SSOE Group Announces Solar and Battery / EV Project Delivery Expert Perlita Schorfheide Has Joined Firm as Vice President, Program Manager

TOLEDO, Ohio, March 14, 2024 – SSOE Group, an architecture and engineering firm ranked the #2 Manufacturing Design Firm by industry-leading Engineering News-Record, is excited to announce that Perlita Schorfheide, PE, CCM, PMP, has joined the firm as Vice President, Program Manager. Schorfheide officially joined the company on March 4, 2024, reporting to Senior Vice President Scott Bussell in the firm’s Complex Projects Division.

With a remarkable 30-year tenure in project delivery, Schorfheide has honed her expertise in building and leading global teams to successfully manage complex projects with demanding schedules and diverse stakeholder groups. Her extensive experience spans across various industries, including solar, electric vehicle (EV) / battery, commercial, educational, medical, public infrastructure, and pharmaceuticals.

Before joining SSOE, Schorfheide was a pivotal figure at her previous firm where she dedicated 23 years to various leadership roles. Her most recent position as Senior Project Director saw her overseeing a portfolio of design projects for EV and photovoltaic (PV) / solar manufacturing facilities—demonstrating her adeptness in advanced manufacturing markets.

As SSOE embarks on increasingly ambitious and intricate projects, Schorfheide’s role will be instrumental in guiding project management teams to deliver exceptional results. Her responsibilities will also include nurturing the firm’s talent and expanding its capabilities in this realm following its significant growth in battery / EV projects and increasing project work in the solar market based on the firm’s technical capabilities. Based in Philadelphia, Schorfheide will work remotely while collaborating with teams across the organization and traveling as needed.

Bussell, who works in SSOE’s Austin, Texas office, commented on Schorfheide’s role, stating, “I’ve known Perlita professionally for 6 years. She not only brings extensive knowledge in solar and advanced manufacturing markets that aligns with SSOE’s overall business strategy, but she also has a successful client track record and is known for developing trusted and lasting client partnerships. She is very passionate about developing future leaders through mentoring and coaching, which will be vital as we continue to grow our talent. Perlita’s vision, leadership skills, and mentorship capabilities align perfectly with SSOE’s mission, vision, and company values, and we are very excited to have her on our team.”

Schorfheide is an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned her Master of Science in Civil Engineering. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. A registered Professional Engineer (PE) in multiple states and a holder of prestigious certifications such as project management certification (PMP), certified construction manager (CCM), and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), Schorfheide’s qualifications are a testament to her commitment to excellence.

SSOE’s Leadership in Key Markets Bolstered by Schorfheide’s Expertise

SSOE’s combined expertise in the automotive, chemical, and advanced technology markets brings an unparalleled perspective to the design of battery / EV facilities and increasing knowledge of today’s solar facilities. Ranked among the Top 2 Semiconductor Design Firms and Manufacturing Design Firms as well as the Top 5 Automotive Plant Design Firm (ENR), SSOE has worked with the world’s largest and most innovative companies to retrofit facilities for EV production, design and construct greenfield EV plants, and support the battery manufacturing process at every point in the supply chain. SSOE is currently engaged in over 25 battery / EV projects in North America and has more than 28 million SF of battery facility design experience that extends throughout the battery lifecycle.

The firm has a history of working with Foreign Direct Investors to establish, expand, and prosper in the U.S., expertise it is carrying over into the solar and sustainable energy market as it begins to see newfound growth.

About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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