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Community Leaders Working Together to Bring More Resources to the Inland Empire

July 14th, 2015

By Adrienne Luce, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and President HMC Designing Futures Foundation

Did you know?

>>1 in 4 children live in poverty in the Inland Empire
>>San Bernardino and Riverside are two of the largest counties nationwide with a total population of 4.25 million residents
>>The Inland Empire is the fastest growing region in California and 4th nationally

The Inland Empire Funders Alliance is a group of foundation and corporate leaders who have come together to bring attention to the great needs, limited resources and untapped potential in the Inland Empire. The HMC Designing Futures Foundation participates in the Funders Alliance and recently helped organize an “Inland Empire 101″ forum hosted in collaboration with Southern California Grantmakers, and generously sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, in downtown Los Angeles. The goal of the event was to educate community leaders as well as corporate and foundation funders from Los Angeles, Inland Empire and Northern California about the challenges facing the region. It was also an opportunity to share information about promising initiatives and to educate foundation and corporate leaders on how they can use the Inland Empire Funders Alliance as a resource to guide and inform their work. Since HMC Architects was founded more than 75 years ago in the Inland Empire, our firm and our foundation is committed to, and invested in, building long-term prosperity for our region.
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Posted in Beyond Architecture,Corporate Social Responsibility,Designing Futures Foundation,Uncategorized

STEM and the Future of California Curriculum

June 23rd, 2015

By Alex Parslow, Sr. Vice President Pre-K–12 Education, HMC Architects and Kathleen Moore, Former Division Director, California Department of Education

A conversation with Kathleen Moore, Former Division Director, California Department of Education

As the former Division Director at California Department of Education (CDE) for more than 10 years, Kathleen Moore brings expertise and experience to a wide range of issues and projects affecting school districts. She is a leader in related areas, including legislative advocacy, facilities and leadership development. Prior to CDE, Kathleen was with the Elk Grove Unified School District serving as the director of facilities planning for more than 14 years, assisting with the building of more than a dozen new schools as well as modernizations throughout the Elk Grove Unified School District. She has been the Chair of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) organization and, recently, a member of the State Allocation Board (SAB) and continues to be a resource throughout the state on facilities. I spoke with Kathleen about STEM, how the built environment can best support STEM learning and the future of California curriculum.

>>Read the full article in latest issue of School News 

Posted in Pre-K–12 Education,STEM Education

Investing in Our Future Leaders

June 23rd, 2015

By Tova Corman, Executive Director Facilities Development and Planning, Long Beach USD and SFLA Graduate and Julie Strauss, School Facility Specialist, HMC Architects/School Advisors and SFLA Graduate

The School Facilities Leadership Academy (SFLA) is an intensive 10-month program sponsored by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) that trains school facility leaders. Class members include superintendents, chief business officials, facility planners, directors of maintenance, operations, and transportation, architects and construction managers. They are teamed together to build relationships, share experiences, learn from each other and see each other as future resources. In addition, each candidate is paired with an industry leader who mentors and guides the student throughout the academy.

>>Read the full article in the latest issue of School News here

>>For information on the next cohort, check out the C.A.S.H. website here

Posted in Pre-K–12 Education,Uncategorized

MLK Jr. Outpatient Center Honored at LABC Awards

June 22nd, 2015

By Kirk Rose AIA, DBIA / Healthcare Practice Leader

The Los Angeles Business Council honored HMC Architects at the 45th Annual Architectural Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. More than 40 world-class projects from a diverse spectrum of the architectural field were celebrated for their design excellence and community impact. I’m delighted to announce that HMC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center won the Award for Excellence in the Healthcare Architecture category. On hand to celebrate HMC’s win, were Brian Staton, Chris Taylor, Thomas Ferrer, George Vangelatos, Carolina Ziebell and client Gillian Mintier.

Featuring an engaging keynote address by world-renowned architect Shigeru Ban, winner of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the annual event drew a crowd of approximately 600 of the region’s leading architects, designers, building professionals and media. Entire project teams – including building owners, designers, contractors and developers – were honored for their contributions to exceptional design in L.A. County and beyond.

“The L.A. Architectural Awards are an opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate outstanding projects that marry excellent design with meaningful sustainability,” said Los Angeles Business Council President Mary Leslie. “Today’s winning projects exemplify the entrepreneurial, innovative spirit that makes Los Angeles unique.”

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Personalized Learning

June 13th, 2015

By Cary Matsuoka, Superintendent, Milpitas Unifed School District and Lee Salin, Principal, HMC Architects

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 are dynamic, flexible learning environments for personalized learning.

>>Read the full article in the recent issue of School News

Posted in Uncategorized

Implementing STEM in our Facilities

June 5th, 2015

By Stephanie Baker, Deputy Superintendent, Educational Services Pomona Unified School District and Kevin Wilkeson, Principal, HMC Architects

Education in California is at a crossroads. This presents California school districts with a unique opportunity to customize student education to meet the needs of their surrounding community and to better prepare students for work and life in the 21st century. With the adoption and implementation of Common Core State Standards that began in 2010, the nature of teaching and learning is shifting to meet the demands and opportunities. There is more focus on deeper learning and the development of students’ critical thinking skills that go beyond simply teaching to a test or memorizing basic information, but rather helping students to tackle a problem from the inside out, regardless of its context.

