Articles & Publications
August 26th, 2013
Frances Anderton recently interviewed HMC President Beverly Prior on the NPR program DnA: Design and Architecture on KCRW (NPR from Santa Monica College) about designing prisons. The topic of discussion was, “Should Architects Design for Solitary Confinement?”
Beverly, along with architect Raphael Sperry and architect/author Joe Day, talked about California state prisons and the call for an end to indefinite solitary confinement in Security Housing Units, known as SHUs. During the program, Raphael Sperry discussed his challenge to fellow architects to ban the design of SHUs. Beverly Prior responded, reflecting on her career designing for various types of incarceration from jails to juvenile and adult detention facilities at the county level. And Joe Day commented on how he sees societal values mirrored in the growth of both American prisons and museums.
Listen to what all three speakers had to say—or if you feel like skipping ahead to Beverly’s commentary, her interview begins at 5:12 and goes through 17:46
August 21st, 2013
HMC Architects conducted a client market survey to better understand the critical drivers that influence our clients’ delivery of service on their core mission. We asked our survey participants to think about the future and respond with some of the more challenging issues that keep them awake at night.
Our analysis is detailed in the report, Listening. Read how universal trends are changing the way all organizations think and conduct business, then dive into the specific issues affecting the civic/justice, community college, healthcare, K-12 education or university markets.
August 19th, 2013
School Planning & Management recently published online the article “Options for Learning: Innovation in Education” by Chris Taylor and Mike Fine, superintendent of Riverside USD.
The article addresses how the current system of how public schools operate is changing and many school districts are realizing that education shouldn’t be one size fits all. Chris and Mike wrote, “Districts are transitioning to becoming Districts of Choice, meaning they welcome all students including those from outside their district boundaries. Riverside USD has opted to be an early adopter in offering options for learning by giving residents programmatic choices for schools. By realizing that students learn differently and excel in various areas of studies, Riverside has been able to position itself as a district people seek out at a time when other districts are facing declining enrollment….”
August 1st, 2013
Healthcare Construction + Operations recently reported on the groundbreaking of the new 20,000-SF Student Health and Counseling Building (SHCB) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), which was designed by HMC Architects. The current student health facility is housed in an off-campus rental space and has outdated resources and equipment. The goal is to make the building as efficient as possible—it is designed to achieve LEED Gold—while incorporating it with the other projects and campus master plan.
Student Health and Counseling Building at Cal State San Marcos
July 3rd, 2013
Architectural Record published it “Top 300 Architecture Firms” list in its July issue. HMC ranked #26 overall with 2012 total architectural billings of $78 million.
The article reported, “In 2012, the top 300 companies in America collectively earned $10.9 billion, with the top 25 firms bringing in over half the total revenue. While a 10 percent total revenue upsurge in 2011 alluded to light at the end of a post-recession tunnel, growth flattened in 2012 with a 1 percent gain in total revenue. However the Construction Industry Confidence Index, a metric also tabulated by ENR based on surveys sent to construction industry executives, has reached a five-year high of 64 points, up 14 points from last year.”
June 18th, 2013
ARCHITECT magazine recently interviewed HMC’s Pam Maynard and three other designers to find out about products that promote patient comfort without stressing project budgets. Read what Pam had to say about the use of digital imaging wall coverings at the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health.
May 29th, 2013
HMC/School Advisors’ School News is out! Read about the latest trends in K–12 education.
“Build Understanding, Build Successful Projects“
What makes a building project successful? How can you provide the best learning environments for your students and community in an efficient and well-coordinated manner? These are the questions continually going through the minds of school district and county officials. Seeing the need for schools and building team members to better understand each other’s roles and responsibilities, the Central Valley Successful Projects Workshops were developed.
“Listening: Market Trends Summary“
In late 2012, HMC conducted a client outreach “Market Survey” to better understand the trends affecting the K–12 market in California. We asked our survey participants to think about the future and respond with some of the more challenging issues that are keeping them awake at night.
“Local GO Bond Campaigns Make the Difference“
With the uncertainty of future state funding and suspensions of Level III developer fees, school districts must rely more heavily on local funding to support educational facilities improvements. While this necessitates the evaluation of potential GO bond measures, it is important for districts to realize that successful campaigns do not just happen on their own.
May 23rd, 2013
Lee Salin, AIA, managing principal of HMC’s San Jose studio, serves as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the AIA California Council—this is his second term in this role. Lee has participated in the advocacy efforts of the Council for the last eight years through the Advocacy Advisory Committee and other Council committees.
He recently published the article “The Legislative Voice of the AIACC” in the Council’s May newsletter. In the article he writes, “The legislative process is exceedingly complex. How can we as architects be informed about all of these potential benefits or risks to our profession, our businesses, our communities, and our environment?
We can’t, at least not individually. Collectively though, we can be informed – and not just to be aware – we can even have an influence in the outcomes of these bills. This is the role of the AIA California Council’s Legislative Affairs program, under the direction of Mark Christian, Hon AIACC.”
April 15th, 2013
According to Building Design+Construction’s April cover story on charter schools, “charter schools have come a long way in just over two decades. Forty-one states and the District of Columbia have laws recognizing charters, and resistance to charters by public school administrators and teachers’ unions has diminished over the years … Despite this progress, getting schools built remains a daunting task for charter operators … Most charters can only afford to allocate about 14-15% of their budgets to facilities, compared to 22% or more for public schools. Typically, charters will start with one or two kindergartens in leased space and move up a few years later to a K-3 in a renovated space. The real test comes when the charter becomes successful enough to consider building its own facility.”
In the article “23 Things You Need to Know About Charter Schools,” editor Robert Cassidy interviewed HMC Architects’ Phil Nemeth and Steve Prince, along with several other architects, to provide insight into executing successful charter school projects and to provide guidance to charter schools that are looking to build new or expand their facilities.
March 14th, 2013
For its February issue, Interiors & Sources focused on what’s ahead for the healthcare industry and profiled the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health. Editor Robert Nieminen wrote in his editorial that HMC’s design is “shattering age-old expectations of what a visit to the doctor’s office should be like. At first glance, the center appears to be a cross between a spa and a contemporary office space—which was intentional, of course.”
Pam Maynard, CID, principal and director of interior architecture at HMC, explains, “We spent a lot of time with potential clients from L.A. and asked them what types of environments they felt would be most comfortable in which to receive medical care. And the places that they asked for were places that seemed to be very peaceful. The environment itself participates in the healing process by offering a space that’s reminiscent of a calming spa where women go to relax and de-stress.”