September 18th, 2013
This week HMC President and Civic/Justice Practice Leader Beverly Prior, FAIA, LEED AP is speaking at the AIA AAJ national conference in Portland, OR. The theme of this year’s conference is the evolving prevalence of several forms of alternative project delivery as those processes have been applied to the justice building environments. Each version of these various methods has much to recommend it, but each also inevitably entails certain challenges with the justice environments adding another level of complexity given the paramount issues of security and safety. The conference will explore those benefits and challenges.
The two sessions Beverly Prior will be presenting on include:
Design Excellence through Design-Build (and Other Integrated Project Deliveries)
Can your design-build team achieve design excellence in a design-build project? What is design excellence in a civic building, correctional facility, a Federal Courthouse? Beverly and other industry experts will discuss the meaning of design excellence and best practices in achieving the mark. The other speakers include Greg Gidez, AIA, DBIA; Rick del Monte, AIA; Curt Fentress, FAIA, RIBA and Kay Compton, AIA.
Sustainable Justice Principles in Practice Part II: A Systems Approach
Sustainable justice principles serve justice facilities and the communities within which they reside, as well as broader justice system goals at municipal, state and federal levels. Through a series of interviews Beverly and other panelists will investigate current developments from the perspective of a systems approach to guide facility owners and operators, and practitioners in their decision-making. The other speakers include Julia Hughes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Elizabeth Minnis, AIA; Wendy Still; Jeanne Woodford; Richard W. Velde and Larry Hartman, AIA.
Beverly Prior is also part of the AAJ Sustainable Justice Committee, which organized the conference’s Saturday Workshop, Sustainable Justice Workshop 2013: Partnering with Research and Technology. The workshop will explore the advancement and application of Green Guide to Justice (GGJ) sustainable principles for justice and how these objectives can partner with the advancement of research in understanding how humans respond to the built environment.
July 3rd, 2013
On June 25, HMC Architects’ Kate Diamond, FAIA, LEED AP served as the moderator of the panel discussion “Sustainable Design Process: From Vision to Implementation” at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. The panelists included: Margaret Lau, Director of the Central California Environmental Training Center, Allan Hancock College; Jonathan Kropp, Director of Grant Programs, Cuyamaca College; and John Cook, Director of the Office of Sustainability, University of California Riverside.
The presentation addressed how higher education institutions have the profound ability to advance environmental, social and economic sustainability, while providing an example for the wider society. In the best practice, this triple bottom-line definition of sustainability needs to imbue all aspects of an institution’s thinking from curriculum through planning to the design and operations of buildings. The panel shared insights from three different higher education institutional perspectives, addressing the infusion of sustainable principles and practices into three key steps along the continuum of design for a specific project: Initial Visioning (Allan Hancock College), Master Planning (Grossmont-Cuyamaca CCD Facilities Master Plan), and Programming (UC Riverside Student Health Center).
The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference highlighted cutting-edge research, as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs and community partnerships. This unique conference was jointly organized by independent/private colleges, California Community Colleges, California State Universities and the University of California to create the opportunity for dialogue across institutions.
For more information on the presentation, please contact Kate Diamond at 213-542-8300.
March 7th, 2013
Beverly Prior presented “Correctional Facilities Connecting with the Community” at the 2013 ACA Winter Conference in Houston. During her presentation, she reviewed the Sustainable Justice Ratings Guide. The SJ Ratings Guide broadens assessment beyond the facility scale to sustainability at the societal, community, and human scales.
Beverly, along with HMC’s Julia Hughes and the AIA Sustainable Justice Committee, continue the development of the Sustainable Justice Ratings Guide a custom methodology or scoring system to specifically evaluate justice facilities within the context of sustainable principles that uniquely expands the definition of leadership for sustainable environments, communities, and society at-large.
The Sustainable Justice Ratings Guide has a 2030 planning horizon for the long term impacts of sustainable justice. The Ratings Guide does not compete with USGBC LEED criteria, rather it augments sustainable building design and construction criteria and focuses on the whole system from societal impacts to the engagement of the individual. The Ratings Guide is based on four scales: The Societal Scale; The Community Scale; The Facility Scale; and The Human Scale.
— It is intended to encourage a broader role of sustainability for our justice facilities in our society as well as their impact on communities and individuals.
— Goals are defined based on Sustainable Justice Principles that reach far beyond materials, methods, and the physical and earth energy resource conservation of physical plant construction and performance standards.
