HOK Chicago hosted our second annual pumpkin carving contest today in the HOKafe. Take a look at our creepy creations!
HOK Chicago hosted our second annual pumpkin carving contest today in the HOKafe. Take a look at our creepy creations!
In HOK’s St. Louis office Oct. 6 through 10 was the United Way Fair, a week-long campaign benefiting the United Way of Greater St. Louis. The campaign raised $35,219.84- more than $5,000 over goal- through pledge donations, lunches, a silent auction, games, a bake sale and raffles.
This year’s theme was the United Way Fair, so a mini carnival was set-up in the office Thursday during lunch. It included a cakewalk, lollipop tree and a “pick-a-duck” pond. There was even a Wii with carnival games!
Thank you …
The Gulf Coast region congratulates Gary Marsh, engineering practice leader, on his 30-year HOK anniversary!
Thank you Gary for your client commitment, design perfection and plumbing group leadership through the years. You have proven to be an important part of our success and we look forward to your continued contributions.
Pictured above (from left to right) at the dedication of the garden: Sean Robinson (HOK), Jesse Doty (Clark Construction) and Ryan Shirah (Clark Construction).
Loma Vista students now have a new ocean friendly, drought-tolerant landscape design that allows for the capture of rainwater and beautifies their school. Many people from local companies came together as contributors to help this project happen, including several members of Clark’s on-site personnel and HOK’s Sean Robinson. After an old tree had to be removed from the property, the school was chosen by the Midtown Ventura Community Council’s “Adopt-A-School Program” as the recipient of this improvement project.
From augers to shovels and mulch to …
Justin Ping, a student intern in HOK’s Dallas office, recently returned from a two-week long student trip to China, where he was working on a five-day competition for the International Design Workshop on Waterfront Leisure, Recreation, and Sustainability in Zhengzhou, China. The competition was composed of three teams, each with a mix of students and professionals from the University of Michigan, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and SPD Planning Design Corporation.
Each team developed proposals for a large park/commercial district in Zhengzhou, one of China’s rapidly developing cities. The proposals were then presented to the client, as well as local government officials, and the workshop/presentations were documented and aired by the local media. The rate of growth in central China is …
This past summer, HOK’s Los Angeles office had the pleasure of hosting an event for USC Architectural Guild – Engage! .
The Engage! series is essentially an open house event that provides an opportunity for students, interns, architects, engineers and other allied professionals in the Los Angeles region to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, exchange and generate ideas, and learn about the host firm’s expertise and work. Oh, and to have a good time!
Marketing Principal, Alicia Wachtel kicked off the event with an introduction to HOK – what we do, how long we have …
It’s been a while since I’ve updated on the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center aka ARTIC….
Last you have all seen, we were at the topping out ceremony… But we are getting to the home stretch..
All the ETFE have been inflated, trees are getting planted, finishes are getting installed, this is when we really get busy!
But in the meantime, let’s get a side by side comparison on what we designed and what is actually getting built!
HOK Product Design recently celebrated the U.S. launch of a new collection of doors developed in collaboration with Lualdi, a premier Italian manufacturer of luxury doors, interior furnishings and modular systems. Culture + Commerce helped bring together the two firms. The doors in the Half + Half collection have been specifically designed to fit in small spaces, where swing and sliding doors are not feasible. The new door swings and pivots to open into a “half-in-half-out” position. Held at the Sandow headquarters in New York, the launch event displayed the three doors in the collection, designed by the HOK Product Design team and manufactured by Lualdi in its family-owned factory near Milan, Italy.
Yiselle Santos, a senior design professional in HOK’s Washington, DC, office, has been selected as one of 16 scholars making up the 2015 class for the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development (CKLD) Program. The first of its kind for the AIA DC chapter, the program was launched in 2013 with the goal of training and nurturing the next generation of leaders.
