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Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford

Sustainable design solutions in Fort Worth, Texas
Written by: 
Tom Faunce
Produced by: 
Ryan Fecteau

Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford has become recognized for providing efficient, economical and environmentally responsible design solutions. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford has been a household name in the design and architecture industry of the Southwest for more than 50 years. “We have a very strong history and relationship with the city of Fort Worth,” says Eric Claycamp, associate principal and director of sustainability for the company. “This firm has done all kinds of projects for the city including just about every school in the district.”

The history of Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford dates back to 1963, when Lee Roy Hahnfeld began his practice. In 1978 the firm would be incorporated as Hahnfeld Associates Architects/Planners Inc. The firm would eventually be purchased by longtime employees Eric Hahnfeld, Michael Hoffer, David Stanford and Meredith McCurdy in 1997 and renamed to Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford in 2001.

Sustainable growth

Over the past 15 years the firm has doubled in size due to the staff of professionals its partners have gathered. The combination of technical excellence, commitment to outstanding client relations and a vision for world-class design has contributed to Hanfeld Hoffer Stanford’s status as one of the largest independent, full-service architecture firms in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. “Every one of our 40 employees, with the exception of the original partners, has brought additional knowledge and experience from somewhere else,” says Claycamp. Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford was recognized as the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year in 2012.

Claycamp has been with Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford for 14 years. His passion for the industry began when he landed a job working for a contractor while still in college. “I started off working in the field making forms for sidewalks,” recalls Claycamp. “Eventually I was moved into the office during my last year in college. I was doing estimates so I was looking at drawings and designs from all over the state that were coming into the office for bidding purposes. I would have to dissect them and figure out the cost for the projects and that got me interested in design.”

Green practices

As a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford believes that the approach to sustainable building, coupled with excellence in design, represents the future of architecture. Up until 2013 Claycamp was involved as a member of the USGBC with the North Texas chapter. “The USGBC has done a great job talking to our clients to make sure that they know what we are talking about and that they understand the process,” says Claycamp. “When I pitch green building and LEED certification to clients, I refer to materials that I have received from USGBC. LEED and USGBC have made it a market-driven system. In the 1970s, green design never got a foothold because it was not market-driven. When solar panels came out in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, you could not find the necessary products to install it. LEED has been market-driven which makes this push much different.”

The very first LEED project created by Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford took place at Southern Methodist University at the Embrey Engineering building. The project received LEED Gold certification and set the standard for the company on future LEED projects. ”It was a great learning experience for the university and for us as well,” Claycamp explains. “It was a lot of fun because as the project progressed and we got the university on the board the dean became very enthusiastic and all of a sudden it was a project that everyone supported and was involved in including students and faculty so when it received LEED Gold status it was really exciting.”

Lasting relationships

The quality and expertise that goes into each project has contributed the reputation and relationships that Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford has established. The repeat business that the firm generates is the standard measurement of success for the team. “The greatest achievement that we have experienced is when our major clients get onboard with us for a project and then stay onboard with us for the long term.” Claycamp explains. “That wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for the passion and professionalism of the staff that we have.”

Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford has been fortunate enough to weather the economic downturn of the past decade with little decline. “Our repeat clients helped us through the recession,” says Claycamp. “We had very little downturn and I see things moving in a positive direction. There has been a lot of commercial activity in Texas.”

While Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford continues to grow, the firm will continue to be a leader not only in design solutions, but also in the sustainable and LEED certified industry.

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