Wannemacher Jensen and Hoffman Architects Merge

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We’re excited to announce the merger of two of Pinellas Counties most respected Architecture Firms: Wannemacher Jensen Architects and Hoffman Architects. Both firms entered the merger in a position of strength, thanks to quality work completed over the years. Ed Hoffman, Todd Willsie, and Jason Jensen have been long time friends and collaborators. This move expands both firm’s capabilities and client reach making both firms stronger and more competitive across a wider range of projects. WJA brings significant manpower, technology, and experience across a diverse mix of project types throughout Florida. Hoffman brings a long-standing relationship and invaluable experience working with public school systems and various local clients throughout Pasco, Hernando, and northern Pinellas County. View Hoffman’s portfolio here.

What the news is saying:

Tampa Bay Times – Tampa Bay Architecture Firms Wannemacher Jensen, Hoffman to merge

Tampa Bay Business Journal – Two Pinellas County Architecture Firms Agree to Merge

St. Pete Catalyst – Merger of Local Firms Creates Architectural Powerhouse

Tampa Bay Newswire – Wannemacher Jensen Architects Merges with Hoffman Architects

Patch – Wannemacher Jensen Architects merges with Hoffman Architects

City of St. Pete pledges $1M to Woodson African American Museum

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Last week, St. Petersburg City Council members unanimously pledged one million dollars to the Woodson African American Museum, designed by WJA and Huff + Gooden Architects ( The pledge will fund a new facility that celebrates the history, art, and culture of the City’s African American neighborhoods. You can read more about this project, and the Woodson’s mission in the link below.

Tampa Bay Times

WJ Awarded Two Continuing Contracts This Month

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In December, Wannemacher Jensen was awarded two continuing contracts:

Hillsborough County Public Schools – The School Board of Hillsborough County awarded WJ, amongst others, a contract for architectural design services for continuing services for projects coming in the next three years. These projects are all valued under $4 million construction cost.

St. Petersburg Housing Authority – The Authority selected WJ to provide architectural and engineering services on an as-needed basis for up to five years for projects up to $1 million. The Authority provides quality, safe and sanitary housing to low-income residents of the City of St. Petersburg.

We are excited to add these clients to our continuing contract portfolio which already includes: the City of St. Petersburg, City of Clearwater, City of New Port Richey, City of Gainesville, City of Dunedin, and the Pinellas County School Board.

Pinellas County Public School Board Awards $6.6m Renovation Project to WJA

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This exciting win includes new roofing and renovation to the existing 74th Street Elementary School campus. Wannemacher Jensen proved themselves to new client Pinellas County School Board and was awarded immediately following presentations.

Project scope includes a new parking area, new roofing, demolition to a building, and extensive renovations to the facility including interior upgrades.

New Outdoor Learning Space and Stage:

Ina A Colen Academy Breaks Ground

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On October 23rd, The Colen Family Charitable Trust celebrated the groundbreaking of their new $24 million dollar educational facility, Ina A. Colen Academy.

This is a multi-phase, public charter school designed by WJA in partnership with The Colen Family Charitable Trust. The tuition-free school aims to “cultivate passionate learners with sharp minds and kind hearts,” and places an emphasis on collaboration and empathy for others. This emphasis is inherent in the architecture, with individual learning studios that open onto a variety of communal learning common areas, encouraging students to breakout and work as teams in all areas of their education. IACA is scheduled to open August of 2022.

PR Newswire Article


St. Petersburg/Gibbs College Campus Ribbon Cutting

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This morning our team was honored to be a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony as the Architect-of-Record to celebrate the completion of the Student Success Center at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs College Campus. After three years of design and construction, the new three-story 48,000 sf student services building opens to students and administrators this Fall. This is St. Petersburg College’s first-ever building epitomizing a fully-resourced student hub. You can read more about the new 48,000 sf facility at the link below.

SPC News Article

To see final photos and learn more about this project

New era for St. Petersburg College

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The storied and growing St. Petersburg College has selected a team of LEMA ConstructionPerkins + Will, and Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) to design and build a new $25-million flagship building at their St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, to be known as the “Student Success Center.”

“We appreciate the student-centric, forward-focused approach of St. Petersburg College,” said WJA’s Jason Jensen. “We’re thrilled to contribute toward such a progressive education vision.”

Completion is planned for fall 2018. Information at:

Information about St. Petersburg College at:


The James Museum coming soon

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Culminating from years of planning, Tom James (Executive Chairman of one of St. Petersburg’s largest and well known publicly traded companies) announced plans about the anticipated $55-million Tom & Mary James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art  – opening in 2017.

Wannemacher Jensen is proud to collaborate with Yann Weymouth and Harvard Jolly on this important and generous cultural contribution from Mr. and Mrs. James, to St. Pete’s residents and visitors for generations.

More than five hundred pieces of artwork are coming from the Tom & Mary James/Raymond James Art Collection. The James Museum will encompass the first two floors of downtown St. Pete’s 100 Central Avenue building, covering more than 133,000 square feet of museum space alongside mixed-use, public and retail space – a theater, a cafe, and community event space.


Mr. James has long supported the prominent and ever-evolving St. Pete arts scene in many ways, including serving as president for the Dali Museum Board of Trustees.

The James is one in a game-changing series of downtown Saint Petersburg renovations and developments in the works, such as the “One” complex across the street, the Central Avenue 400 block, the American Arts and Crafts Movement Museum on the other side of downtown, and the Pier District.

Much more:

James Museum website

Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Business Journal

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Kids at two pinellas Schools kick of year in newly renovated facilities

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St. PETERSBURG, Fla. (August 24, 2015) – Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) brought two major school renovation projects to a close in time for the back-to-school kick-off this week.

At 2100 26th Avenue South, in what many regard as underserved neighborhoods of St. Petersburg, kids are stepping into the newly renovated Lake Maggiore YMCA Preschool Academy this week. A $2.3 million-dollar project, the academy will serve 120 students.

The facility houses eight oversized classrooms, a full-service teaching kitchen and a community garden available to nearby families. In addition to each room being outfitted with 21st century technology, connectivity and smart boards, WJA specifically designed the space with flexibility in mind because the rooms will double as adult learning areas for financial workshops, parenting courses and wellness classes.

Meanwhile up the street in Clearwater at St. Paul’s School, WJA transformed a 16,000 square feet existing structure that accommodates 150 students into a personalized learning community. Focusing on an open and flexible learning space, WJA consulted with and incorporated education design principles by Fielding Nair. The new design created a reoriented entry from the exterior courtyard, removed partitions, and opened interior and exterior views to increase interaction between students and staff; and to encourage the use of outdoor learning spaces.

“Our goal is to create environments that translate a vision and reflect a community. Delivering on basic structural and technology needs is of course important, and by focusing on holistic environments, we’re designing places where it’s safe and fun to learn. We want kids dragging mom or dad to school instead of pleading with kids to get them here each morning,” said architect (and parent) Jason Jensen.



WJA works with nonprofit CASA to triple capacity

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (July 6, 2015)—On June 30, Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) celebrated the opening of its latest project – a new domestic violence shelter for St. Petersburg nonprofit CASA.

The $12 million project – Victoria Place – triples capacity to provide emergency housing and services to families escaping violence. (CASA – Community Action Stops Abuse – provides a safe haven for men, women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Learn more about CASA here.)

“We worked closely with CASA to help design a holistic atmosphere: One focus was to create a safe environment – not just one that is safe but that also really feels safe,” said WJA’s Tara Wood. “Privacy is another focus, while also creating opportunities for social interaction, collaboration, and camaraderie.”

Read more about the project here.


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