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 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
January 13th, 2015
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Santa Clarita will be getting a six-story, 160,000 square foot patient tower addition, hospital officials said Thursday. The level ll trauma center facility was originally built in 1975, and is in need of more beds, said John Schleif, chief operating officer for Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.
“We have been overfull for the last week or two,” said Schleif. “This tower will increase our bed capacity from 238 to 350.”
The hospital is partnering with a commercial building company, Bernards, and HMC Architects.
Watch the video and read the full story via Santa Clarita Valley News.
Via Santa Clarita Valley News
December 17th, 2014
The new seven-story, 390,000-square-foot Melanie and Richard Lundquist Tower for Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., welcomed its first patients in November. Designed by HMC Architects, Lundquist Tower creates a patient-centered healing environment with a hospitality feel. McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. served as general contractor. Read the full article on Healthcare Design Magazine’s website >>
Via Healthcare Design Magazine
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
Healing meets hospitality
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.
Finding inspiration in HMC's 75-year history
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
California School Boards Association Annual Education Conference