— Desired outcomes are defined by metrics and reference standards and resources that provide reinforce the unique link public facilities have with, and contribution to a successfully sustainable community and society.
December 19th, 2012
By Kristi Sprinkel
On December 3, HMC’s LA studio hosted Metropolis magazine editor-in-chief Susan Szenasy for Brilliant Simplicity, a film based on the work of winners and runners-up in Metropolis’ Next Generation Design Competition. The competition asks designers, ten years or less in practice, for workable ideas that will make our world sustainable, accessible, technologically-savvy, and historically relevant. The film, Brilliant Simplicity, places a strong emphasis on research, collaboration, and innovation–which are all critical topics of today.
November 12th, 2012
Beverly Prior, FAIA, LEED AP will be speaking at Design Like You Give a Damn and at the Bay Area’s AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice this week.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Design Like You Give a Damn
Neighborhood Security and Violence Prevention in the Built Environment
How to use urban planning and architecture to prevent violence. Panelists will share lessons learned from their efforts to lower crime and increase security in at-risk neighborhoods around the world.
Click here to register for Design Like You Give a Damn, or watch the live webcast >>
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Bay Area
Repurposing Existing Buildings for Essential Services
Facing economic shortages, counties are choosing to repurpose commercial buildings for essential services operations. This session will explore the planning and design processes of this approach, and the associated benefits and challenges for programming, operations, and security.
October 18th, 2012
By Raymond Pan, AIA, LEED AP, Design Principal
The First People’s Hospital in Shunde is making a splash with design professionals internationally, especially in China. In addition to the hospital being designated as an official pilot project for green hospitals in China, Professor Chen of Xi’an Jiaotong University is publishing a first major book in China on international green hospital buildings that features the project. Three weeks ago, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University invited me to give a lecture to the students at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning and Design. The faculty and students were particularly interested in the First People’s Hospital and other recent international design competitions that HMC entered and were selected as finalists. The lecture was very well received and attended by more than 150 students and faculty.
October 10th, 2012
In recent months, HMC’s Steve Wilson has been speaking around the country on the topic of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). The traditional relationship between owner, architect and contractor has been based on the individual goals of these team members, with the subsidiary tiers under them, such as consultants and sub-contractors. Each party is concerned with protecting their own interests and, to a certain extent, operates in silos and negotiates their agreements with that goal in mind.
Although the IPD method has multiple objectives, it is focused primarily on assuring that there is an alignment of values among all team members and producing a collaborative contractual relationship where work is performed at cost and all profit is placed in a common pool as an incentive for team behavior toward a common goal. It results in shared responsibilities, shared rewards, shorter construction schedules, lower costs, fewer disputes, no legal battles, and a more enjoyable project experience for all.
Steve, along with representatives from Universal Health Services, DPR Construction, Tuner Joint Venture Construction, and other various trade partners; addressed the pros and cons of IPD in the various presentations. They discussed the challenges of establishing collaborative behavior and adding value, while driving down cost through all three organizations (client, architect, contractor) in order to assure that everyone on the team is sharing a common vision and exhibiting that philosophy in their daily work.
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
October 4th, 2012
By Julia Hughes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal
We’re gearing up for the AIA AAJ Fall Conference October 10-12, with a wide range of activities and opportunities for involvement planned. Browse the upcoming events and if you’re in Toronto for the conference, definitely stop by the AIA AAJ booth for a visit.
Re-purposing Existing Buildings for Essential Services Operations
Within the Law Enforcement track of the conference, which includes detention/corrections and courts, HMC’s Beverly Prior will be discussing the planning and design challenges of facing economic shortages as counties are choosing to re-purpose commercial buildings for essential services operations. This session will explore project development strategies, and the associated benefits and challenges for programming, operations, and security.
September 3rd, 2012
Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo
October 2-4, 2012
The Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) was established in 1991 with the mission to lead the improvement of healthcare throughout the world. It focuses on motivating and building the will for change; identifying and testing new models of care in partnership with both patients and health care professionals; and ensuring the broadest possible adoption of best practices and effective innovations. This presentation is a case study illustrating the innovative strategies being used to design and construct Temecula Valley Hospital and how it aligns with the tenants of the IHI.
Presented by Rebecca G. Hathaway RN, MSN, Senior Operations Executive, UHS Temecula Valley Hospital; Ken Lindsey, Sr. Project Manager, Southland Industries; Dean Shipcott, Project Manager, Berg Electric; Edward Straub, DPR Construction; Steven Wilson, Principal, HMC Architects