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.

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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 >>

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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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Posted in Civic

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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Posted in Higher Education

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

Blasting at San Marcos USD’s New K-8 School Site

July 22nd, 2014

By Steve Prince, Principal

Who doesn’t love a good site blast and the smell of dynamite in the morning!? Over the past few weeks, San Marcos USD’s New K-8 School site has been getting blasted in preparation for construction. The first challenge was finding an appropriate site; there weren’t many 18-acre sites available in the area, and the selected site is primarily on top of the Twin Oaks/San Elijo Hills Road region which is made up of mostly dense metamorphic volcanic rock that must be blasted down to the approved design grades. To blast such a large amount of the site, the grading contract must drill a 4” diameter hole anywhere from 3-30 feet deep at 8-10 feet on center grids, then fill the hole with a combination of dynamite, fertilizer and diesel oil. The blast team also coordinates a level of safety that includes shutting down all adjacent roads to traffic and keeping all observers far from the blast zone. And when the blast hits, the ground shakes and rocks fly beyond the property line!
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Posted in Pre-K–12 Education

Ka-boom, watch the video!

ENR Top 500 Design Firms

July 21st, 2014

ENR published their 2014 Top Design 500 Firms list, and HMC ranked #162 overall, #11 in education, #20 in healthcare and #44 in general building. Read the full Top 500 Design Firms list and learn more about the AE industry’s gradual recovery. >>



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San Jose Studio Makes Baby Blankets for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

July 9th, 2014

By Lee Salin, Regional Managing Principal

The HMC San Jose team had fun making snugly, fleece, no-sew baby blankets for the tiny patients at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The facility, located on the Stanford campus, is part of the Stanford Children’s Health Network, which includes a dozen hospitals and clinics throughout the Bay Area. Even though it is hot outside, the hospital needs blankets during the summer to keep their fragile patients warm and cozy in the neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU).

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Cuddly pirates, happy space monkeys, cupcakes and bright flowers will surely bring smiles to the faces of families and babies in the NICU.
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Keeping tiny patients warm and cozy

Photo Essay: El Camino College STEM Center Renovation

July 2nd, 2014

What once was a dark and uninspired basement has been renovated and transformed into the new STEM Center at El Camino College. The HMC design team partnered with the college’s leadership to re-envision the under-utilized space to create a tutorial center that supports the college and surrounding school districts’ goal of enhancing student success in science, technology, engineering and math subjects.

The new 9,334-SF STEM Center contains four group learning areas, four self-study areas, a large collaboration lounge, three meeting rooms, three classrooms, four faculty offices and a computer lab with 21 stations. The new STEM Center will also house the successful Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program and provide STEM enrichment and outreach activities.


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Posted in Higher Education,Pre-K–12 Education

A new STEM learning center that supports project-based, collaborative learning
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