LEED Gold Certification for the Angeles National Forest Supervisor’s Office

September 15th, 2014

The Angeles National Forest Supervisor’s Office located in Arcadia, California has achieved its original goal of LEED Gold certification! The 24,000-SF replacement facility was completed in December of 2013 and serves as the main operational center that supports the three districts that comprise the Angeles National Forest. The office provides an efficient space for staff and public interaction while also creating a comfortable, sustainable work environment for facility users. Additionally, during times of emergency, the facility will be used 24 hours per day as it also supports public safety operations.

The new sustainable and energy-efficient office utilizes daylighting, ventilation, recycled and renewable materials, energy-efficient lighting and building systems, as well as water saving fixtures. Designed to reflect its natural setting, the landscaping features over 80 plants selected from the surrounding forest, while native rocks and stones act as barriers and site control.

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Designed to reflect its natural setting, the landscaping features over 80 plants selected from the surrounding forest

CHOC Walk in the Park

September 11th, 2014

By John Nichols, Pre-K-12 Practice Leader

HMC is gearing up for CHOC Walk in the Park at Disneyland on Sunday, October 12, the largest pediatric children’s walk in the country. CHOC Walk benefits Children’s Hospital Orange County—raising funds to support the care, services, education and research of CHOC. Our HMC team consists of staff and their families from all HMC Southern California offices, and we’re walking in honor of Justin with Team Justin’s Helpers. Justin has Lissencephaly, a rare brain function disorder, making him a frequent visitor to CHOC. CHOC has helped his family keep him comfortable and safe.

Interested in supporting CHOC Walk? Visit HMC’s team page.



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Lacing up our walking shoes to support Children's Hospital Orange County

Photo Essay: Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center

September 10th, 2014

Together with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, the new Outpatient Center supports community revitalization and creates a national model for accessible, collaborative, comprehensive and culturally sensitive healthcare. The four-story, 137,500-SF Outpatient Center on the Martin Luther King, Jr. campus provides services for the residents of South Los Angeles, with flexibility for future expansion. The facility delivers the full scope of primary care and ancillary services including urgent care, radiology, pathology, ambulatory surgery, rehabilitation services, respiratory, pharmacy and behavioral health.

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The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center

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Creating a national model for accessible, culturally sensitive healthcare

Humanizing Correctional Facilities to Reduce Recidivism

September 9th, 2014

In an effort to develop an innovative approach to the care and custody of women inmates, San Diego County Women’s Detention Facility created a new vision for adult incarceration based on a normative approach to both facility design and operations. To support that vision, HMC Architects teamed with Norix Furniture to design environments aimed at normalizing the new San Diego Women’s Detention Facility. This distinctly transformative philosophy inspired the design team to integrate color, art and furniture that supports rehabilitative opportunities and the safety and security of staff and inmates. Watch interviews and footage from the new facility to see how the team approached this mission.

Visit Norix’s website for more videos about the project and to download the case study >>



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San Diego County Women's Detention Facility

Riding House 2 House 4 Humanity

August 25th, 2014

HMC’s Robert Young and Jason Cochran are architects working, living and bike commuting in Southern California. After biking to HMC Architects for the past four years, they decided to plan their big ride from San Francisco to Malibu—a five-day, 450-mile journey down the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway. They’re dedicating this ride to the folks in Lamas, Peru who suffered a catastrophic earthquake. With the help of Architecture For Humanity, LALESA Inc is working with the community in Lamas to rebuild a cultural center. This cultural center, with its focus on music and preserving the indigenous language, will help the community by creating a space where the local people can come together and share and learn about their common ancestral experiences.

All proceeds collected from the bike ride will be donated to the Lamas Cultural Center project through Architecture for Humanity, Los Angeles.

Support the Lamas Cultural Center project, donate to the bike ride >>
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Cycling from SF to Malibu to support the Lamas Cultural Center project

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 21st, 2014

Brian Staton, President/CEO of HMC Architects, accepted Evan Troxel’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Brian called out Adrienne Luce, Lee Salin and Pasqual Gutierrez, and also challenged all HMC Ontario employees to take the challenge with him. HMC donated $25 for every brave employee that subjected themselves to an icy bucket of water. Learn more about ALS >>

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from HMC Architects on Vimeo.



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Getting soaked for a good cause!

Oxnard Fire Station No. 8

August 15th, 2014

By Kyle Peterson, ARCHITECT, LEED AP BD+C, Associate

After receiving our grading permit about three weeks ago, Oxnard Fire Station No. 8 is now two weeks into construction. There’s lots of earth moving and installation of geogrid to account for the sandy soils in Oxnard. We’re about a week out from getting building permit approval—fingers crossed!


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Under construction

Eleven Questions About a Career in Architecture

August 15th, 2014

By Evan Troxel, Project Designer (Reposted from TRXL)

The following Q & A is my take on 11 questions that are commonly asked of us in the field of architecture. This is a fun and informative post, and the charge came from Bob Borson over at Life of an Architect (thanks Bob!) Lots of other bloggers are answering the same questions from their point of view as well. I’ll have links to them at the bottom of this article so once you’ve read mine, you can go along to another to get their perspective.

Q: What kind of projects were you doing when you first started as an architect?

I started interning in the same firm I work for now, although I did move to several other places over 12 years between my two stints. When I first started working at HMC Architects, I was not working directly on projects. Instead, I was working with the group that helped our school clients secure state funds to build their facilities.
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Posted in Architecture Education

Q & A with Evan Troxel

Photo Essay: Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

August 14th, 2014

By Kirk Rose and George Vangelatos, Healthcare Practice Leaders

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center, which closed its inpatient facility in 2007, is reborn as a symbol of hope and healing. The redevelopment of the campus to better serve the South Los Angeles community includes the reinstatement of the Community Hospital with a renovation and build-out of the five-story inpatient tower for 120 adult beds, a new emergency department, diagnostic and treatment services and related support functions, along with a new entry building.


New entrance to Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital
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Reborn as a symbol of hope and healing

West Valley College Language Arts and Social Sciences Building Achieves LEED Silver Certification

July 31st, 2014

The Language Arts and Social Sciences building at West Valley College, located in Saratoga, California, has accomplished LEED Silver certification. The 42,000-SF building received a LEED score of 51 and took nearly two years to be completed. Throughout the entire process, the project team went to great lengths to save and refurbish as many elements of the existing building as possible. Because of this effort, the project was able to maintain 91.6% of the existing walls, floors and roof, while earning 2 LEED points for MRc1.1.


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Our team was able to maintain 91.6% of the existing structure.
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