Today is Earth Day, and like many fellow HOK offices, the LA office has set forth to celebrate our stewardship of our home with a combination of education, volunteerism, and some always welcomed social interaction while enjoying the beautiful California climate.
Last Friday in a bit of an early celebration, staff took part in an extended lunch to hike to the top of Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, …
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.
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, …
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.
Thanks to Shayna Cooper in New York for this guest post.
Fifteen volunteers from HOK’s New York office participated in the 22nd annual CANstruction design/build competition. All of the food products used in the competition are donated to City Harvest, which helps feed 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger each year. HOK has participated in the New York CANstruction event for 20 years.
The team’s design was inspired by the street artist, Banksy, whose works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls and bridges of cities throughout the world. The New York office team chose to build Banksy’s work in Williamsburg out …
Thank you to Jacquelyn Suozzi in New York for this guest post.
Each holiday season, Herman Miller and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America organizes We Care, an event that brings the architecture and design profession together to provide holiday cheer to children in the local community.
At We Care, children from the boys and girls club have the opportunity to make gifts to give to their family and friends during the holidays, something they may not otherwise be able to afford. Participating architecture and design firms created a holiday craft for kids ages 5-12. Volunteers man the station and help the kids.
Every year, …
Four designers from HOK’s Beijing office – Philip Kwong, Yuhai Cheng, Xiaoqian Yang and Summer Su – entered the firm-wide Net-Zero Design Competition as the team “D-breath.”
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 community. 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 D-breath team designed a public medical office northeast of the 2nd Ring Road in Beijing, where there is a massive air pollution problem. The site sits quietly in the neighborhood of the famous Linked Hybrid …
Thanks to Carol Vanderkloot for this guest post.
Photo credit: Dave Turner of Tabletop Journal
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 …
Five designers from HOK’s St. Louis office – Brian Ballok, Lauren Field, Christoph Ibele, Brad Liebman and Leslie Wheeler – competed in the firm-wide Net Zero Design Competition as the team “Feedback Hydronics.”
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 Feedback Hydronics team chose to design a culinary school on a site south of downtown St. Louis in the LaSalle …
Thanks to Jason Pierce, project architect in St. Louis, for this post.
HOK’s Aimee Rowbottom, project manager, and Tom Kaczkowski, project lighting designer, share interesting facts about the 700 Market building. It is the youngest building on the National Historic Registry, sat vacant for approximately 10 years and contained more than 150,000 bricks, including 20,000 special radial and angle bricks.
A group from HOK’s St. Louis office toured a current project at 700 Market in downtown St. Louis. HOK is part of the team updating the building originally designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee for the General American Life Insurance Company.
The building opened in 1975 but has been vacant since 2004, when General American moved …
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.
Thanks to Gordon Wright, director of HOK’s global Consulting practice, for this guest post.
As I paced back and forth in the San Francisco airport waiting for my Friday afternoon flight, which had been delayed by four hours, I decided to do something productive with my extra time and record a few thoughts from the one-day WORKTECH 14 West Coast conference I had just participated in.
With themes ranging from the blurring of physical and virtual space to the city as the ultimate platform of innovation, the conference revolved around the future of space in the workplace. This is not necessarily a new topic, but certainly on the …
Kevin Chen, ARBV, Ph.D. in Urban Design, is director of planning in HOK’s Shanghai office. Dr. Chen has more than 20 years of international planning and architectural design experience.
What’s unique about urban design in China?
KC: China’s urban designers must deal with unprecedented urbanization, as immigrants coming into our cities have tripled the urban population over the last 30 years. How to better accommodate these 100 million migrant workers and other permanent residents with city hukou (household registration) becomes a significant challenge. Ongoing models of community development must shift from gated residential quarters to open and resource-sharing neighborhoods. Laying out public amenities throughout communities can alleviate social issues triggered by the wealth gap. And …
HOK volunteers in front of the new ChiArts recycling center.
Our HOK Chicago team recently participated in USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service at Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). Green Apple Day of Service gives individuals, companies and organizations the opportunity to transform schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places.
Focusing on key sustainable initiatives, our volunteers worked with W.E. O’Neil and DIRTT Environmental Solutions to plant and garden the ChiArts outdoor spaces, install a recycling center and install a DIRTT Breathe Wall inside of the school.
Installing the DIRTT Breathe Wall!
Exterior signage and lighting concepts.
Summer is winding down, and so is another HOK intern season. HOK’s St. Louis office welcomed five interns this summer in landscape architecture, interior design, general architecture, lighting design and healthcare. Their wide-ranging skill sets created a great team for HOK’s annual intern project – a pro bono project they work on together as a team throughout the summer.
This summer’s client was the Innovative Concept Academy (ICA), the only school in the United States overseen by a court system …
Based in HOK’s Hong Kong office, Keith Hui, AIA, NCARB, directs the firm’s Aviation + Transportation practice in the Asia Pacific region. He has 20 years of experience in the planning and designing of aviation and transportation facilities worldwide.
We asked Keith about recent innovative projects, market trends and why he enjoys his work.
HOK has been designing airports since its founding in 1955. But what are some recent noteworthy projects or innovations?
KH: HOK designed the first LEED-certified airport in the world at Boston-Logan, the first LEED Gold-certified airport in India in …
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 …
Last 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).
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.
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
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, …
HOK’s St. Louis office capped off Earth Week with a volunteer effort at St. Louis Earth Day Festival at Forest Park.
The festival is the second-largest celebration in the country, with crowds of 30,000-40,000 people each year – many of which bike to the park. The volunteers managed the bike valet for the festival. They logged the names of people who biked in and kept their bikes safe until they were ready to leave.
Thanks to our volunteers and to the entire St. Louis office for a great Earth Week!
