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A Place Called Home Groundbreaking


On August 21st, A Place Called Home (APCH) broke ground, or in this case the wall for their new Annex and Teen Center. Construction will now begin to convert their existing warehouse into what will be the new APCH Annex & Teen Center! As part of our ongoing effort to make a positive difference in our community, HOK Los Angeles donated our architecture services to design the new space.

When complete, the APCH Annex will add 7,500 square feet of program space and will house their Bridge to the Future Teen Programs, as well as providing practice and presentation space for their Dance Company, Band, Fine Arts Program, Digital Media, and newly …

Designing for the Runway

The HOK Houston Product Runway team designed a garment using a laser-cut module to create a semi-rigid fabric with the ability to bend and hold shape, but also be loose and movable when needed. The materials assigned to us were wood laminate by Teknion and polyurethane faux leather by Ultrafabrics.

Jaclyn Perez and Chris Roberts performing on the runway. Photograph by Scott Dewoody


The team included Jaclyn Perez, Emily Sutton, Liz McCormick, Aurora Villalpando, and myself, and we ended up winning the Most Wearable award. Our team was also bolstered by help from Chris Roberts, who danced with Jaclyn on the runway, and Joanna Lam, who helped with production of the fabric.

The theme this year was …

Making a Mark in Downtown St. Louis

After being in our new space for a few months, the St. Louis office employees were pleased to see the official exterior signage go up last week. The new sign is a welcome street presence for the office, adjacent to the Old Courthouse and the expanded Arch Grounds, still under construction. The large HOK logo, which wraps around the building to be visible from 4th Street as well as Market, will also be lit at night.  Employees are excited to use the outdoor terrace now that the weather is warm, and are proud to have signage marking our spot in the city.

The large HOK chop being put into place. The large HOK logo being put …

ARTIC – The Topic of Discussion


On Jan. 28, Albert Kaneshiro and Kazem Toossi from HOK Los Angeles’ office presented the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) at the joint meeting of the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of Construction Specification Institute.


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

HOK + AIA Dallas Latinos in Architecture

David MuñozDavid 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?

HOK Sports + Recreation + Entertainment Sustainability Leader Chris DeVolder Presents at USGBC Georgia’s 2015 Meeting

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.

USGBC GA 2015 Annual Meeting E

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, …

HOK’s St. Louis Office Moves to New Downtown Location

A prefunction space outside of three smaller conference rooms. 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.

IFMA World Workplace 2014

IFMA’s World Workplace 2014 annual conference and exposition took place September 17-19 in New Orleans. The conference was well-attended, with more than 1,000 industry professionals traveling to New Orleans to attend the conference and enjoy the city’s amazing food and music.


Several HOK professionals participated. Lisa Brinkman and Cheryl Jefferies, part of HOK On-Site Services, attended the event.Isilay Civan, Sofia Fonseca and Eva Garza participated as speakers.

IFMA 2014

HOK Dallas Teams Up with Celanese for Hearts and Hammers

Hearts-Hammers-edited Hearts hammers

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.


Kaiser’s Annual Volunteer Day at the Crenshaw YMCA


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


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.


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. 

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.

IMG_4498 Randy’s Donuts transformed to a giant hockey puck

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 …

ARTIC Topping Out Ceremony

“Why do you want to become an architect?”

This was the question asked by my first year professor at USC on the very first day of studio.

My answer?

“To see my ideas turn into reality. To have sense of pride knowing that I helped create something that has a lasting effect on others. To see a building come to life from beginning of design to end of construction.”

Well this February (I know… it’s a little late), I really really developed that sense of pride when my project, ARTIC, crossed a major milestone – the last piece of steel was placed on my project.


It has been a long journey. It …

Celebrating James Klaiber’s 40 Years of Service to HOK


This month the Houston office honored James Klaiber for his great accomplishment of 40 years with HOK, YES ANOTHER engineer to join “40 year club!”

James practices electrical engineering and has good company in the MEP department… many of which are here for the long haul, like 20 and 30 years, plus!

Congratulations James and THANK YOU for your continued excellence.

Celebrating Ed Abboud’s 40 Years of Service to HOK


This month we honored Ed Abboud with a lunch event to show our support of his great accomplishment of 40 years with HOK, YES 40!  Along with his HOK family, Ed’s wife, children and grandchildren were able to join the celebration and coincidently it was also 40 years ago that day his daughter was born! He shared stories about his journey through which he has observed the advances of technology and the sustainability of construction with the less experienced staff, which includes all but a handful of us!

