Articles & Publications

Healthcare Design Magazine Features Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center

July 1st, 2014

The May/June 2014 issue of Healthcare Design Magazine features an article authored by HMC’s Chin Lee, Principal, about Kaiser Permanente’s Fontana Medical Center. The article, “Tweaking the Template,” explains how HMC Architects’ design team, “executed functional and space programming, with an extensive redesign of the template hospital diagnostic and treatment block. The design optimizes the template hospital with a layer of enhancing patient experiences, improving pedestrian circulation and wayfinding and increases efficiency and capacity within the current template footprint.” Read the full article from Healthcare Design>>

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ENR California Ranks HMC #1 in Education, #2 in Healthcare

June 12th, 2014

The June edition of ENR California features their Top Design Firms ranking, and HMC was ranked #12 overall and snagged the #1 spot for Education, #2 for Healthcare, plus five other market sector rankings. The rankings are based on 2013 revenue for projects located in California. View the full rankings and the accompanying article, “Design Firms Sustain Healthy Revenue Growth During 2013″ >>
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John Nichols Contributes to School Construction News’ Design Roundtable

April 23rd, 2014

From advancements in technology to heartbreaking tragedies, the drivers of today’s educational facilities are far different from what they were just a few years ago. Changing technologies and a greater interest in providing safe, healthy, sustainable schools to foster 21st century learning is creating a new vision for the modern school. School Construction News recently spoke with HMC Pre-K-12 Education Practice Leader John Nichols and several others in an Architect Roundtable about trends in school design.

When asked about some of the latest trends in school design, John responded: “There is greater flexibility in school design and greater use of all spaces on a school campus to support anytime, anywhere learning. Design is now focused on greater flexibility of classroom spaces and furnishings to support a variety of instructional delivery methods (project-based learning, small group instruction, etc.). There is also a trend toward greater transparency of the educational process through increased glazing and operable walls to pique student’s curiosity. Schools are also increasing technology applications due to Common Core assessment needs and are witnessing greater bandwidth requirements due to increased use of personal devices. Libraries are also being replaced with learning commons.”

Read more about what John and the others had to say about:

// Regional school design trends
// How the increasing inclusion of technology in schools and curriculum is impacting school design
// The biggest drivers in school design today
// Schools’ interest in green design
// How schools are taking more of an interest in updated security measures

Link to Design Roundtable article >>


Posted in Articles & Publications,Pre-K–12 Education

Interior Design 100 Giants List

February 24th, 2014

The January issue of Interior Design magazine features the annual 100 Giants list. For the first time, HMC has broken the top 50, ranking #44! In 2013, the firm had $18 million in interior architecture fees. Check out the top firms and read about the overall state of the interiors market.

Interior Design 100 Giants >>

Posted in Articles & Publications,Interior Architecture

School District Profile: South San Francisco Unified School District

February 24th, 2014

The February issue of the C.A.S.H. Register features a profile on South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) and it use of the HMC/Project Frog Impact building. After passing Measure J, a $162 million bond to replace aging portable classrooms across multiple campuses, the district was faced with answering the questions:

// How do you deliver 250,000 square feet of desperately needed school facilities when incremental change will not suffice?
// How do you bring innovation to a district that serves more than 9,000 students without the luxury of time or extensive resources?

Frustrated with current modular solutions but unable to accept the prolonged schedule associated with traditional construction, the district sought an innovative solution that could fulfill their goal to provide healthy and flexible, permanent school buildings for current and future students. Ultimately, the district found its answer in the Impact buildings, Project Frog’s next generation building platform specifically designed around the needs of 21st century learning.

Link to the C.A.S.H. article: Making a Case For Innovation >>

HMC partnered with Project Frog on the design of Impact. The two companies worked hand-in-hand during the system design phase to integrate HMC’s architectural and domain expertise with Project Frog’s component system criteria. More than 300,000 square feet of new Impact buildings for education have been specified for both portable replacement and new campus building solutions in California.

Fast Co. article on HMC’s collaboration with Project Frog >>

Architectural Record article on the Impact building platform >>


Posted in Articles & Publications,Pre-K–12 Education

World Interiors News features Bluepoint Solutions

February 20th, 2014

This month, World Interiors News’ newsletter INSIDE focuses on workplace interiors and features HMC’s Bluepoint Solutions project. It also highlights the organization’s awards program and the truly international scope of projects submitted and jurors. World Interiors News expects to receive nearly 1,500 award submissions and a panel of 300+ international jurors will judge the awards. The awards program is accepting submission until June 2014.

