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.”
February 12th, 2013
Integration of brand, technology, and innovation at McAfee’s Executive Briefing Center (EBC) landed the project on the cover of the February issue of Interiors & Sources! The article, “Battling the Dark Side,” describes how HMC’s Interiors team captured the essence of McAfee’s battle against malicious viruses that threaten the networks of unsuspecting corporations and how the company’s forces of good are working around the clock to prevent attacks from the dark side.
January 4th, 2013
HMC is pleased to have Kai Broms, LEED AP on its team as an Associate Principal. Since joining the firm in March 2012, Kai has been making an immediate impact by leading and expanding the firm’s institutional and corporate interiors practice in Northern California. He brings over twenty years of project management and design experience to HMC and is a highly experienced designer, space planner, programmer, and project manager. Kai’s portfolio includes projects for institutional, financial, legal and large corporate clients in the U.S. and Asia. Prior to joining HMC, Kai was as an Associate Principal for Rottet Studio where he earned a solid reputation for leading large-scale interiors projects to successful completion.
“Kai is a great addition to the senior leadership team of HMC’s interiors practice and a key hire for the new interiors studio in San Francisco,” said James Woolum, Design Principal at HMC. “Throughout his career, he has worked on spectacular projects for a wide range of clients, with many projects being published in national and international publications. Since joining HMC, Kai has dived head-first into some new project challenges, including our healthcare, K-12, and civic markets, offering both leadership and a fresh perspective for our Nor Cal project base.”
December 15th, 2012
Each year, Interior Design magazine celebrates and honors the best projects and products in nearly 100 categories. Bluepoint Solutions, designed by HMC Architects, was named a finalist in the Office: Mid: 10,000-25,000 SF category. The project received a Merit recognition and was published in the December 2012 issue. Click here to browse all the finalists and winners >>
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.”
November 15th, 2012
By: Pam Maynard, CID Director of Interior Architecture and James Woolum, AIA, IIDA Design Principal
Notorious for their shoestring budgets, public schools have learned how to make every element of their space function in more ways than one. HMC’s interiors duo, Pam Maynard and James Woolum, published “10 Low-Cost Design Tips for Public School” in the October issue of School Planning & Management. The article provides tips for making your design budget stretch twice as far.
For example, take the edge off by adding COLOR. Research shows that color on the walls has a range of positive effects from reducing heart rates to modifying behavior so students stay more focused and teachers stay calm. Colored paint costs the same as white paint so why not liven things up?
November 1st, 2012
Jeremy Duval, Interior Designer
“ARZU STUDIO HOPE supports the reconstruction of Afghanistan by empowering women, their families, and their communities. Income generation opportunities support sustainable economic development, instill personal worth and build gender equality.”- Connie Duckworth, ARZU Founder and CEO.
ARZU STUDIO HOPE was founded with the goal of establishing financial independence for Afghan women who live in one of the poorest nations in the world, ranking 181 out of 182 in the 2009 United Nations Human Development Report. The downfall of the Taliban has liberated Afghan women and girls from the regime’s oppression, but left behind a generation of women who had been deprived of any education, healthcare services and participation of any kind outside the confines of their homes. Two decades of war have created a dismal legacy for these women and their children and ARZU is dedicated to empowering women and their families in effort to break the cycle of poverty. This also contributes to positive development of gender equality in this country.
“Opportunities often present themselves when we’re not expecting them,” Connie Duckworth wrote when she began her blog, STIR, in early 2010. For Duckworth, founder and CEO of ARZU STUDIO HOPE, this was definitely the case. Prior to ARZU, she enjoyed a long and esteemed career as a partner at Goldman Sachs, where in the 1980s and 90s she was a pioneering force for women. Shortly after she retired (after 9-11), Duckworth was invited to join the U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council. Her mission, as she describes it is “to make sure women have a seat at the table in the new Afghanistan.”
October 31st, 2012
HMC received two honors at AIA Santa Clara Valley’s bi-annual design awards. The Orchard School Library received an Honor Award, one of only two given that night, and McAfee’s Executive Briefing Center received a Citation Award. The awards program recognizes design excellence and this year’s theme focused on Sustaining Innovation. According to the chapter, “the legacy of Architecture in Santa Clara Valley has been its support of innovative companies, organizations, and individuals. Looking ahead, Sustaining Innovation may be a key to addressing regional and global challenges. This award program acknowledges design excellence and creativity in projects which sustain innovation, make positive impacts, and serve communities, companies and individuals.”
October 15th, 2012
Contract magazine published the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health in its October issue, which covers design as a solution for health. John Czarnecki, Editor in Chief of Contract, focused this issue on, “seeing examples of the impact and power of design in solving global problems can be a source of inspiration, no matter the scale or location in which designers are practicing.”
The article on the Center for Women’s Health highlights Dr. Ari Babaknia’s original vision for the project, which was for a comfortable inviting space where busy professional women can satisfy many of their medical needs under one roof. The facility offers treatment and management of health conditions, screenings, risk assessments, wellness, and health education. HMC’s Pam Maynard and her design team helped Dr. Babaknia’s vision become a reality by designing a facility that possesses the character of an upscale spa and aligning it with the quality and caliber of care provided by the Center.