Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

HOK’s Net Zero Water Ideation Event: Designing Our Future Through Creative Partnership

Dozens of California communities are starting to dry up. No, they’re not banning alcohol – they’re rapidly running out of water. In response, HOK’s San Francisco office recently hosted a cross-disciplinary, one-day workshop tackling this major problem with the goal of generating actionable ideas for small cities seeking a more resilient water supply.

Brian Jencek, HOK’s design director for planning and landscape architecture for the West Coast region, presents the prototypical case study of “Springfield by the Sea,” a coastal community that is running out of water.

From NASA scientists to environmental non-profit leaders, the event was attended by a group of field-leading experts on scientific research, art, policy, engineering and venture capital from …

Designing the Ultimate Workplace: Reflections from WORKTECH 14 West Coast

Gordon WrightThanks 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 …

HOK’s Alan Bright Elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows


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 …

HOK’s Paul Woolford Explores Biomimicry for Wired’s Innovation Insights

The Mint Canopy

(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 …

HOK Team Wins Special Mention in Triumph Pavilion 2014 Competition


Anita Hsieh, Interior Designer, Jose Paix, Design Professional, Olivier Santoni-Costantini, Project Architect, and Nicholas Murao, Design Professional, from HOK’s San Francisco office won a “Triumph Special Mention” for their design of a showcase pavilion as part of the Triumph Pavilion 2014 Competition. The international competition will showcase the winning design in the Museum Gardens during the summer of 2014. The competition theme was “dream” with guidelines to “design a temporary, freestanding, transportable and contemporary showcase pavilion to be installed in the Museum Gardens. Ecological and sustainable design principles [were] encouraged.”  The team’s design, called the “Dream Box” is a pavilion emulating the experience of a dream, where visitors will enter …

AIA East Bay Tours HOK San Francisco Office

By: Julia Oseland

On Monday, August 19, HOK in San Francisco opened its doors to the AIA East Bay Chapter’s Emerging Professionals Group for the Chapter’s Firm Tours Summer Series. The event was attended by 25 guests from the AIA East Bay and 10 from the HOK’s Young Designers Group. HOK’s Ted Davalos, AIA, LEED AP, senior vice president and senior project manager and a member of the AIA East Bay Chapter and Arnold Lee, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, vice president and senior project designer kicked off the evening with a presentation followed by a tour and three short project presentations about HOK’s current work. The project presentations were given by architectural …

The Kiosk Museum Opens in Downtown San Francisco

Ribbon ceremony at grand opening of the Kiosk Museum

The Kiosk Museum celebrated its grand opening in downtown San Francisco on July 24. A puppeteer kicked off the celebration, and individuals from Community Arts International kicked off spoke about how the project came to be and thanked everyone involved.

Partners on the project included JCDecaux, HOK and the Union Square Business Improvement District. Individuals representing each of these organizations also had a chance to say a few words, including Justin Kelly, who was the project leader from HOK. The kiosk was then unveiled in a Ribbon Ceremony.

The HOK team designed the case and led the installation of the street museum as …

Q+A: Paul Woolford, Director of Design in HOK’s San Francisco Studio

After stops in New York, London, Washington, DC, and Atlanta, Paul Woolford, AIA, IIDA, LEED BD+C, is back in San Francisco for the third time, and this time he has found a home.

Paul arrived in HOK’s San Francisco office in 1997. He spent two years mentoring under then-HOK president Bill Valentine before heading east to direct design in the firm’s new Atlanta office. In 2006, he returned to the West Coast to lead the San Francisco studio.

Paul lives in the Twin Peaks neighborhood, on the city’s tallest hill, in a Bauhaus-influenced early modernist house he shares with his partner, Rick Freeman, and their dog, Georgia.

“How …

HOK’s Zorana Bosnic on the Future of High-Performance Buildings

HOK San Francisco’s Zorana Bosnic recently spoke at the Summer 2013 RegenForum in San Francisco. Her talk, entitled “The Future of High-Performance Buildings at a Global Scale”, began with the audience offering ideas on what global issues in the coming decade will shape the future of high performance buildings. The responses were then tied into the presentation topics:

  • Furthering focus on building performance in design and operations
  • Making high performance buildings a norm for the future of all buildings
  • Prioritizing human health and happiness
  • Creating a connection to nature and biomimicry
  • Expanding advances in the use of healthy building materials

Points discussed in the presentation included:

  • Are we meeting the challenge: The 2012

Paul Woolford on How Biomimicry Inspired the Design of the San Francisco Museum at the Mint

Thanks to Paul Woolford, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, design director in HOK’s San Francisco office, for this post describing the vision for the San Francisco Museum at the Mint adaptive reuse project, which will be one of the country’s most environmentally innovative museums.

This once was a working metal factory that produced gold and silver bars and coins. There also was a public function where people exchanged gold or silver dust for coins and bars.