>>Read the full article in the latest issue of School News 



Posted in Uncategorized

The Importance of Water Conservation in California

June 3rd, 2015

By Eric Carbonnier, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, Senior Environmental Analyst

Water conservation is on everyone’s minds these days as we are all feeling the impact of this historic drought in California. As a firm, HMC Architects is passionately committed to environmental sustainability. To this end, we partner with our clients to create innovative solutions and to identify new sources of funding to help school districts meet their educational goals. As part of this ongoing effort, I am proud to announce that HMC Architects / HMC School Advisors spearheaded two successful grant proposals for Montebello Unified and Perris Elementary, securing a total of $1.9 million in state funding for the districts. The California State Water Resources Control Board awarded $30,320,000 as part of the Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS) to twenty-nine school districts throughout the state. Perris Elementary School District was awarded $982,138 to support stormwater and water conservation strategies at the new Clearwater Elementary school and Montebello Unified School District was awarded $991,575 for the Schurr High School track and field renovations.

Perris Elementary School District – Clearwater Elementary

The grant proposal that HMC orchestrated for this new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) school, located in Riverside County, promotes stormwater capture strategies by mirroring a regenerative process to restore, renew, and revitalize local water sheds.  The sustainable master site plan is comprised of multiple low impact development (LID) strategies including bioretention, bioswales, porous surfaces, and above grade cisterns supplying water for raised garden beds. The stormwater strategies are expected to improve groundwater revitalization through enhanced infiltration, reduced runoff volume and stormwater pollutants. Each LID is integrated into the curriculum to promote environmental literacy to the new generation of environmental stewards.

One of the goal’s of the grant is to create a vibrant collaboration among the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC), Inland Empire Water Keeper, and Wild California and the District in order to provide teachers and students with access to high quality environmental education resources and experiences. The California Conservation Corps (CCC) will assist with the building and installation of the various stormwater strategies to promote sustainable job skills training in young adults.

Tina Daigneault, Chief Business Officer of Perris Elementary School District, describes the impact of the grant award:

The DROPS grant opportunity came at just the right time.  During the planning and design phases, it was evident that the Governing Board, Superintendent, staff and community were very interested in incorporating as many “green” technologies as possible on the Clearwater campus.  The initial design included cisterns, a retention basin and outdoor learning environments.  When the Governor announced the DROPS program in January 2014, it fit perfectly with the water conservation initiatives that we wanted to incorporate.  It also allowed us to push further in the design to include even more strategies.  

Montebello Unified School District – Schurr High School Track and Field Renovations

This grant focuses on stormwater and artificial surfaced area cool-down water capture. Captured runoff will be treated, stored in underground cisterns, and reused in subsurface irrigation for campus landscaping and playfields. Rain gardens are sized to maximize groundwater recharging. Collectively these initiatives will reduce the school’s water footprint and help restore groundwater conditions.

The proposal imagines a partnership between Schurr High School and Cal Poly Pomona’s Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies and involves a collaboration for the planning, design, implementation, research, monitoring, and assessment of the stormwater strategies. The goal of the collaboration is to create a District Stormwater Management Plan with emphasis on low impact development (LID) and Best Management Practices (BMP). The Montebello Department of Public Works will host Best Management Practices Workshops for students, parents, teachers, and the community.

George A. Upegui, Director of Facilities Development, Maintenance and Operations for Montebello Unified School District describes what this grant award means to his district:

We at the Montebello USD are very excited to be among the applicants selected for this outstanding conservation awareness opportunity and funding award. The District sees this is a unique opportunity in forming a pathway alliance between the students of the Sustainable Regenerative Studies Program to mentor the students of Schurr High School.

As architects and designers we have a responsibility in sustainable development through imaginative and inspiring thought leadership. HMC Architects’ commitment to continuously bring forth change in the way we think about how we preserve and regenerate our natural resources is instrumental to improving the places where we live, learn, work and play. These grant awards are recognition of HMC Architects’ dedication to positively impacting the environment through our partnerships with our clients.

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Las Colinas Detention Facility Wins Big at DBIA Awards

June 2nd, 2015

By James Krueger, Assoc. AIA / Sr Project Designer

The County of San Diego Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility Phase I, was recently honored by the Design-Build Institute of America, Western Pacific Region (DBIA, WPR) at DBIAs 2015 Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition. The project team, led by Balfour Beatty Construction with KMD Architects and HMC Architects, received dual awards: an Award of Distinction and Excellence in Design Award. Per the awards booklet:

“The Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility is a unique facility based on a non-traditional design. The client wanted a new solution that responded to their vision of a normal treatment environment that would feel more like a campus community and less like a detention facility.

The key to success was building a strong collaboration with all the project team members including the Owner, Sheriffs Department users, the Owners consultants, and even the County Building Department and inspectors. We broke down traditional barriers with a team attitude that all parts of the projects business was everybodys business.”

Phase 2 of the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility is currently underway.

Jack Kay, Phyllis St. George and I attended the banquet to accept the awards on behalf of HMC. Congratulations to the entire team for this outstanding honor of HMCs excellence in design and recognition of HMCs successful Design-Build collaboration.

Posted in Awards,Justice

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

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