Posts Tagged ‘HOK San Francisco’

HOK’s San Francisco Office is Now a Certified Green Business

Green Team
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 …

Fall Fun, Fairs and Festivity at HOK in San Francisco

Let it never be said that San Francisco HOK-ers don’t know how to have a good time. Take a look at the lineup of events from this fall – and you’ll agree that we can party like rockstars!

October: Wellness Fair: We kicked off the festivities this fall with a health fair to make sure we were all medically certified to have a good time. Practitioners from the Pure Wellness Intl Team, Kaiser and Concentra were at hand to answer questions, along with posture and stress screening, chiropractic advice and healthy snack samples.

October: Pumpkin Carving Contest: HOK SF then flexed its creative muscles with a pumpkin carving contest. Look below for the winners!

HOK San Francisco’s Sean Gallivan and Paul Woolford on Apple’s Spaceship Headquarters Design

Last week Steve Jobs described plans for Apple’s new corporate headquarters to the Cupertino City Council, noting that the large circular building (there won’t be a single straight piece of glass), which would hold 12,000 people, resembles a spaceship and has “a shot at being the best office building in the world.” The new campus will augment Apple’s current 1 Infinite Loop headquarters, which was designed by HOK and opened in 1993.

Over the weekend, Mashable published a story on the design that quotes HOK San Francisco Senior Designer Sean Gallivan and HOK San Francisco Director of

Education through Volunteerism: Lighthouse for the Blind!

What is the only thing better than volunteering for a good cause? That would be an incredible learning opportunity while volunteering for a good cause!

Last Saturday, a group of us from HOK San Francisco helped on a path breaking initiative with the Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired (a support group and resource for those who are partially or fully sightless). The goal was to create a tactile map of every station in the BART network (BART being the commuter metro for the Bay Area), which would allow the blind to plan ahead and figure out their path of travel – from the street, to the concourse, and finally to the platform to get on the right train. The map …

Flickr Friday – Autodesk and CalSTRS

 This week we’ve got a two-for-one, as it was too hard to pick between these projects done by the rock stars of our HOK San Francisco practice!  Check out Autodesk’s Offices and Customer Briefing Center and the CalSTRS Headquarters for a dose of inspiration… 

San Francisco Office Walks and Raises Money for Heart Health

The American Heart Association’s Start! Heart Walk took place in San Francisco on September 17. Twenty-one people walked with the HOK team.

HOK San Francisco’s office donated nearly $15,000 that will go to fund research and education and to advocate for better heart health. The money came from generous donations by HOK people in the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, as well as from friends and family of HOK employees. 

The San Francisco office walkers split up into three teams. Marc Flax and Joshua Bridie led the efforts, with help from coaches on each floor: 2nd Floor – Olivier Santoni-Constantini; 3rd Floor – William Ogle; 7th Floor – Emily Fettig….

Interview with Charles Lee, AIA SF Young Associate 2010

HOK San Francisco has been consistently recognized by the AIA for many stellar accomplishments in Architecture, Interior Design and Planning, and also for the wealth of talent that this office is home to. Both recipients for the Young Architect + Associate Awards in 2008 (Jason Dale Pierce and Rachel Bannon-Godfrey) were from HOK, and this year’s award recipient for the AIA SF Young Associate is HOK San Francisco’s own Charles Lee.  Besides being on the Aviation/Architecture team at HOK  and involved in research work on bio-mimicry, Charles is also one of the friendliest people in the office and always ready for a chat (….and we are cubicle-neighbors too!). Read on for an interview with Charles, as we talk about his background, career focus and …

New & Live from San Francisco!

Hey there folks – excited newbie here!

Having been with HOK San Francisco for almost 2 1/2 years now, I have been reading and enjoying Life at HOK for some time. I decided to make the switch from ‘lurker’ to ‘blogger’, seeing that we have just Niall blogging from SF. I hope to offer my take on SF, life, work and everything else!

For my first post (whee!), here’s something I have immensely enjoyed reading: The best ideas of 2009, culled by NYT. There’s more than a few that relate to architecture or design in some way:

New York Times Year in Ideas

My next few posts (if all goes per plan) should be from China and India, where I will …