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Making Chicago a Greener Place: Green Apple Day of Service

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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.

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LEED Lessons Learned at Healthcare Design Conference

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.

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The Hospital Replacement Wing at Ventura County Medical Center is targeting LEED for Healthcare Silver

Q+A with HOK’s Steve Henigan, EMEA Regional Leader, Consulting

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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:

  • Responsibility for the identification and securing of new opportunities from both new and existing clients. I spend a considerable amount of my time preparing bids and attending interviews both for consulting projects and supporting other parts of the business on design pursuits.
  • Connecting our global consulting business and our London design teams. Working

Changing the Conversation from Cost to Value – A Summary of the EMEA CoreNet Summit, Berlin: 15-17th September 2014

CorenetSitting 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 …

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Celebrates Topping Off Ceremony

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 …

HOK Dallas’ Pedro Pesantes Showcases His Work at the LIA ENLACES Exhibition

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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.

 

 

Los Angeles Teams Build Bikes for Kids

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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 …

HOK’s LA Team Creates ‘Fan Favorite’ Cat Shelter

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.

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BIM + GIS: Using InfraWorks and Revit to Make Stunning Presentations

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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:

  • Why BIM is useful to GIS
  • How GIS works with Big Data
  • How to create a Chicago city model in InfraWorks

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 …

Kaiser’s Annual Volunteer Day at the Crenshaw YMCA

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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 …

HOK Dallas teams up with CRE Cares

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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.

The Next Generation Sustainable Design Leader

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.

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I had special help with my presentation on energy efficiency at the Oregon State Hospital at Salem.  Photo by Alex Wilson

This is my sixth year attending the summit, and I have come to count many …

St. Louis interns complete their summer project

Exterior signage and lighting concepts. Exterior signage and lighting concepts.

 

Stage concepts. Stage concepts.

Exterior concepts. Exterior concepts.

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 …

Morning Sunshine! HOK Dallas is serving breakfast.

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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!

 

HOK LA’s Jessica Linn on “Millennials in the Workplace” During Haworth’s 2014 Distinguished Speaker Series

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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St. Louis Team Volunteers at Habitat for Humanity Site

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 Manager Jill Davis, Technical Principal Angelo Arzano, Regional Leader of Planning Jeff Davis, Travel Consultant Gina Werkmeister, Ken Werkmeister, Marketing Principal Lance Cage. Front row from left: Interior Design Professional Mackenzie McCulloch, Field Representative Bruce Fraser, Senior Project Architect David Camp.

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HOK Dallas’ Kim Hogan speaks about “Saving Money for the End User”

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CoreNet Southwest's Panel event. CoreNet Southwest’s Panel event.

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.

 

Using Data to Build Smart

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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 …

Touring the University of Chicago William Eckhardt Research Center Construction Site

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Last week several employees from our Chicago office ventured down to the South Side for a tour of the new 265,000-square-foot University of Chicago William Eckhardt Research Center, or WERC as we like to call it.

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Susan Heersema, senior project architect at HOK, led the tour along with Dean Psarros, construction supervisor at W.E. O’Neil, and additional team members from Interactive Design Architects and HOK.

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Highlights included touring four floors and the rooftop, learning about the complexities of the mechanical systems, learning about the components of the cleanroom labs and …

Marriott Marquis Opening Wows in Washington, DC

Thanks to Carol Vanderkloot and Christina Hart in HOK’s New York City office for this post.

Mr. Marriott and other Marriott family and team members cut the ribbon at the Marriott Marquis DC opening. Mr. Marriott and other Marriott family and team members cut the ribbon at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC opening.

Last week, several colleagues in HOK’s New York and Washington DC practices were invited guests at the official opening ceremony of the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, the newest and largest property of Marriott Hotels, the flagship brand of Marriott International Inc., and the brand’s 4,000th hotel. The property is owned by Quadrangle Development, along with its partner Capstone, and …

Q+A with Hal Kantner, HOK’s Director of Visual Communications

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Hal Kantner, AIGA, LEED GA, is the director of HOK’s visual communications group. Providing clients with creative programming and design, he brings organizational, marketing and management skills to the business of visual communications.

What is a typical day like for you?

HK: It seems my personal pursuits and my work in design ceased to be distinct and separate spheres some time ago. At present, the days seem to have graduated from a career to a calling. Each day is a bigger gift than I usually take the time to realize, though I do try to lift up my head from the daily turmoil and catch a glimpse of our great …

HOK’s NYC Team Competes in J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

HOK TeamLast week, HOK colleagues battled the masses at the annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in New York. Along with 15,000+ competitors, HOK staff trekked 3.3 miles around Central Park, standing out from the crowd in signature light blue running shirts with bright orange logos (custom-designed by Alan Stevenson).

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Charitable giving is an important component of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series. Approximately $2 million has been donated to various non-profits in participating cities over the past three years. The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in New York benefits the Central Park Conservancy.

West Coast v. East Coast: It’s Throwdown Time at HOK!

