KSU Foundation to Develop a 14-Acre Site

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The Kansas State University Foundation will begin development in October 2014 of Phase I of a master plan that includes a 59,000-square-foot office building. Originally started in 2007, the completed project cost is estimated to be $11.5 million, which will be financed through a commercial loan. Future phases will feature three additional buildings that will include corporate offices and lab space. Hoefer Wysocki is very excited to be on this design-build team with GE Johnson Construction and Hutton Construction. Read the full article here.

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HWA is on the move

After 14 years of steady growth, we are moving our headquarters from the Country Club Plaza to Leawood. In an industry where staff reductions of 30 percent or more have become the standard, we are bucking the trend. Since 1996, we have gone from having three to 65 staff members and plan to add up to 60 more over the next several years.

We will be moving into the top floor of Pinnacle III, an existing 108,000 square-foot building of our design, located in the Pinnacle Corporate Centre campus, developed by Block Real Estate Services. We expect to start moving into our new location at 11460 Tomahawk Creek Parkway in September.

HWA names a new Director of Marketing

Daron Bennett, CPSM has taken over as HWA’s new Director of Marketing and will be leading the firm’s efforts to build the brand, manage the proposal process and preach the gospel of Hoefer Wysocki Architects at every opportunity. He is a veteran marketer of architecture firms humongous and mid-sized, as well as a former photojournalist. Daron is also a Certified Professional Services Marketer and Past President of the Society for Marketing Professional Services’ Kansas City Chapter who believes that it takes a consistent and concerted effort to clarify a firm’s vision and effectively present it to the world.

Daron has lived in 10 cities in six states, but hasn’t strayed far from KC since leaving the frozen tundra of Minnesota for the University of Kansas in 1989, where he picked up an undergrad degree in journalism. Daron and his wife Lori have two boys.

A new face in HWA Accounting

Miya White has joined HWA as our newest financial coordinator and will be taking on duties in project accounting as well as our accounts payable. She’s no stranger to the world of architecture, having worked for two firms (one taking her all the way to Atlanta) over most of the last decade, and has come to know the industry very well. Miya was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and, outside of her two years in Atlanta, hasn’t strayed far. After graduating from Northeast High School, she attended Northwest Missouri State University for her B.S. in Accounting. Miya and her husband Roy have two active little boys.

HWA Welcomes Brian Hamilton

Brian Hamilton, AICP brings to the table 20 years experience in urban design, community planning, master planning, graphic design and mobility systems. He has worked with public and private sector clients in over 50 cities in 15 states.  Regardless of the project type, Brian is an advocate of action-oriented strategies that allow clients to pursue implementable solutions that are meaningful to community building efforts.  His philosophy is that design and planning strategies must endure and the success of community investments should be measured from generation to generation. Brian received both his graduate and undergraduate degrees from Kansas State University. Welcome Brian!

Bruce Hobbs Featured in PSMJ’s Newsletter

HWA’s Director of Construction Administration Bruce Hobbs, RA, CSI, was featured in the January issue of Professional Services Management Journal (PSMJ). The article,  Mentoring Provides Value Fare Beyond Salary, talks about how important it is for young and mature staff to have a structured symbiotic relationship. According to PSMJ research, successful A/E/C firms believe younger employees need mature staff to help them obtain skills that they probably will not learn in college or as an intern. Bruce states “mature employees have the ability to impact the future of any profession by the mentoring of younger talent.”  Read the entire PSMJ Article.  

Sanford Regional Hospital Groundbreaking Ceremony

Groundbreaking for the new Sanford Regional Hospital, located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, took place May 18, 2010. There was an estimated 250 – 300 people present at the groundbreaking. HWA is providing  master plannning, architectural and interior design services for this 3-story, 48-bed, 113,000 SF hospital. Construction will take about 20 months.