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
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:
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
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.
February 25th, 2014
By Adrienne Luce, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Executive Director, Designing Futures Foundation
The HMC Designing Futures Foundation (DFF) awarded a $5,000 grant to support the Center for Advanced Research and Technology’s (CART) 14th annual student showcase event in Clovis, California. STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) is one of the four core focus areas of the DFF (the other three are architecture/design, environmental sustainability and disaster relief). Since 2010, HMC has supported the CART’s progressive college and career readiness program that integrates a rigorous academic curriculum with hands-on project based learning.
May 30th, 2013
By Adrienne Luce, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and President HMC Designing Futures Foundation
As part of HMC’s Designing Futures Foundation partnership with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s LA Metro program, directed by Professor Stephen Phillips, AIA, PhD, fourth year CPSLO students convened at HMC’s LA studio on May 24 for their final review. The 21 aspiring architects had developed plans for a Performing Arts and Film Institute. The students were assigned sites on Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard, each location presenting different challenges and design considerations. Drawing studied inspiration from a series of 2d patterns of their choosing including hounds tooth, sound waves, teardrops, water currents and crystals, the students developed a series of formal spatial investigations.