Alumnus/Developer Monty Hoffman to Speak at 2016 Commencement

Pitt-Johnstown

posted April 22, 2016


Monty Hoffman was among the speakers at Pitt-Johnstown's engineering division launch event in October 2015.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown announced that Monty Hoffman, a 1983 Civil Engineering Technology graduate and Founder and CEO of PN Hoffman, will be the honorary speaker at the 2016 Commencement ceremony and receive the President’s Medal of Distinctive Excellence.

The commencement ceremony will be held in the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center on April 30, 2016, at 1 p.m. 

Five hundred seventy-five students will be graduating.  Associate Professor Patty Wharton-Michael, PhD, will lead the procession as Grand Marshall. She will be joined by Faculty Marshalls Dr. Paul Lucas, Dr. John McGrath, Dr. Elizabeth Katrancha and Dr. Andrew Rose.

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Hoffman return to his alma mater and share his extraordinary story with our graduates, said President Jem Spectar. “Mr Hoffman is an exceptionally talented developer.  He is an exemplary leader in his field who has great vision, not just for architecture, but with a humanistic vision of how people can thrive in more livable, sustainable and vibrant communities.”

Mr. Hoffman recently joined Pitt-Johnstown to help launch the new engineering program. “His visit inspired me to do what some might call impossible,” explained Bernard Dunegan, a junior civil engineering student. “Listening to him speak showed me what a Pitt-Johnstown graduate can do. He is truly inspirational.” 

President Spectar will present Mr. Hoffman with the highest honor that the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown bestows. The award recognizes exceptional persons for their exemplary contributions toward making our world a better place. Honorees are chosen on wide range of criteria including their social, cultural and humanitarian contributions, leadership in their professions as well as service to the community of humankind.  Individuals receiving this prestigious honor make a positive difference in our world, their actions inspire and empower others to achieve their fullest potential; they contribute to human progress and enlightenment.

Mr. Hoffman formed PN Hoffman in 1993 with a single townhouse conversion, and has built the company into a market leader in the Washington, D.C., metro area. With more than 30 years of experience, Hoffman actively leads the company’s business development and market strategy as well as the design initiatives for every PN Hoffman project.

PN Hoffman is known for its sterling record of successful projects, careful planning and working with communities, thoughtful design and architecture, and quality construction. The results revitalize neighborhoods and bring new life to communities. The PN Hoffman team offers incredible talent and a culture which flourishes by creating value through imaginative problem-solving, diligence and lifting urban quality of life. PN Hoffman has been recognized locally and nationally with numerous trade association and community impact awards.

Today, PN Hoffman is helping transform Washington, D.C. Current projects include The Wharf, a $2 billion mixed-use redevelopment to transform D.C.’s southwest waterfront into one of the most exciting urban waterfront environments in the world; The Darcy and The Flats, a $250 million mixed use retail, parking, condo, and rental project in the heart of Bethesda; 525 Water Street, a mid-rise condominium project and church redevelopment; Parcel O, a 140 unit residential condo development at The Yards next to Nationals Stadium; and Riverside Residences, a 170 unit apartment building and church development in Southwest. Several more urbanization projects are on the planning board.

The Wharf Phase 1 will open in October 2017.  After taking over 10 years to plan and build, it will transform Washington, D.C., with a new world-class waterfront. Four Acts of Congress, seven District of Columbia Council Acts, 750 public meetings involving all federal, municipal, regulatory and private stakeholders, and $2 billion in investment was needed to bring the Wharf to fruition. 

The development area stretches across 25 acres of land and more than 50 acres of water along a mile long shoreline within walking distance to our National Monuments.  The project’s full scope is 3.2 million square feet of development that includes 1,200 apartments, 300 condominiums, three hotels, one million square feet of office, a 6,000-person capacity concert hall, a movie theater, 2,000 below-grade vehicle parking garage, 10 acres of parks, open spaces and civic areas, four new public piers, a yacht club, and the largest marina in the Mid-Atlantic.  There are 300,000 square feet of retail including 25 restaurants and cafes, five taverns, a rum distillery, a grocer, and a reimagined Municipal Fish Market. The Wharf is expected to draw 18 million visitors annually and will yield annually $60 million in tax revenue. The Wharf is a transformational project for Washington D.C., and the region.

The Wharf will initiate a water taxi system connecting the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia; will illuminate the Case Bridge spanning the Washington Channel; and produce ongoing programming and events to bring the Washington metropolitan region together. The Wharf is designed to achieve LEED-ND Gold certification, incorporating a state-of-the-art storm water recycling system and a co-generation plant to produce its own low-carbon electricity. The Wharf is one of the boldest, largest, and most complicated mixed-use waterfront developments of its kind.

Mr. Hoffman is listed in Washington’s Smart CEO’s Future 50 list and Washington Business Journal Power 100. He serves on the boards of the Washington DC Economic Partnership, DC Students Construction Trades Foundation, D.C. Public Schools Engineering Advisory Board, and Federal City Council. Hoffman graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a Bachelor of Science, Civil/Structural Engineering Technology degree.


The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania, was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success.