In addition to leading the design team for the urban garden at 18th Street and Broadway in downtown Kansas City, HOK team members have volunteered at 18Broadway since it opened in 2010. HOK’s gardening team is comprised of approximately 30 employees that volunteer during lunch hours, after work and on the weekends. The team kicked off the 2015 season with an all-team planting day.
This year the team is focusing on crops that have a high yield and longer shelf life, including squash, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, asparagus, peppers, onions, tomatoes and radishes.
All food grown at 18Broadway is donated to Harvesters, a …
A group of HOK San Francisco employees participated with SEAONC (Structural Engineers Association of Northern California) in National Rebuilding Day at Alemany Farm in San Francisco last weekend. Alemany Farm is a non-profit farm that benefits the local community by educating the nearby residents about urban gardening and sustainable practices. They also give away 100% of their bounty to their volunteers, the local community, and food pantries across the city. Here’s a list of what the group accomplished at Alemany:
Installed a new, more durable roof on the greenhouse as well as (4) new temperature activated skylights.
I was honored once again to volunteer my time as the event chair for the BIMForum. The group’s most recent event was held on April 29-30 in sunny San Diego. The twice annual conferences are built around a theme to focus the content of the presentations and discussions around a core concept. For Spring 2015, the BIMForum chose “Transforming Deliverables” as the main theme, which has some interesting interpretations. One may see the topic of deliverables that transform our processes, while others will want to learn how we are transforming our traditional deliverables using BIM.
Over the course of the day-and-a-half event, we were treated to 14 plenary presentations …
In the last two months, I have co-presented on three separate, but very much related, workplace topics at two IFMA Facility Fusion Conferences and opted to write a collective post about them to, hopefully, get to a much meaningful reductive summary.
First of these presentations was with Leigh Stringer, now an independent consultant and author of The Green Workplace with another book coming up, and was titled “Distributed Work: Fad or Here to Stay?”. About five years ago, HOK had collaborated with IFMA to produce their first Distributed Work Research Report, which was meant to be an all-inclusive name for various alternative work strategies used at the time.
Everything is big is in Texas and so was our Earth Day Celebration!
Dedicated to raising environmental awareness and influence the way we live and think, Earth Day Texas was spread over three days and utilized approximately 750,000 square feet of both indoor – outdoor event space with about 1,000 exhibitors and 75,000 guests in attendance
HOK’s Gulf Coast Region was happy to participate in this wonderful event. A shout-out to volunteers from our Dallas office – Curt Parde, Ben Crawford, Shera Fagg, Tyler Ostrozynski and Jim Halloran for taking time off their weekend to spread awareness about sustainability in the context of the …
When HOK’s Toronto practice moved offices last month, we made a conscious decision to downsize.
An open plan office and more agile workers meant paper copies had to be transferred online and recycled, and a smaller library dictated a need to reduce sample and material quantities.
To practice what we preach with regards to sustainability, our samples were reduced, reused, recycled, and donated.
In an effort to leave no footprint (and reduce our contribution to landfills), many office supplies and small pieces of furniture were sold or given away free on such sites as Kijiji or to interested parties within the larger office building. The majority of the sample library was donated to schools and creative initiatives.
Today is Earth Day, and like many fellow HOK offices, the LA office has set forth to celebrate our stewardship of our home with a combination of education, volunteerism, and some always welcomed social interaction while enjoying the beautiful California climate.
FOGPLANE at the Market Street Prototyping Festival!
The Market Street Prototyping Festival engaged San Francisco’s main thoroughfare last weekend, bringing to life 50 community-driven designs. Last fall, more than 200 teams submitted public art prototype ideas to an open call from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Francisco Planning Department, and the Knight Foundation. 50 of these concepts were selected for their potential to make Market Street more engaging, and built for the three-day public showcase. A redesign of Market Street is slated for 2018, and a smaller group of these prototypes will be realized as part of San Francisco’s Better Market Street initiative.
AIA Houston’s Gulf Coast Green Symposium celebrated its 10 year anniversary last week with an all-day conference focused on Healthy Communities – Vitality in Place making.
Zach Christeson and I along with USGBC’s Jason Hercules had the opportunity to present at the conference discussing sustainability at the community scale. Our 80 minute session titled ‘Design for Healthy and Livable Communities: Integrating LEED for Neighborhood (ND), with the help of HOK case studies, focused on the LEED ND rating system as a framework for sustainable development.
While many cities worldwide are getting better and better at green building, the problems of suburban sprawl and lack of environments conducive to physical activity …
Today is World Autism Awareness Day. HOK supports this by participating in Autism Speaks’ “Light It Up Blue” campaign.
This year, HOK’s lighting group has turned the brand new St. Louis office work-lab a vibrant blue. Attached are some pictures from our test last night. Tonight, HOK will shine blue with many other buildings and structures worldwide. To learn more about autism & the Autism Speaks organization, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.
The team from HOK’s Dallas office hosted a presentation and tour of our office for a group of interior design students from OSU. Jim Halloran, Justin Drabek, Hoshi Brooks and Kelly Davis lead the effort.
A team of designers from HOK’s Kansas City office spent a Wednesday morning at KIPP Endeavor Academy inspiring a group of eighth graders to pursue careers in the design industry.
