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HMC Healthcare Project Named One of the World’s 8 Most Architecturally Beautiful Hospitals

May 26th, 2015

By Kirk Rose, AIA, DBIA, Principal, Healthcare Practice Leader

“In 2011, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, CA opened the doors to its South Tower Expansion. The $180 million project, entrusted to HMC Architects and Swinerton Builders, is 4 stories of crisp angular structure and cool mosaics of ocean-colored glass. Beyond its aesthetic beauty, the hospital is also a beautiful move for the environment—HMC Architects notes that it’s one of the first inpatient hospitals in the state of California to make a bid for LEED Silver certification…”

Click to read the rest of this article on the Healthcare Global website.

Congratulations to Mark Schoeman, Senior Designer; Chuck Eyberg, Principal in Charge; and the rest of the project team!



Posted in Awards,Healthcare,Uncategorized


May 18th, 2015

By Brian Staton, President / CEO

I am delighted to announce that an article about the Las Colinas Detention & Reentry Facility in San Diego, co-authored by HMC Architects’ James Krueger and KMD Architects’ senior planner for the project, John MacAllister, has recently been featured in Fast Co.Exist.

“The Las Colinas Detention & Reentry Facility in San Diego, designed in partnership with KMD and HMC Architects is the first detention facility of its kind in the U.S. that uses environmental and behavioral psychology to improve the experience and behavior of both inmates and staff. The project uses scientifically-proven research on how light, color, materials, texture, air quality, acoustics and access to nature affect mental and physical well being to inform design decisions throughout.”

>>Read the full article featured in Fast Co.EXIST











Posted in Civic,Featured,High Performance Architecture,Uncategorized

South L.A.’s MLK hospital will reopen with a new healthcare outlook

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



Posted in Articles & Publications,Healthcare

Lexington Elementary School Wins 1st Place!

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:
Mary Morris
Melinda Lum
Chris Gombatz
Frederick Bauer
Andrew Chien
Monica Brillante
Kimberly Bascos

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Torrance Memorial Medical Center Honored by Los Angeles Business Journal

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.”

Congratulations to HMC’s outstanding healthcare team!

Read more in LABJ>>

Lundquist Tower, Torrance Memorial Medical Center


Posted in Awards,Healthcare,Uncategorized

Milpitas USD Learning Centers Win the Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Award

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.

Learn more about this year’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and AIACC Leroy F. Greene Design + Planning Awards>>



Posted in Awards,Interior Architecture,Pre-K–12 Education

HMC Celebrates National Volunteer Week

April 17th, 2014

By Adrienne Luce and Julie Strauss

HMC Architects celebrated National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014) with the Inland Empire United Way and Hands On Inland Empire by volunteering at the Upland Elementary School campus makeover event. It was exciting to see the campus transformed and meaningful to contribute and be part of that process.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered and for sharing your photos of the event; continue reading to catch our Instagram photo recap and see the impact Team HMC made at Upland Elementary School.
video montageWatch Aram Hernandez’s video montage of the campus makeover.

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Posted in Corporate Social Responsibility

HMC DFF Supports STEM Education and Linked Learning at CART

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.


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Posted in Designing Futures Foundation

Meet the HMC Designing Futures Foundation’s New Board Members

February 2nd, 2014

The HMC Designing Futures Foundation (DFF) welcomes Eera Babtiwale, Steve Wilson and Mary Morris to the DFF board of directors. They replace John Nichols, Kevin Wilkeson and Pam Maynard who rotated off the DFF board last year. In 2009, HMC founded the Designing Futures Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, to advance and deepen the firm’s commitment to giving back. DFF board members serve for three years and they are entrusted to ensure that the foundation’s assets are used for charitable purposes.
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Posted in Corporate Social Responsibility,Designing Futures Foundation

Walking to Support Children’s Hospital Orange County

September 23rd, 2013

By Adrienne Luce, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility

HMC is gearing up for CHOC Walk in the Park at Disneyland this October, the largest pediatric children’s walk in the country. CHOC Walk benefits Children’s Hospital Orange County—raising funds to support the care, services, education and research of CHOC. Our HMC team is 71 strong, consisting of staff and their families from all HMC Southern California offices, and we’re walking in honor of Justin with Team Jussy Bear. Justin has Lissencephaly, a rare brain function disorder, making him a frequent visitor to CHOC. CHOC has helped his family keep him comfortable and safe.

Interested in supporting CHOC Walk? Click the flyer to visit HMC’s team page and join the team or make a donation.








Posted in Corporate Social Responsibility

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