Read more about Bluepoint Solutions on World Interiors >>

The design brief from the client was simple and poetic, though easier said than done: “Give me Mad Men meets The Jetsons”, was said during the project kick-off meeting. The result of that witty juxtaposition is this aesthetically crisp, uncluttered and efficient office environment.

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Posted in Articles & Publications,Interior Architecture

CalSPRA Excellence in Communication Award

January 20th, 2014

HMC and the Fresno County Office of Education were recently honored with a CalSPRA Excellence in Communication Award for the article, “Build Understanding, Build Successful Projects,” which was published in HMC’s School News. CalSPRA (California School Public Relations Association) is the professional organization of communications professionals from school districts and county offices throughout California. The organization strives to advance education through responsible communication that creates better public understanding and support of public education.

HMC partnered with the Fresno County Office of Education on the article “Build Understanding, Build Successful Projects” to inform California school districts and counties, along with A/E/C partners, about the collaborative dialogue that is going on at the Central Valley Successful Projects Workshops. The goal of the workshops is to educate the K-12 sector on the construction process, while also educating the A/E/C industry on the issues that K-12 clients face. Defining each party’s perspective and having empathy for their roles and specific challenges allows the entire project team to work toward win-win solutions, rather than disputing decisions throughout the course of a project. The article outlines the goals and agenda of the four-part workshop series, addresses the future vision of the workshop organizers, and concludes with an inside look of lessons from a variety of attendees. The CalSPRA award jurors commented that article was clear, engaging writing for a complicated subject, and that the use of quotes as lessons learned was insightful.

For more information on the Central Valley Successful Projects Workshops, read School News >>

Excellence in Communication Award // Pictured L-R: Kristi Sprinkel (HMC), Trinette Marquis-Hobbs (CalSPRA), Alex Parslow (HMC)

Posted in Articles & Publications,Pre-K–12 Education

Modular Classroom Makeover

January 9th, 2014

According to Architectural Record’s article, “Modular Classroom Makeover,” new designs for portable school buildings make improvements that are more than cosmetic. HMC’s collaboration with Project Frog on the South San Francisco USD project is sited as one of the examples that are changing the future of portable classrooms.

“The mention of “portable” classrooms—or any similar term—puts fear into the hearts of parents with school-age children. Regardless of whether you call them portable, modular, or temporary classrooms, they conjure up unwelcome images of shoebox-like structures with few windows, stuffy air, and noisy and ineffective mechanical systems. But now several design firms, nonprofit organizations, and prefab building companies are developing improved portable classrooms that address these problems and allow schools to expand quickly and sustainably…”

Read the full article >>

Posted in Articles & Publications,Pre-K–12 Education

Interior Design’s 2013 Healthcare Giants

January 3rd, 2014

HMC ranked #17 in Interior Design’s 2013 Healthcare Giants, which ranks the largest design firms by healthcare design fees for the 12-month period from July 2012 to June 2013. Click here to read the full article in Interior Design’s November issue.

Left: Kaiser Permanente Carson North Medical Office Building, designed by HMC. Photo by Benny Chan.



Posted in Articles & Publications,Healthcare,Interior Architecture

HMC Designing Futures Foundation Awards Grant to Riverside Art Museum

January 2nd, 2014

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

The HMC Designing Futures Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Riverside Museum of Art (RAM) to support the:

// Redesign/renovation of the museum’s Julia Morgan history wall

// Creation of didactics and a self-guided tour to highlight the building’s unique architectural elements

// Design a of a new donor recognition system

// Landscape update

// Creation of a portable kiosk/sign

HMC’s Dan Benner, a RAM board member, served as the champion for the grant. The DFF board of directors was particularly impressed by the potential impact of the project, especially considering that RAM serves approximately 15,000 K-12 students annually and the Julia Morgan exhibition is a main feature of the museum’s arts education programs.

Coincidentally, the DFF award was made the same week as the AIA announced that Julia Morgan will be the first woman honored with the AIA’s Gold Medal and her legacy will be celebrated at the AIA’s 2014 Annual Conference.

>> Read the full article in the Press Enterprise



Posted in Articles & Publications,Corporate Social Responsibility,Designing Futures Foundation

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