The CKLD program takes place over nine individual half-day sessions and covers eight core skills: marketing and business development, office and firm management, presentation and public speaking, professional ethics and the law, philanthropy and board involvement, community service, industry trends and the future of the practice. Each topic is …
Taking advantage of a beautiful afternoon as an excuse for “team bonding,” Vincent Ng, director of Interiors in HOK’s Washington, DC, office, led his team in a 5K run down the C&O Canal last Friday. The path was marked by Amy “Sporty Spice” Fabry, who ran ahead and back to mark the route before the rest of us could make it three feet. Despite client deadlines and lots of other work on their plate, the interiors team took advantage of some time away from the office and burned off some serious calories to boot. Many folks hadn’t run in years, but …
I have spent the last several months writing about healthy workplaces – how work and the places that we work affect our health in one way or another. My research lately has focused on stress – how we get stressed and ways to manage it through meditation and other mindful practices. I have learned there are many different kinds of meditation practices, including transcendental meditation, walking meditation, concentrative meditation, qi gong and heart rhythm meditation. The most popular, widely adapted, and widely researched meditation technique in the Western world is known as mindfulness meditation, which is a combination of concentration and open awareness. Mindfulness is found in many contemplative
What’s unique about urban design in China?
KC: China’s urban designers must deal with unprecedented urbanization, as immigrants coming into our cities have tripled the urban population over the last 30 years. How to better accommodate these 100 million migrant workers and other permanent residents with city hukou (household registration) becomes a significant challenge. Ongoing models of community development must shift from gated residential quarters to open and resource-sharing neighborhoods. Laying out public amenities throughout communities can alleviate social issues triggered by the wealth gap. And …
Our HOK Chicago team recently participated in USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service at Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). Green Apple Day of Service gives individuals, companies and organizations the opportunity to transform schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places.
Focusing on key sustainable initiatives, our volunteers worked with W.E. O’Neil and DIRTT Environmental Solutions to plant and garden the ChiArts outdoor spaces, install a recycling center and install a DIRTT Breathe Wall inside of the school.
Kim Shinn and I presented a session on lessons learned from the first three years of LEED for Healthcare at Greenbuild 2013. The session and the research we conducted before and after it was extremely valuable for everyone involved. We’ve been accumulating lessons learned based on “war stories” from people in our networks and from our own projects. This presentation opened up a big can of worms that we’ve decided not to shut — we’re currently preparing a “deep dive” workshop at Healthcare Design Conference in November 2014 and a LEEDuser webcast for winter 2015.
The Hospital Replacement Wing at Ventura County Medical Center is targeting LEED for Healthcare Silver …
Steve Henigan joined HOK in London in 2013 to lead the firm’s regional consulting practice. In 2014, he received CoreNet’s Global Luminary Award for Excellence for being the highest-rated speaker at the EMEA 2013 CoreNet Summit.
1. What does your role entail?
My role is to lead and grow our consulting offering across the EMEA region. It is an interesting role as I am part of our global consulting leadership team and also work closely with the London management team across all of our disciplines. I see my role as having three key components:
Sitting on the terrace of the Intercontinental bar in Berlin enjoying a pint (or should I say 0.5l) of Paulaner I look back at the EMEA CoreNet Summit and consider what I will take home with me on the Easyjet flight to “London” Southend airport.
The conference was based around the theme “Changing the Conversation from Cost to Value.” Although relevant, this is not a new subject and an area I think most CRE professionals will agree has been at the top of their agenda for some time.
The workplace is changing, that is quite clear and this was demonstrated by both Barclays and eBay, who provided us with insight into their workplace …
Team members from Advocate Good Shepherd, HOK and Mortenson Construction celebrated Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s new 350,000-square-foot North Pavilion expansion and renovation at the topping off ceremony.
The August 26th event celebrated placing the final beam on the highest point of the new pavilion, which will open in 2016. The final beam signifies the completion of the structure and transition into the enclosure stage of the project.
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital President Karen Lambert talked about Advocate’s mission to provide private rooms for patients. “It has been our vision for over seven years to be able to build this North Pavilion to enable us to have private rooms for each and every patient who walks through these doors. With …
Pedro Pesantes will be showcasing some of his work at the Dallas AIA Enlaces exhibition this year and we are very excited about this opportunity! The pictures attached are a small version of the presentation board. This showcased four of his favorite personal projects that he did while at SCAD. The numbers on the pictures represent his experience level so No. 1 is during his first years while No. 4 is his thesis project.
