Posts Tagged ‘BuildingSMART’

HOK Net-Zero Energy Design Competition Winner: soLAr


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’s Patrick MacLeamy Delivers Keynote at BIMForum: BIM, BAM, BOOM!

HOK’s chairman and CEO described “The Promise of BIM” in his April 23 keynote address at the Spring 2014 BIMForum in Boston.

Architects and contractors “are all in this together,” said Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA. “The building industry has suffered because we don’t work together. We are now learning how to do that with BIM.”

MacLeamy provided a brief history of BIM, described what’s new at buildingSMART and explained the meaning behind ‘BIM, BAM, BOOM!’

“We can save enough money during the lifetime of a building to pay for the design and construction with great ease,” he said. “That’s the real promise of BIM: the efficiency we can garner if we just work together as partners.”

Watch Patrick’s 17-minute …

Bruce Madsen Speaks at Australasian Revit Technology Conference

HOK’s Bruce Madsen delivered a class about BIM components at the recent Australasian Revit Technology Conference in Auckland, New Zealand (May 15-18). His presentation, “Transforming the AECO Industry with Massive Cloud Collaboration” discussed the dismal state of BIM content today and suggested ways individuals and firms could change the situation for the whole industry.

Drawing on research on building component manufacturers and software suppliers across the globe, he showed the many ways that free Revit® families are provided to users of BIM software. To address the issues of quality and availability of building components in Revit format, Bruce identified cloud-based tools that can be used to influence …

The Human Side of BIM

I recently presented at and co-hosted a BIMForum event in Miami. The BIMForum is an interest group of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America with which the AIA also collaborates. Twice a year, the BIMForum conducts events that are based on a specific theme. The Spring 2013 theme was “The Human Side of BIM” in which all presentations focused on topics such as training, change management, and firm culture.

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An interesting aspect of this conference was that ALL presentations were delivered in pecha kucha (or 20×20) style! This means that we had to share our content with 20 slides, 20 seconds each, for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Sounds crazy, right? The …

Diversity Quilt (Part 3) – The Squares

A continuation of the HOK Diversity Quilt posts … today we are featuring “all about me” squares.  We’ve found that each square represents the maker in a unique way, and the next two were uniquely made:

Donovan Oliff (Assistant General Council)“Donovan”

1. Did you have any inspiration in making your square (and what process did you use to make it)?

I wish I could point to something interesting as a source of inspiration.  To tell you the truth, I was a little intimated by all the stunningly creative people working in our office.  My knowledge of artistic media is limited to what I was taught to use in grade

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 …

BuildingSmart Laboratories with Chirag Mistry

Chirag Mistry has been at HOK for eight years and is one of our leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) experts, focusing primarily on lab and research facility design and development in HOK’s Science + Technology practice. In addition to working on projects for clients, he spends a lot of his time developing HOK’s overall BIM standards for his practice group.

So often you see the end product of sleek renderings that adapt in seconds even to the most complex program changes. But what you probably don’t know is how all this comes to be. In this interview, Chirag shares the inside scoop on …

BIM! From Texas to London

HOK BIM leaders have been active on the conference circuit lately – spreading the word and sharing our take on innovative design and delivery processes. I attended my 7th BIMForum event in San Antonio, Texas earlier this month. This conference – organized by the Associated General Contractors of America – keeps getting better and better. Read my review on All Things BIM.

David Light, William Lopez Campo, Cara Di Pierro, and Joyce Chan from our London office participated in a popular event in the UK called BIMShow Live. Here’s a synopsis from David…

“Building information modeling is finally starting to get some good traction in the UK; however, BIM delivery has remained marginal & typically confined to large projects such …

buildingSMART in Norway

I think this post’s title has quite a few meanings. It says that two members of the HOK buildingSMART team visited Oslo, Norway recently. It also says that there was a buildingSMART convention happening there that same week. And it also indicates the general state of the construction industry in the region – they are definitely building SMART in Norway!

Greg Schleusner and I were invited to visit Oslo by our new strategic software partners – dRofus. Back in December 2011, it was announced that HOK and dRofus entered a 3-year enterprise license agreement to use their client-server database solution for integrated program management on a majority of HOK’s building projects. While members of the dRofus team have …

2nd Annual HOK BIM Awards

It was an honor to organize the 2nd Annual HOK BIM Awards. The internal awards – affectionately known as “BIMies” – are meant to spur creativity and innovation in the processes we utilize to generate great design. This year we had 22 entries from 19 different project teams representing 10 of our global offices. Out of the 22 entrants, 12 projects were selected as finalists by the Firmwide BIM Leadership team. Each finalist team had the opportunity to present via WebEx for 15 minutes.

The final presentations were reviewed by a panel of industry experts: Lachmi Khemlani, PhD – founder and editor of; Calvin Kam, PhD – GSA BIM programs director; John Messner, PhD – Director of …

New HOK buildingSMART web content

HOK-GSA-bSMART-PanelLast week I had the unique opportunity to attend the annual GSA Project Knowledge and Technology Showcase in New Orleans – as an exhibitor. Now, I have attended many industry events as the attendee, but never on the other side of the booth. It was certainly an eye-opening experience to deliver a concise message about HOK’s phenomenal abilities and technology. I was joined by Robin Ellerthorpe and Tim Barry from our Advance Strategies group and we evolved our combined message about BIM in design and construction flowing into integrated workplace management systems.

A really important result of our collaboration and preparation for this event was the creation of the HOK buildingSMART web page. …

Inside the Designer’s Studio 37:
HOK CEO Patrick MacLeamy

Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, HOK’s chief executive officer, has a unique vision for the future of the building industry. He believes that today’s buildings cost too much to build, don’t work as well as they could and don’t last long enough. In this five-part video series, Patrick explains why he believes this to be true and offers a solution for creating better buildings at much more affordable prices.

Patrick’s story begins with A Tale of Three Domes, in which he chronicles the gradual separation of designer and builder and suggests that Integrated Project Delivery is an idea whose time has come again:

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Part 2 – Team Organization: Owner-architect-contractor teams should be reorganized into a single-contract buildingSMART organizational model that mandates teamwork and thus leads

A Recipe for Innovation



2 Progressive Architectural Firms
1 Experienced Contractor
1 Innovative Client
A Boatload of Acronyms (BIM, IPD, LEED, etc.)
Lots of Teamwork
A Dash of Design Brilliance


Blend together all ingredients into a seamless, highly efficient, unbelievably gorgeous space. 



View a video produced by DPR to showcase the project’s Integrated Project Delivery (and featuring comments from our own IPD Innovator).