Posts Tagged ‘los angeles’

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 …

Close-Up on ARTIC: Documentary Film Crew Shoots HOK Team in Los Angeles

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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.

Ernest Cirangle


HOK’s Ernest Cirangle Elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows

Thanks to Kelly Morrison in HOK’s Los Angeles office for contributing this guest post.

Ernest-Cirangle3Ernest 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, …

HOK’s Ernest Cirangle on the Design of Cedars Sinai’s Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion

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Scheduled to open in Los Angeles in the summer of 2013, the 440,000-sq.-ft. pavilion brings together high-quality outpatient care, innovative medical and scientific research and exceptional graduate and professional education in one facility. Cedars Sinai’s patients will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this highly collaborative environment.

“The idea of advanced sciences and healthcare combined into one structure, as well as the sustainable strategies, guided the character and image of the building,” says HOK lead designer Ernest Cirangle. “That gave us this wonderful opportunity to create a building that has a synergy of both healthcare and science. This new model of care is the essence of the building.”

HOK’s team has designed the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion to be a LEED Gold certified building.

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On the Sustainable Road | [bobbleHead]line: Los Angeles

Bill Valentine, only smaller.

Not all of you have been to Los Angeles office, and that’s a shame. We’re awfully friendly and remarkably good-looking in person. We do neat things here, like Parking Lot BBQs, pot-luck lunches, World Cup Match parties and (lest you forget), really creative work on some incredible projects. But don’t take my word for it, you can ask bobblehead Bill Valentine. He’s just left our office with a fistful of memories from our sunny state.
MM BVBill(ette) visited us after the Los Angeles office secured the inaugural “Bill Valentine Award” for tangible action supporting HOK’s Sustainable Roadmap. HOK LA’s plan to encourage …

Women Across HOK | Jan Harmon

The one and only Jan Harmon

I recently had the opportunity to meet Jan Harmon from HOK Los Angeles.  I was immediately struck by her thoughtful demeanor and kindness.  She has a fantastic sense of humor and an amazing smile to match it.  I’d love to kidnap her and have her around all the time!  Needless to say, she has a place to stay/visit any time she’s in DC!

Here is your opportunity to learn about Jan Harmon, beautiful, inspiring woman of HOK:

1. What is your role at HOK?

I am Human Resource Manager of the LA office and a member of the LA Management Committee.

2. How did you come to HOK and why have

TeleThunder is Here!

Certain HOK-ers (ahem, John Gilmore ) have been bragging about HOK’s very cool new collaboration technology: the Advanced Collaboration Room, which combines Cisco Telepresence Technology and Polyvision Thunder Express.  Well, John, you are no longer the only cool kid in town!  The WDC office became the fourth HOK office to open it’s ACR for business.  St. Louis, San Francisco, and Toronto already had them…next on the list are Houston, Los Angeles, and London.

ACR under construction

Demolition (and caution tape) in the hallway between my desk and the new ACR

After a few solid weeks of construction, the ACR was ready for …

someone’s in the kitchen with dinah

been doing some commuting between the Los Angles office (where i get to check in on Pearl) and my home office of St Louis for a project lately…

on the last trip, and sorry, but i just had to share, we wandered down to the Howard Hughes Center to do a little hands-on research about California streetscapes. as it was early in the morning, we thought we should stop for some breakfast…at Dinah’s Family Restaurant.


This was an AWESOME restaurant – it’s one of those classic mid-century modern restaurants where the glittery paint on the ceiling and the cinnamon buns the size of your

Hummingbirds Part II

Thanks Nicole for the update on our little bird momma…

One of the eggs has hatched, but the little guy is tucked under the inside lip of the nest and we couldn’t get a picture of him. Considering this remaining egg is due to hatch any minute now, we figured we should give it a well-deserved 15 minutes of fame…

While we only noticed the nest last week, the fact that one egg has hatched indicates that they both were laid between 18 and 22 days ago. The chicks will brood for about 21 days before they leave the …

Ever seen a hummingbird sitting still?!?!

We hadn’t either until today! Thanks to Nicole Walden who spotted this little guy…


Evidently, hummingbirds are rather picky about their nesting locations. No doubt the expertly designed HOK Los Angeles kitchen compelled her to select a spot right outside the window.

That’s not to say she doesn’t expect any privacy. When attempting to get a shot of the eggs inside the nest, Mama made it clear that her offspring are not fodder for the paparazzi. At least not yet….


Inside the Designer’s Studio 5:
Pam Light – Los Angeles

I could listen to Pam talk all day (and I think I did when editing her interview!). Here she describes how her interior design teams marry an organization’s culture with its needs to create an experience.

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