Submitted by H.F. Lenz Company
In 2011, when H.F. Lenz Company made the decision to officially expand their then 65-year-old engineering firm into New England, it wasn’t one that they made lightly. Based in Johnstown, Pa. and working in Connecticut as a consultant to Yale University on a large data center project, as well as other New England based projects, they approached the expansion opportunity carefully at first.
The opportunity to set roots in Connecticut came after HFL learned of the availability of former Yale University associate director, John Christofor, P.E.
“Working with HFL while I was at Yale gave me the opportunity to really understand their capabilities and their style. I was impressed with their attention to detail within complex renovation projects,” says Christofor. “So when they asked me if I wanted to join their team to develop a new Connecticut office, I was excited for the opportunity that it represented for both of us.”
Christofor set to work on establishing a Connecticut base, first in Wallingford and then setting up H.F. Lenz’s permanent home in more centrally located Middletown.
They took their time to establish solid client relationships. Starting with Yale, HFL steadily added partnerships with universities like UCONN, and local architects such as SLAM, that has led to design work throughout New England. Most recently, HFL proudly contributed the MEP design to SLAM’s multi-award-winning Sacred Heart University’s Bobby Valentine Health and Recreation Center Project.
HFL’s Connecticut expansion includes many markets, such as data centers, higher education, science and technology, healthcare, sports and recreation, K-12 and mission critical, all markets which H.F. Lenz has consistently worked nationally in the past 75 years within their regional offices. With long-time HFL employee Scott Kraynak now at the helm as New England regional manager, HFL is poised to continue its growth throughout New England.
“Scott has done an amazing job getting our office positioned to sustain the growth that we are experiencing,” adds Christofor.
That growth includes community involvement. HFL has developed a community based initiative that will launch over the next year that targets the AEC industry’s unique talents and abilities to serve struggling communities.
“We felt strongly about giving back to the community that has been so welcoming and so good to us. We’re rolling up our sleeves and getting more involved with this new initiative,” Kraynak explains.