On the heels of its 25th anniversary, Hoefer Welker – a multidisciplinary architecture and engineering firm – has introduced mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering as its newest, in-house service line.
Engineered Performance Solutions (EPS) launched in December. The firm tapped three Hoefer Welker leaders, leveraging 40 years of combined experience: Principal Elise Kirchhofer, PE, and Associate Vice Presidents Jon Lee, PE, and Jeremy Hoefer, PE.
Kirchhofer heads the group with more than 20 years of industry experience, previously serving as an owner’s representative and in leadership roles for engineering and construction firms nationwide. Lee, an electrical engineer, and Hoefer, a mechanical engineer, have worked together for nearly eight years. Both bring strong business development and project management experience to their new director roles.
“We bring additional value as a team due to our unique backgrounds,” Kirchhofer said. “I’ve sat at the table from all sides – architect, engineer, owner and contractor – and Jon and Jeremy have a skillful understanding of cost, sales and client relations from their business experience. Together we’re redefining what it means to be an integrated design firm.”
After working together across various projects, the three saw an opportunity in their diverse skillsets and joined forces to help launch this new division.
“In our previous careers, we witnessed a lot of different perspectives and opportunities to improve the MEP process for building owners and clients,” Hoefer said. “The stars aligned, we reconnected, and here we are.”
The service line’s introduction further evolves Hoefer Welker’s client-focused services, as the EPS team’s combined offerings simplify the process for all involved parties.
“An in-house service allows us to provide more effective collaboration as well as a streamlined process,” Lee said. “This ultimately enables us to offer the best overall value and quality to our clients.”
EPS has already begun its first project, Aspiria, a 207-acre planned mixed-use campus on the former Sprint campus site. “This project is only the beginning. It’s a great time for exceptional talent to join our growing team,” said Kirchhofer.
“To create something like EPS is exciting and being able to do that alongside trusted colleagues like Elise and Jon is truly special,” Hoefer said. “We’re looking forward to helping build the next chapter at Hoefer Welker.”