Monthly Archives: October 2016

Hoefer Wysocki Wraps Up Successful Campaign for United Way

A very important piece of Hoefer Wysocki’s culture is to give back to the community. This year, we celebrated our 10th annual “United Way Week” to raise awareness and funds for United Way of Greater Kansas City.

United Way Week is a week-long competition where our offices are split into six teams that compete to raise the most money for United Way. This year’s theme was “Animal House,” with individual team themes being jungle, woodlands, prehistoric, under the sea, safari, and farm. The teams’ hard work and participation helped raise more than $13,000 for people in need within the Kansas City community.

United Way of Greater Kansas City is a non-profit organization that refine and refocus work to help provide community members in need with new opportunities to enter into a cycle of success. The organization focuses on key needs at every stage of life, and gives children, young adults, and families the tools they need to be successful. The end result is highly impactful work with community partners that builds a better life for all of us.

We enjoyed contributing to a wonderful cause to benefit our community members in need. Check out our costumes below:

Hoefer Wysocki celebrates its 10th annual United Way week at the Kansas City office.

Hoefer Wysocki Earns DBIA-MAR Awards

Hoefer Wysocki receives two DBIA design-build awards.

We are thrilled to announce that Hoefer Wysocki received a Design-Build Excellence in Design Award from the Design-Build Institute of America, Mid-America Region for the Northland Innovation Center in Gladstone, Mo.

We are honored to accept this award with our project team, including our partners: McCownGordon Construction, general contractor; and CBC Real Estate Group, developer.

The Design-Build Awards are given annually to projects that achieve the best value while meeting design and construction quality, cost and schedule goals. Submissions are rigorously judged by a panel of industry experts. Winning projects demonstrate advanced and innovative application of total integrated project delivery, including design-build best practices.

The Northland Innovation Center (NIC) will create learning opportunities for future generations that occupy a space programmed for Gladstone’s walkability and expressive community. All members of our design-build team were engaged in the design and construction from the inception of the project.

Hoefer Wysocki, in partnership with JE Dunn Construction, also received a Merit Award for its involvement with designing Eglin Hospital for the U.S. Air Force Base in Niceville, Fla. The project is one of their largest hospitals, and features simple wayfinding, upgraded outpatient and inpatient entries, as well as appropriate zoning and separation of patient and public circulation areas.

Congratulations to all on these tremendous achievements!

Hoefer Wysocki Featured at AIA KS/CSR Conference

The Northland Innovation Center facility in Gladstone, Missouri, featured at the AIA KS/CSR Conference.

Hoefer Wysocki Director of Design Hosam Habib will speak at the 2016 AIA Kansas/Central States Region Conference & Exhibition in Manhattan, Kan., about the Northland Innovation Center (NIC) in Gladstone, Mo.

The NIC is one of nine selected projects featured at the conference, which focuses on exploration of the infrastructure of design, and celebrates the unique cultures that support designs found exclusively in the Midwest. Hosam will spend 60 minutes responding to the conference theme, and offer a unique opportunity for dialogue and learning among attendees.

The NIC is a groundbreaking, state-of-the-art facility, which provides a learning environment for K-12, including Students in Academically Gifted Education (SAGE) from the North Kansas City School District and Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) higher education graduate and undergraduate programs. The building introduces its audience to a contemporary environment for education, nested in a re-gentrification of Northland’s up-and-coming neighborhood.

“We reinvented the model for urban structures with the Northland Innovation Center,” Hosam said. “Our goal was to design a creative, sensory space where children feel encouraged to respond to their surroundings. We aligned the design of the building and the program with the teaching process, making it project-focused from use of bright colors to define wayfinding to painted duct work, exposed ceilings and natural lighting throughout the facility.”

The vertical, five-story urban school layout was designed with a project-based learning approach. It features open floor plans that encourage children to learn from one another. Additionally, the facility incorporates a modern playground and a terrace designated for learning outdoors.

“It is an honor to be selected to speak at the conference,” Hosam said. “I look forward to engaging with attendees and sharing experiences amid a new architectural learning landscape.”

The NIC, as well as Hoefer Wysocki’s Kansas State University Foundation project, will also be featured during the infrastructure poster exhibit at the conference.

Congratulations to Hosam and the team:

Harriet Grindel

Bill McBride

Sean Heiman

Brendan Nelson

Stephani Jamar

Jillion Qui

Lyndsee Johnson

Chris Staus

Nick Lawler

Katherine Waldrop

Hoefer Wysocki President Nominated as “Most Wanted” Honoree


Rob Welker, president and partner at Hoefer Wysocki

Rob Welker, president and partner at Hoefer Wysocki, has been named an honoree in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City’s “Most Wanted” campaign.

Annually, a group of charitable, passionate and hard-working professionals are chosen to be honored as Kansas City’s Most Wanted. Rob is among 38 individuals honored for this award. Honorees are recognized for being movers and shakers who are making a big difference in their profession and in their community.

Rob has accepted the honoree nomination, and started a fundraising campaign, which is active until December 3, concluding with the organization’s “Most Wanted” auction event. Hoefer Wysocki is proud to support Rob in his goal of raising more than $30,000 for this campaign.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBSKC) has served more than 20,000 at-risk youth in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Serving more than 1,700 youth each year, BBSKC provides children facing adversity with one-to-one, life-changing friendships with adult mentors. BBSKC believes that youth who have a positive adult influence in his or her life are better able to reach their full potential. Children and youth in the program are 75 percent more likely to graduate, and report higher self-esteem, improved academic performance and better attitudes toward education.

Please consider a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. Your support will help serve more children, as well as match at-risk youth with adult mentors, changing their lives forever.