South L.A.’s MLK hospital will reopen with a new healthcare outlook

April 14th, 2015

By Kirk Rose AIA, DBIA / Principal, Healthcare Practice Leader

“The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital doesn’t open until June, but that’s hard to tell with all the people darting in and out of buildings at the South Los Angeles medical facility.

On a recent morning, a doctor crosses the 42-acre campus with a briefcase slung over his shoulder. A patient with a cane hobbles down a path. People in scrubs grab food from a taco truck.

“This place has a heartbeat,” says Dr. Mark Ghaly, deputy director for community health and integrated programs for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. “The heartbeat is not the hospital.”

The focus of medical care, Ghaly argues, has shifted away from hospitals.

And with its emphasis on preventive treatments, with its new urgent-care center and outpatient and public health clinics, the new MLK campus, he says, provides a state-of-the-art answer to the question: How do you build a hospital in 2015?”

>>Read the full LA Times article here

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Lexington Elementary School Wins 1st Place!

April 2nd, 2015

By Mary Morris, AIA, REFP, LEEDAP / Vice President / Pre-K – 12 Education Market Leader

At the Modular Building Institute’s annual convention in Las Vegas, the Lexington Elementary School project won First Place in its category of “Permanent Modular Construction, Education – over 20,000 square feet”! Projects were submitted from all over the country and were judged on a range of criteria including innovation, energy efficiency, and number of days to complete.

The Modular Building Institute, headquartered in Virginia, is an international non-profit trade association that advocates for, and serves, those in the modular construction industry. People from more than twenty countries attended the convention as the ‘off-site construction’ method is gaining momentum worldwide because as data shows, “On average, modular construction realizes a cost savings of 26% and a construction schedule savings of 42%”.

Congratulations to our team:
Mary Morris
Melinda Lum
Chris Gombatz
Frederick Bauer
Andrew Chien
Monica Brillante
Kimberly Bascos

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Learn About the Latest Trends in Education & STEM Facilities

March 17th, 2015

By Alex Parslow, Sr. Vice President Pre-K-12 Education

HMC/School Advisors’ School News is out! Read about the latest trends in K–12 education.

“Personalized Learning”
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 are dynamic, flexible learning environments for personalized learning.

“STEM and the Future of California Curriculum”
A conversation with Kathleen Moore, Former Division Director, California Department of Education. As the former Division Director at California Department of Education (CDE) for more than 10 years, Kathleen Moore brings expertise and experience to a wide range of issues and projects affecting school districts.

“Implementing STEM in Our Facilities”
Education in California is at a crossroads. This presents California school districts with a unique opportunity to customize student education to meet the needs of their surrounding community and to better prepare students for work and life in the 21st century.

“Investing in our Future Leaders” 
The School Facilities Leadership Academy (SFLA) is an intensive 10-month program sponsored by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) that trains school facility leaders.

“HMC’s Designing Futures Foundation Supports STEM Education in California”
In 2009, HMC Architects established the Designing Futures Foundation (DFF), a nonprofit 501(c)(3), to give back to our communities. To date, the DFF has awarded more than $500,000 to nonprofits and schools and has provided STEM education scholarships to students.

Posted in Articles & Publications,Corporate Social Responsibility,Designing Futures Foundation,Interior Architecture,Pre-K–12 Education,STEM Education,Uncategorized

School News Spring/Summer 2015

Torrance Memorial Medical Center Honored by Los Angeles Business Journal

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


Posted in Awards,Healthcare,Uncategorized

HMC Brings Home the Gold

Milpitas USD Learning Centers Win the Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Award

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.

Learn more about this year’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and AIACC Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Awards>>



Posted in Awards,Interior Architecture,Pre-K–12 Education

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.
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Posted in Pre-K–12 Education

How to achieve the most impactful outcomes for students

Pierce College Library Learning Crossroads Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

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

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Posted in High Performance Architecture,Higher Education

A showcase in sustainable design

HMC Ranks #66 in Interior Design’s Top 100 Giants

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 >>


Posted in Articles & Publications,Interior Architecture

HMC’s Alex Parslow, Mary Morris and John Nichols Speaking at C.A.S.H. Conference

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.”

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Posted in Pre-K–12 Education,Speaking Engagements

Coalition for Adequate School Housing 36th Annual Conference

College of the Desert Child Development Center Achieves LEED Gold

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
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Posted in High Performance Architecture,Higher Education

Designing for the harsh desert climate
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