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Community involvement is part of the culture at Strang and many times our staff gives back using their professional expertise. The latest example is the design of the stage set for the play, Arborophilia, at Madison’s Bartell Theatre, created by Strang’s Jens Hanson.

If you attend the play, Arborophilia, at the Bartell Theatre in Madison this week, take a close look at the stage set. It was designed by Strang staffer Jens Hanson – in his free time, away from work.

Jens is not the only Strang employee who uses his professional skills to serve the community. Chuck Bernhagen, Director of Construction Administration, helps build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Scott Wheaton, Director of Electrical Engineering, regularly volunteers with students at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Curt Norton, Director of Project Operations, assists with home modifications for handicapped children through Logan’s Hearts and Smiles. The list goes on.

For Jens, working with a theatre company is nothing new. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School Drama Division with a degree in Fine Arts. His theatrical experience ranges from acting to set design and construction. In this case, he’s using his skills as an architectural BIM specialist to design and oversee the stage set in a black box theatre.

Over the past four months, Jens orchestrated the entire stage design: He reviewed codes and regulations; created a schematic design; and produced construction drawings for the stage. On-time and under budget, of course.

Community involvement is part of the culture at Strang, and we’re excited to see this effort come to fruition this week at the Bartell Theatre in Madison. Hope to see you there!

Larry Barton

Larry Barton

President | CEO