session “Renovating on a Budget” on Thursday, March 16th, from 3:15 – 4:30pm.

Veldt’s session will look into why the budgeting process is critical, why budgets break down, and how to avoid these budget challenges.

Hoffman Honors Women Religious details

Hoffman Honors Women Religious

MARCH 7th, 2017

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:

"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." - Julie Heiberger, senior project architect

"The spirit of women religious, continuing to be at the forefront of issues and needs in our world, is an inspiration to me. With much appreciation for all you do to make a positive difference!" - Patrick Del Ponte, vice president of planning

"Women religious have initiated and sustained ministries in the U.S. and around the world, touching lives of countless people. It is an honor for me to be able to work with many caring and committed Sisters to help solve their facilities' needs." - Catherine Cruickshank, senior project planner/designer

"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 were essential to education, caring for the sick and disabled, and perpetuating the Catholic family. I'm truly grateful for all they've done to make our little community a wonderful place to call home." - Sandy Orsted, vice president of administration

“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

Hoffman Experts to Speak at Conferences details

Hoffman Experts to Speak at Conferences

APRIL 26th, 2017

Hoffman’s Randy Bremhorst (vice president of design), Catherine Cruickshank (senior project planner/designer), and Mark Hanson (director of sustainable services) are all slated to speak at upcoming state conferences in early May.

Bremhorst will be part of the Senior Living Architects’ Panel at the LeadingAge Wisconsin Spring Conference, where he will address the topic of senior living design. Cruickshank and Hanson will present separately at the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) Spring Conference. Cruickshank will share insight on flexible learning spaces in education facilities, while Hanson will discuss the power of solar energy systems.

More information can be found here.

Hoffman Celebrates 125 Years of Tradition details

Hoffman Celebrates 125 Years of Tradition

AUGUST 1st, 2017

For everyone at and connected to Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc., 2017 will have a special feel. That’s because all throughout the year, they’ll be celebrating 125 years of Hoffman tradition.

The Hoffman family started in the construction industry in the Appleton area way back in 1892. Now, 125 years later, the Hoffman name continues to be a large part of the region’s construction landscape.

Hoffman was a family led business for four generations from 1892 until 2012. It was then that a Hoffman management group—led by Miles Girouard—formed Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc. and purchased the assets of Hoffman, LLC from Paul J. Hoffman.

“One of my career goals was to own my own firm,” said Girouard. “When I heard that Paul was interested in selling Hoffman, LLC, it seemed like a great opportunity. After discussing the possibility with family, friends, and mentors, I determined the situation was right and decided to take on the ownership challenge.”

Hoffman originally started out as a general contractor. However, under Paul’s guidance, it transformed in the late 1970s into a professional services firm offering integrated planning, design, and construction management services. Known as Total Project Management, the concept revolutionized the construction industry and positioned Hoffman as the leader in fully integrated project delivery.

Although Hoffman serves clients located throughout the country, the firm is best known for Valley Fair Mall in Appleton, Wisconsin (the nation’s first completely weather protected shopping center), and Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, Wisconsin (the highest-rated LEED-New Construction v2.2 building in the United States).

Previous Hoffman owners include brothers Fred and Herman Hoffman (original owners), Fred’s two sons Paul and Fred (second generation owners), Paul’s children Gerald, Carl, and Betty (third generation owners), and Gerald’s son Paul J. Hoffman (fourth generation owner).

“It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate 125 years of Hoffman tradition and community service,” beamed Girouard. “We’re proud to have helped shape the local landscape, but we didn’t do it alone. We can’t thank our clients enough. They helped make our success a reality, and let us be a part of their successes.”

Grafton School District Celebrates Groundbreaking details

Grafton School District Celebrates Groundbreaking

SEPTEMBER 18th, 2017

The Grafton School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming additions and renovations to three of their schools—Grafton High School and Kennedy and Woodview Elementary Schools. The projects follow the approval of a $39.9 million building referendum this past April.

Hoffman has been working with the district since 2014 and will oversee the construction projects.

Additional details can be found here.

Hoffman to Address Religious Leaders details

Hoffman to Address Religious Leaders

OCTOBER 24th, 2017

Hoffman’s Pat Del Ponte (vice president of planning) has been invited to speak at the 2017 Resource Center for Religious Institutes (RCRI) National Conference October 31 – November 3 in St. Louis.

Del Ponte will present with Sisters Marguerite O’Brien and Nancy Conway (Congregation of St. Joseph) and Jerry Carley (CSJ Initiatives, Inc.) the session “Neighboring a New — The Congregation of St. Joseph’s Story of Prayer, Planning, and Action”. The session will take place on Thursday, November 2nd, from 3:45 – 5:15pm.

The foursome will recount the Congregation of St. Joseph’s journey to a unified path for their 500+ sisters nationwide. They will explore how CSJ created and utilized a Directional Statement that played a critical role in the near-unanimous alignment of seven formerly independent communities, and discuss the challenges they faced and creative solution they developed.

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