The event, organized by Prep-KC and KIPP Endeavor Academy, was developed to introduce eighth grade students to high growth industries and get them excited about potential career opportunities. In addition to design, the event spotlighted careers in bioscience, engineering, health science, supply chain and manufacturing, and IT.
“Introducing the eighth grade KIPPsters to design was an amazing experience. They quickly grasped the concepts of programming and concept design from …
The St. Louis office took the opportunity to celebrate the completion of our interior office space during the monthly First Thursday gathering in March. As the first official company gathering in the new double height space, employees toasted the opening and enjoyed champagne and appetizers. A special thank you was given to all those who helped out during the office move.
St. Louis employees toasted to the opening of the new double height office space.
A view from the second floor looking down on the company gathering.
The 1950s were the coming of age for America. A booming economy, a communism scare, a suburban lifestyle, a musical revolution and a repressed race all juxtaposed to create the golden age in America’s history. Channeled through an emerging art movement that defines mass culture, HOK’s Chicago office designed a Pop Art Mask for the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) 10th annual STITCH Runway Show.
Close up of the Pop Art makeup detailing
The Illinois chapter of the IIDA hosts the event every year as a way to connect …
Recently, Steelcase generously offered to host the HOK Dallas office at the 3015 at Trinity Groves kitchen for a tasteful battle of culinary skill.
Between the HOK and Steelcase employees, we were divided into four teams of four – the Red, Blue, Teal and Orange teams. Much like the real Iron Chef competition, we were given a handful of ingredients that we had to somehow include in our dish: Pasta, Shrimp, Cherry Tomatoes and Tortilla Chips.
We had 30 minutes to prepare our dishes then present them to the panel of judges.
IIDA’s South Florida Chapter hosted its 15th Annual Design Mix at 1111 Lincoln Road. This event is a fashion show where designers fabricate dresses utilizing sponsoring manufacturers’ products and materials. HOK was sponsored by DesignTex + Coalesse. Our very own designer, Gisselle Amador, modeled the team’s creation.
HOK Miami Group Photo
“A mystical woodland creature emerges from the shadows unveiling itself. Moving slowly in an elegantly interwoven iridescent cocoon bodice hiding the interworkings of a metamorphosis that is taking place within. The process of transformation unravels from beneath and reaches its peak releasing a flurry of illumination that sets afire the spirit burning within.”
In addition to running, hiking, biking and kickboxing, other favorites included aerial acrobatics, CrossFit competitions, rugby, scuba diving and break dancing. The team’s passion for wellness is evident throughout their work and their commitment to healthy, active living in their daily lives.
Special kudos goes out to Emily, who shared her workout tips and pictures from when she was nine months pregnant!
National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day was started by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) in 1999 to celebrate …
The University of Miami celebrated the official opening of the Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios on February 20, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. The new studios were made possible by a generous donation from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost, the school’s naming benefactors.
Festivities for the dedication of the Frost Music Studios
Frost Music Studios Dedication Ceremony
Designed by HOK and constructed by Skanska USA, the new LEED® Platinum, state-of-the-art facility has over 40,000 square feet of acoustically-engineered teaching spaces. The complex has two buildings flanking the historically-significant Foster building to the North and South comprise the new Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios, which includes two large classrooms plus 77 spacious teaching studios …
A four-year graduate studio from Texas A&M joined our Dallas office for a presentation and tour by a few of our office leaders. Their particular studio is entirely healthcare focused. Ben Crawford, Curt Parde and Darden Beckham led the discussion and tour.
For all of you aspiring architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, interior designers, lighting designers, graphic designers and more: If you love design and want to work with great people for what we think are the world’s best clients (OK, we’re a little biased), we want to meet you. Here’s the schedule for HOK’s upcoming campus visits. If you’re on campus, please come out and introduce yourself! We’d love to get to know you.
Feb. 12 Stanford University
Feb. 19 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Feb. 23 Virginia Tech
Feb. 25 Syracuse University
Feb. 27 Louisiana State University
Savannah College of Art and Design
2015 members of the HOK in SF Green Team proudly display the San Francisco Green Business plaque!
On Feb. 5, HOK’s San Francisco office was awarded the San Francisco Green Business certification. Sandy Valentin, Zorana Bosnic, Marissa Bruce and I joined other Green Businesses to receive our award at a reception and ceremony at Hotel Whitcomb. The certification, a city of San Francisco program offered by the Department of the Environment, documents operational sustainability per a rigorous set of standards in energy management and conservation, lighting, water management and conservation, transportation, environmentally preferable purchasing, source reduction and waste diversion, and employee education.
It’s quite an accomplishment and almost five years …
The gathering was well-attended and a lively discussion followed the ARTIC presentation. Many attendees were interested in the design and delivery process of ARTIC’s iconic terminal, which opened in December 2014. The presentation covered the complexity of the diagrid steel design and the ETFE exterior enclosure design, including the shell’s color-changing LED lights. The international design competition …
David Muñoz, architect in HOK’s Dallas office, shares his experiences as the AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture co-chair for 2014.
What is Latinos in Architecture?
Latinos in Architecture is a community of Latin-American decedent architects who gather together to form an AIA committee. It all started in Dallas, but now we are in Austin, San Antonio and San Francisco. The three main objectives are to serve and support our local communities, to strengthen relationships and professional networks, and to be a positive influence for Latino students aspiring to obtain a professional degree.
What did the organization accomplish last year in Dallas?…