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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.