Articles & Publications
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.
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…”
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.
December 13th, 2013
Temecula Valley Hospital in Temecula, Calif., is a 140-bed acute care hospital that was built based on Lean principles and an integrated project delivery (IPD) approach. Working with the client, Universal Health Services (UHS), HMC and the IPD project team used target value design to drive toward the $150 million total project cost, making it one of the most cost-effective hospitals ever built in California.
The project was recently featured in a photo tour by Healthcare Design. The article highlights the Lean tools and processes that were utilized from the beginning of the project, including “big room” meetings, pull planning, A3 reporting, process mapping and simulation, and target value design. It also examines the innovative design move, such as how the design team abandoned the traditional “racetrack” design, which circles the nursing station, in favor of a patient-centric design.
December 12th, 2013
The Sobrato Family Learning Commons at St. Francis High School was a finalist in Interior Design magazine’s 8th annual Best of Year Awards in the Education: Library category. This year’s awards program experienced record-breaking numbers with 1,800 submissions—50% more than last year! On December 5, more than 900 people from the design community (designers and manufacturers) gathered while hosts Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen and Publisher Mark Strauss announced winners. The Sobrato Family Learning Commons competed against Johns Hopkins University Brody Learning Commons and two University of Pennsylvania projects, one of which received the award. Check out all of the project winners and honorees >>
The Sobrato Family Learning Commons addresses St. Francis’ growing need for expanded study and collaboration space. The new 29,300 two-story facility replaces the existing library and includes the renovation and modernization of the adjacent classroom building. On the first floor, the student center promotes engagement with the multiple student support departments, including the Campus Ministry, Activities, and Guidance and Counseling offices. On the second floor, students enjoy a spacious 11,000-SF library that features state-of-the-art technologies and flexible meeting space configurations. The library has a thoughtful blend of access with appropriate levels of privacy needed for student research, individual study, and group academic development. The expanded library is two and a half times larger than the existing library and increases the school’s educational capacity. Both the student center and library required large open areas to maximize the flexibility of its uses. To accommodate this, the building structure was designed with moment frame connections to avoid the use of brace frames interrupting the interior spaces.
November 18th, 2013
More than 150 people gathered on November 7 to usher in a new era for The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona. HMC’s James Sink and Robert Oppenheimer were in attendance to dig in their shovels and celebrate the start of a $10 million, 15,000-SF expansion, which will feature much needed space for the college’s graduate program, a social space for students and additional offices that will allow the college’s student body and faculty to grow over time. The privately funded-expansion will also include several classrooms that utilize innovative “flex” furniture and technology designed to move and adapt to the evolving needs of today’s classroom. Read the full article on The Collins College Expansion and Upgrades blog >>
November 15th, 2013
The November issue of University Business takes an “Inside Look at Libraries” and features San Francisco State University’s J. Paul Leonard and Sutro Library. The article states, “while campus libraries are still a place where one can study, today’s libraries are active spaces that offer so much more…Although the library’s shell may look the same, inside it’s a decidedly different and livelier place.” Read how the hush-hush is over, collaboration spaces tend to look less like boardrooms and more like small restaurants, and how reference areas have evolved too.
The $103.8 million renovation and expansion to San Francisco State University’s original J. Paul Leonard Library utilized a design-build delivery method, which saved money as changes were made and the schedule experienced delays. The aim with the project was to create an environment that promotes study, research, and scholarly interaction. The library café and informal group seating options were deliberately placed in the main entryway, to create an immediate high level of activity for those entering the facility. Within the study space at San Francisco State’s library, furnishings are flexible. Movable white boards serve as visual aids for groups studying as well as privacy screens between each work area. The new building has been open since March 2012.
November 14th, 2013
Two HMC projects are named to the “30 Most Architecturally Impressive Hospitals in the World” by Online Masters in Public Health, which is an online resource for degrees and careers in public health. Selected from more than 200 projects, the South Tower Expansion for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center ranked #2 and Kaiser Permanente’s Fontana Medical Center rank #4! Wow, two of HMC’s projects are ranked in the top 5!
According to the Online Masters in Public Health, “Hospitals are not places generally associated with pleasure—after all, most of us are usually only at one when we or a loved one are sick. Traditionally, they’re not nice to look at, either: we think of over-lit and sterile environments, with visual stimulation limited to small, wall-mounted televisions. However, a new generation of medical facilities is changing the face of the hospital, literally. These places take a more holistic approach to healthcare—one that takes the healing environment into consideration. As a result, the hospitals on this list may be more welcoming and diverse than those with which many are familiar. And while patient care remains their primary objective, many have put almost equal care into their clients’ surroundings.”
The article describes the South Tower Expansion for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center as an elegant facility featuring a cool-looking white and blue color scheme, and its LEED Silver certificate reflects the hospital’s commitment to sustainability.
It notes that Kaiser Permanente’s Fontana Medical Center not only offer a sleek and polished environment and cutting-edge medical care, but it also meets California’s stringent earthquake safety standards. Efforts were made to make the hospital environmentally sound: for example, attention was paid to energy efficiency and water reclamation, and recyclable materials were used in the construction.