March 13th, 2015
By Chuck Eyberg, Principal, AIA, LEED AP-BD+C
HMC continues to define the future of healthcare architecture. Torrance Memorial Medical Center received the top award in the “Best Medical Project” category at the Los Angeles Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards. “Completed over four-and-a-half months early and $10 million under budget, the new Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Melanie and Richard Lundquist Tower, replaces Torrance Memorial’s original facility built in 1971, which no longer meets state seismic regulations for an acute care facility. Located on an existing medical center campus, the 390,000-square-foot patient tower fulfills Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s vision of a patient-centered, state-of-the-art healing environment while invoking the ambience of a world-class hotel.”
Lundquist Tower, Torrance Memorial Medical Center
HMC Brings Home the Gold
March 9th, 2015
By Alex Parslow, Sr. Vice President Pre-K-12 Education
What would you do if you could design your school from the ground up? This was the question from the Superintendent of Milpitas Unified School District who challenged principals and teachers to design a “facility to inspire creativity, positive energy, innovation, and joy.” The outcome of this dynamic mandate was the creation of three HMC designed Learning Centers for Milpitas Unified that were recently honored by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and the AIACC with this year’s Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Award.
The limited budgets for these projects required that structural alterations be kept to a minimum. Yet, our HMC design team was able—through strategic wall removal and the introduction of flexible partitions—to convert what had been small spaces typical of the factory model common in schools constructed in that era, into exciting 21st century learning environments. Previously concealed elements such as clerestory windows, glulam beams, and wood trusses were uncovered and reintroduced into the spaces. As a result, the Learning Centers offer large, flexible spaces filled with natural daylight. A variety of bright colors in carpets and paint were selected to create visual interest appealing to young students—and to match the level of energy and enthusiasm for learning that these spaces engender.
The spaces provide flexible and personalized learning environments where classes can be combined, and learning can be imagined in new ways, one of the tenets of 21st century education. For example, a single teacher with two instructional aides may conduct a lesson with 80 or more students in a hands-on lab activity in one room, while others can work on different activities in the adjacent room. This flexible configuration both frees up teachers for preparation and collaboration time and gives teachers greater control in deciding how the environment best facilitates student learning.
After a year of using the Learning Centers, Milpitas USD is already moving away from its original intent of using the spaces for students to work almost exclusively on instructional software on Chromebooks. Since the Learning Centers have proven to be so flexible, teachers are able to use the spaces for new, inventive purposes, such as S.T.E.M. laboratories and makerspaces.
Innovation Wins at C.A.S.H. Awards
Beyond Good Repair: Why Facilities and Instructional Leaders Should Partner for Better Student Outcomes
March 3rd, 2015
By John Nichols, AIA, LEED AP, Pre-K–12 Practice Leader
School districts throughout California have made the challenging transition to the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and corresponding Local Control Accountability Program (LCAP) last year, and are continuing to refine their understanding and approach going forward. While the primary focus of supplemental and concentration grant spending appears to be on programs and resources to help the underserved students they were intended for, the facilities improvements to support the new instructional delivery approaches do not appear on the LCAP radar screen in most districts. Many districts have been able to reinvest in their maintenance programs after years of underfunding, but only to levels that might achieve “good repair” or address “Williams Act” deficiencies. With the emergence of the LCFF dynamic, we have seen a depletion of funding for facilities at the State level. In addition to local general obligation bonds and developer fees, districts are challenged with garnering all of the resources needed to address their ongoing facility needs. If the best student improvement outcomes for underserved students are to be realized in this new funding era, by which educational program tailored facilities have proven to enable, a greater collaboration between facilities and instructional leaders is needed than ever before.
How to achieve the most impactful outcomes for students
February 24th, 2015
By Armando Gonzalez and Eera Babtiwale
Pierce College Library Learning Crossroads achieved LEED Platinum Certification, making it HMC’s first higher ed platinum project. Pierce College Library Learning Crossroads is a two-story, mixed use, 119,900-GSF building in Woodland Hills, California. It is located in at the northwest end of the Pierce College campus, adjacent to the main pedestrian artery. Numerous sustainable design strategies, such as daylighting, responsive façade design, efficient mechanical components, water efficiency and waste reduction push the project to the LEED Platinum level and create a sustainable design showcase with the intent to educate students and library visitors.
Pierce College Library Learning Crossroads achieves LEED Platinum certification
A showcase in sustainable design
February 23rd, 2015
HMC ranked #66 in Interior Design‘s 2015 Top 100 Giants, which is a two-part annual business survey that comprises the 100 largest firms ranked by interior design fees for the 12-month period ending December 31, 2013. The overarching data suggests that the industry is not just entering a period of reliable business growth, but of genuine expansion. Read the full research report from Interior Design >>
February 11th, 2015
HMC’s Alex Parslow, Mary Morris and John Nichols will be presenting at the 36th Annual Coalition for Adequate School Housing Conference in Sacramento from February 23-24, 2015. Alex’s presentation focuses on maintenance and operations technology, Mary’s presentation dives into California’s Qualifications Based Selection laws and how to conduct the selection process correctly, and John is participating in a workshop titled, “Planning in the LCAP World—Set Your Vision for Success.”
Coalition for Adequate School Housing 36th Annual Conference
February 10th, 2015
By Eera Babtiwale, LEED AP BD+C, Environmental Analyst
The Child Development Center at College of the Desert attained 70 LEED points, pushing the project to LEED Gold Certification. This new teaching facility in Palm Desert, Calif. is a state-of-the-art instructional building devoted to the education of childcare professionals for the 21st century. The 10,000-SF Child Development Center houses the college’s Early Childhood Education program, which includes toddler classrooms, an adult learning/observation classroom, faculty offices, a faculty workroom, restrooms and a commercial kitchen.
College of the Desert Child Development Center
Designing for the harsh desert climate
February 2nd, 2015
WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, just announced the winners of its 2015 Wood Design Awards at the Bay Area Wood Solutions Fair in Oakland, and the designs are stunning! The buildings celebrate innovative thinking in the use of timber and expand the possibilities of its use by bringing wood’s costs, sustainability and other advantages into the limelight. HMC’s design for the Angeles National Forest Supervisor’s Office Building won in the category of Regional Excellence. This 24,000-SF, LEED Gold certified project provides a comfortable and energy-efficient working environment through the use of daylighting, ventilation, recycled and renewable materials, energy-efficient lighting and building systems. Learn more about the Angeles National Forest Supervisor’s Office Building and the 15 other winning projects on Inhabitat >>
Celebrating innovative thinking in timber
January 17th, 2015
HMC won two design awards from the AIA Inland California Chapter Design Awards. Perris Elementary School District’s Clearwater Elementary School won in the unbuilt category, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Lundquist Tower won a design award in the built category,
Clearwater Elementary School, Perris Elementary School District