Berners-Schober Strengthens Leadership With Three New Associates
Berners-Schober Associates, Inc., is pleased to announce the naming of three new Associates: Jim Hinze, Nic Kaufmann and Dan Heling. Associates at Berners-Schober are promoted for their exceptional leadership, high professional standards and innovative problem solving approaches that will strengthen and enhance Berners-Schober’s future.
“We are excited to see our three new Associates continue to carry forth the core values of Berners-Schober, and meld them with their own, creative ideas and leadership that will keep Berners-Schober progressing for years to come” states Berners-Schober President, Joseph Dettlaff.
Jim Hinze, AIA – Since joining Berners-Schober in 2016, Jim has become an instrumental part of the education/commercial studio. Previously, Jim served as an architect for a firm in the Milwaukee area where he worked in education, corporate and religious markets. Jim’s construction experience also includes prior work history as a carpenter and project manager.
Nic Kaufmann – Nic has 12 years of experience in design and construction. He is the lead Architectural Production Team Facilitator in Berners-Schober’s healthcare studio, and an alumnus of University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Technical Leadership program. Nic leads healthcare projects throughout Wisconsin & Illinois.
Dan Heling – Dan has 16 years of experience as Berners-Schober’s systems administrator. He is responsible for management and technical support for the company’s IT infrastructure, phone systems, and application support for field agents and office staff. Dan has an educational background in architectural technology, allowing him to address both the end-user and server IT issues.
Engineers and architects from the Green Bay area were invited to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) for their Engineering Open House, held annually during National Engineering Week. The event encourages talented students from middle school through adults to pursue an education in one of NWTC’s 17 engineering related fields.
Berners-Schober’s own NWTC graduates have participated in the event for several years. Staff members share what a career in architecture and engineering involves, and talk with prospective students about what skills they should look to develop while pursuing their degree or certification.
Two of our team members, Amir Nouri and Michelle Laun, attended the 2017 event. They displayed examples of Berners-Schober’s past projects, and were available to discuss their work in the field of architecture. Starting with questions about problem solving and school work, Amir and Michelle engaged students in discussions to help determine if they had interest in a design field. They were available to answer questions from students and their parents related to various educational paths.
NWTC offers a diverse array of programs, ranging from automation and prototyping, to architecture, civil and environmental engineering. The college provides two-year programs, many of which enable students to transfer to a four-year college if they desire to continue their education.
Berners-Schober is pleased to announce that six new shareholders have been named. Each is recognized for their contributions within the firm, and their disciplined service to their clients and colleagues.
Christine is a Registered Interior Designer with over 15 years of experience at Berners-Schober. Currently, she is one of four Certified Healthcare Interior Designers (CHID) in Wisconsin; which enables her to deliver the best possible solutions for patient-centered care environments. She was recently part of the design teams for the birth centers at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay and at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls. Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture from UW Stevens Point, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Brad has been involved with Berners-Schober’s healthcare, commercial and higher education markets since he joined the firm in 2003. A LEED Accredited Professional, Brad focuses on providing sustainable and economical HVAC solutions to meet clients’ needs. He has served as the mechanical engineer on several LEED certified buildings including the WDNR Headquarters in Spooner, Wisconsin, and the Student Athlete Performance Center at UW-Madison. Brad contributes to the community by serving on several non-profit and local boards, and by serving as an officer in the local ASHRAE chapter, which maintains his awareness of emerging and current technologies. Brad holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Architectural Engineering and Construction Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Lori is an accredited Certified Payroll Professional and accountant for the firm. She is responsible for accounts payable and receivable, payroll, and financial statements. Lori earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UW-Green Bay. Since joining Berners-Schober in 2010, Lori has worked to transition the billing and budgeting into a tool that can be used for project planning by the firm directors. Her accounting expertise helps continue BSA’s reputation for efficient and reliable services.
Kristin joined Berners-Schober in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from UW-Stout. She focuses on space planning, and the selection of finishes, colors, furnishings and accessories to support the owner’s vision for their project. Kristin’s proficiency in 3-D design enables her to offer our clients a visual representation of the design scheme. Kristin is also an excellent resource for clients’ environmental graphics programs, providing a comprehensive plan while keeping the client mission and brand in the forefront. Her design influence can be seen in BSA’s vibrant solutions for the St. Anthony School Fire Restoration in Oconto Falls, WI and within the Student Athlete Performance Center for the University of Wisconsin Athletics.
Since joining Berners-Schober in 2002 as a drafter, Steve has established himself as one of the primary Project Architects for the firm. His specialties include exterior building envelope design, component coordination and quality assurance. Steve possesses a passion for project design, and an artistic ability that enables him to convey early concepts to clients through his hand sketches. Steve is a registered architect in the state of Wisconsin.
Bob is a Plumbing and Fire Protection Designer, responsible for code compliance, specification writing and coordination. With his almost 30 years of inter-discipline experience, it would be easier to list projects that Bob has not been involved in than those he has. Bob has been with Berners-Schober since 1987 and has experience in medical gas piping, specialty systems, storm water, sanitary and facility planning. He is a registered plumbing designer in the state of Wisconsin.
