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New Ocean Friendly Garden Designed for Loma Vista Elementary

Sean Robinson - Loma Vista School

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 …

Dallas HOK Office Tours Tarrant County Courthouse Project

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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 …

Build it Forward

Team HOK with their student team leader Cassandra Team HOK with their student team leader Cassandra

On Saturday November 2nd, HOK Houston along with other members of the Houston design, engineering and construction community, participated in the second annual ACE Mentor Program Build it Forward event. The event was designed to raise scholarship funds for the Houston chapter of the ACE Mentor Program while giving students and their mentors an opportunity to give back to their community.

This year teams constructed convertible picnic tables that function as benches or a full size picnic table when converted. The teams built approximately 15 composite picnic tables that will be donated to local charitable organizations.

Virtual Meetings Enhance Design of University at Buffalo Medical School

HOK designers in New York, St. Louis and Atlanta are using virtual meetings with their University at Buffalo (UB) client team to improve the design process for UB’s new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The seven-story medical school will bring 2,000 UB faculty, staff and students daily to downtown Buffalo and, at more than 500,000 square feet, will be one of the largest buildings constructed in Buffalo in decades.

Three days after Hurricane Sandy barreled into the East Coast last October, HOK’s project team was scheduled to have a meeting …

Keep Austin Wired

HOK is honored to be the architectural design team for the long awaited, state-of-the-art planetarium, science museum and technology center in Austin’s Museum District. Together with Austin Planetarium, a grassroots nonprofit with the goal of building a world-class science and technology museum in Central Texas, and KUD International, a private sector development firm. Executive Director, Torvald Hessel says, “The need, for a science and technology museum, specifically in Central Texas, has been recognized for thirty years.”

This public-private partnership will create a mixed-use development, which includes a residential tower, retail and restaurant facilities, more than a thousand underground parking spaces, and the science and technology museum, home to the largest planetarium in Texas. The Austin Planetarium will enhance Austin’s Museum District, which is …

Social Media for Designers – Survey Results

You asked for it and you’ve got it!  Many thanks to all who participated in the survey last month.  We had great response: 174 respondents over the course of a week. Full disclosure – this survey was created for a presentation to True Textiles, Inc; you may know them as Guilford of Maine.  The folks from True Textiles are truly smart, fun, nice, and have some kick-butt products. I truly enjoyed spending time with them – it’s not every day you see the CEO of a company dress up as Darth Vader and encourage employees to shoot apples off one another’s …

Reflections on World Workplace (part 2)

My last post about IFMA World Workplace 2011 focused on HOK and my FM friends. This post shares some of what I learned (always a highlight of attending conferences for me). I was only in Phoenix for a day and a half, so I didn’t hit quite as many sessions as I would have liked, but I did get to see a couple of really good ones.

I’ve included links to each of the sessions where you can learn more about the presenters and download some additional information if you’re interested in learning more.

Dispelling the Myths of a Telecommuting and Flexible Workplace Program.  Great presentation by TIAA-CREF and DEGW sharing information on some …

Reflections on World Workplace (part 1)

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Phoenix for IFMA World Workplace 2011. For those of you not intimately familiar with the facility management profession, IFMA is the International Facility Management Association and World Workplace is the organization’s annual conference – typically about 5,000 folks from around the world attend.  IFMA is one of my favorite organizations – lots of really wonderfully nice (and smart, and interesting) people!

This year, Angie Earlywine and I were selected to present a concurrent session: Space Matters – New Ways of Maximizing Space Utilization, and I was selected to present Make the Most of Social Media for Your

Welcome to HOK Airways

On Thursday 22nd September, London’s property industry came together to celebrate the inaugural HOK London Annual Party on board HOK Airways.  Having celebrated a number of  successes and project milestones particularly in our Aviation  sector, we chose this theme for our 2011 Annual Party.  On the following evening we opened our doors to the public in celebration of the London Design Festival.

We wanted to celebrate 2011 with clients, partners, consultants supporters and journalists whom we have had the pleasure of working with through this challenging yet rewarding year.

Planning began in June and we made it just in time to register to be part of the London Design Festival. Weekly meetings were …

JHU+HOK=NAIOP Winners

HOK D.C.’s Rick Moy, Michael Zajkowski and Emillio Stokes were part of a team selected as the winner of the second annual NAIOP Maryland/DC Chapter Capital Challenge, an intercollegiate real estate case study competition among graduate students from local university real estate programs. HOK served as the architecture sponsor and advisor for the John Hopkins University team along with Akridge (Site Sponsor), CB Richard Ellis (Brokerage), Dewberry (Civil Engineering), James G. Davis Construction (Construction), Boston Properties (Development), M&T Bank (Finance) and Holland & Knight LLP (Legal).

HOK provided rendered plans and 3D renderings to illustrate the proposed development drafted by the John Hopkins University team, which explored real estate opportunities of an actual 8.8-acre …

Gettin’ Social [Media] With BIFMA

Last week I had the great opportunity to travel to sunny (and warm) Orlando, Florida to present at BIFMA’s annual leadership conference.  BIFMA is the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association, with a membership comprised businesses engaged in design, development, marketing, and fulfillment of office furniture; businesses that supply goods, parts, or components to the office and institutional furniture industry; businesses that provide services to the office and institutional furniture industry; and, international members. 

The theme of this year’s conference was Transformative Times: Leadership, Growth, Survival.  My presentation was on social media and technology – telling the story of HOK’s social media adventures, giving some ideas for best practices (and next practices), …

From Toledo to Hackney Wick:
5 Questions to Chris Brown

Once in a while you are lucky enough to meet someone who you think is the embodiment of what all the books and journals tell you would be the perfect developer. Chris Brown is that person. Not only does he genuinely understand what good design is but he also implements it. He also instinctively knows that true regeneration is about social, physical and economic aspects and not just the by-product of an architect’s pretty picture.

Chris Brown

Chris is chief executive of Igloo Regeneration and director of Isis Waterside Regeneration, a joint venture between Igloo, British Waterways and Muse that regenerates brownfield waterside sites around the UK and of Blueprint, Igloo’s public/private partnership with the …

“It’s All About Me” (In a Good Way)

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Recently, I was shopping at one of my favorite stores, Whole Foods (insert shameless hope that this plug gets me some free stuff), a place I consistently have an awesome customer experience.

I was standing at the meat and poultry counter with the same butcher (we’ll call him “Joe”) who helps me every Saturday. I didn’t have a specific plan; I just knew that I wanted to serve something new and interesting for dinner.  Joe must have picked up on my furrowed brow, because in addition to his usual “How can I help you?” he asked if there was something in particular I’d like to know more about, was …