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Melissa Williams, HKS Salt Lake City
After two months of living abroad and working in our London office, I’m finally starting to feel like I’ve established a routine so that life feels less chaotic and (slightly) more normal. Somewhere around week 6, I began referring to the flat as “home,” which to me signals the mental transition between adjusting and adjusted. As further confirmation, I catch myself using ‘cheers’ rather than ‘thank you’ and pronouncing ‘week end’ as two distinct words.
By Kate Weber
This summer at HKS has been one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve never been a part of a company that puts so much time and interest into their employees, let alone their interns. Within three short months, we have had dinner at the Noble’s and DeSantis’ beautiful homes, taken watercolor classes taught by the talented Jeff Jensen, sat in on client presentations and meetings, and toured HKS construction sites. Even day to day work has been a joy and provided us with priceless learning opportunities.
Team HKS took home the People's Choice Award! THANK YOU to those that voted for HKS' Girl Scout Cookie Box Creation!! http://www.gsnetx.org/default.aspx?tabid=200
The Sprint to Savings has begun at Phelps ACEHS! Amber Wirth and Kate Renner from HKS, Steve Wohlschlegel from the Integral Group and Jamie Donovan from DGS attended Mr. Vrooman’s AP Environmental Science class on Wednesday, February 5th to develop innovative ideas to encourage teachers and students to save energy at Phelps. The end goal of the program is to save energy, and in turn, save money for the DC Public School System. Sprint to Savings is a program to reduce energy usage at participating schools by 5 – 10% over the course of just three weeks. The prize for reducing energy by 10% is $10,000! The official start date for the Sprint to Savings is on Monday, February 10th!
Hunter told the audience that the firm’s LA office has grown 50% in 18 months by doing diverse projects. Not all are large-scale, but developers are starting to scout for projects, and the market is coming around slowly. However, the financial condition of government clients is still a concern. Case in point, HKS was awarded a major renovation of the federal building in Westwood, only to have the GSA pull the plug.
HKS participated in the 3rd annual Charity Bowling Tournament sponsored by Haworth and Interior Office Solutions. The HKS team “Multiple Strikes” won 2nd place and $300 for the charity of their choice, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
As a designer, Lisa Adams is compelled to improve the lives of others. She is being recognized with a Spirit Award for her philanthropic efforts working with Design for Dignity (D4D) and will be honored at a ceremony on May 10 at Venue One in Chicago. More than 450 people throughout the Midwest are expected to attend.
It has become a weekly topic on ABC World News… Made in America. Each segment, newscasters discuss how buying products made in America will help create American jobs. A local builder in Montana is building homes made entirely of American made products. He is convinced that if every builder bought just 5% more American materials it would create 220,000 jobs. If residential builders can have that great of an impact on our ecomony, just image the impact if architects and designers specified more American made products on commercial projects.
Alex Aujero participated in the Loewenstein’s “Caprice” in the City Photography Competition. His photograph will soon be featured on Loewenstein’s website at www.loewensteininc.com!Judging was done by representatives of various hospitality design firms in LA and OC areas who were not involved in competing for the chair.
Once again, volunteers from the HKS Dallas office have dedicated their time and hard work into refurbishing a Hearts and Hammers sponsored home. Mrs. Martin was very happy with the outcome, and this year was one of the best finishes yet. Perfect weather on both days, handiwork from Mrs. Martins daughters, a mystery plumber and garage door installer, all assisted in making this a successful adventure.