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.”
January 5th, 2013
San Francisco State University’s J Paul Leonard and Sutro Library was featured in and snagged the cover of the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. The article provides an interesting historical perspective on the Sutro Library and its new location. Read the full article, “The Sutro Library Now Open in a Sparkling New Location” by Gary F. Kurutz >>
November 28th, 2012
University California San Diego’s Torrey Pines Center North office building has received LEED Silver certification. Untouched for more than 30 years, Torrey Pines Center North underwent a radical transformation. Built in the hierarchical era of large perimeter private offices, the new design transforms the interior spaces into a more democratic, open, flexible, modern workplace environment. The renovated facility brings together six University departments, which required careful attention to competing departmental demands of privacy and security in an open office landscape. The final design increases the density and efficiency of private offices and open workstations in a sensitive manner, while providing additional shared collaborative zones and conference spaces. It prioritizes access to natural light and stunning ocean views.
The project team undertook a detailed assessment of the existing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, life safety, and elevator systems including a life-cycle cost analysis for replacement of aging systems with newer, more energy efficient solutions. Sustainable features include an IceBank thermal energy storage system to utilize ice created during off-peak hours for peak daytime cooling needs. The building renovation achieved the following sustainable accomplishments:
• Renovation of existing building near multiple community and campus services
• Preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles
• Over 50% of parking is in a structure and a white coating on the roof reduce urban heat island effect
• High-efficiency water closets, urinals, lavatory and kitchen faucets were installed to reduce annual water use by 38%
Energy and Atmosphere
• Projected 15% energy cost savings through high-efficiency lighting and thermal storage
• Enhanced commissioning services performed to verify that the building’s energy-related systems are performing as intended
Materials and Resources
• 95% of the structure was maintained reducing the carbon emissions
• Over 75% of the construction waste was diverted from landfills
• Over 10% of the building materials contain recycled content, by cost
Indoor Environmental Quality
• All interior finishes were selected with low levels of volatile organic compounds to reduce indoor air contamination
November 19th, 2012
On November 8, HMC Architects and Balfour Beatty were presented with an Honor Award from the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) for J. Paul Leonard Library and Sutro Library at San Francisco State University. The national design-build awards are presented to the highest-rated projects in each category and are the most prestigious project awards presented by DBIA. The Leonard Library was honored in the Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration category.
The Leonard Library 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. It’s a standout example of what design-build can achieve when confronted with a complicated program and diverse client goals. The new $103.8 million library renovation and expansion project addressed the need to accommodate a growing student population and restored structural inadequacies while concurrently updating the building’s electrical and telecommunication systems.
Originally constructed in three phases (1953, 1959 and 1971), this two-phase design-build project included the construction of the “West Addition” that houses book stacks and the installation of an automated library book retrieval system at ground level; the construction of the “North Addition;” the renovation and seismic reinforcement of the existing library. In total, the project adds 34% more space, 50% more seating, 50% more group study areas, 50% more collection capacity, both in open stacks and a high-density automated retrieval system, and 100% more computers; all while providing a flexible and congenial learning environment in the heart of campus.
“The library provides an excellent example of collaboration between the design-build team and owner on a very complex project,” said Simon Y. Lam, Associate Vice President of Capital Planning, Design and Construction at San Francisco State University. “Throughout the project the design-build team took a collaborative approach and exercised creativity and speed in resolving issues, resulting in a building of significant architectural merit. The library has been transformed into a light-filled and open structure that welcomes students and, in turn, has transformed and enlivened the surrounding campus. San Francisco State University is very proud of the new facility and we are grateful to the HMC / Balfour Beatty design-build team for its success.”
In addition, earlier this year, the project received Project of the Year from DBIA-Western Pacific Region – the highest award in this region’s annual competition that honors the top projects in California, Nevada, Hawaii, and Arizona.
November 1st, 2012
By Adrienne Luce, Designing Futures Foundation Executive Director
Dr. Diane Dieckmeyer, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Norco College, dreamed of replacing a massive water guzzling lawn outside the student bookstore with a sustainable teaching garden that could advance and support the college’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
Left: Diane Dieckmeyer working in Norco College’s water demonstration garden.
As Diane described in the DFF grant application, “California is known for its endless sunshine and lush vegetation of orange groves, palm trees, and hibiscus. However, this vegetation is not native to Southern California where drought-tolerant plants flourish. Southern California is considered a semiarid region and receives approximately 15 inches of rain annually with the Norco College region receiving only 13 inches annually. The use of non-native plants and expansive green lawns so common in California is a drain to already scarce water resources. One of the most effective ways to conserve water is to replace water-thirsty lawns and non-native plants with native and drought-tolerant plants. For example, replacing a 1000 square foot lawn with native and drought-tolerant plants saves 7700 gallons per month; a water consumption reduction of over 91 percent.”
October 9th, 2012
California is home to 112 public community colleges—many of which are looking to develop plans for a more sustainable future. For Allan Hancock College, HMC provided guidance and facilitated the process of drafting a comprehensive Energy and Sustainability Plan to lead the College’s operational and educational mission. On September 28, HMC’s Sheryl Sterry, along with Kathy Buckey and Margaret Lau from Allan Hancock College, presented “Mobilizing a Sustainability Task Force into Action (on a Shoestring Budget)” at the Green California Community College Summit.
Graphic recording from Allan Hancock College sustainability workshop facilitated by HMC Architects
August 17th, 2012
San Francisco State University’s J. Paul Leonard and Sutro Library was featured in the July/August 2012 edition of School Construction News. The J. Paul Leonard and Sutro Library has received both the Western Region and National Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) awards, and was named “Project of the Year.” Read the full article, “Renovated Library Mixes the Modern with the Past” in School Construction News.
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.