We are pleased to welcome Jim Hinze to Berners-Schober as our newest member of the architectural studio.
Before arriving at Berners-Schober, Jim served as an architect for a firm in the Greater Milwaukee Area where he led design projects in primarily education, corporate and religious markets. Jim started his academic pursuits at UW-Green Bay, earning a bachelor degree in Urban and Regional Studies, with an emphasis in Environmental Design. He then moved on to the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where he earned his Masters of Architecture degree in 2010. Work experiences as a carpenter and project manager add to Jim’s skill set and understanding of the construction industry.
Outside of the office, Jim is a bit of a mountain biking enthusiast. He enjoys outdoor activities with his family, such as hiking, camping and, of course, mountain biking (he has his very own selfie to prove it). His passion for this sport has led to the founding of the Ozaukee County Mountain Bikers (OCMB), an organization that strives to make mountain biking more accessible to the community in a fun, safe, and sustainable manner. We expect Jim will soon be making his presence known in the Green Bay biking community as well.
We would like you all to join us in welcoming Jim to Berners-Schober!.
Recently I traveled with my wife and a group of architects, engineers and surveyors to the capital city of Nicaragua in hopes of making a difference. We were a group of design professionals from throughout the US, Canada, UK and Nicaragua mobilized by Engineering Ministries International (EMI). Our goal was to connect with the client, the culture and ministry which we were serving, so that we could fully embrace their vision and create a design fitting of their needs, budget, and cultural norms – in a little over a week. Often times this meant stepping back and acknowledging that design practices in Central America don’t match North America. This forced us as a team to step out of our comfort zone of design. We were pushed to think creatively about how we could utilize the local infrastructure and construction knowledge to the greatest efficiency for the client, while at the same time introducing them to a new technique or material.
The Majority World
“The majority world” may be a new concept to you. It is the parts of the world where the majority of the population resides – most of Central and South America, sub-Saharan Africa, and most of Central and Southeast Asia. These areas of the world also tend to have the least developed infrastructure making life difficult and overwhelming. Sometimes it seems that everything is working against you: infrastructure of roads, sewers and water; electrical supply; health care; etc. There is little hope that things will ever change for the better. But this is where architects and engineers are making a difference – one project at a time. EMI has a vision of people restored by God, and the world restored through design. This mission leads them across the globe - assisting mission hospitals, orphanages, refugee shelters, schools, seminaries, and more through master planning, design, and in some cases, construction. The physical and spiritual impact of these facilities touch thousands of people, bringing real hope into everyday life.
Tesoros de Dios – Managua, Nicaragua
Our time in Nicaragua was spent at Tesoros de Dios’s school and ministry center. Tesoros de Dios (translated God’s Treasures) is a K-18 equine therapy center for physically and mentally handicapped children in the greater Managua area. Serving over 100 students weekly, they fill a dire need in the community by providing refuge for families and children otherwise cast out by society. At Tesoros de Dios, parents can find community, children can find enrichment through therapy, and all can find hope. Therapy activities range from learning to walk and talk, up to vocational skills such as computer use and cooking. There are more than 60 kids on the waiting list, hoping for an opportunity to learn at Tesoros de Dios.
Our EMI group spent a week with the staff and students to come up with a long range plan to guide the facility’s growth. It was a week of continual measuring, digging, documenting, drawing and calculating in an effort to come up with an inspired design to best fit the community. Our final design included a phased growth plan, starting with a covered horse arena for the equine therapy; followed by a new education center and vocational center. The master planning documents and renderings that we left with them are already being used to generate interest within the community and potential donors.
Though our part of the project as volunteers is drawing to a close, EMI will continue to stay involved with Tesoros de Dios. EMI staff in Nicaragua will help them find a local architectural team to produce construction drawings as needed and help them navigate the construction process.
The joy and excitement that I witnessed in Nicaragua has helped me realize that we are all a precious piece of the fabric of life. Our team’s passion for design was met by the staff’s passion for the students. Working together resulted in a transformative project for the community of Managua and the families of Tesoros de Dios.
We are pleased to welcome Andrew Bornemann to Berners-Schober as the newest member of our team! Originally hired as a contracted temporary employee to help in our structural engineering department he has displayed his abilities in a big way this summer. We are happy to have him on board and are excited to watch him grow with us.
Andrew has a degree in Architectural Technology from NWTC and has completed coursework toward a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering. He previously worked as a Drafter/CNC Programmer/Commercial Estimator for a solid surface and quartz fabricator, specializing in high-end residential and commercial projects of all sizes. Later, he was a Store Planner/Cad Specialist for a national retail chain headquartered in Green Bay. While there, he worked on interior and exterior store remodels, new store design/construction, fixture design, and space planning. Andrew is thrilled to further develop his career in Architecture with an emphasis in structural design as a part of the Berners-Schober team!
Outside of the office, Andrew spends some of his time volunteering through the Gresham Area Advancement Association, an organization dedicated to enhancing and developing the village of Gresham and surrounding areas, as well as for the no-kill animal shelter in Northeast Wisconsin called Happily Ever After. You might also find him, throwing a few strikes at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley or swinging a club at one of the local golf courses.