Hugh J. Lofting
Founder and President | email@example.com
Hugh founded his namesake company in 1974. After stints as a Montana cowboy and an agricultural student, Hugh returned to his Pennsylvania roots and combined his love of building with his passion for old barns and houses. Hugh’s commitments to sustainability and community run deep. He can talk with personality and expertise about farming (he raises pasture-fed poultry), bee keeping (he holds a patent for a bee feeder), community involvement (he’s a West Marlborough Township Supervisor and Road Master), the Passive House movement (he’s a PHIUS certified builder), and of course, timber framing.
Never one to stop learning, Hugh traveled to Switzerland to learn CAD, to France to understand glue-lam construction, and throughout New England visiting historic and new timber-framed structures. He encourages the Hugh Lofting Timber Framing & High Performance Building team to do their best work every day, with a sense of humor and respect for everyone’s contributions.
Favorite project: Baltimore Museum of Industry
Designer and Project Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dale returned to Hugh Lofting in 2003 after working with Hugh in the 1980s. With 30+ years of expertise in timber frame design and project management, Dale brings a balance of creativity and common sense to his role. His agreeable nature and penchant for solving problems means he can make any creative idea possible.
Dale holds degrees in psychology, math, and physics from the University of Delaware. Passionate about framing, he encourages the team to continually hone the craft. Dale spends his free time coaching and playing sports with his five kids.
Favorite project: Lenfest Center at ChesLen Preserve
Elsworth Kirk Groff
Shop Foreman | email@example.com
Kirk manages the Hugh Lofting Timber Framing shop where he can be found laying out or cutting project components, coordinating job schedules, or encouraging a team approach with his easygoing style. Despite early plans for a career in underwater welding, Kirk has spent nearly 20 years in timber framing, with HLTF since 2009. He likes the challenge of designing joinery and has the keen observation skills to catch even the smallest mistake. Kirk lives in Lancaster County where he enjoys hunting and the occasional round of golf.
Favorite project: West Chester Barn
Journeyman / Craftsman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian works in both the shop and the field, ensuring our timber framing projects are crafted with precision. In addition to participating in fabrication and raising, he serves as Job Safety Officer and manages inventory and supplies.
Christian’s background includes design, carpentry, and farming. After a brief stint in art school where he studied furniture design, and time in Temple University’s landscape architecture program, Christian shifted gears to farming. He worked in both New England and California, gaining experience in everything from orcharding and vegetable farming to dairying and raising poultry and pigs. He also spent several years performing carpentry and general handyman work. It was all part of a learning experience; as long as there’s something to learn, Christian says he remains engaged and enthusiastic. He joined Hugh Lofting in June 2017 and appreciates the diversity of projects and the wealth of knowledge his coworkers offer. When he isn’t focused on learning all he can about timber framing, Christian enjoys hiking and playing and writing music.
Favorite project: Japanese Pagoda
Jared started with Hugh Lofting Timber Framing in 2008 as a recent design graduate of Thaddeus Stephens College of Technology. He discovered carpentry was a bigger draw than CAD and now works in the shop as the lead joiner. Jared’s quiet consistency and ability to visualize a project from design through construction make him a valuable teammate. He holds an architecture associate degree and is Green Advantage certified. Recently married with a toddler at home, Jared manages to find time to hunt and watch Penn State football.
Favorite project: Boat House
Amanda Thomforde Kent
Project Administrator and Office Manager | email@example.com
Amanda maintains the budgets, account management, and project administration for Hugh Lofting. She’s the all-purpose business mind on the team, equally adept at reading contracts or handling accounting. A Florida resident, Amanda works remotely but regularly returns to Kennett Square where her family has century-long roots. She holds a B.S. in Business Management from Guilford College and has worked with the company since 2009, shortly after her graduation. Amanda is QuickBooks and Green Advantage certified. She’s also an award-winning home brewer and certified beer judge. When she isn’t handing administration or brewing beer, Amanda has a toddler to keep her busy.
Favorite project: Tree House