About

History

In 1969, a collaborative structural engineering effort between Frank Klein and Edward Hoffman initiated a long and prosperous professional relationship. By combining their technical experience in architectural, structural and civil Engineering, they provided a diverse, yet cohesive scope of services. Over the years, Klein and Hoffman prospered and became recognized leaders in their profession. Over forty years later, Klein and Hoffman continues to provide structural and restoration engineering services from multiple offices nationwide.  

 Timeline

1953
The Frank Klein Company is founded

1953
First Commission - Evanston Fire Station #5

1956
Relationship formed with Greeley and Hansen

1963
New York City Department of Environmental Protection initiates over 40 year relationship

1967
John C. Handzel, R.A. joins the firm

1969
Frank Klein and Edward S. Hoffman, S.E., P.E. work together on Fort Wayne National Bank Building

1975
Edward Hoffman joins the firm

1976
Engineering division of the firm changes name to Klein and Hoffman, Inc.

1978
First branch office is opened in Philadelphia, PA under the leadership of Jagdish Syal, S.E., P.E.

1979
The firm promotes four engineers: Robert S. Jones, Jagdish S. Syal, Satish K. Sachdev and Jay H. Paul and an architect John C. Handzel to Vice President

1980
Klein and Hoffman, Inc. is reorganized after Frank Klein and Edward Hoffman sell their stock to five Vice Presidents within the firm

1980
Jay H. Paul, S.E., P.E. promoted to Vice President of the Buildings and Bridges Group

1980
John C. Handzel, R.A. promoted to Vice President of the Architecture and Architectural Engineering Group

1980
Robert S. Jones, R.A., S.E. promoted to Vice President of the Sanitary Engineering Structures Group

1980
Jagdish Syal promoted to President and Satish K. Sachdev promoted to Executive Vice President of Sanitary Engineering Structures Group

1980
Firm certified as Minority Business Enterprise

1980
Chicago A/E Group is started

1982
Frank Klein receives Civil Engineer of the Year Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers

1983
First Project with New York City Department of Sanitation

1983
Chicago Board of Trade initiates over 25 year relationship

1987
Marketing Department is formed

1987
Philadelphia Office awarded first project with Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority - Bridge 19.81 Rehabilitation

1989
A/E Group adds expertise in all types of masonry

1992
Frank Klein, ASCE Fellow receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Chapter of  the American Society of Civil Engineers for over 50 years of extensive society involvement including serving as president in 1964

1993
John C. Handzel retires after 26 years of advancing the development of the firm's rehabilitation and building envelope restoration practices

1995
Richard A. Hauswald, P.E. and Somsook Sethbhakdi, P.E. promoted to Vice President

1995
New York City branch office opens

1996
Philip G. Renouf promoted to Vice President, co-manages the Building Envelope Division of the firm's Architectural/Engineering Group

1996
Robert S.Jones retires, continues to serve K&H as a consultant

1998
Frank Klein - Founding Principal passes

1999
Hem R. Thakral, S.E. promoted to Vice President

1999
Jagdish Syal, President retires - Satish K. Sachdev named President

2000
Jon M. Boyd Joins firm  as a Vice President, serves as Director of Architectural Services

2001
Jay H. Paul elected President of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

2002
Philadelphia Buildings Group begins

2002
David A. Fanella receives Meritorious Publication Award from Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

2003 
Klein and Hoffman celebrates 50th Anniversary

2004
K&H acquires Schoengart and Associates, Inc. expanding building assessment expertise and adds resource planning services

2005
Edward S. Hoffman - founding principal passes

2006
Satish K. Sachdev - steps down as President after 36 years of dedicated service

2006
New Board of Directors Named:Jay H. Paul, Chief Executive Officer;  Philip G. Renouf, President and Chief Financial Officer; Jon M. Boyd, Chief Operating Officer - Chicago; Richard A. Hauswald, Chief Operating Officer - Philadelphia; and Somsook Sethbhakdi, Corporate Secretary

2007
Jon M. Boyd receives Distinguished Service Award from Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

2009
Jon M. Boyd named Chief Executive Officer

2009
Homa Ghaemi, P.E., Associate Vice President obtains Special Inspector licensure in Florida

2010
K&H launches new website

2011
Robert J. Hotes, AIA, Associate receives Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship from the American Architectural Foundation and the French Heritage Society

2012
Environmental Structures and Transportation Structures Groups Acquired by The Burns Group