Our quality of life is closely linked to a functioning infrastructure, comfortable spaces to live in, work and play, all embedded in an intact environment. This is our goal at Basler & Hofmann: we develop pioneering solutions in the areas of construction, mobility, energy, safety and environment. Consulting, planning and engineering.
We like complexity. In cases where different disciplines are required, many conditions need to be met or various interests reconciled, this is where we step in: we work across the borders of the specialist areas, keeping our eye on the big picture while also thinking through solutions to the finest detail; we moderate and mediate. Briefly: we bring our expertise to bear at all levels.
A tailor-made team
The client’s project and the requirements involved are the focus of our organisation. for every assignment we put a tailor-made team together with the corresponding competencies. Project management involves coordinating specialists, managing budgets and deadlines and serving as a central point of contact.
Thinking outside the box
Nowadays, only a few questions can be answered by one single specialist. Basler & Hofmann has specialists from over 30 disciplines working together. We enjoy approaching a problem from various perspectives and call in our colleagues expertise from other areas as required. This approach enables us to ensure that our solutions are resilient and practical.
All project phases
We work on around 600 projects every year. This includes infrastructure projects lasting several years as well as expert evaluations completed in a few days. We supervise projects in all phases, from the first concept ideas through feasibility studies and project planning, to site management. We take on a wide range of mandates, as overall project manager, client supporter or specialist planner within a team.
With head and heart
In our projects, we work with clients, partners and other stakeholders – often very closely and over extended periods. Experience has taught us that good solutions can be found when attention is paid to collaborating on a technical and an interpersonal level. Our obligation is to both the issue at hand and to the people involved – and this is the challenge for our project managers.
Basler & Hofmann is a family owned business that belongs to the Basler and Hofmann families. Members of the two families sit on the Supervisory Boards of the Basler & Hofmann Group and are committed to the legacy of the company’s founders. Their objective is to ensure the company’s long-term well-being.
A sense of obligation to the company
The two shareholder families have laid out their basic understanding in a family charter, with the greatest importance being attached to the long-term competitiveness of the company and job security. The families see themselves as part of the Basler & Hofmann community with its shared values, where cooperative partnership is playing a central role.
Our company was founded in 1963, and its history has been shaped by continuous stable growth. For us, this is not an end in itself, but results from our willingness to respond rapidly to demands from our clients and from society, as well as expanding and renewing our competencies on an ongoing basis. As a family owned business, we have the freedom to invest in the future on a long-term basis.
In our projects, great value is placed on the needs of the environment and society in general. We aim to develop solutions that we can pass on to future generations with a clear conscience. Within our own company, we lead by example.
We are committed to delivering solutions that balance commercial considerations, social issues and environmental concerns, and the advice we offer our customers takes all these different aspects into account. In our project work, we proactively highlight topics such as life cycle costs (LCC), use of recycled materials and recyclability of materials, as well as end-of-life issues relating to dismantling and disposal. We do this by working together across different disciplines, and we contribute our expert knowledge in the areas of, for example, sustainable planning and construction, energy or environmental planning. As a backer of NNBS, the Swiss Network for Sustainable Construction, and as a founding member of SGNI, the Sustainable Swiss Building Council, we promote sustainable standards in the planning and construction sector.
As a leading engineering company, we pass on our know-how both as a training workplace and with universities. We share our knowledge within national and international industry associations such as FIDIC (the International Federation of Consulting Engineers), BuildingSmart International, Europengineers, Usic or the SIA. On multiple occasions we have already been able to help people in need with our expertise, for example, as earthquake specialists during the reconstruction of schools in Haiti or as water supply experts in various African countries.
In harmony with the environment
Basler & Hofmann is certified in accordance with ISO 14001 and conducts an audit of the company’s ecological footprint every three years. With our business premises, we have often been pioneers in energy efficiency. One of our buildings was the first office building in the Canton of Zurich to be Minergie certified. This was followed by the first office building with underground energy storage that can be operated with almost complete energy self-sufficiency. Today, we source the majority of the energy required for our five office buildings from renewable sources. To reduce the environmental impact of commuter traffic, we, for example, help our employees to use public transport.
An attractive employer for all
We want our employees to be highly committed, and as part of this we are happy to offer a highly flexible range of options in terms of working hours. Of course, all our employees are paid the same wages for the same work, which has been confirmed for us by the independent trust company BDO. We are committed to having more women in leadership positions, and in the form of our Women Leadership Circle we have created a dedicated committee to ensure that this happens. We employ people from all backgrounds and of all ages. Our young employees benefit from our older, in some cases retired, experts, including through their roles as Corporate Mentors.
At a glance
- Date of foundation: 1 January 1963
- 700 employees throughout the Group, of which around 530 in Switzerland
- More than 60 percent of employees have a university degree
- We have specialists from more than 30 different disciplines
- We invest around CHF 1 million in innovation projects every year
- Offices in five countries: Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Slovakia and Singapore
Around 700 employees work within the Basler & Hofmann Group for Swiss and international clients. We promote active exchange of expertise, enabling our clients to benefit from the broad knowledge of the entire Group and the specific market knowledge of our local offices.