Congratulations Ed, and THANK YOU for your continued excellence.

In his own words, he express his thanks below.

“Your thoughts, e-mails, words, cards, hugs and gifts have truly touched me …

Calgary rises!

Thanks to HOK Calgary Consultant Sarah Bramley for contributing this guest post!

Over the past two weeks, Calgary has been recovering from severe flooding throughout the city that has damaged thousands of homes and businesses and crippled critical infrastructure such as roads and bridges. You can Google “Alberta Flood 2013” or check out #yycflood on Twitter to see what I mean; the extent of the damage is truly astonishing, even if you’ve never been to Calgary.

I was born and raised here, but I know many of you reading this have not yet had the privilege of visiting us and your knowledge of the city may be understandably limited. Most people have heard of the Calgary Stampede, the …

HOK San Mateo County Jail Team Presents to San Francisco AIA/AAJ

Artist Rendering Exterior View Maple Street Jail

The HOK team, including Jeff Goodale and Alan Bright along with Sergeant Dave Titus from San Mateo County and Steve Baylock from Sundt-Layton Joint Venture,  presented the Maple Street Complex Facilities project to the San Francisco AIA AAJ on June 12.

The presentation focused on the experiences the team has had combining the design-build and construction manager at risk delivery methods and the design and sustainability features of the project. The San Mateo County Jail is a $125 million project located in Redwood City, California. It will serve as a re-entry step between the current Maguire Correctional Facility and the …

McDonnell Planetarium Marks 50 Years — Now, to Infinity and Beyond!

Photo courtesy St. Louis Science Center Facebook page

Congratulations to the St. Louis Science Center, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium today! This hyperboloid structure, designed by HOK Founding Partner Gyo Obata, opened on April 16, 1963, in Forest Park.

“The strength comes from the shape,” HOK architect Roger McFarland said in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article. “Think of an egg; it’s tiny but strong. It’s a beautifully simple concept. But once you start looking at the construction photographs, you realize how difficult it is to build something so simple.”

In 1966, architecture students from Washington University in St. Louis unknowingly …

Project Haiti’s Seeds of Hope: HOK Design Team Donates $50,000 to USGBC’s Orphanage Project in Haiti

This post, written by HOK President Bill Hellmuth, originally appeared on the U.S. Green Building Council‘s blog.

What do a 5.5 million-square-foot research university in Saudi Arabia and a 6,000-square-foot orphanage in Haiti have in common? Inspired by sustainable architecture on two vastly different scales, their bond will soon help hundreds of children begin their journeys home.

The HOK team that designed the LEED-NC Platinum King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) campus in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, earned a $50,000 award. Instead of dividing this money among the team, Science + Technology Director Bill Odell and other project leaders set out to

Gingerbread Build Off

T’was a warm winter day in Houston when the 4th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off took place in Hermann Square. HOK’s team built a holiday version of James Turrell’s Skyspace that was made of green cake covered in parsley, white chocolate, ginger bread, and various candies.

Thanks to our builders and strategists:

Jasmine Brown, Deinte Dan-Princewill, Alex Lara and Leming Yang.

Candy Strategists: Lauren Flemister, Ashley Craig and Sara Bullington

…and those who came to support and vote!

Follow the link below to explore more on the built pavilion:

A Skyspace in Houston – Lighting – Architect Magazine Page 1 of 3

James Turrell’s latest project is an architectural pavilion that frames an artwork—and an artwork that accomplishes an …

HOK buildingSMART Day Twitter Chat

HOK has been ranked as the #1 BIM Architecture firm by Building Design + Construction, but what does it take to achieve such wide adoption of new processes and technology? Change management is a paramount concern when a large, multinational firm undergoes such a radical transformation. Back in 2009, our firm decided to officially retire the term “CAD” and proclaimed November 5 as HOK’s BIM Day. For historical reference, Guy Fawkes Day was key to selecting this date.

On the fourth anniversary of our BIM Day, we are embarking on another leg of our journey to buildingSMART. As BIM has become synonymous with a specific software tool (like Revit), we recognize the need to expand …

Guest Post: Why I Support LEED

In this guest post, HOK Director of Sustainable Design Mary Ann Lazarus responds to a recent USA Today report by providing her take on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating Systems.

