We love our work and are considered among the best, if not the best, at what we do. We value and welcome the challenges our clients bring us, which provide the new opportunity to collaborate, synthesize ideas, design and build unique and innovative expressions of creativity – an essential characteristic of any meaningful work.
Managing partner John Marhoefer gives you insight into our beginnings, our philosophy, growth and commitment to our work and to you.
Read our story to learn even more of our history, learn about our award-winning projects and our Innovation Partners with whom we’re always exploring new methods and ideas.
When you need something built that has never been constructed before, Entech Innovative Engineering finds a way to execute it. From the intricate complexity of the display mechanism for the Smithsonian’s Hope Diamond to magical spell illusions and creatures within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Entech can make anything! Creating the dynamic, captivating, compelling, educational and innovative for the industries we serve is our passion and focus at Entech Innovative.
After nearly three decades of accomplishment, our award-winning work is installed worldwide and our reputation for leading innovation in our industry continues to grow.
From Humble Beginnings
Founder John Marhoefer chose the challenge of starting his own company on the principles learned as a young engineer of sound structural and mechanical design, cost-effective problem solving based on customer commitment. From our humble beginnings in a mother-in-law suite over a garage to our 30,000 square foot office and fabrication facility of today, Entech Innovative has grown in response to the needs of our varied clients. To meet our clients’ needs, we approach each project with a combination of creativity and practicality to create design solutions that deliver the client’s vision while making engineering and financial sense.
One early example is a project we, as a small young company, created for the Universal Studios Hollywood Flintstones Stage Show. The Pterodactyl Airline, a truly complex element, “flew” over the audience carrying performers, making the quality and durability of the design and construction essential to public safety during performances. At the same time, the creative representation had to be believable within the story of the show.
After convincing the visiting project executives we had the resources to take on the job, John and the team got together and built what proved to be the first in a long line of what Entech Innovative would come to specialize in: complex, engineered, iconic elements other companies avoid or are not sure how to create.
To A Reputation For Leading Innovation
Since then, Entech Innovative has helped scores of clients realize their visions; helping them navigate the design build process, developing innovative solutions to fabrication and engineering problems, suggesting alternatives to established processes when it makes sense for the success of the project and always seeking the challenge of the project we have not done before. In each case, Entech Innovative uses our rare combination of innovative insight and no-nonsense solutions to develop an end result that exceeds the expectations of an impressive client list which includes Disney, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, FAO Schwarz, Ford, Hard Rock and The Smithsonian Institution.
Themed Entertainment Association (TEA)
2000: The Amazing Adventures of Spider Man at
2001: Men In Black Alien Attack at Universal
2005: Mission: Space at Walt Disney World's Epcot
2009: The Simpsons Ride at Universal Orlando
2010: Toy Story Midway Mania at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios in Orlando
2011: Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando
2015: Wizarding World of Harry Potter for Interactive Wands at Universal Orlando
2018: Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando
2020: Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure at Universal Orlando
2022: Universal Beijing Resort
Associated Builders & Contractors Central Florida Chapter
Excellence In Construction
2013: Disney's Art of Animation Resort
2016: Walt Disney World HUB Enhancement
2017: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Heroes And Legends Ramp Canopy, Disney Springs Paddlefish Restaurant
2018: Miami Design District Urban Jam and Caryatids
Safety Training Evaluation Process - Gold Award
2019: SeaWorld Orlando Infinity Falls Interactive Canopies
Safety Training Evaluation Process - Platinum Award
2020: National Children's Museum Dream Machine, SCAD Transforming Fireplace Door, Disney's Riviera Resort Waterplay
2021: Margaritaville Resort Times Square Statue of Liberty, Brown & Brown Daytona Cheetah Rockwork
2022: Margaritaville Resort Atlanta Miscellaneous Props Winter Garden Exchange Building - Award of Merit
American Composites Manufacturers Association
2012: LYNX Bus Shelters, International Drive, Orlando
Award For Composites Excellence - Most Creative Design Application