Articles & Publications
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.
Innovation, Technology and Teamwork Lead to Early Opening of Kaiser Permanente’s New Hospital in Fontana
September 30th, 2013
Patients are now receiving high-quality, affordable health care at Kaiser Permanente’s new state-of-the-art hospital in Fontana, California. Built by McCarthy Building Companies and designed by HMC Architects, the new 7 level hospital boasts a technologically advanced patient-centered design. Read the full article in the September issue of California Builder & Engineer magazine >>
September 19th, 2013
Scheduled to open in 2016, Irvine Unified School District engaged HMC Architects to design its new comprehensive high school (High School No. 5) and lead the collaborative design process. The high school is a prime example of a district responding to its growing community needs, engaging community stakeholders throughout the design process and going through an extensive educational specifications review process. The result is a tailored educational environment that is being built with the support of end-users and the community to specifically meet the unique needs of the school’s students, faculty and staff.
- The article addresses:
- — The growing needs of a master planned community
- — Stakeholder engagement and community outreach
- — Educational specifications verification process
- — Campus organization and architecture
September 18th, 2013
The October issue of PSMJ’s Project Management newsletter focuses on team management and innovation and features an interview with HMC President Beverly Prior, “Creating a winning culture.” In the article, Beverly answers the following questions:
— What makes HMC Architects unique?
— How does the fact that HMC is 100% employee-owned affect productivity and morale?
— What is your best advice for firm leaders seeking long-term success and sustainable growth?
— What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the architecture industry?
— How do you decompress when you aren’t running a busy and successful firm?
Here is what Beverly had to say about seeking long-term success and sustainable growth:
“HMC Architects’ design work and process is driven by a series of very simple guiding principles, including listening to learn, being adaptable and nimble, driving innovation and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, as well as respect for and the development of our staff—these principles directly contribute to HMC’s success.
Here are some key points to help guide other firms toward long-term success:
- It’s critical to stay connected to the profession—identifying issues and thinking together with colleagues helps build awareness.
- It’s critical to listen to your staff.
- It’s critical to listen to your clients.
- It’s critical to invest in and develop your people and your technology.
- It’s critical to foster a culture of leadership, innovation and entrepreneurialism.”
September 17th, 2013
The Sobrato Family Learning Commons at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif. has been selected to the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2013 Library Design Showcase. The project is published in the September/October issue of American Libraries, the flagship magazine of the ALA.
The ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events and advocacy resources for members, librarians and library users. Its magazine, American Libraries, is sent to more than 65,000 individuals and organizations worldwide. The Library Design Showcase is the publication’s annual feature celebrating the best new and newly renovated or expanded libraries of all types. They publish libraries that are shining examples of innovative architecture and that address the service needs of patrons in unique, interesting and effective ways. We are delighted that the Sobrato Family Learning Commons at Saint Francis High School is among those honored.
The Sobrato Family Learning Commons is a vibrant hub of student activities. It replaces the existing library and includes the renovation of an adjacent classroom building. On the ground floor, a student center promotes school engagement with multiple student support departments, while on the second floor students benefit from a technology-rich, flexible library. The library has a thoughtful blend of access with appropriate levels of privacy needed for student research, individual study and group academic development. To further increase the flexibility, the building structure was designed with moment frame connections to avoid the use of brace frames interrupting the interior spaces.
September 16th, 2013
ARCHITECT magazine’s ARCHITECT 50 program ranks firms from around the country in the areas of business, design and sustainability. This year, HMC ranked No. 37 overall in regards to sustainability. Below is the methodology that was used to determine the sustainability rankings.
— The percentage of gross square footage of a firm’s projects that were LEED certified or designed to LEED standards, which counted for 20 percent of the total category score
— The percentage that achieved certification in other sustainability programs, including Energy Star and Living Building Challenge (a discretionary score was awarded for the types and scope of net-zero projects): 15 percent
— The percentage that pursued a potable water reduction beyond what was mandated by code or that incorporated energy modeling, with additional credit being given for the percentage for which energy data was collected: 40 percent
— Participation in the AIA’s 2030 program and percentage of the gross square footage of projects that were designed to 2030 standards: 15 percent
— Percentage of a firm’s employees with LEED AP or GA credentials: 10 percent
September 12th, 2013
Fast Company recently reported on HMC’s teaming with Project Frog to design “Impact,” a new classroom building platform that’s cheap, durable and simple—but also provides a better learning environment than portable classrooms. Read the entire article on Fast Co Exist>>
September 5th, 2013
The Riverside Art Museum announced its new officers and trustees for the 2013/2014 year, and HMC’s Dan Benner, principal, was appointed as a new trustee. Read more about the museum and the new appointments.