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.
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.
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?…
Architecture can be a mundane business at times, with detail-oriented repetitive tasks and research into the finer points of building code. But we do it for a reason – and every so often we get to bask in the incredible satisfaction of a project that comes to fruition beautifully. 2014 was one of those years, with the completion of Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, a 1.3 million-square-foot facility in Indianapolis.
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, photo: Timothy Hursley
A sold out crowd of over 200 USGBC members filled the room at the Georgia World Congress Center on to hear HOK’s Chris DeVolder speak alongside Jennifer Ball, Vice President of Planning and Economic Development for Central Atlanta Progress and Tim Trefzer, Sustainability Manager for the Georgia World Congress Center, on sustainability initiatives and achievements in downtown Atlanta.
Chris’ portion of the presentation highlighted the industry leading sustainable strategies being implemented on the New Atlanta Stadium, which is striving to reach the highest level of LEED certification that any professional sports facility has ever achieved. As the sustainability director for the project, …
Based in Beijing, Stephy Liu is a senior project designer with HOK’s interiors group. In this Q+A, Stephy describes trends and challenges she faces working with corporate clients.
1. What are some recent trends in workplace strategy, and how do you apply them in your design approach?
The talent shortage in many large countries – including the U.S. and China – challenges organizations to recruit and retain the best people. Creating vibrant offices that provide flexibility and choices for where, when and how work happens is attracting more attention because a single, all-purpose workstation cannot cope with the complexity and unpredictability of today’s work.
A prefunction space outside of three smaller conference rooms.
HOK’s St. Louis office recently relocated to 10 S. Broadway in downtown St. Louis, across the street from the Old Courthouse and Ballpark Village. The new open work area is a considerable change from the previous space and allows for increased flexibility, featuring touchdown spaces and collaborative bench seating. A new two-story interior space will offer a variety of work settings for small and large gatherings and opens to a new outdoor street-level patio.
In the fall of 2006, a friend returned from Saudi Arabia and shared a talk that the late Saudi King Abdullah had given. This wise leader talked about his dream to build a new “House of Wisdom.” He envisioned this to be a beacon of peace, hope and reconciliation that would be a model not just for the Middle East but for the world. It was a profoundly moving and optimistic vision for this often tumultuous region.
Dozens of California communities are starting to dry up. No, they’re not banning alcohol – they’re rapidly running out of water. In response, HOK’s San Francisco office recently hosted a cross-disciplinary, one-day workshop tackling this major problem with the goal of generating actionable ideas for small cities seeking a more resilient water supply.
Brian Jencek, HOK’s design director for planning and landscape architecture for the West Coast region, presents the prototypical case study of “Springfield by the Sea,” a coastal community that is running out of water.
From NASA scientists to environmental non-profit leaders, the event was attended by a group of field-leading experts on scientific research, art, policy, engineering and venture capital from …
As I write this blog it does not seem like 5 years have passed since I last put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) to share the ups and downs and highs and lows of my physical training in pursuit of a personal goal and more importantly raising money for a great and worthy cause. In 2010 it was Ironman Austria and children’s charity BOSP which grabbed my attention. Five years on and whilst the challenge may appear more straight forward, the cause it just as worthwhile and my circumstances very different.
I am running the London Marathon in support of Hospice UK, the Charity previously known as Help the Hospices and who’s work supports …
Several outstanding events have taken place as part of the current AIA Women in Architecture exhibit at the Architecture Center Houston. One of these was the impactful AIA Women in Architecture Leadership Panel featuring elected women leaders in the American Institute of Architects. HOK is proud to see its own Janis Brackett, 2014 AIA Houston Chapter President, as part of the panel. Janis is a known and proven leader within HOK and in the professional community, an inspiration and mentor to many. Seen below is the power packed panel with Janis on the left.
Currently ongoing through January 16, 2015, Women in Architecture is a compelling exhibit that spotlights contributions women have made to the profession …
On December 5, 2014, the people in HOK’s Houston office gathered to mark the 25th anniversary of Jay Tatum, managing principal for the Texas Gulf Coast Region. Congratulations and a big thank you to our fearless leader from all at HOK!
Every year Herman Miller hosts the We Care event in support of the Boys & Girls Club of America. This year the Dallas event served a record 357 kids!!
Our craft supplies ready to get started:
Our craft this year was candy filled ornaments and we had an assembly line starting with decorating the clear ornament with stickers and jewels and then adding ribbon to the ornament so you could hang it from a tree. They were also able to choose what kind of candy …
Thanks to Shayna Cooper in New York for this guest post.
Fifteen volunteers from HOK’s New York office participated in the 22nd annual CANstruction design/build competition. All of the food products used in the competition are donated to City Harvest, which helps feed 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger each year. HOK has participated in the New York CANstruction event for 20 years.
The team’s design was inspired by the street artist, Banksy, whose works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls and bridges of cities throughout the world. The New York office team chose to build Banksy’s work in Williamsburg out …