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Making Hunger Extinct… HOK Houston at CANstruction

This year HOK Houston’s CANstruction team decided to go big and craft the mighty REX to help make hunger extinct! 20141108_164251

Several Houston area architects, engineers and construction firms competed to build creative and ingenious Cansculptures with canned food and other non-perishable food items. All items were then donated to the Houston Food Bank to benefit the less fortunate throughout the greater Houston area. A big shout out to the HOK team – Matt LeinartDavid Baldacchino, Randy Taylor, Todd Neisner, Diana Codispoti, Richard Bugbee, Ceci Bugbee, Lindsey Merz, Hilary Jones, Chris Roberts and Francisco Silva along with Linbeck construction for crafting  this giant creation from over 4800 cans of food. Seen in the picture above is part of …

HOK Net-Zero Energy Design Competition Winner: soLar

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Five designers from HOK’s Los Angeles office – Jessica Ginther, Frank Cauthen, Jamila Valero, Zach Capehart and Kris Surichamorn – competed in the firm-wide Net Zero Design Competition as the team “soLar.”

The net-zero competition challenged HOK’s teams to create a conceptual net-zero energy design for a building on a site in their local communities. Teams were required to use HOK’s Sustainable Analysis Tool to obtain climate data, set energy use intensity (EUI) targets and estimate the size of on-site renewable energy systems required to reach net-zero energy.

The soLar team designed a mixed-use building on a site in downtown Los Angeles. The team’s design won first place in the internal HOK …

HOK Hospitality Interiors Team Nets Top Award at Tabletop Challenge

Thanks to Carol Vanderkloot for this guest post.

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Right to left: HOK interior designers Rachel Mongeluzo and Rachel McCaslin decorate the winning table at the second annual Tabletop Challenge.

Rachel McCaslin and Rachel Mongeluzo, interior design professionals based in HOK’s New York office, were named winners of the second annual Tabletop Challenge, a competitive design event during the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS). Held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, the IHMRS Show is one of the hospitality industry’s largest annual events.

The Tabletop Challenge calls for designers to create a stylish and imaginative vignette using various …

Hospitality at the Workplace

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During the past five years, the worlds of hospitality and corporate real estate have undergone an incredible transformation. The traditional approach toward real estate asset management has shifted to a focus on offerings that accommodate mobility, changing demographics and technology.

In the past, hotels approached their planning and visioning process by looking at brand standards and identifying a suitable theme based on the destination’s local culture. Similarly, companies relied on space allocation metrics to identify the amount of support spaces needed per employee and to balance the number of offices and workstations.

Recently, however, clients from both sectors are looking for innovative ways to respond to the demands of the new economy. Randa Tukan and …

Let’s Get Carving at the Job Site!

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This Halloween, Skanska’s West Memorial Place project site in Houston hosted a pumpkin carving contest.  Team HOK took on the challenge at the job site and created this sharp entry! Shout out to HOK Houston’s carving team, Chris Heikkila and Ricardo George, and designer Kathrin Brunner.

 

HOK Teams Volunteer at Architecture for Humanity New York’s Day of Impact

Thanks to Richard Rivera and Marisa Caban for contributing to this post.

Last Saturday, HOK’s New York office participated in Architecture for Humanity New York’s first annual Day of Impact with two teams of volunteers. The event consisted of one-day service projects in different sites around the city to help support communities in need.

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One HOK crew joined over 250 other participants to help rebuild homes in Far Rockaway, a neighborhood that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy two years ago. HOK’s New York office has a history of volunteering in the Rockaways, so it was disappointing for some participants to see that there are still so many families in need two …

Office Carnival Raises $35,000+ for United Way

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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.

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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!

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New Ocean Friendly Garden Designed for Loma Vista Elementary

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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 …

HOK’s Justin Ping Wins First Prize in International Design Workshop Competition

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 …

Lualdi and HOK Product Design Launch Half + Half Door Collection

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.

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Biomimicry for green building: Harnessing the genius of nature to help conserve water

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Last Tuesday night, HOK in Los Angeles’ Thomas Knittel took part in a panel hosted by the Westside Branch of the US Green Building Council in Los Angeles on the subject of water challenges, looking to nature for solutions – biomimetic approaches to water conservation.

As of July, over 58% of areas in California have entered the highest, or exceptional, stage of drought. In addition to the ongoing social, economic, and environmental costs of wasting water, new green building frameworks such as the Living Building Challenge are emphasizing Net-Zero or closed-loop water systems.

Thomas spoke about biomimicry, the emulation of elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex …

HOK Dallas Teams Up with Celanese for Hearts and Hammers

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The mission of Hearts and Hammers is to refurbish qualified homes owned by low income citizens within the Dallas Metroplex. The HOK Dallas office along with Celanese worked on the home for two weekends in a row scraping trim and siding, replacing rotted siding, cutting down overgrown trees, priming and painting the trim and siding, caulking and completing some light yard work.

 

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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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.

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Dallas HOK Office Tours Tarrant County Courthouse Project

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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 …

It’s Showtime! The Dallas HOK office kicks off the weekend with a movie.

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Our office decided on the movie “Lucy” to watch together before heading into the weekend.  Good times!

 

 

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 “swings” into Summertime!

Top Golf! The Dallas office loves to chip, putt and drive together as a team!  Friday afternoon at Top Golf was a perfect time to celebrate our employees and our culture. 

HOK Doubles Up at IIDA’s Product Runway

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This spring, not one but two HOK teams from the Houston practice (Architecture and Interiors) participated in IIDA Texas – Oklahoma Chapter’s 6th Annual “Product Runway.” The 2014 theme was “Garden of Secrets.”

The challenge was to design and construct couture garments utilizing interior design materials provided to the teams by industry partners. Design teams were assigned a specific species of foliage and the garments had to reveal a hidden secret.

The Architecture team won 3rd place overall and ‘Best Use of Hard Goods’! The dress, weighing 30 pounds, consisted of 850 glass tiles …

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 …

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.

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

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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

Architect Dad: Charlie’s Night at the Career Fair

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Charlie Lutz, a senior design professional in our St. Louis office, had a chance to participate in last month’s career fair at Mallinckrodt Academy of Gifted Instruction, where his son goes to school. The kids had fun learning what an architect does, and we suspect Charlie had just as much fun – if not more. Here’s what he shared from the experience:

Charlie 2 Career Night“Everyone from Pre-K to 5th grade was there. People from all sorts of careers were represented: astronomer, electrician, personal trainer, financial planner, animal and hunger non-profit, meteorologist, architect, and even FBI agent.

“Several people brought things from their respective …

Results of the 2014 Heal the Bay Sandcastle Competition

Last weekend Santa Monica provided, as expected, beautiful weather and ideal conditions for the staff volunteers to be able to enjoy the day at the beach in support of a worthy cause with Heal the Bay. HOK had a great showing of support, ranging from the original team members who had worked hard for the last month and a half in preparation for the day’s main event, to the friends, family, and fellow coworkers who came out to support and cheer us on! The end result was something that we were all more than able to be proud of and was certainly the fan favourite:

 

The entire team ready for the big build!