Monthly Archives: November 2016

Congrats to Newly Certified Interior Designer, Jessica Motz!

Jessica Motz, newly licensed NCIDQ interior designer

Jessica Motz, Hoefer Wysocki Interior Designer

We are proud to announce that Hoefer Wysocki employee Jessica Motz has passed her NCIDQ exam and is now a certified interior designer.

Jessica has a Masters of Interior Architecture and Product Design degree from Kansas State University. She has been with the firm since 2013. She is one of seven certified interior designers at our firm, and one of more than 25,000 total interior design professionals who have passed the exam and earned the NCIDQ certificate.

Qualified candidates take the NCIDQ exam in three sections, and must successfully pass each section within a specific time frame. Once certified, NCIDQ-certified designers have been educated, trained and examined to protect public health, safety and welfare.

Jessica has achieved the highest qualification, meeting the interior design profession’s legal and regulatory standards established by over half of the U.S. and Canadian provinces. Congratulations, Jessica, on this monumental achievement!

Pay It Forward on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

As Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday quickly come and go, it’s easy to get swept up in the commercial side of the holidays. Take a break this season by giving back on #GivingTuesday to nonprofits who lend a helping hand to those in need.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year-giving. Since its inception in 2012, #GivingTuesday has evolved into a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year, and a growing catalog of resources.

At Hoefer Wysocki, we believe in giving back to our community. We do this by supporting a variety of events and charitable organizations. Here are some of the organizations we support that will benefit from donations this holiday season:

*indicates official #GivingTuesday partner

Let the giving begin!

Talking About the Future of Healthcare

Hoefer Wysocki CEO and Partner Mitch Hoefer moderates the 2016 Health Care Summit, presented by MetroMediaWire.
Our CEO, Mitch Hoefer, moderated the 2016 Health Care Summit presented by MetroWireMedia.

The forum, which included panelists from the healthcare design and construction industry, focused on the future of healthcare, especially after the previous night’s election. What is absolutely certain is that change is happening on all levels of healthcare from hospitals and patient care, to doctors, to insurance.

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The continuing the trend of moving toward more patient-friendly designs, including the concept of micro hospitals, which Kansas City’s St. Luke’s Hospital is looking to employ. Micro hospitals serve two purposes; convenience for patients being closer to their homes, and more personalized care.
  • Part of the consolidation of healthcare systems includes continued major investment in becoming more integrated with technology, especially within their own network to better share patient information and tracking of records.
  • How the aging population is driving up healthcare costs through chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc. This is also increase the cost per square foot of construction in medical facilities.
  • Architects and engineers are being asked more and more to be more cost effective in the facility design. New software (for example, upgrades to 3D design software and virtual reality) are enabling the architects and engineers to immediately see the cost changes as a building is being designed and modified.
  • Virtual reality technology is becoming more prevalent when designing a building and enabling the end user to see the facility before construction begins.
  • The Affordable Care Act—yes, there are problems, but the ACA did do one thing right, and everyone agreed, that the ACA lead the movement toward healthier living to prevent illness.
  • In-company services are becoming more and more popular, e.g. Burns & McDonnell offers employees a pharmacy, clinic, daycare, etc., on-site and facilitates wellness programs with its employees. That is an increasing trend for companies that can afford it.

Interior Design Team Helps Say Farewell to Color + Couture

Hoefer Wysocki Interior Designer Bailey Loyd struts the runway in a Roman architecture-inspired gown.Hoefer Wysocki’s interior design team was one of 28 groups that participated in the final Color + Couture runway event hosted by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). The event features models wearing fashion made from carpet, wallcovering, upholstery, tile and other creative interior materials.

Garments are constructed by local architecture and design firms. Our employees crafted a dress made entirely out of upholstery fabrics that met the “Bon Voyage” theme of this year’s Color + Couture. Our team found inspiration in ancient Roman clothing and architecture. Neutral and gold tones mixed with textural fabrics truly made this dress come to life. The overlapping nature of the concrete shell walls of the Jubilee Ministry Center served as inspiration for the pleats in the top portion of the dress.

Hoefer Wysocki Interior Designer and designated team model Bailey Loyd proudly walked the runway wearing the elegant dress. Thank you to the following team members who helped design and construct the outfit:

Jennifer Bahan

Madison Huber

Matthew Baumann

Shannon Hush

Peggy Bennett

Stephani Jamar

Carolyn Boos

Lyndsee Johnson

Amanda Connor

Bailey Loyd

Kim Crane

Jessica Motz

Renee Driskill

Megan Patchen

Tina Haskins

Renae Vos