These are historic times.  For those of you who don’t follow hockey, the Los Angeles Kings are meeting the New York Rangers for the first time ever in the Stanley Cup Final.  Sure, the teams met in the NHL playoffs in 1981, but that was back when the divisions and conferences had names.  Now, it’s a battle for coastal supremacy – Western Conference v. Eastern Conference.

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Sure, when you think of Los Angeles, you don’t usually think hockey.  But the LA Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012, only 2 years ago.  When was the last time the Rangers won …

HOK Heats Up a Design Bureau Event

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HOK’s Chicago office recently participated in a design event in association with Design Bureau at The Underground nightclub. HOK interior designer Craig Gronowski teamed up with photographer JJ Jetel to transform The Underground into a unique interior environment for one evening.

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For 30 minutes, Gronowski and Jetel oversaw the lighting, video technology, music, drinks and cuisine for guests based on their selected theme. They converted The Underground into a warm and ethereal “Summer Solstice” environment with saturated hues for illumination and original, abstract video streaming onto a 40-foot video wall.

Focusing on this concept of a warm, sunset beach party, the video …

Q+A with Tom Polucci, Director of Interiors Based in HOK’s New York Office

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Tom Polucci, AIA, IIDA, LEED GA, director of interiors based in New York City, discusses how his colleagues and clients inspire him every day. He also comments on workplace trends and explains how design can support healthier work environments.

As a firm-wide interiors leader, Tom is a member of HOK’s board of directors and marketing board. He has more than 20 years of experience managing the design of projects for organizations worldwide. Educated, trained and licensed as an architect, Tom focuses on creating exceptional environments for clients.

What workplace design trends are you seeing? What do you predict for the future?

TP: Collaboration is still key. Everyone is focused …

Parking in an Exponential Age

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With Google’s driverless car in the news again (see link to the Washington Post), it’s timely to start thinking about how fully autonomous vehicles might affect the built environment. The changes this technology could bring to historic patterns of urban development could be, well, historic.

A 2013 report from Deloitte highlighted how driverless cars could dramatically alter car ownership in the future, pushing the pendulum from ownership to rentals and ride sharing. There’s little need for parking, certainly of the expensive structured kind, in this scenario. And structured parking, with its sturdy and specific design requirements, may not be as …

HOK Design Wins Chicago Living Building Challenge Competition

Designers from HOK’s Chicago office recently won the 2014 School Annex Design Competition created by the Living Building Challenge Collaborative Chicago (LBCCC). The LBCCC hopes this competition will encourage the development and construction of a fully certified Living Building in Chicago.

Project Location: Eli Whitney Elementary School Project Location: Eli Whitney Elementary School

HOK team members:Lindy McAra, Justin Warner, Meredith McBride, Olia Miho, and Farid Pour were tasked with designing the ultimate, sustainable classroom building to annex the overcrowded Eli Whitney Elementary School on Chicago’s southwest side.

From Left: Lindy McAra, Justin Warner, Meredith McBride, and Olia Miho From Left: Lindy McAra, Justin Warner, …

HOK Toronto Gets Nutty

Getting everything ready for Nutella Fest! Getting everything ready for Nutella Fest!

Of the many things the HOK Toronto office can be deadly serious about, food and festivals make the top of the list. And Nutella’s upcoming 50th anniversary provided the perfect opportunity to merge the two, and smother it with Nutella.

On Thursday May 15, HOK Toronto’s nutters and nibblers came together for Nutella fest 2014, a gathering to honour Nutella’s 50th Anniversary with homemade Nutella goodies.

Inventive treats included:

  • Nutella stuffed peanut butter cookies with sea salt
  • Nutella empanadas
  • Nutella with chips for dipping, aptly and humorously named the “Captain Obvious”
  • Nutella-Pear Crumble
  • Nutella Croissant
  • Nutella wrapped in phyllo pastry
  • Nutella Gelato
  • Blizzard cookies featuring, you guessed it, Nutella

Latinos in Architecture Book Drive

DSC_0101Bringing inspiration to minority architecture students.

On April 17, David Munoz, an architect in our Dallas office and Co-Chair of the AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture committee completed the 2014 “From an Architect’s Bookshelf“ event, delivering 300+ architecture and design books.

From an Architect’s Bookshelf promotes higher education in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction. It is in LiA’s core values to promote the need for a college degree and the importance of giving back to the community. During this event “I am able to share where I am from, where I obtained my education, and my career path. I am able to answers to student’s questions, talk about what …

HOK Chairman Emeritus Bill Valentine Featured in Interiors & Sources Interview

Bill ValentineAs part of its 30th anniversary, the magazine invited some of the notable designers that it has profiled through the years to reflect on their personal journeys since then and talk about how they feel about design today—and tomorrow.

HOK Chairman Emeritus Bill Valentine, FAIA, retired in 2012 after 50 years as a design leader at HOK. Today, he lives in Mill Valley, Calif., and continues to consult on design projects with HOK.

Here are excerpts from Bill’s interview with Interiors & Sources:

In our 2003 cover story, you had said, “Architecture, in its best light, is a social instrument about how you can make the living condition better. And, so, that’s