December 5th, 2013
By Eera Babtiwale, Environmental Analyst
Middle College High School (MCHS), located on the campus of LA Southwest College, demonstrates how sustainability is the way forward, serving as an example of how sustainable design is synonymous with good building design. The project is the result of a unique collaboration between the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Community College District, Southwest College and the design-build team of HMC Architects-Bernards Brothers. From design conception to construction, all entities recognized the critical synergy between sustainable design and successful learning environments. As a result of this shared philosophy, the 61,105-GSF high school achieved LEED Gold certification.
Architecture that educates students about sustainability
November 18th, 2013
More than 150 people gathered on November 7 to usher in a new era for The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona. HMC’s James Sink and Robert Oppenheimer were in attendance to dig in their shovels and celebrate the start of a $10 million, 15,000-SF expansion, which will feature much needed space for the college’s graduate program, a social space for students and additional offices that will allow the college’s student body and faculty to grow over time. The privately funded-expansion will also include several classrooms that utilize innovative “flex” furniture and technology designed to move and adapt to the evolving needs of today’s classroom. Read the full article on The Collins College Expansion and Upgrades blog >>
Digging in at Cal Poly Pomona
November 15th, 2013
The November issue of University Business takes an “Inside Look at Libraries” and features San Francisco State University’s J. Paul Leonard and Sutro Library. The article states, “while campus libraries are still a place where one can study, today’s libraries are active spaces that offer so much more…Although the library’s shell may look the same, inside it’s a decidedly different and livelier place.” Read how the hush-hush is over, collaboration spaces tend to look less like boardrooms and more like small restaurants, and how reference areas have evolved too.
The $103.8 million renovation and expansion to San Francisco State University’s original J. Paul Leonard Library utilized a design-build delivery method, which saved money as changes were made and the schedule experienced delays. The aim with the project was to create an environment that promotes study, research, and scholarly interaction. The library café and informal group seating options were deliberately placed in the main entryway, to create an immediate high level of activity for those entering the facility. Within the study space at San Francisco State’s library, furnishings are flexible. Movable white boards serve as visual aids for groups studying as well as privacy screens between each work area. The new building has been open since March 2012.
A different and livelier place
November 14th, 2013
On November 5, HMC received an Award of Merit in Master Planning by the Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC) for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD) Facilities Master Plan! The GCCCD Facilities Master Plan is the result of a comprehensive planning process that involved multiple stakeholders from the district, the Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, and the community. The plan highlights the district’s physical needs to best serve students, and provides direction for improvements to the two campuses so that GCCCD can offer the environment that best supports the colleges’ excellent education programs. The challenge was bringing together a multi-college district to develop a district level facilities master plan to create a shared vision, while respecting and celebrating the unique culture and spirit of each college.
The CCFC award jury was quiet impressed with the project and said, “What strikes us about this master plan is that we can see and understand the transformation that will occur during the implementation of the plan. We appreciate the engagement that occurred during the development of the plan with the forums and the visual note taking.”
The jury also noted, “The GCCCD Facilities Master Plan demonstrates the perfect balance of defined educational goals, well-organized design objectives and an engaged participatory process. Above all else, the master plan directly supports the educational functionality by creating multi-functional spaces, usable outdoor settings, and developing academic clusters that serve to simplify student way-finding and increase interdisciplinary collaboration. In addition to its exemplary functionality, the master plan embraces the natural habitats in which these campuses reside, by providing beautiful view corridors to the surrounding nature preserves and low impact/sustainable design principles.”
Directly supporting educational functionality
November 14th, 2013
Two HMC projects are named to the “30 Most Architecturally Impressive Hospitals in the World” by Online Masters in Public Health, which is an online resource for degrees and careers in public health. Selected from more than 200 projects, the South Tower Expansion for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center ranked #2 and Kaiser Permanente’s Fontana Medical Center rank #4! Wow, two of HMC’s projects are ranked in the top 5!
According to the Online Masters in Public Health, “Hospitals are not places generally associated with pleasure—after all, most of us are usually only at one when we or a loved one are sick. Traditionally, they’re not nice to look at, either: we think of over-lit and sterile environments, with visual stimulation limited to small, wall-mounted televisions. However, a new generation of medical facilities is changing the face of the hospital, literally. These places take a more holistic approach to healthcare—one that takes the healing environment into consideration. As a result, the hospitals on this list may be more welcoming and diverse than those with which many are familiar. And while patient care remains their primary objective, many have put almost equal care into their clients’ surroundings.”
The article describes the South Tower Expansion for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center as an elegant facility featuring a cool-looking white and blue color scheme, and its LEED Silver certificate reflects the hospital’s commitment to sustainability.
It notes that Kaiser Permanente’s Fontana Medical Center not only offer a sleek and polished environment and cutting-edge medical care, but it also meets California’s stringent earthquake safety standards. Efforts were made to make the hospital environmentally sound: for example, attention was paid to energy efficiency and water reclamation, and recyclable materials were used in the construction.
