August 6th, 2012
By Ken Salyer, Managing Principal
“We’re trying to kill him,” whispers a nursing instructor at Mt. San Antonio College. She’s referring to “Paul,” the college’s new human patient simulation mannequin that is eerily realistic in its human qualities and ability to engage nursing students in hundreds of training scenarios. (And no, the instructor didn’t actually harm Paul, but she did test his limits.)
Human patient simulator mannequins are gaining popularity and credibility on college and university campuses, and some are used for national certification examinations.* Although medical and nursing students still need hands-on experience in a hospital environment, the simulation mannequins provide valuable learning opportunities and at some institutions count for up to 25 percent of a student’s clinical training hours.*
Simulation Lab at College of the Desert
July 3rd, 2012
The Ohlone Community College District recently partnered with HMC Architects to develop their 2012 District Facilities Master Plan (DFMP). The DFMP presents a translation of the Ohlone College educational program needs into a series of site and facilities recommendations. It includes the analysis of existing conditions, the quantification of planning data to forecast projected space needs, facilities planning principles to guide development and the identification of site and facilities recommendations for each campus.
Ohlone College is comprised of two campuses: the Fremont Campus, a 534-acre campus located along Mission Boulevard in Fremont, Calif., and the Newark Center, an 82-acre campus located along Cherry Street.
The Facilities Planning Principles form the basis for all projects identified in the DFMP. These principles are developed to:
- Support student learning
- Maximize functional space
- Eliminate non-functional space
- Improve efficiency and utilization
- Improve circulation and campus wayfinding
- Establish landscape linkages
Towards these goals, site and facilities recommendations for the Fremont Campus include a revitalized upper campus core. This campus core features a central axis and main street that creates opportunities for interaction by focusing campus pedestrian circulation towards common spaces, and provides attractively designed buildings, plantings, and furnishings.
The DFMP recommendations addressing the Newark Center include: installation of a photovoltaic (PV) array on the site; additional parking; a pedestrian linkage through the site and to the adjacent properties on each side; general soils mitigation; and provisions for maintenance facilities.
The 2012 DFMP’s purpose is to update and consolidate all previous facilities master plan documents into a single District Facilities Master Plan. This document will serve as the District’s planning road map moving forward and incorporates and supersedes all previous recommendations.
In accordance with the District’s governance process, the DFMP process maximized participation and involved stakeholder representatives from all areas of the college: administration, faculty, staff, and students. DFMP meetings began in September of 2011 and included multiple work sessions, as well as workshops with and presentations to the College Council and Board of Trustees.
June 19th, 2012
HMC Architects and Balfour Beatty Construction received the 2012 Project of the Year award from the Design-Build Institute of America – Western Pacific Region for the J. Paul Leonard and Sutro Library at San Francisco State University. Together our design-build team delivered a high quality facility with cost savings for the University and reduced project delivery time.
“This building is a tribute to the teamwork of all the stakeholders who had the vision to go beyond and push the edges of design-build methodology,” commented the DBIA – Western Pacific Region awards jury. “It’s a standout example of what design-build can achieve when confronted with a complicated program and diverse client goals.”
The Library was originally constructed in three phases (1953, 1959 and 1971) but was in need of a renovation and expansion to accommodate a growing student population, address serious inadequacies in the condition of its exterior envelope, and update the building’s electrical and telecommunications systems to meet the needs for support of modern electrical information and multi-media systems.
June 11th, 2012
Attending the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference? Don’t miss HMC’s Sheryl Sterry and Eera Babtiwale as they present with Dean Sally Foster, San Elijo College, about MiraCosta’s comprehensive, sustainable master plan.
Planning for the Future: Incorporating Sustainability into a Campus Master Plan
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Speakers: Sally Foster, Dean San Elijo College, MiraCosta Community College District; Sheryl Sterry, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Education Facilities Planner, HMC Architects; Eera Babtiwale, LEED AP, Environmental Analyst, HMC Architects
In 2010, MiraCosta College recognized the opportunity to link several of their planning efforts and initiate a green transformation with regard to policy, curriculum, community leadership, facilities design, management, and lifestyle. This presentation will describe the integrated planning process and highlight how the collaborative approach engaged all levels of the college community and institutionalized support for the greening of the college.
June 4th, 2012
By Mika Klein, Senior Educational Facilities Planner
Some of you are aware that I have been waxing poetic about Pinterest since I started using it this year. I honestly think this is one of the greatest tools out there and every architect and designer could put it to good use.
May 29th, 2012
By Deborah Shepley, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, Community College Practice Leader
The SCUP 47 International Conference in Chicago is coming up this July, and if you’ve never attended, it’s definitely a worthwhile event. With more than 100 educational sessions, workshops, and excellent plenary speakers, this conference is full of opportunities to learn about current issues and best practices from recognized thought leaders across higher education.
I attend the SCUP International Conference each year, and every time I learn new things that I apply directly to my area of focus—master planning in higher education. As the Membership Vice-Chair on the Pacific Regional Council, I encourage architects and planners to get involved in SCUP, attend an event to learn something new, and expand your network within the higher educational community.
May 1st, 2012
Learning resource center, private tutoring rooms, and language lab are just a few of the amenities planned for College of the Desert’s new library, set to be built in 2014. More than 30 people gathered at the school’s library on Saturday to take a peek at the renovation plans, designed by HMC Architects out of Ontario. Read the full article from mydesert.com.
April 12th, 2012
The newly renovated J. Paul Leonard Library and Sutro Library has officially opened its doors to eager students at San Francisco State University. Bright, open spaces invite students into a learning environment designed for the 21st century.
The existing J. Paul Leonard Library was constructed in three phases (1953, 1959 and 1971) and contained approximately 287,000 gross square feet of building area on seven floors, including the basement. Since the last expansion more than thirty years ago, the enrollment at SFSU has increased, leaving the existing facility to provide for only 68 percent of the library space required by the growing student population. Furthermore, the building suffered serious inadequacies in the condition of its exterior envelope, where there were numerous leaks that were detrimental to library materials, building occupants, and the building’s HVAC systems. The building’s electrical and telecommunications systems were substandard and inadequate to meet the needs for support of modern electronic information and multimedia systems.
The ground level of the new addition offers spaces for collaboration and social activities.
February 1st, 2012
Four major construction projects at the University of California, San Diego are slated for completion this year, in addition to a $2.1 million facelift of the La Jolla Playhouse grounds.
Phase II of the Rady School of Management should be finished in April. The $47.2 million, 80,000 square-foot project was funded through $27.1 in state funds and private gifts from Ernest Rady and the Rady Family Foundation, Wells Fargo bank and other sources. Read the entire article from La Jolla Light.
January 3rd, 2012
HMC ArchLab recently led an Eco-Charrette for the Collins College of Hospitality at Cal Poly Pomona. Watch the video to learn about our Eco-Charrette process and how we integrate sustainable design from the beginning of a project.