Articles & Publications
January 4th, 2013
The Los Angeles Business Journal published their list of the 25 largest architectural firms ranked by 2012 L.A. County billings—and HMC ranked #11! Read the entire list >>
December 19th, 2012
By Kristi Sprinkel
On December 3, HMC’s LA studio hosted Metropolis magazine editor-in-chief Susan Szenasy for Brilliant Simplicity, a film based on the work of winners and runners-up in Metropolis’ Next Generation Design Competition. The competition asks designers, ten years or less in practice, for workable ideas that will make our world sustainable, accessible, technologically-savvy, and historically relevant. The film, Brilliant Simplicity, places a strong emphasis on research, collaboration, and innovation–which are all critical topics of today.
December 12th, 2012
In the November issue of Interior Design, HMC was published as a newcomer to the magazine’s Healthcare Giants list. With healthcare interior design billings of $3 million, HMC ranks #29 nationally.
According to the magazine, its’ annual 2012 Healthcare Giants survey “reveals that the temperature is rising in this sector of the industry, especially if you look at the number of design staffers hired for healthcare… Hospital projects garnered the largest fees in 2012, bringing in a total of $226.54 million, while assisted-living facilities brought in the least at $2.04 million. Breaking down hospital projects even further, community hospitals account for 48 percent, academic hospitals account for 27 percent, specialty hospitals 14 percent, and 11 percent were counted as other.”
December 12th, 2012
Beverly Prior, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP has joined Correctional News’ editorial advisory board. Founded in 1994, Correctional News is the only news magazine specifically dedicated to correctional facility construction, maintenance, and operations. Widely read by facility operators and managers as well as architects, contractors and suppliers, Correctional News has become a must read business news publication in this unique market.
The ten-person editorial advisory board will regularly discuss the latest news and opinion trends that face the correctional industry. As a board member, Beverly will also have the opportunity to contribute to the publication by authoring an article.
Torrey Sims, editor of the publication, said she was impressed with Beverly’s knowledge and insight into the industry, and also her warm personality. She thinks Beverly will be a perfect addition to the publication’s editorial board and will strengthen the content in Correctional News.
December 11th, 2012
ArchitypeReview published HMC’s Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center. HMC was one of five finalists for the Kaohsiung Port and Cruise Service Center International Competition in 2010. The proposal envisions an iconic gateway to the City of Kaohsiung, and a lens into the outer-world visualized from within. It creates a new urban datum—an inviting gesture—to allow a new connection between visitors, citizens, and the City of Kaohsiung. This gateway is designed to serve as a physical and economical impetus to the City’s goal of transforming its waterfront from its industrial past into an inviting future. Kaohsiung Port Project Profile >>
ArchitypeReview also interviewed the project’s design principal, Raymond Pan, AIA, LEED AP. In the Designer Dialogue, Raymond discusses the challenges of the project and how it expanded his role as an architect and designer. Designer Dialogues with Raymond Pan >>
November 19th, 2012
“In Healthcare Design, Start Team Effort Early,” Building Operating Management, November 2012
By: George Vangelatos AIA, LEED AP, EDAC,
Design Principal, HMC Architects
It’s no surprise that the healthcare industry, one of the single largest variables impacting our nation’s economy, is constantly scrutinized for its lack of efficiency and effective use of resources, from both a financial and physical perspective. Those of us involved with designing and upgrading these facilities are constantly challenged to do more with less. This necessitates that planning coordination to maximize design value is vital in the design process. To create a healing environment, that also addresses reduction of waste and achieves efficiency, requires a genuine commitment and a nuanced understanding of all the variables defining a high-performance, healthcare facility.
The design process of a medical facility involves the review of thousands of factors. Though many of these are consistent from project to project, what may not be consistent is the timing of their consideration and the team members involved in the evaluation process. Early team integration and expanded decision making involving a range of disciplines can lead to lower life cycle costs and significant design and construction cost savings.