To organize the building program, we swept away all the unfortunate interventions that had altered the building since the federal government stopped using it as a mint in the 1930s. To understand how the renovated building …

re:NEWS: Opening Two More Kiosks in San Francisco

It has been nearly three years since the HOK re:NEWS project was first conceptualized, and this simple but powerful idea still lives on! July 24 will mark the rejuvenation of two new kiosks next to San Francisco’s Union Square. While previous reuse ideas have included a bike repair kiosk and printmaking, this one will be a pop-up museum of sorts, housing a collection of puppets from around the world. This project is a partnership effort with Community Arts International, the Union Square Business Improvement District, HOK and JCDecaux. HOK’s role was to reengineer the kiosks by creating and installing a display case inside the …

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

The HOK team, including Jeff Goodale, Lynn Filar 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 community.

One …

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital Wins Hospitality Design Magazine’s Senior Living/Healthcare Award

HOK in San Francisco’s Donald Cremers recently traveled to New York to accept Hospitality Design magazine’s Senior Living / Healthcare award for Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital located in Singapore. The event, held on June 5, took place at the Grand Hyatt New York and honored hospitality projects across the globe in 18 different categories. More than 265 designers, architects, manufacturers, and other industry professionals gathered to celebrate the winners.

Located in the heart of Singapore’s premier medical hub, this state-of-the-art private hospital delivers world-class care in a hospitality-rich environment. As the flagship hospital of Parkway Pantai Limited, one of Asia’s largest private …

HOK San Francisco’s Zorana Bosnic Speaks at Greenerbuilder

HOK San Francisco’s Sustainable Design Director Zorana Bosnic recently presented at the USGBC Northern California’s Greenerbuilder conference. The session, entitled “Performance Contracting – Paradigm Shift in How We Design, Build and Operate”, covered:

Traditional design-build-operate delivery models provide no guarantee that operating performance will match design expectations. Operational energy use often doesn’t match the design energy goals. Recent focus on building performance disclosure has exposed the gap between design expectations and actual performance. With the growing necessity for evidence based design, a holistic design process that incorporates environmental analysis and allows for integration and collaboration is paramount. This shift will require an innovative approach in risk allocation.

Additional presenters …

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 …

HOK Design Board’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco

The HOK Design Board recently held its annual meeting at the San Francisco office from April 26 –28. The weekend kicked off with dinner at the home of HOK San Francisco Design Principal Paul Woolford. Sessions Saturday morning covered topics such as HOK Product Design, Genius of the Biome, Living Building Initiative, and Mass Timber Construction. During the afternoon, each Design Board member and guest gave a 10 minute TED-like presentation on a particular project. The design board then took a tour of the California Academy of Sciences and its 2.5 acre living roof before having dinner at the famed Original Joe’s in North Beach. Sunday morning concluded with more …

Justin Kelly Named AIA San Francisco 2013 Young Architect of the Year

Congratulations to HOK in San Francisco’s Justin Kelly, who was recently named the 2013 Young Architect of the Year by the AIA San Francisco Chapter.

“Justin is a rare individual whose combination of deep technical knowledge and a sensitive eye uniquely position him as a special professional. His leadership brings visions to reality; his dedication improves the public realm.” – Paul Woolford, Design Principal, HOK in San Francisco

A licensed architect, Justin has been with HOK for five years. In both his personal and professional activities, Justin is motivated by engagement with the physical world. A love of materials and making things drove him to become a successful engineer, and further to …

ACE Mentor 2013: New Beginnings!

It was a little more than one year ago that I wrote about kicking off the 2012 session of ACE Mentor. The clock ticked, seasons changed, calendars were flipped …and here we are in 2013, with an exciting new year for ACE! A lot has changed over the last one year for us ACErs. Olive and Andy, ACE Team 3 leaders from years past have moved onto bigger things (Olive is now Regional Leader for SF, while Andy’s helping build a hospital!)

Which means there are big shoes to fill – and trying our best to do that are Jose (HOK), Jamie (Flack and Kurtz) and myself (HOK)… the three new leaders for ACE Team 3. Also new this …

Helping Active Voice Design Their New Office

It all started with a phone call and a deadline. It was May 2012. Active Voice was moving into their new office space in the SOMA district of San Francisco within a month, and would HOK SF help them create an optimal space “so Active Voice can thrive, grow and make the world a better place”?

It was a challenge right up our alley, so of course we said yes! But then – what does Active Voice do? From their website : Leveraging the unique power of documentaries, feature films and digital media, Active Voice creates opportunities for people to connect and take action around shared values – strengthening community ties, …

Q+A with Russ Drinker: New Managing Principal in HOK’s San Francisco Office

Thirty-four-year architectural veteran Russ Drinker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, joined the leadership team in HOK’s San Francisco office on Sept 4. as a new senior vice president and managing principal.

As a pre-teen growing up in a 150-year-old Victorian farmhouse surrounded by an apple orchard in Saratoga, California, Russ built tree houses and forts. By the time he began studying architecture at the University of California in Berkeley in 1976, he had graduated to designing and constructing 2,000-square-foot solar homes.