Taking the healing environment into consideration
Innovation, Technology and Teamwork Lead to Early Opening of Kaiser Permanente’s New Hospital in Fontana
September 30th, 2013
Patients are now receiving high-quality, affordable health care at Kaiser Permanente’s new state-of-the-art hospital in Fontana, California. Built by McCarthy Building Companies and designed by HMC Architects, the new 7 level hospital boasts a technologically advanced patient-centered design. Read the full article in the September issue of California Builder & Engineer magazine >>
September 23rd, 2013
By Brian Staton, CEO; Beverly Prior, FAIA, LEED AP, President
Congrats to our 2013 Xref winners Annette Lee and Karen Chan! Two separate client juries convened in Ontario and Sacramento to review all the submissions and select the winners. All the entries were extraordinary and creative—a true testament to HMC’s talented staff.
During the last seven years of HMC’s Xref Travel Fellowship program, 11 employees have had the opportunity to visit 14 countries around the world. Staff are invited to submit a proposal that explains their travel destination and purpose; two winners are chosen each year and are awarded a $4,000 travel stipend and five days of paid time off. Xref is an incredible opportunity that enables HMC’s employees to embark on adventures that they otherwise may not take, and to share their experiences with the entire firm.
Traveling in the Dark
Ontario’s Annette Lee proposed a very intriguing trip to Tokyo—she will be exploring places blindfolded. According to Annette, “Traveling in the Dark is an idea to raise my awareness of the surrounding environment by using all of my senses except vision. This will allow me to ‘see’ the world in a different perspective and be appreciative to what we have.” She will be sharing her experiences through daily documentation taken from the trip on a blog, including video footage and journals. The documentation will juxtapose the visual experience and feelings generated by other senses. The judges felt that the submittal was unique and creative and that this experience could raise the design approach to a whole different level noting that, “it could sharpen one’s skills to make environments a multi-sensory experience.”
Resilience: Lessons from Iceland
San Francisco’s Karen Chan chose Iceland for her destination—her love for wool and the process of knitting a Lopapeysa (Icelandic sweater) piqued her intrigue to understand Iceland’s cultural adaptation to environmental context. “I’m curious about the lessons that Iceland can teach us about building resilient communities. Resilience is urgent because it is motivated by more than romanticism or responsibility—it’s about survival.” The judges appreciated the relevance of this submittal to the world we live in today and felt that her appreciation for this country’s cultural traditions and adaptation to the environment could help influence her approach to projects at HMC.
An adventure of a lifetime
September 19th, 2013
Scheduled to open in 2016, Irvine Unified School District engaged HMC Architects to design its new comprehensive high school (High School No. 5) and lead the collaborative design process. The high school is a prime example of a district responding to its growing community needs, engaging community stakeholders throughout the design process and going through an extensive educational specifications review process. The result is a tailored educational environment that is being built with the support of end-users and the community to specifically meet the unique needs of the school’s students, faculty and staff.
- The article addresses:
- — The growing needs of a master planned community
- — Stakeholder engagement and community outreach
- — Educational specifications verification process
- — Campus organization and architecture
Setting a new bar for engagement
September 18th, 2013
This week HMC President and Civic/Justice Practice Leader Beverly Prior, FAIA, LEED AP is speaking at the AIA AAJ national conference in Portland, OR. The theme of this year’s conference is the evolving prevalence of several forms of alternative project delivery as those processes have been applied to the justice building environments. Each version of these various methods has much to recommend it, but each also inevitably entails certain challenges with the justice environments adding another level of complexity given the paramount issues of security and safety. The conference will explore those benefits and challenges.
The two sessions Beverly Prior will be presenting on include:
Design Excellence through Design-Build (and Other Integrated Project Deliveries)
Can your design-build team achieve design excellence in a design-build project? What is design excellence in a civic building, correctional facility, a Federal Courthouse? Beverly and other industry experts will discuss the meaning of design excellence and best practices in achieving the mark. The other speakers include Greg Gidez, AIA, DBIA; Rick del Monte, AIA; Curt Fentress, FAIA, RIBA and Kay Compton, AIA.
Sustainable Justice Principles in Practice Part II: A Systems Approach
Sustainable justice principles serve justice facilities and the communities within which they reside, as well as broader justice system goals at municipal, state and federal levels. Through a series of interviews Beverly and other panelists will investigate current developments from the perspective of a systems approach to guide facility owners and operators, and practitioners in their decision-making. The other speakers include Julia Hughes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Elizabeth Minnis, AIA; Wendy Still; Jeanne Woodford; Richard W. Velde and Larry Hartman, AIA.
Beverly Prior is also part of the AAJ Sustainable Justice Committee, which organized the conference’s Saturday Workshop, Sustainable Justice Workshop 2013: Partnering with Research and Technology. The workshop will explore the advancement and application of Green Guide to Justice (GGJ) sustainable principles for justice and how these objectives can partner with the advancement of research in understanding how humans respond to the built environment.
The future is now: alternative project delivery