HOK volunteers Mackenzie McCulloch, Reagan Branham, Mike Chung, Brad Liebman, Tim Slazinik, Lauren Field and Alyse Garbisch.
Mackenzie McCulloch shows …
HOK’s St. Louis office celebrated Earth Day all week with a series of office-wide events including a staff-wide Pecha Kucha luncheon. About a dozen professionals around the office each presented five slides in 20 seconds apiece on a wide range of topics centering on Earth Day.
Sustainable Design Leader Tim Gaidis talks about the 2014 AIA Committee on the Environment Top 10 award winners.
Lighting Designer Kathleen Hamilton challenges the staff to leave the lights off and enjoy natural daylighting.
Project Manager Maren Engelmohr shares her story of creating a LEED Platinum home for her …
Marklin at the finish line.
HOK interior designer Kirsten Marklin learned first hand what the phrase “Boston Strong” means.
She recently ran in the Boston Marathon after qualifying last year in the her first ever marathon – the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon in Napa Valley, California. She needed to finish in 3:35 to qualify, and achieved that easily with a time of 3:23.
For most, running 26.2 miles doesn’t sound like fun. But Marklin said the atmosphere in Boston was electric and she felt fortunate to be a part of such an important event.
“You couldn’t walk one block in that entire city without seeing the words ‘Boston Strong’ somewhere. It was a big year for Boston, …
Thanks to Leslie Johns for this guest post.
Senior Engineering Design Professional Sandy Reyna is celebrating 35 years at HOK – and counting.
Members of the Houston office gathered this morning to celebrate with Sandy, who came to us in 1994 when HOK joined with CRSS, where she had worked since graduating from high school.
Sandy practices HVAC engineering and is in good company. The HVAC engineering design team in Houston has 125+ combined years of experience!
Congratulations Sandy, and THANK YOU for your continued excellence.
Thanks to Carol Vanderkloot and Bob Elliot in our New York office for contributing to this post.
Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) recently staged its annual Dining by Design fundraiser in New York City. The event featured nearly 40 inventive tabletop installations throughout the exhibition at Pier 94. While our participation in DIFFA’s Dining by Design 2014 was a first for HOK’s New York office, partnering with Knoll made it an extremely gratifying experience. Together, we created a visual collaboration between the brands that illustrates an organic transformation of the senses.
Photo courtesy Timothy Bell
A wall of roses provides a dramatic back drop for the dining vignette. Using Knoll Textiles, the …
Living and working in the entertainment capital of the world means that HOKers here see lots of film crews around town and get used to celebrity sightings.
The Los Angeles office recently had a brush with the movie industry. A film crew from Avalanche 3D Entertainment spent an entire day shooting and interviewing HOK’s team for the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) project.
The documentary-style film will chronicle the design and construction of ARTIC, from beginning to end. There will be a special focus on the sustainable aspects of the project, which is targeting LEED Platinum certification.
This interview by Rahim Kanani originally appeared on Forbes.com.
In an interview with Julia Monk, Senior Vice President and Director of Hospitality Interiors at HOK—a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm—we discussed the concept of sustainable design, the kinds of lessons she’s learned over the years as it relates to design that incorporates environmental and social dimensions, where the sector is heading over the coming years, and much more.
Rahim Kanani: What inspired you to enter the world of hospitality, architecture and design?
Julia Monk: I had two heroes when I was growing up: my dad and my aunt. My dad was an architectural and civil engineer who encouraged …
Thanks to Gigi Jiang in HOK’s Beijing office for this guest post.
Hui Dang, architect and senior project manager in HOK’s Beijing office, talks about her career at HOK and the experience for women in today’s changing Chinese workplace.
What motivates you in your work?
I really enjoy the work I’m doing now. No two days are the same. Through discussing options with the design team, communicating with clients or coordinating consultants, I have an opportunity to be involved in different stages and aspects of a project. I work with an exceptionally talented and passionate team, so I’m exposed to evolving challenges and creative solutions every day. The process …
Alan Bright, FAIA, design principal in HOK’s San Francisco office, has been elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects 2014 Jury of Fellows. According to the AIA, the Fellowship program “honors architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.” Alan becomes one of only about 3,000 members of the 80,000 AIA members to receive this honor.
Since joining HOK in 1984, Alan has dedicated his career to transforming the design of justice facilities, aviation, healthcare, civic, commercial and science and technology facilities.
“Alan Bright is improving the practice of architecture …
Thanks to Kelly Morrison in HOK’s Los Angeles office for contributing this guest post.
Ernest Cirangle, FAIA, design director in HOK’s Los Angeles office, has been elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects 2014 Jury of Fellows. According to the AIA, the Fellowship program “honors architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.” Ernest becomes one of only about 3,000 members of the 80,000 AIA members to receive this honor.
Since joining HOK in 1982, Ernest has dedicated his career to transforming the design of aviation, …
(This post on biomimicry by Paul Woolford, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, director of design in HOK’s San Francisco office, first appeared in Wired’s Innovation Insights community site.)
All around us, entrepreneurial organizations focused on everything from information technology to scientific research are continuously reinventing the nature of what they do. Yet design and construction firms — those of us charged with imagining and building the environments that help the creative people in these organizations remake the world — are largely designing and building the way we have for centuries.
One could argue that the last fundamental innovation in the built environment was the mid-20th century …
Jan De Weer advises the group to not be afraid to self promote.
In the first of a year-long Careers by Design series, Senior Human Resources Manager Stacy Krell talked to the St. Louis office about “Taking Charge of Your Career!”
The session is part of an office initiative for 2014 in which professionals from around the office discuss topics ranging from general industry trends, looking in depth at ongoing and completed projects and career development.
Stacy’s overarching message to the staff was the need to take …