USA Today just published a pair of articles about green building that are critical of the USGBC and the LEED rating system.

As early adopters of LEED, we are big supporters of this rating system. Since the late 1990s, we have watched it trigger a remarkable transformation toward designing and building more environmentally responsible buildings. This includes contributing to a broad public awareness about the importance of sustainable design.

LEED has sparked the development of completely new …

See You @Greenbuild 2012: Nov. 14-16 in San Francisco

Greenbuild 2012, the world’s largest green building conference, is coming to San Francisco Nov. 14-16.

This year’s social media focus brings together technology and sustainability to advance the green movement. You can follow HOK’s activities on Twitter at @HOKNetwork. Be sure to also check out Greenbuild’s official Twitter feed – @Greenbuild – and conversation at #Greenbuild.

HOK’s sustainable design experts will be busy at Greenbuild, speaking at the conference and other related events. Read more below and visit the Greenbuild website to learn more about the conference and expo.

Terry Mattison Celebrates 50 Years with HOK

Senior specifications writer Terry Mattison is celebrating 50 years at HOK – and counting.

Members of the St. Louis office gathered on August 30 to celebrate with Terry, whose 11-page resume includes a staggering 341 HOK projects. That number likely would double if it included the projects he has unofficially touched by providing advice on building materials. Terry, who still arrives at the office by 3:00 a.m. on most days, joins an elite group. HOK’s other two half-century employees are Co-Founder Gyo Obata and Chairman Emeritus Bill Valentine, who retired last spring.

“A lot of things have happened while Terry has been creating great work at HOK,” …

Leadership in Sustainability

For the third year in a row, the Design Futures Council and DesignIntelligence have ranked HOK as the most-admired firm in the world for its leadership in sustainable and high-performance design.  This is indeed an honor and a privilege.

“HOK is a firm often cited for making a difference. … HOK is recognized for breaking new ground with clear, practical and inspirational leadership.  HOK staff is admired for its compelling case studies, engaging thought leadership, and insights that lead to making wise decisions to benefit the planet’s future condition.”
James Cramer
Co-Chair, Design Futures Council
Founding Editor, DesignIntelligence

We owe much of our leadership status to our clients. It is our clients who bring their vision …

HOK Selected to Design University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

After winning a global design ideas competition, HOK has been selected to design the new medical school on the University at Buffalo‘s downtown campus.

Located at the center of the region’s emerging bio-sciences corridor, this new transit-oriented medical school development will anchor a lively, urban mixed-use district on campus and bring 1,200 students, faculty and staff downtown. To foster collaboration and interdisciplinary care, the new academic medical center will create connections that allow students, faculty, biomedical researchers and clinicians to move easily from classroom to bedside to lab.

“Building a new medical school is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our university and region, and a critical …

Top Ten California Green Building Policies won the Top Ten Award for green building policy

The US Green Building Council’s California Council spent yesterday in Sacramento unveiling our Top 10 List of State and Local Green Building Policies as part of the yearlong “Road to Greenbuild.” I’m a longtime green building nerd and live in one of the greenest cities in the country, and yet even I am impressed with the wide array of inspiring and visionary policies and ideas. The USGBC page also lists some of the top LEED buildings in California, …

Tour the Bay, Green Building-Style

Greenbuild Tour Proposal Wordle

San Francisco has long been one of the world’s great tourist attractions, and this year it will have a great new set of offerings: 20+ tours developed for the Greenbuild Conference and Expo, plus many more that the USGBC Northern California Chapter will be able to offer in the future.  The Greenbuild Host Committee recently put out a call for tour proposals – the outpouring of responses showed the embarrassment of riches that San Francisco has to offer for green building

Pretty Female Architects

I was curiously Google-image searching the term “female architect” one afternoon and the results were stereotypical as expected; hard hats inside finished buildings, abundant rolls of paper, every face with a huge smile and the occasional Zaha head shot (go girl!). Another observation was that every female is young and attractive; this made me wonder where that portrayal was conceived?

Soon after, I came across an article in February’s “Architect” magazine (p.29) stating that “Only about 3% of executives in major American corporations – including architecture firms- are women (according to McKinsey & Co.).”

I wasn’t so shocked; it’s a man’s world we’re infiltrating, and only for the last few generations. However, the …