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 >>
August 28th, 2013
The Temecula Valley Hospital project team delivered the fastest hospital to market in California. Design was started in April 2010, site clearing began in June 2011, construction began in December 2011 and it was completed in July 2013—on July 19, OSHPD officially granted the Temecula Valley Hospital team with a certificate of occupancy! The team delivered a hospital in 20 months of construction, which is extremely fast.
At Temecula Valley Hospital, a groundbreaking process based on Lean principles and IPD has made it one of the fastest and most cost-effective to construct hospitals brought to market in California. The project utilized a true Integrated Form of Agreement (IFOA) with seven contractual partners sharing in the risk and reward: Universal Health Services, HMC Architects, DPR/Turner Joint Venture, DPR Self-Perform Drywall, Southland Industries, Southwest Fire Protection and Bergelectric Corporation. The IFOA broke down the silos of traditional project delivery, requiring deep collaboration and teamwork. It generated cooperation between the team members to drive down costs and drive innovation, while meeting UHS’s goals of delivering a hospital that is 30% below market cost, improves operational cost by 30% and the fastest constructed hospital in California.
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 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
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.
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.”
January 31st, 2013
By Raymond Pan, Design Principal
The First People’s Hospital in Shunde was topped off on January 15, 2013 for all its concrete structures. The ceremony was attended by the highest provincial officials and delegation from Chinese central government. The project is well noted by the Chinese central and provincial governments for its unique design and successful implementation. In fact, the Governor of the province tours it on regular basis.
In the photograph, the officials and the local architect are setting the monument stone for the topping off ceremony. The characters on the monument say, “Topping Off Commemoration.” Since it is a predominantly concrete structure, they don’t sign last beams to put in place. The photos below show the 19 stories tall (79 meters) inpatient tower and outpatient building.
The next phase of the construction is the assembly of the steel framework for the Eco Atrium and exterior envelope system. The project is currently scheduled for completion during the first quarter of 2014.
January 18th, 2013
Bob J. Kain, AIA, ACHA, principal and healthcare market leader of HMC Architects, announced his retirement today. Kain has been with HMC since 1981 and will officially retire on March 1, 2013.
Since 1981, Kain has played an integral role in the firm’s leadership and managed all aspects of healthcare facility development for the firm. He most recently served as principal in charge for several large replacement facilities including the new Kaiser Permanente (KP) Fontana Replacement Hospital and the KP Downey Medical Center. Over the years he has worked side-by-side with multi-tiered healthcare systems to implement master plans, build new medical center campuses, complete seismic remodels, and improve the overall operational viability of aging facilities. He excelled in the planning, programming, design, and construction of complex projects—some of which took more than a decade to complete.
During Kain’s tenure, he led HMC through substantial growth and developed its outstanding reputation for innovation in healthcare planning, garnering recognition from the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health, Modern Healthcare, and Healthcare Design magazine. From 1995 to 2000, he served as HMC’s President/CEO, and from 2000-2004 as its Chairman of the Board, directing the firm’s corporate governance and its strategic vision. Kain helped expand HMC from a single office to an international firm with ten offices. He was responsible for hiring and mentoring new leaders within the budding firm, many of which are still at HMC today.
December 12th, 2012
In the November issue of Interior Design, HMC was published as a newcomer to the magazine’s Healthcare Giants list. With healthcare interior design billings of $3 million, HMC ranks #29 nationally.
According to the magazine, its’ annual 2012 Healthcare Giants survey “reveals that the temperature is rising in this sector of the industry, especially if you look at the number of design staffers hired for healthcare… Hospital projects garnered the largest fees in 2012, bringing in a total of $226.54 million, while assisted-living facilities brought in the least at $2.04 million. Breaking down hospital projects even further, community hospitals account for 48 percent, academic hospitals account for 27 percent, specialty hospitals 14 percent, and 11 percent were counted as other.”