December 5th, 2013
By Eera Babtiwale, Environmental Analyst
Middle College High School (MCHS), located on the campus of LA Southwest College, demonstrates how sustainability is the way forward, serving as an example of how sustainable design is synonymous with good building design. The project is the result of a unique collaboration between the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Community College District, Southwest College and the design-build team of HMC Architects-Bernards Brothers. From design conception to construction, all entities recognized the critical synergy between sustainable design and successful learning environments. As a result of this shared philosophy, the 61,105-GSF high school achieved LEED Gold certification.
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
On November 5, HMC received an Award of Merit in Master Planning by the Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC) for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD) Facilities Master Plan! The GCCCD Facilities Master Plan is the result of a comprehensive planning process that involved multiple stakeholders from the district, the Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, and the community. The plan highlights the district’s physical needs to best serve students, and provides direction for improvements to the two campuses so that GCCCD can offer the environment that best supports the colleges’ excellent education programs. The challenge was bringing together a multi-college district to develop a district level facilities master plan to create a shared vision, while respecting and celebrating the unique culture and spirit of each college.
The CCFC award jury was quiet impressed with the project and said, “What strikes us about this master plan is that we can see and understand the transformation that will occur during the implementation of the plan. We appreciate the engagement that occurred during the development of the plan with the forums and the visual note taking.”
The jury also noted, “The GCCCD Facilities Master Plan demonstrates the perfect balance of defined educational goals, well-organized design objectives and an engaged participatory process. Above all else, the master plan directly supports the educational functionality by creating multi-functional spaces, usable outdoor settings, and developing academic clusters that serve to simplify student way-finding and increase interdisciplinary collaboration. In addition to its exemplary functionality, the master plan embraces the natural habitats in which these campuses reside, by providing beautiful view corridors to the surrounding nature preserves and low impact/sustainable design principles.”
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
May 22nd, 2013
On May 20, HMC and El Camino College celebrated the groundbreaking of a new STEM Center. Representing HMC at the groundbreaking was Thomas Ferrer and Kaysha Bucher; other project team members include James Woolum, Lucy Padilla and Amanda Carraway.
The STEM Center will be a new $2.1 million, 9,334-square-foot learning support center located in a renovated space in the lower level of the Natural Science Building. The center is designed for students studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) disciplines, and will contain four group learning areas, four self-study areas, a large collaboration lounge, three meeting rooms, three classrooms, and four faculty offices. Services for students include: Wi-Fi internet access and a computer lab with 21 computer stations. The new STEM Center and numerous other facilities improvements on campus were made possible with funds from the 2002 Measure E facilities bond.
April 15th, 2013
On April 12, the Design Technology Center (DTC) at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) celebrated its grand opening and dedication. The new facility brings together a variety of computer-based design programs with a diverse group of students and faculty to encourage collaboration and interaction. The 66,000-SF DTC includes a 390-seat assembly space, exhibition gallery, model shop, and media labs under one roof. Sustainable strategies were incorporated throughout the design and construction of the facility and the project has received LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The DTC provides a permanent home to Mt. SAC’s photography department, along with other computer-based design programs such as architecture, interior design, animation, web design, and advertising. The two-story atrium and main entrance create an interactive space, which provides visual connection to gallery and critique areas. The DTC is not only a facility that supports the use of technology, but also an environment that encourages interdisciplinary cooperation and learning.
Sustainable features and savings include:
• Without including the central plant efficiency, energy simulation shows that the project performs 18.2% above Title 24 2005
• Water efficient landscaping strategy reduce water usage by more than 50%
• Low flow plumbing fixtures reduces indoor potable water usage by 51%
• Outdoor air delivery monitoring system with CO2 sensor to ensure comfort for occupants
• Low emitting materials for adhesive and sealants, carpet systems, composite wood as well as paints and coatings.
• Heat island effect is reduced with cool roof and light paving material.
• Lighting and Thermal Comfort control abilities to ensure the performance met user needs.
Architect: HMC Architects
Energy Consultant: HMC ArchLab
LEED Consultant: Farnsworth
Mechanical: BP and Associates
Electrical & Plumbing: DCGA Engineers
Landscape Architect: Campbell & Campbell
Structural Engineer: R.M. Byrd and Associates
Commissioning Agent: P2S Engineering
Construction Manager: Lend Lease
April 5th, 2013
College of the Desert’s Nursing Building Renovation was recently certified LEED GOLD under the LEED NC2.2 rating system. The implementation of high performance design in the renovation project was critical because more than 70% of floorstock in the USA belongs to existing old buildings, according to the US Energy Information Agency. As the result, the building incorporates the following sustainable features:
- Integrated design approach applied in the project to increase energy performance during the design.
- Energy simulation shows that the project performs 43.4% above Title 24 2005, which is approximately more than 60% EUI reduction from CBECS 2003.
- More than 75% of regularly occupied space receives daylight.
- Lighting control for all classrooms.
- Photovoltaic system that offsets more than 25% building energy usage.
- 20% of the total materials are from local and regional areas and the materials contain more than 10% recycled content.
- Low emitting materials for adhesive and sealants, as well as paints and coatings.
- Heat island effect is reduced with cool roof and light paving material.
February 13th, 2013
Building Design+Construction published a trends report in its January issue on “New facilities enhance the quality of campus life.” HMC’s Kate Diamond is one of the experts quoted in the report, which focuses on how colleges and universities are building state-of-the-art student unions, dining halls, and other non-academic buildings to enrich the campus experience, boost enrollment, and stay competitive.
Kate spoke to the publication about the widening gap between the haves and the have-nots in the world of higher education. “The public institutions, particularly in California, are having a really hard time and nobody is talking luxury, though quality-of-life projects are continuing to be developed,” says Diamond. “The question is how do we do more with less and continue to deliver real value?”
HMC Architects is trying to balance the more-with-less equation with a health counseling and wellness center for the University of California–Riverside. “The student fees need to go as far as they can, and we want as cost-effective a solution as possible,” says Diamond. “On the other hand, we’re building a 50-year building and want it to be a really attractive place where students will feel they’re getting top-grade professional service, as if they were out in the private sector.”