July 18th, 2013
Project Frog, the nation’s premier component building company, and HMC Architects, a leader in the planning and design of educational environments, have teamed up to deliver “Impact,” Project Frog’s next generation building platform specifically designed around the needs of 21st century learning. This efficient component building solution is transforming the way schools approach new learning environments by providing long-term cost savings and time saving over traditional construction methods.
While all schools are facing increased pressures to build smarter, it is a critical concern for public school districts and counties. The resurgence of local school bond financing combined with new state mandates for permanent facilities has put pressure on the building industry to provide better, high-performing buildings quickly and at a price within budget.
The new building platform, called Impact, answers the call of students and teachers across the nation for healthier, inspirational buildings, while addressing the needs of administrators for speed, durability and affordability. Coined Impact to reflect the significant role these buildings will have on the student experience, the platform is distinguished by slab-on-grade permanent buildings that go up in half the time of traditional construction at a price all can afford. Entirely new campuses or additions to existing facilities can be constructed out of the Impact building components. The walls and infrastructure are reconfigurable, which allows schools to easily adapt to changes in space requirements as needs evolve.
Impact component buildings, which arrive flat-packed and are assembled by a general contractor on-site, are designed to perform 60% better than Title 24 and can achieve LEED Silver and CHPS (Collaborative for High Performing Schools) compliance right out-of-the-box. The Impact building platform incorporates the latest in innovative systems and state-of-the-art technologies. Most notable is the fully integrated LED lighting package, which coupled with the almost 12’ ceilings and large windows, contributes to 85% daylight autonomy in each building.
Impact incorporates several one- and two-story building configurations, twelve of which have already been approved by California’s Division of State Architects (DSA), either via Pre-Check or project specific approval. The platform is designed to accommodate a number of site, program and curricular contexts, spanning projects of anywhere from 1,440 to 80,000 square feet.
The Project Frog and HMC alliance has inspired several school districts and charter schools in California to take action and build smarter, including the South San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Ana Unified School Districts. More than 300,000 square feet of new Impact buildings for education have been specified for both portable replacement and new campus building solutions, with 50,000 square feet opening in fall 2013 alone.
“HMC and Project Frog share the same mission to improve and inspire the human condition through shaping better environments,” said Brian Staton, CEO of HMC Architects. “HMC’s goal is to bring our clients innovative and cost-effective solutions that deliver on their educational missions. The partnership with Project Frog allows us to do that—faster, smarter and more cost-effective buildings that allow schools to focus less on the construction process and more on student learning and outcomes.”
“From the get go, Impact was designed to be a flexible, easy-to-use tool for architects and general contractors. But, this collaboration marks a first for Project Frog,” said Ann Hand, Project Frog’s CEO. “Education is core to our mission, so we didn’t choose our partners in the development of Impact lightly. HMC impressed us with their deep expertise, knowledge of the Pre-K–12 market and their desire to embrace innovation as a means to provide a wider range of low-cost and high-quality building solutions to educational clients.”
The two companies worked hand-in-hand during the system design phase to integrate HMC’s architectural and domain expertise with Project Frog’s component system criteria, as well as its performance and cost drivers. HMC Architects and Project Frog continue to work closely together to understand schools’ unique needs and the solutions that the Impact building will deliver to them for over 50 years.
June 10th, 2013
By Brian Staton, CEO of HMC Architects
On behalf of HMC, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Beverly Prior, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, to president of the firm! Beverly and I will operate in a dual leadership structure. She will be responsible for the growth, strategy and development of the core practices at HMC, and I will continue to be responsible for the business operations and management of the firm.
With more than 30 years of experience, Beverly is a proven collaborative leader and has built a solid reputation in partnering with clients in the strategic planning and design of educational, civic and justice facilities. She brings to the position leadership experience that is rooted in developing a unified vision, team building and driving toward excellence. In 1986, Beverly founded Beverly Prior Architects, a nationally renowned architectural firm. She served as president of Beverly Prior Architects for 25 years until 2011 when the firm merged with HMC. Since joining HMC, she has been a visible leader within the firm, serving as the civic/justice practice leader and chair of the firm’s Practice Forum, which oversees our four core practices of civic/justice, healthcare, higher education and K–12 across nine offices. We are very excited to have Beverly on board as president.
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.
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.”
November 6th, 2012
HMC Architects announced on Monday that its President, Randy Peterson, FAIA, LEED AP, is no longer with the firm. HMC’s 360 employee owners, its senior leadership, and Board of Directors commend Peterson on his achievements and legacy. He leaves the firm after 18 years of service, the last eight years as its president. HMC’s Chief Executive Officer Brian Staton will assume the role of Interim President.
“We are all extremely grateful for Randy’s 18 years of dedication to the success of the firm,” said HMC’s Chairman of the Board Jerry Eich, AIA, ACHA.
June 21st, 2012
On June 20, more than 500 of the region’s leading architects, designers and building professionals gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the Los Angeles Business Council’s 42nd annual LA Architectural Award luncheon. The awards program acknowledges the outstanding projects that make LA livable, beautiful and economically vibrant. They honor design teams for both their aesthetic vision and for their contributions to the community as a whole. Among the award-winning facilities was the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health, which Dignity Health commissioned HMC to design. The project received top honors in the Healthcare Interiors category.
Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health
May 23rd, 2012
Principal / Senior Vice President:
Hector Cruz (Ontario Studio)
Greg Del Gado (Ontario Studio)
Alex Parslow (Ontario Studio)
Corazon Roush (San Diego Studio)
Associate Principal / Vice President:
Tre Arnold (San Diego Studio)
Gilbert Baez (Ontario Studio)
Michelle Denis (San Diego Studio)
Julia Hughes (San Diego Studio)
Tom Hunter (Ontario Studio)
Pablo La Roche (Ontario Studio)
Eera Babtiwale (Ontario Studio)
Stephen Douglas (Ontario Studio)
Matt Endsley (Ontario Studio)
Karl Hamilton (Ontario Studio)
Shannon Rose McShea (Los Angeles Studio)
Johnn Messner (Ontario Studio)
Jesse Miller (Ontario Studio)
Israel Peña (Ontario Studio)
James Sink (Ontario Studio)
May 11th, 2012
The Orchard School Library, designed by HMC Architects, has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Orchard School—an elementary and middle school in northeastern San Jose—sought a sustainable facility to improve its outdated and overcrowded campus library, with the goals of housing their growing book collection, improving student access to technology, and educating students on green buildings and a sustainable future. The project is the first LEED Gold certified K-12 public school building in the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County. Additionally, it is the third LEED Gold certified K-12 public school facility in the State of California.