HOK’s LA office participated in the second annual Geared for Kids bike-build event sponsored by Haworth this past Saturday, Sept. 13.
Haworth donated two dozen bicycles to the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica, who selected children from low-income families, who could not otherwise afford to purchase bicycles on their own, to receive them. Haworth invited design firms from around LA to provide teams to assemble the new bikes alongside the children who received them. The Santa Monica Police Bicycle Patrol was also on-hand to provide safety and rules of the road training to the recipients.
A big thank you to the members of the two HOK LA teams that built …
A team from HOK’s LA office designed and built a cat shelter for a design competition benefiting FixNation. The show, titled Giving Shelter, was organized by Architects for Animals.
HOK’s creation was named the “fan favorite.” Check out all of the shelters on Curbed LA.
HOK Chicago’s buildingSMART Manager Dave Ivey recently spoke at Northwestern University’s third biennial Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction. The 2014 Symposium assembled design and construction researchers, academics and practitioners to present state-of-the-art technology and prospects for future advancements.
As the keynote speaker, Ivey focused his presentation on showing the audience how to use InfraWorks and Revit to create appealing presentations. Ivey focused on the following learning objectives:
Ivey walked the audience through the creation of the Chicago city model in InfraWorks by utilizing GIS data previously compiled from city, state and federal databases. In InfraWorks users …
This past Saturday was Kaiser’s Annual Volunteer Day at the Crenshaw YMCA, which is across the street from the Kaiser Baldwin Hills MOB project site. HOK’s Los Angeles office participated in the day by installing new lobby furniture and wall art.
Senior Interior Design Pro Rachel Rosenberg handled the interior design for the YMCA lobby remodel and was a huge contributor to the project. A huge thank you goes to Chris, Rutger and Mona for helping prepare for the day with a furniture pick-up earlier in the week, and to Hunvey and Emily for donating their time to help with furniture installation on Volunteer Day.
Kaiser had over …
Ian Sinnett, the Gulf Coast regional leader for Healthcare, and Kristen Harrison, director of business development, partner with CRE Cares to make a donation to the Scottish Rite Hospital.
I have always taken my role as a mentor pretty seriously, but this rose to new heights last month when I brought my five month old daughter to the annual summit of the Architecture + Design Sustainable Design Leader network. Held on Bainbridge Island outside of Seattle, the summit brought together a group of 50 people who serve as sustainable design directors at mid- to large-sized firms.
This is my sixth year attending the summit, and I have come to count many …
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Summer is winding down, and so is another HOK intern season. HOK’s St. Louis office welcomed five interns this summer in landscape architecture, interior design, general architecture, lighting design and healthcare. Their wide-ranging skill sets created a great team for HOK’s annual intern project – a pro bono project they work on together as a team throughout the summer.
This summer’s client was the Innovative Concept Academy (ICA), the only school in the United States overseen by a court system …
In the spirit of promoting inter-office socializing, we’ve implemented a once a month breakfast the last Friday of each month. This is our second breakfast where Dennis Peck and Mindy Graves provided the wonderful meal. Thanks you two!
Jessica Linn from HOK in LA’s Interiors division sat on the panel and participated in a small group case study during this year’s Haworth distinguished speaker series, where Millennials were the topic of discussion. What is your perspective on how Millenials are impacting the work environment?
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Ten St. Louis HOK staff members recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis build in Spanish Lake, Missouri. The HOK team worked on two of the five homes on the site, where the investment of a little sweat equity helped two soon-to-be homeowners get one step closer to settling into their new residence.
Back row from left: Marketing …
CoreNet Southwest hosted a panel discussion including Kim Hogan (HOK), KDC Development, Holder Construction and JLL. They discussed ways to save an end user money over the life of a facility – from planning through occupancy.
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is using data to help inform development decisions across the country. Ted Cochin is the head of the EPA’s Smart Growth Program and spoke recently about the agency’s Smart Location Database at the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association’s yearly conference at Catholic University.
The database summarizes more than 90 different indicators associated with the built environment. These indicators include attributes such as density of development, diversity of land use, street network design, and accessibility to destinations as well as various demographic and employment statistics. It’s the …