Many project teams and owners are seeing the value of shifting the investment of time and resources to earlier in the process to help foster these opportunities. In fact, the new LEED for Healthcare v2009 recently added “Integrated Project Planning and Design” as a prerequisite for certification. To meet this prerequisite, the project must demonstrate that key team members are involved at the concept stage, in the process that includes the development of the Owner’s Project Requirements document, as well as the LEED checklist. This makes every team member, and the owner, accountable for the early decisions being made. By using an integrated team approach, critical decisions and input from team members occur early and provide tremendous value to the design at the optimal time. It becomes a process that encourages the search of new creative integration and optimization, with a clear set of goals and metrics in place. This approach allows owners to be delivered a facility that promotes the “ideals” vs. “make do’s” in the design. Team members tend to approach the design process starting with a blank page. Imagine if each stakeholder was asked to idealize their design parameters. If we pose a question – what would you do if you had no constraints?
Early sharing of the various perspectives that go into the design of a facility, and its operations, broadens the decision-making process and more effectively validates the end results of the design for owners and facility managers.
To demonstrate this concept, the article “In Healthcare Design, Start Team Effort Early” highlights perspectives from the owner, architect, contractor, and mechanical engineer on design parameters being considered early in the design process for a new healthcare facility, such as building gross square footage, department adjacency, building envelope and building mechanical system. These collective views depict a range of ideas and thoughts as they pertain to individuals with a particular focus or expertise; not including this depth of perspective would limit the ultimate design solution and building performance.
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November 15th, 2012
By: Pam Maynard, CID Director of Interior Architecture and James Woolum, AIA, IIDA Design Principal
Notorious for their shoestring budgets, public schools have learned how to make every element of their space function in more ways than one. HMC’s interiors duo, Pam Maynard and James Woolum, published “10 Low-Cost Design Tips for Public School” in the October issue of School Planning & Management. The article provides tips for making your design budget stretch twice as far.
For example, take the edge off by adding COLOR. Research shows that color on the walls has a range of positive effects from reducing heart rates to modifying behavior so students stay more focused and teachers stay calm. Colored paint costs the same as white paint so why not liven things up?
October 17th, 2012
Last year, HMC was named Best Firm to Work For by Building Design+Construction magazine. This month, HMC’s firm profile was published! A series of articles and videos are now live on the publication’s website. They highlight HMC’s commitment to professional development, dedication to the communities and markets we serve, and our clear-cut passion for design!
HMC Architects ‘changing the world through design’ > Article
Career development, workplace environment programs key to retention at HMC > Article
Foundation tightens HMC Architects bond with local communities > Article
HMC Architects in service to the community > Article
BD+C conducts 12 video interviews with HMC > Videos
Randy Peterson, President of HMC Architects, speaks to Rob Cassidy, Editor of Building Design+Construction, about the firm’s strategic direction.
October 15th, 2012
Contract magazine published the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health in its October issue, which covers design as a solution for health. John Czarnecki, Editor in Chief of Contract, focused this issue on, “seeing examples of the impact and power of design in solving global problems can be a source of inspiration, no matter the scale or location in which designers are practicing.”
The article on the Center for Women’s Health highlights Dr. Ari Babaknia’s original vision for the project, which was for a comfortable inviting space where busy professional women can satisfy many of their medical needs under one roof. The facility offers treatment and management of health conditions, screenings, risk assessments, wellness, and health education. HMC’s Pam Maynard and her design team helped Dr. Babaknia’s vision become a reality by designing a facility that possesses the character of an upscale spa and aligning it with the quality and caliber of care provided by the Center.
October 2nd, 2012
ENR California has awarded the Orchard School Library an “Award of Merit” in its Best Projects competition, which recognizes the region’s best achievements in construction and design. This project is a success because of the rigorous planning and collaboration from key members of the school community with oversight from the strong design and construction team of HMC Architects and Blach Construction. The district challenged the project team to create a facility that embodies academic excellence, promotes technology literacy, and builds community and to do so with environmental sensitivity.
“We had a clear vision of building a library that was communal, modern, and inspiring for 21st century learning, while ensuring it operated efficiently and affordably,” said Jackie Felbinger, former Director of Educational Services for the Orchard School District who oversaw the design and construction of the new library. “We are pleased to offer students a facility with environmentally friendly design elements that support the healthy learning environment our students deserve.”