ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 15, 2021) – Wannemacher Jensen Architects has merged with Hoffman Architects, a move that brings together two of the Tampa Bay area’s premier design architecture firms, growing both firms’ capabilities and expanding their client reach.
Hoffman Architects is now a subsidiary of Wannemacher Jensen (WJA), which gives WJA a north Pinellas County presence. The move gives WJA even more skill and experience as the firm looks to pursue work around the state. In particular, it grows WJA’s capabilities in working with public schools.
Hoffman Architects brings long-standing relationships and invaluable experience working with public school systems and various clients throughout Pasco, Hernando, Manatee and Pinellas counties. WJA, in turn, brings significant manpower, technology, and experience across a diverse mix of project types throughout Florida.
WJA, based in St. Petersburg with an office in Miami, has annual revenues of $4.5 million and 21 professionals, focusing on everything from office buildings, museums and schools to restaurants, mixed-use complexes and entertainment facilities. Among the firm’s well-known projects: the St. Petersburg Pier Approach, the Phillies Carpenter Complex, the James Museum, the St. Petersburg College Student Success Center and the Madeira Beach Municipal Complex.
Hoffman Architects, based in Tarpon Springs, has annual revenues of $2.1 million and six professionals, with an emphasis on designing educational, religious and public facilities. Among them: Quail Hollow Elementary School (Pasco), Palmetto Elementary School (Manatee), 16 elementary schools in Pinellas County, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, and the Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy.
Financial terms for the merger of the two privately held companies were not disclosed. Edward Hoffman will remain a principal of Hoffman Architects and Todd Willsie is now the Studio Director for the Tarpon Springs office.
“We have always greatly admired the work of Hoffman Architects, and in particular their work in the education field,” said Jason Jensen, principal at WJA. “Combining our firms gives us a major platform to continue to grow our statewide footprint, bringing innovative ideas and deep experience to our work with schools throughout Florida.”
As shown by AIA Tampa Bay’s recent “Voice of Architecture Economic Outlook 2021” survey of area architects, the outlook for the area’s real estate development industry continues to be strong. Architects are among the best experts to ask about the future of the industry, since projects they are working on now will be built over the next several years.
“The timing of our merger couldn’t be better, with numerous new projects around the state for us to pursue,” Edward Hoffman said. “Our combination of skills and experience makes us uniquely suited to help a wide range of clients, and we will be particularly focused on our growth in the education industry over the next several years.”
About Wannemacher Jensen Architects:
Founded in 1992, Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) is an interdisciplinary architecture firm that creates engaging spaces for working, living, learning and playing. The firm’s design methodology is centered on the belief that architecture can inspire positive change and enrich society. With each project and any given set of challenges, we strive to provide creative design solutions that promote community and client ambitions, redefine conventions, and generate purpose-driven solutions.