“I had no business doing this, but I designed and built a custom house while an undergraduate at Berkeley,” said Russ. “It taught me about designing buildings from the inside-out and about sustainability. And I really …

The Road to #Greenbuild is Paved in Social Media

Greenbuild is finally making its way to San Francisco this November – and those of us in the Bay Area are pretty excited. The conference theme is aptly “@ Greenbuild,” referencing the astounding array of Internet, social media and technology companies headquartered here in the Bay Area.  We also have our host of gaming companies, many of whom tap into social networks; gamejobhunter lists over 120 companies nearby, from tiny start-ups to titans like EA and Zynga.

Silicon Valley

Our social media bonanza …

ACE Mentorship 2012: Ending on a High Note!

It was a night to remember – after 15 weeks of diligence, teamwork and just plain ol’ fun, the ACE Mentorship Team 3 (2012 Program) ended with a bang on May 15!

San Francisco ACE Team 3!

HOK has been a leader for one of the three Bay Area ACE groups for over 4 years now. This year, 8 students from 3 high schools, and 16 mentors representing 6 different Architecture, Construction and Engineering firms worked together in three teams to pursue mock redevelopment projects for existing buildings at San Francisco’s Pier 70. Each team selected a different reuse project type, including a restaurant, a bicycle retail and manufacturing shop, and an artists’ lofts and gallery building.

Over 8 weeks, students (assisted by mentors) developed flow …

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

@Greenbuild – San Francisco 2012


Road to Greenbuild

Greenbuild, the international green building conference and expo hosted annually by the US Green Building Council, will finally make its way to San Francisco this November.  Greenbuild has been drawing 20,000-30,000 people for the last few years, and we expect that San Francisco will be the largest ever – depending on who you listen to, there may be upwards of 45,000 people.  (Yikes!) 

The conference theme this year is “@Greenbuild”, making reference to the mindboggling array of internet and technology companies headquartered in the Bay Area.  The …

Design with a Difference: Taproot Foundation Offices by HOK

Here at HOK, we love a good design challenge, and the offices of  the Taproot Foundation certainly qualified as one. Mismatched furniture and cramped quarters were hindering the organization’s functionality, so it was time for a refresh!

What does Taproot do? From their website: “Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society. We engage the nation’s millions of business professionals in pro bono services both through our award-winning programs and by partnering with companies to develop their pro bono programs.”

It was appropriate, then, that our San Francisco office donated pro bono time toward this good cause. Read on as designer Emily Fettig answers some questions about this cool project.

Architecture at Zero Competition: An Award for HOK San Francisco!

Talk about ending the year on a high note!

2011 has been a great year for HOK’s competitive spirit – what with a major competition win in the Metropolis Net Zero competition followed by our latest award:

A Jury Recognition Award for HOK San Francisco’s entry to the Architecture at Zero International Competition, sponsored by the AIA San Francisco and PG&E!

HOK’s Entry Board for the Architecture at Zero Competition (Click to enlarge)

The project brief was to create a mixed-use building or set of buildings that includes housing, retail space and a new library branch on an industrial urban infill site in Emeryville, California. More importantly, the crux of the competition was the mandate that the …

A Vision Realized: Free Bike Repair Station Opens in San Francisco Kiosk!

Around this time last year I posted a blog entry about the Mid Market Revitalization Charette that was hosted by HOK San Francisco. In a nutshell, a group of HOK designers teamed up with three other organizations to brainstorm ideas for reviving the neglected Mid-Market District of SF.

One of the ideas revolved around housing a free bike repair station in one of the unused newspaper kiosks at a busy corner in the Mid Market area, in conjunction with a local bike store – Huckleberry Bikes. Well – it took one year, a lot of elbow grease, and perseverance but the Mid-Market Revitalization team is proud to announce the opening of the Mid-Market …

A Big Week for HOK in the News

Lots of HOK news stories flashed across my screen last week. Every time I saw one I thought, “I should blog about that.” And then another story would come and I’d think the same thing. Time to catch up.

Top Rankings

In the July issue of Building Design and Construction, HOK placed as North America’s #1 Architecture/Engineering Firm and the #1 BIM Firm (good to see recognition for the BIM efforts being spearheaded by Carl Galioto, James Vandezande and others!). Story…

Also this summer, DesignIntelligence ranked HOK as the #1 role model for sustainable and high-performance design. It has been a big year for Mary Ann Lazarus. …

HOK’s Paul Woolford Presents the San Francisco Mint Project at TEDx-Presidio


On Saturday, April 2nd, 2011, Paul Woolford, the design director at HOK San Francisco, presented one of most striking projects of this office – the restoration and greening of the San Francisco Mint, at the TED-x Presidio event. Paul spoke about the need for preserving national historic treasures, and discussed the importance of creating the most environmentally innovative National Historic Landmark in the United States, The Old San Francisco Mint, and the sustainable lessons learned that can be applied to all existing buildings.

Watch Paul’s presentation:

Guest blog post from HOK San Francisco’s Justin Kelly:

Leaders, visionaries, artists, and thinkers gathered on April 2nd at the Palace of Fine Arts …

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…