Lundquist Tower, designed by HMC Architects, Supports Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Vision for a Patient-Centered Healing Environment

December 16th, 2014

The new seven-story, 390,000-SF Melanie and Richard Lundquist Tower for Torrance Memorial Medical Center officially welcomed its first patients in November 2014. Designed by HMC Architects, Lundquist 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 houses 256 private patient rooms, 12 operating rooms, 44 prep and recovery beds, 2 interventional radiology rooms, 4 cardiac catheterization labs, inpatient pharmacy and sterile processing. As the future gateway to the entire medical center, it also features a new entrance to the hospital campus; a combination new lobby or “Grand Living Room,” cafeteria, kitchen, gift shop and waiting area; and a healing garden and glass walkway that connects to the existing facility.


All photos by David Wakely
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Healing meets hospitality

Happy Holidays!

December 8th, 2014

By Brian Staton, President/CEO, HMC Architects

This holiday season, HMC looked back through our 75-year history for holiday card inspiration and uncovered a collection of original holiday cards from the 1970s and 80s. The hand-drawn cards by Jack Causey, one of HMC’s founders and the “C” in HMC, really caught our attention through Jack’s artistry and level of detail. With Jack’s recent passing this year, we decided to pay homage and use his hand-drawn holiday cards as the inspiration for our 2014 greeting. With special thanks we remember Jack for his contributions and leadership; below are a few of the hand-drawn holiday cards he created for HMC over the years.
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Finding inspiration in HMC's 75-year history

Improving Academics with Funding and Facilities

December 5th, 2014

HMC’s Alex Parslow, Sr. Vice President Pre-K-12 Education, will be presenting at the 2014 California School Boards Association (CSBA) Annual Education Conference on December 15, 2014. In her presentation, Improving Academics with Funding and Facilities, she will discuss how to successfully fund facilities that support student achievement, community outreach and a healthy environment. Attendees will also learn how local and state programs can replace portable classrooms, modernize outdated and inefficient facilities, construct needed buildings and revitalize the community for ongoing support.

Improving Academics with Funding and Facilities
CSBA Annual Education Conference
Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
December 15, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Presenters: Joe Dixon, Assistant Superintendent, Santa Ana USD; Tom Duffy, Legislative Leader, Coalition for Adequate School Housing; Kathleen Moore, Director, California Department of Education; Alex Parslow, Sr. Vice President Pre-K-12 Education, HMC Architects

Moderator: Robert Cruz, Board Member, Charter Oak USD



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California School Boards Association Annual Education Conference

HMC’s San Diego Studio Moves to Solana Beach

November 25th, 2014

Our new San Diego studio is located in the Cedros Avenue Design District—an eclectic, artistic street that is home to local craftspeople, independent entrepreneurs, artists and designers. We can’t wait to cruise around our new surroundings to soak up the inspiration and infuse that energy into the work we create for you—our valued clients and partners.

New Address:
341 S. Cedros Avenue, Studio B
Solana Beach, CA 92075
T 619 744 4077



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New location, new year

San Diego County Women’s Detention Facility Wins AIA San Diego Design Award

November 11th, 2014

The San Diego County Women’s Detention Facility was recognized with a merit award in the institutional category from the AIA San Diego Annual Design Awards. The AIA San Diego Annual Design Awards are the ultimate recognition of design achievement for firms and projects in the San Diego region. These awards celebrate the spirit of innovation and creativity found among the practitioners who make San Diego County their home as well as the patrons with the vision to take chances and make design achievement a reality.


HMC’s James Krueger (left) and Steve Prince (right) were in attendance to accept the award on HMC’s behalf.

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Posted in Awards,Civic

Architecture that supports a culture of expectations

Modernizing John Morse Therapeutic Center to Improve Student Behavior and Achievement

October 27th, 2014

By Brian Meyers, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, HMC Architects; reposted from the C.A.S.H. Register

Sacramento City Unified School District’s John Morse Therapeutic Center (JMTC) serves K-8 students diagnosed with severe emotional disturbances and was in need of a modernization to address student safety and security, improve learning opportunities, and mend relations with the neighborhood. The intensive program uses small class sizes, individual behavioral support plans, and focused collaboration with community service providers to address students’ individual learning and emotional needs. With an aging facility and the opportunity to transform the campus to support the unique needs of JMTC’s students, Sacramento City USD teamed with HMC Architects to modernize their campus.


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Students love the new space and are achieving at higher academic and behavioral levels than ever before

Martin Luther King Jr., Community Hospital Recognized by 2014 Healthcare Environment Awards

October 24th, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr., Community Hospital received an Honorable Mention in the Acute Care category from Contract magazine’s Healthcare Environment Awards. The awards honor projects that demonstrate sensitivity to patient needs and seek to improve therapeutic outcomes, enhance staff performance, and increase visitor and community participation. Read the full article from Contract about Martin Luther King Jr., Community Hospital >>



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2014 Healthcare Environment Awards

Design-Build Team Hired for Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Patient Tower

October 22nd, 2014

A design-build contract was awarded for the design of the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital’s new patient tower in Valencia, Calif. The new $110 million, 160,000-square-foot project will be led by Bernards and HMC. It will house 116 beds, two C-section rooms, a café, materials management, and future expansion shell space, as well as a rooftop helipad. The six-story tower will have five-stories above ground and one below.

Read the full story from Healthcare Design Magazine >>



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Healthcare Design Magazine

Congrats to HMC’s Xref Travel Fellowship Winners!

October 21st, 2014

The Xref jury dinners were hosted in Los Angeles and San Jose last week and the results for HMC’s Xref travel fellowship are in—congrats to Los Angeles’ Nicole Dancel and Ontario’s Jonathan Orr!


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Embarking on adventures to Croatia and Southeast Asia

HMC Architects’ Lee Salin, AIA, Appointed President of AIA California Council

October 21st, 2014

Lee Salin, AIA, was installed as the 2015 President of the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC). The installation ceremony took place during the AIACC Annual Board of Directors Meeting on October 17, 2014, at Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California. He succeeds Brian Dougherty, FAIA, in representing nearly 11,000 California members.

Salin, managing principal at HMC Architects, served as president of the AIA Santa Clara Valley Chapter in 2004 and also served as AIACC’s Vice President of Legislative Affairs from 2010-2013. Salin plans on continuing to focus on implementing the strategic initiatives that were developed by the AIACC over the last year in the areas of preserving natural resources, developing emerging professionals, supporting architectural firms and improving the AIA in California. Throughout his leadership career with the AIA, he has advocated for the profession, the industry and the environment, and along with other leaders in the AIA is working to increase awareness of the value of architects and architecture.
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Advocating for the profession
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